The optimism is back: French festivals believe they will return in 2021

A festival goer at Solidays 2018 - (c) Raphaëlle Poisot
A festival goer at Solidays 2018 – © Raphaëlle Poisot

France & 2020 were not a great combination. The country suffered badly from the pandemic this year, and as a result festivals were cancelled. Now, however, the optimism is back. All eyes are on next year. French festivals strongly believe the festival summer of 2021 will take place.

On 27 November, more than 100 festivals in France joined together to sign an opinion column. Organisations are preparing their editions in the best way possible, confident that 2021 will be the year.

French festivals will adapt

“One thing is sure: if we have to do it, we will adapt ourselves, and we will be there!”, wrote the Festival des Vieilles Charrues, one of the biggest in the country. On the same day, over 100 festivals all around the country shared this opinion column on their social networks. All of them are insisting and fighting, hoping for a better summer next year.

The French Culture Minister, Roselyne Bachelot, affirmed that she really want France to still stand as a “land of festivals”. Yes, but how? What is the plan for the French festivals?

“Behind the masks, you will find smiles”

The press release starts with the sentence above. Reminding that festival organisers in France are “always optimistic,” we can confirm that most of the festivals are already working on their next editions. Also, we understand that most of the festivals are confident about next year: some artists have already confirmed, and others will complete the line-ups. Even if organising festivals is a hard task, the teams insist on the fact that “everything is possible” and that they are ready to face the challenges.

Up to 120 French festivals involved

Solidays 2018 - © Raphaëlle Poisot
Solidays 2018 – © Raphaëlle Poisot

The French festival industry is one big family. Rock en Seine, Solidays, Vieilles Charrues, Hellfest and We Love Green are just a few of the events that are part of the movement. Some already have names on their line-ups, but all are working on their next editions. With the help of the government, which understands how important festivals are, we will hopefully have a good festival season in France.

The country has already fought a second wave of Coronavirus. If all goes well, we can definitely expect France to have a festival season with great artists in 2021. Neighbouring countries are already showing positive signs. Rumours are all over the place for Spain’s Mad Cool Festival and Belgium’s Rock Werchter. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

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Solidays 2019

Parijs, Frankrijk
Datum 21-23 juni 2019
Die Antwoord
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