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110,000 attend Rock en Seine 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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Nous Productions to join Live Nation

Warner Music France has passed ownership of one of France’s leading concert promoters, Nous Productions, to Live Nation.

Nous, founded by Solomon Hazot in 2006, will become part of Live Nation France on 1 October. The Paris-based company, whose upcoming shows include Killing Joke at the Élysée Montmartre (1,200-cap.) in Paris on 9 November, Chance the Rapper at the Zénith arena (6,293-cap.) in Paris on 21 November and Pixies at the Zénith on 23 November, had a turnover of €21.6 million in 2015.

The news was announced by Warner, which has owned Nous since 2010, but Hazot tells IQ there will be a formal announcement from the company in early September.

“Warner Music France will concentrate on developing its concert business via its subsidiary Décibels Productions”

“Warner Music France will concentrate on developing its concert business via its subsidiary Décibels Productions, specialising in the production of local artists,” said the record label in a statement.

A WMG spokesman confirmed to IQ the move was “a local decision taken by Warner Music France and has no effect on WMG activity in other territories”, such as Warner Music Live in Finland.

Nous promoted the tragic Eagles of Death Metal (EODM) show at the Bataclan in Paris on 13 November, about which Hazot and Arnaud Meersseman (who is believed to have departed Nous last month) spoke at ILMC in March.

 


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Festival Focus: Lindisfarne, SGP, Gibraltar Fest

Conleth Maenpaa, the founder of Lindisfarne Festival, has urged the British public to support the UK’s independent music festivals following the cancellation earlier this week of fellow Northumberland event Down to the Woods.

“We were very disappointed to learn about the cancellation of Down to the Woods,” Maenpaa, a director of Nokomis and Bor Events, the promoter behind Lindisfarne, tells eFestivals. “Last year also sadly saw the cancellation of the Northern Lights event in Newcastle, and there seems to be a growing trend of smaller independents across the country also having to close. We are really keen to urge people to get behind our local festivals, to join in the fun and help protect their future and legacy.

“While the market is tough out there, we are lucky to be seeing a steady stream of ticket sales for Lindisfarne Festival 2016. I think what makes it difficult is that the public know that a lot of these north-east festivals won’t sell out straight away, hence waiting to purchase tickets till nearer to the time. This can make it hard for organisers to plan when you are anticipating demand ahead of the event, knowing how much to invest and so forth.”

Reef and British Sea Power will headline the second Lindisfarne Festival, on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 September, respectively.

Mick Hucknall, Simply Red, Soulnation Festival 2010, Jazzuality.com

Down to the Woods is the second UK indie to go under in two weeks, with Summer Days Festival at Clitheroe Castle in Lancashire also calling time on its second outing just weeks before it was due to kick off on 6 July.

A spokesman for the festival, which was to have featured headliners Simply Red, Jools Holland and Echo & the Bunnymen, says: “We have looked at every angle possible to keep the event live, but due to a combination of factors, including rising cost and newly arisen logistical obstacles ,we have no choice but to call Summer Days off.

“Support for Summer Days has been both incredible and humbling and makes this decision all the harder. You have our heartfelt apologies. Thank you again for all your support.” (Mick Hucknall/Simply Red photo by Jazzuality.com.)

Bill Bailey, Royal Albert Hall, 2008, Nick Webb

In happier news, Festival Republic’s Latitude has added further names to its Comedy Arena line-up.

Among the newly confirmed comedians are headliner Bill BaileyMilton Jones, Katherine RyanRobin Ince and Josie Long and Reece Shearsmith and Rufus Hound of The League of Gentlemen, who will present Festival Shambles, a Latitude-themed edition of their Book Shambles podcast. (Bill Bailey photo by Nick Webb.)

Maribou State, Oslo, Hackney, Marc Sethi

The Secret Garden Party (SGP) has chosen a new headliner to replace Primal Scream, who earlier this month cancelled their slots at SGP and seven other festivals after frontman Bobby Gillespie fell off the stage at Caribana Festival in Vaud, Switzerland.

UK dance music duo Maribou State will step up to the plate, joining other new additions Molotov Jukebox, Clean Cut Kid, Sundara Karma, Secret Company, Kloe, Mt Wolf, Nimmo, Blondage, Kioko, Stony Browder Jnr and Belle Roscoe at the psychedelic extravaganza in Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire, from 21 to 24 July. (Maribou State photo Marc Sethi.)

Brian Jonestown Massacre, L'Aéronef, Lille, 2014, Laurent Breillat

Nous Productions/Radical Production’s Rock en Seine, set for Château de Saint-Cloud park in west Paris in the last weekend of August, also finalised its line-up this week, adding 20 new acts including The ShinsThe Brian Jonestown MassacreLittle Simz and film composer Flavien Berger.

Here are the new additions in full:

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(Brian Jonestown Massacre photo by Laurent Breillat.)

And American R&B singer and prolific songwriter Ne-Yo will play a British festival exclusive (well, ‘British’) alongside Bryan Ferry, The Vamps and Toploader at the fifth Gibraltar Music Festival this September.

The festival, backed by Gibraltar’s government, takes place on the 3rd and 4th at the UK overseas territory’s 5,000-capacity Victoria Stadium. Already confirmed are Stereophonics, Jess Glynne, All Saints, KT Tunstall, Foxes and more.

 


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