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It was an impressive showing for the 14th Rock en Seine as the Paris event mirrored the strong ticket sales seen at other French festivals this summer
By Jon Chapple on 01 Sep 2016
The 14th edition of Rock en Seine, the last major event on the French festival calendar, closed on Sunday with an attendance over three days of 110,000.
The figure – 10,000 fewer than last year, when the Paris event sold out – can be nevertheless counted as a win for newly Live Nation-owned promoter Nous Productions in a year when many predicted major drop-offs in attendance for live events amid fears of further terror attacks.
Additionally, a spokesman for the festival tells IQ that Saturday 28 August – headlined by Massive Attack and Sigur Rós – did sell out, shifting all 40,000 tickets to fill the festival site, in Saint-Cloud Park, to capacity.
The figure is a win for Nous in a year when many predicted major drop-offs in attendance for live events amid fears of further terror attacks
French culture minister Audrey Azoulay said earlier this week (before the release of Rock en Seine’s attendance figures) ticket sales for music festivals this summer have been “exceptional”, with the “vast majority” of events seeing their attendance rise.
Rock en Seine will return from 25 to 27 August 2017.
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