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The top must-see festivals of summer 2022

Angèle, Orelsan, Clara Luciani, Juliette Armanet, Stromae, Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, Sting… The greatest artists of the moment will be at the festivals next spring. Here is a little preview !

Following the decisions taken by the government on December 27 to restore the gauges in certain rooms and to ban standing concerts, many artists have expressed their dismay, like Julien Doré or Eddy de Pretto. Valid at least for the next three weeks, these new measures have already prompted some producers to simply cancel certain tours and concerts, like the first dates of the Orelsan tour (including the new album Civilization was released on November 19) canceled until January 25. There is nevertheless good hope that the situation will be restored by next spring, in time for the festivals to take place without incident. Here is a small overview of the most anticipated festivals of the season!

1Solidays 2022

Solidays is back at the Hippodrome de Lonchamp after two consecutive canceled editions and has an enticing programme: Orelsan, the essential French electro group Justice, the Belgian rapper Damso (who can be found featuring on the latest album by ‘Angèle), but also the Black Eyed Peas, Feu!Chatterton, Polo&Pan, or the unmissable Mathieu Chedid alias M. Que du beau monde!

Solidays 2022 – From June 24 to 26, 2022 – Hippodrome de Lonchamp – Ticket office here

2 Fnac Live Paris 2022

The Fnac Live Paris music festival, co-organized by the City of Paris, is back in its summer quarters on the forecourt of the Hôtel de Ville. From June 29 to 1er July, the event will celebrate the diversity of a rich and eclectic Francophone scene. No less than thirty artists will perform on the Grande Scène exterior or on the Scène interior, set up in the salons of the City of Paris. Jane Birkin, Jacques, Lonny, Thylacine, Pierre de Maere, Bob Sinclar & Pedro Winter or even Jazzy Bazz will punctuate this 10th edition. The full lineup will be revealed on May 31.

Relive Fnac Live Paris 2019

3Lollapalooza Paris 2022

Second unmissable event at the Hippodrome de Lonchamp: the Lollapalooza festival, two exceptional days of celebration which will welcome internationally renowned artists such as Pearl Jam, Imagine Dragons, A$AP Rocky, David Guetta, and rapper Megan Thee Stallion, Kavinsky, Vladimir Cauchemar and Bilal Hassani. Note the presence of a Hip-Hop scene entirely devoted to the new guard of French rap.

Lollapalooza Paris 2022 – From July 16 to 17, 2022 – Longchamp Racecourse – Ticket office here

4Francofolies of La Rochelle 2022

French and French-speaking music arrives with a bang at the Francofolies de La Rochelle, an eclectic festival that has been defending French-speaking song for many years. On the program of these new Francofolies: Angèle (whose second album was released in early December), Orelsan, Dutronc father and son, Clara Luciani, Calogero, Juliette Armanet, Carpenter Brut, Vald, Mika, Julien Doré or a carte blanche to Booba . It promises !

Francofolies of La Rochelle 2022 – From July 13 to 17, 2022 – La Rochelle – Ticket office here

5Rock in the Seine 2022

The Rock en Seine festival returns to its quarters at the Domaine national du Parc de Saint-Cloud at the end of August for four days of large-scale festivities: the festival will notably welcome the American rock band Rage Against the Machine, who had already marked the spirit of festival-goers in 2008. An edition which will also mark the return of Stromae on stage, not to mention the presence of the Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Kraftwerk, La Femme, James Blake or even Tame Impala.

Rock in the Seine 2022 – from August 25 to 28, 2022 – Domaine national de Saint-Cloud – Ticket office here

6Main Square Festival 2022

The Festival returns to the Citadel of Arras (Pas-de-Calais) with great fanfare with four days of frenzied concerts – instead of the usual three days – and is already displaying prestigious names: Angèle, M, La Femme, Feu!Chatterton , Skip the Use, but also international artists such as the Black Eyed Peas, Sting (whose The Bridgehis new album, was released last November) Sum 41 and Twenty One Pilots.

Main Square Festival – From June 30 to July 3, 2022 – La Citadelle (Arras) – Ticket office here

7Nimes Festival 2022

The Nîmes festival settles once again in the ancient setting of the Arènes de Nîmes for a series of exceptional concerts spread out from June to July, mixing French-speaking artists and international headliners: get ready to find Orelsan, Stromae , Gorillaz, PNL, the Foo Fighters, Sting, Deep Purple, the Dropkick Murphys, Kiss, Ben Harper, Booba, Angèle, Ninho, but also a movie-concert by Gladiator (Ridley Scott, 2000) or, for the most nostalgic, a concert tribute to Johnny Hallyday around a symphony orchestra and its choir.

Nimes Festival – From June 17 to July 24, 2022 – Arena of Nîmes – Ticket office here

8 Hellfest 2022

Notice to metal fans: Metallica will be present for the first time at Hellfest, one of the biggest metal festivals in Europe which is held every year in Clisson. During its last edition in 2019, the festival sold 50,000 3-day passes in just an hour and a half! For two weekends, this Hellfest will host, among others, Avenged Sevenfold, the Dropkick Murphys, Korn, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Nine Inch Nails, Guns N’Roses, Alice Cooper and Bad Religion. Tickets are already gone, but watch out for the official resale sites…

Hellfest 2022 – From June 17 to 19 and from June 23 to 26, 2022 – Clisson (Loire-Atlantique)
Ticket office for the Warm-Up Tour here

9Old Plows 2022

The most famous Breton festival, launched 30 years ago, returns in its original format for 4 days of concerts. On the program, rock, rap, pop, electro, in short there will be something for everyone. Among the headliners, we can count on Stromae, who will open the festivities, then Clara Luciani, the American group Queens of the Stone Age, Orelsan, Angèle, SCH, M, Juliette Armanet, Metronomy, or even Maxime Le Forestier. It will also be an opportunity to take part in a good old fest-noz!

The Old Plows – From July 14 to 17, 2022 – Carhaix-Plouguer (Finistère) – Ticket office here

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