August 2, 2021

Festivals, a chance for song

Summer for the first time since its creation, in 1977, the Printemps de Bourges will rediscover, from June 22 to 27, the militant Francophonie of its origins. No ideology, however, in this 2021 poster, 95% of which is made up of artists from France (Jean-Louis Aubert, Alain Souchon, Pomme, Suzanne, Catherine Ringer, Gaël Faye, Hervé, Feu! Chatterton, Philippe Katerine, etc.), but the adaptation to constraints which will give the dozens of festivals maintained this summer false airs of Francofolies de La Rochelle. After the white season 2020, welcome to the blue-white-red season!

The border closures and the rules of the game proposed in February by the Ministry of Culture to give a first framework to what the resumption of concerts could be have determined a large part of the dominant musical aesthetic from June to September. Gauges limited to 5,000 people, seated, masked and distanced for outdoor events, and the lack of movement of foreign artists first gave their “Luck to songs”, to use a title by Charles Trenet.

« When these first bars were known, our first instinct was to avoid programming artists whose audience stands too systematically. This initially favored an aesthetic “song” ”, recognizes Thierry Langlois, co-programmer of Printemps de Bourges and the Les Nuits secrètes festival, in Aulnoye-Aymeries (North). The one who is also a producer of shows at the head of Uni-T Production has seen some of its artists, such as the group Thérapie Taxi (whose farewell concerts were announced), prefer to give up the summer season rather than play for an audience having to limit its fervor. Others, like Apple, queen of acoustic delicacy, fit in perfectly with the constraints of summer. « In 2020, we had planned for her twenty festival dates, we will have forty this summer. », welcomes Thierry Langlois.

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Asked in May by The world, the double winner of the Victoires de la musique – revelation stage, in 2020; female artist of the year, in 2021 – recounted the terrible frustration of a year 2020 which seemed full of promise, after the success of her second album, Loopholes. “My whole daily life was getting turned upside down, upside down, but it was at the beginning of the summer that I realized that it was going to last, when the part of the tour in the big festivals, in places of which I dreamed, did not could not take place. There I had a period of depression … “ She understands that some people prefer not to tour rather than to change the way they do concerts, but revisits the idea of ​​going back on the road: “We’ve been going through this situation for a year and a half, so for me, there is no hesitation, whether in front of ten people, a few hundred or thousands authorized. “

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