behind the scenes of the XXL concert at the Matmut Atlantique

behind the scenes of the XXL concert at the Matmut Atlantique

This idea, the singer materialized in the form of a central stage, designed to be mounted in the middle of the stadiums. The use of such a scenography…

This idea, the singer materialized in the form of a central stage, designed to be mounted in the middle of the stadiums. The use of such a scenography is not new, U2, with its mythical “360° Tour” of 2009, has already done so. But Indochine brings the “French Touch” with the “Central Tour”, and breaks records along the way.

The 1,000 m² stage is surmounted by a 360° screen, 25 meters in diameter, made up of 1,400 LED panels and nicknamed “the central chimney”. “Its height is 45 meters, it is the largest 360° screen ever built, it was made specifically for the group”, specifies the production manager of Indochine, Stéphane Desch.


Stéphane Desch, the production manager of Indochine, worked directly with Nicola Sirkis for the realization of this project.

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A “tailor-made” project

As soon as you enter the stadium, the object impresses with its gigantic size, and seduces with its very refined aesthetics. “Nicola Sirkis wanted to offer the same live experience to each spectator, regardless of their position in the stadium, there are no seats with reduced visibility”, specifies the production manager.

The singer, true architect of the project, had this idea in mind for a long time, but it was only two years ago that he began to consider it. “It was a lot of mechanical studies, technical and financial challenges that were overcome,” recalls Stéphane Desch. Many items were custom made for us. To achieve their goals, they collaborated with engineers from two Flemish companies specializing in the scenography of big shows.

More than 70 trucks are used to transport the various elements, and 900 people work every week, day and night on its assembly and disassembly. “We started on Monday morning, and Saturday evening, after the concert, we will dismantle it. » Four cranes are needed, as well as 20 forklifts.

Four cranes are used to assemble the screen, and 900 people work every week, day and night, to erect it in the center of the stadiums.


Four cranes are used to assemble the screen, and 900 people work every week, day and night, to erect it in the center of the stadiums.

Fabien Cottereau / “SOUTH WEST”

A record attendance

This Saturday in Bordeaux, the Matmut stadium will experience a record attendance, with 53,500 spectators expected. “We had a lot of discussions around safety, these are issues that often come up with firefighters who are frightened by the gauges inflated to the block”, explains Stéphane Desch.

But the production is not at its first attempt, the scene has already proven itself on May 23 with the first date of the tour in Paris. It will then pass through Marseille, Lyon and Lille, where it will end on July 3. Indochine will then have performed in front of a total of 400,000 people.

For the occasion, 53,500 spectators are expected, a record for the Matmut stadium.


For the occasion, 53,500 spectators are expected, a record for the Matmut stadium.

Fabien Cottereau / “SOUTH WEST”

Enough to ensure the profitability of the project, the price of which is kept secret, “but for it to be profitable, the stadium must be full,” says the production manager. Indochine doesn’t have to worry, four of the six dates are sold out. Once the tour is over, the screen will be reused for other shows, according to Stéphane Desch.

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