The 6 Best Rock Festivals in France

The 6 Best Rock Festivals in France


France may be most famous for its delicious cuisine and impressionist art, but its music festivals deserve just as much recognition.

Home to more than you can possibly count, the French really are spoilt for choice: from riding the slopes to electro at Snowboxx, to rocking out in a fort at La Route du Rock, there's something to fill everyone's boots. 

However, we take a look at its rock scene, uncovering enough gems to have you air-guitaring all the way to the gates. 

Papillons de Nuits // 22 - 24 May // Normandy

Headliners: Placebo & more TBA

Running since 2001, Papillons de Nuits has grown into Normandy's biggest music festival, and has likewise blossomed to include an eclectic lineup that still retains its rock roots and its authentic attachment to the local area. Incepted from the hope of injecting some culture into an area threatened with desertification, the festival's unification with the everyman is both refreshing and unique. 

Hellfest Open Air // 19 - 21 June // Clisson

Headliners: Slipknot, Lamb of God, Faith No More

One of the few truly dedicated heavy festivals in the world, Hellfest is a must for any metal, hard-rock or punk fan. Cranking up the volume for its 10th edition, get ready to mosh it out to Slipknot, Lamb of God and Faith No More in a weekend you'll be recovering from for a long time to come.

Beauregard // 3 - 5 July // Normandy

Headliners: alt-J, Sting, Scorpions

Sitting more on the alternative side of rock, Beauregard pairs the softer sounds of pop and indie with an electronic wave that weaves between the guitar strings. Set in the beautiful grounds of a Normandy Château, Beauregard straddles the ground between underground and mainstream meaning its lineup appeals to all. 

Les Eurockéennes // 3- 5 July // Belfort

Headliners: The Chemical Brothers, Sting

Beside a stunning natural lake, Les Eurockéennes' setting is like no other, and is thus a festival like no other. Having brought the very best names in rock and more, such as Radiohead and David Bowie, Les Eurockeennes has become "The French Glastonbury" for the depth of its impressivle lineup. But you wont find afternoon swimming and lakeside BBQs at Glasto though!

Les Vieilles Charrues // 16 - 19 July // Carhaix

Headliners: Muse, Lionel Richie, London Grammar

France's biggest music festival has a lineup to match, mixing the sounds of rock with a variety of electronic artists to create a boiling pot of musical genres and generations. However, the festival's Main Stage remains inherently rock, with top billing having previously gone to Arctic Monkeys, Bruce Springsteen and The Cure, who will be joined by Muse on its wall of fame in 2015, who'll bring a spice of their upcoming album 'Drones' to Carhaix's natural amphitheatre. 

La Route du Rock // 13 - 16 August // Saint-Malo

Headliners: TBA

Rock, indie and soft-edged electro come together in a tribute to old-time greats and new at La Route du Rock, split between daytime chills on the beach and huge headline sets inside its iconic fort at night. 

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