Thursday, 6 July 2017

La Ferme Electrique festival

Tomorrow sees one of my favourite small festival events take place, with La Ferme Electrique taking place over July 7 and 8 at Tournan en Brie, in the Seine-et-Marne countryside not far from Paris.

Despite its rural setting, it's just an RER ride from the centre of Paris. Free parking, free camping and a two-day ticket that costs less than 30 euros is pretty enticing.

2017 is the eighth time the festival has been held, and like previous years the event has continued to thrive thanks to its innovative programming and a belief in the value of keeping things small and simple.

La Ferme Electrique is actually held in converted farm buildings, with a bar, restaurant, chip shop and pancake place. Nothing grand, but you can bet it will be perfect.

Getting the opportunity to catch some well-chosen emerging acts in a warm and encouraging environment is usually a much more pleasant experience that catching some well-known faces at a corporate enormo-event.

This year's bill incudes Bryan's Magic Tears, Sheik Anorak, Stratocastors and Le VilleJuif Underground among the acts on the Friday.

Saturday has Do The Dirt, En Attendant Ana, Chinese Army, Daikiri, Housewives and Pogo Car Crash Control and others.

It's a varied line up in terms of musical styles, with plenty of talent there to guarantee two memorable nights.

Sometimes you don't need all the facilities of a luxury Glastonbury yurt, just a meadown in France to pitch your tent, with a tap for water and a stall in the morning where you can buy pastries and coffee. Sounds good to me!

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