Friday, 26 June 2015

Fesivals: Solidays and Le rock dans tout ses états

While the Glastonbury festival gets attention in the UK this weekend  there are a couple of significant
music events in France this weekend, with Solidays in Paris and the Le rock dans tout ses états festival  in Évreux in Normandy.

Solidays is a massive event, a three day festival of music and activism at l'hippodrome de Longchamp on the outskirts of Paris.

This year the music acts include The Do, Izia and The Avener on the first day, the Saturday includes Brigittes, Yale Naim, Grand Blanc, Rone and IAM, while the final day features Zebda, Yelle, Fakear and Lilly Wood and the Prick.

Many international acts on the bill as well, including Clean Bandit and Damien Marley.

There is also a full programme of speeches and appearances,  with the likes of photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Bill Gates.

If Glastonbury has become a exclusive event for the well-heeled ,  with the majority of its audience sitting at home on the sofa while BBC cameras track celebrities wanting to be seen in the comfortable and exclusive backstage areas,  Solidays remains an event that's not forgotten about activism and inclusion.

Le rock dans tout ses états festival  is a smaller scale event, running over two days, Friday 26 and Saturday 27, but its bill is no less appealing.

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Yelle are at the top end of th ebill, but there are many other acts playing that get the Vive le Roq seal of approval.

Thylacine and H-Burns and Kid Francescoli are playing , but it's an international bill that also features Hudson Mohawke, Fidlar, Metz and Salut c'est cool. Rich Aucoin,  EZ3kiel and Tallisker as well

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