Dozens of festivals, hundreds of artists, dance, traditions, this summer in the Occitanie region promises to be once again rich in events. Here is a selection of dates not to be missed.
The Occitanie region vibrates every summer to the rhythm of music. In this sea of appointments, it is not always easy to make your choice, which is why Midi Libre offers you a selection of concerts, festivals and other dates not to be missed in June, July, August and September.
► From June 14 to 19: Festival of Lively Architectures, Montpellier (Hérault)
The secrets of the private mansions of Montpellier are revealed through ephemeral works as spectacular as they are poetic. Since 2006, the Festival des Architectures Vives offers to (re)discover hidden places in the historic center. This year, ten teams will each create an installation around the theme “Impermanence”. FREE ENTRANCE. All information on festivaldesarchitecturesvives.com.
► From June 17 to July 03: Montpellier Dance (Hérault)
In more than thirty years, Montpellier Danse has become an unmissable event in the choreographic art and presents for two weeks more than a hundred shows including many creations and premieres. Info and reservations on montpellierdanse.com.
► From June 17 to July 24: Nîmes Festival (Gard)
The not-to-be-missed event in Nîmes with a host of world-famous artists. Gorillaz, Sting, PNL, Angèle, Stromae, Orelsan, Jacques and Thomas Dutronc, Julien Doré, Clara Luciani, Booba, Kiss, Deep Purple, Ben Harper, Sexion d’Assaut, Black Eyed Peas or Nightwish, they will all be present in the Gard capital this summer. A piece of advice don’t delay to take your places…
Concerts and reservations on festivaldenimes.com
► June 21: Music Festival in Montpellier (Hérault)
The Place de l’Europe in Montpellier will be the scene of a huge concert under the stars broadcast on France Télévisions, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Fête de la Musique on June 21. Hosted by Laury Thillemann and Garou, we expect Big Flo and Oli, Marc Lavoine, ZaZ, Nolwenn and many others for a three-hour show.
► From June 22 to 26: When I think of Fernande, Sète (Hérault)
The rich and varied program of the festival “When I think of Fernande”, offers major concerts with headliners such as Juliette Armanet, Jane Birkin, Daniel Auteuil, Gaëtan Roussel, Christophe Maé, La Maison Tellier, Charlelie Couture. A host of talents to discover this year in the enchanting setting of the Théâtre de la Mer. Program and booking on festival-fernande.com.
► From June 23 to 26: Natural Games, Millau (Aveyron)
Naaman, Dub Inc and even Etienne de Crécy will be in Millau from June 23 to 26. For the concerts “we wanted to integrate a newcomer each time”, presents Michaël Pradayrol, the director of the organization. Among them, Woove for the evening of June 23, Select, for that of June 24 and Karamaa for June 25. All information on naturalgames.fr.
► From June 24 to July 31: Carcassonne Festival (Aude)
Inseparable from the city in summer, the carcassone festival seduced each year by its rich and exceptional programming! In total more than a hundred concerts for more than a month: with Dutronc and Dutronc, Jack White, LP, Rag’n’Bone Man, Orelsan, Louane, Mika, Deep Purple, Julien Doré, Vianney, James Blunt, Ben Harper § The Innocent Criminals, John Legend, Calogero or Verdi’s La Traviata.
But that’s not all, the festival also offers its version “Off“, free with notably Stephan Eicher, Massilia Sound System, Dub Inc, Yuri Buenaventura, Cascadeur + Sanseverino, Amel Bent, Keziah Jones, Eagle-Eye Sherry, Synapson and Michel Fugain.
Do not miss, the burning of the medieval city of Carcasonne on July 14. All the information on festivaldecarcasonne.fr.
► From July 5 to 10: Worldwide Festival, Sète (Hérault)
Sea breeze and feet in the sand, the Worldwide Festival offers an ideal setting to enjoy electronic music. On the initiative of London DJ Gilles Peterson, artistic director of Worldwide, the festival team has another great line-up in store this year. Beach party during the day, discotheque atmosphere in the evening at the Théatre de la Mer. Artists and reservations on worldwidefestival.com.
► From July 7th to 10th: South of France breaking waves in Céret (Pyrénées-Orientales)
Installed since 2007 in Argelès-sur-Mer, the festival moves in 2022 to Ceret. Muse, Angèle, Black Eyed Peas, Clara Luciani, DJ Snake, M, Orelsan, Hoshi, Malaa, Simple Minds, Ofenbach, Supamoon or even Suzane will set the Château d’Aubiry on fire. Info and reservations on festival-lesdeferlantes.com.
► From July 7 to 9: Cratère Surfaces – Alès (Gard)
Dedicated to all street performance arts (theater, circus, dance, music, etc.) Cratère Surfaces is a completely free festival that attracts an ever-growing audience each year. For its 23rd edition, an opening picnic will launch the festival in the heart of Alès.
Program and artists on: crater-surface.com
► From July 14 to 29: Radio France Festival, Montpellier (Hérault)
The Radio France Occitanie Montpellier Festival is set to English time with a “So British” edition from July 14 to 29. This British cocktail was to be served in 2021 but it had been replaced by the theme “Every concert is a party” to celebrate the end of confinement. Program and artists on lefestival.eu.
► From July 15 to 21: Jazz in Sète (Hérault)
A Jazz meeting among the best in France. Louis Martinez, its founder and artistic director of the festival promises a 27th edition still rich in music. Toni Green, Robin McKelle, Izo Fitzroy, Stacey Kent, Laura Prince, Herbie Hancock, Julien Lourau, Kenny Barron Trio, Marcus Miller on the program. Info and reservations on jazzasete.com.
► From July 15 to 29: The Musical Nights of Uzès (Gard)
A popular meeting place for music lovers, Les Nuits Musicales d’Uzès welcomes the greatest conductors and performers of classical and baroque music every year in July. Will be present this year: Cécilia Molinari, Insula Orchestra & Laurence Equilbey, Stefan Plewniak,
Orchestra of the Royal Opera, Jean-Christophe Spinosi & the Ensemble Matheus, Quatuor Yako, Trio Zéliha, Fiona MacGown, François Lazarevitch & The musicians of Saint Julien, jazz with Stacey Kent, Roberto Fonseca. Info and reservations on nuitsmusicalesuzes.fr.
► From July 23 to August 6: Fiest’ In Sète (Hérault)
Swing, jazz, rap, Cuban music or Jamaican dancehall… all the sounds of planet Earth can be discovered through the 25th edition of Fiest’à Sète, the region’s major world music festival. Raised, varied and unifying, the poster is an invitation to discover the other, and dance, and dream with him. Ticket office and program on fiestasete.com.
Concerts in 2022: Morcheeba, Cimafunk, Ayo, Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita, Richard Bona & Alfredo Rodriguez, Souad Massi, Fred Wesley and the new JB’S, Bonga, David Walters, My Josephine…
► August 6 and 7: Family Piknik, Lunel (Hérault)
The not-to-be-missed electro event in Montpellier is moving to Lunel this year. Change of city but programming still as demanding. The Lunel arenas will vibrate in August with Charlotte de Witte, Maceo Plex, Richie Hawtin, Guy Gerber, Whomadewho (live), Eli & Fur, Rebuke, Eli Brown, Sébastien Léger, Jérémy Olander, Frankey & Sandrino, Stella Bossi, Anii, Oscar L, Stereo Express, Tom Pooks b2b Joy Kitikonti…
► From August 14 to 18: Saint-Vincent celebrations, Collioure (Pyrénnes-Orientales)
Great traditional festival whose origin dates back to August 16, 1701, the Saint-Vincent celebrations in Collioure celebrated the arrival of the relics of the city’s patron saint. This great celebration has a special character because most of the fires lit that night are thanks to the flame burning at the top of Mount Canigou! Info and details on the Collioure Tourist Office website.
► From August 18 to 23: Feast of Saint-Louis, Sète (Hérault)
This is THE event that usually closes the Sète summers, which are always very rich in events. A major traditional and popular festival, Saint-Louis celebrates the town of Sète and its history for six days. On the program, entertainment, concerts, exhibitions, parades, swimming across Sète and of course the sacrosanct jousting tournament at the Cadre Royal. A big fireworks display will close the festivities. All about the event.
► August 27 and 28: The medieval festival of Saint Louis in Aigues-Mortes (Gard)
At the end of August, the city celebrates its patron saint, founder of the city. For a weekend, Aigues-Mortes reconnects with its medieval past with a market and medieval ball, taverns, knights’ camps and the burning of the ramparts by way of closure. The program on the City’s website.
► From September 1 to 3: Pellicu-Live, Thuir (Pyrénnes-Orientales)
Music, gastronomy and cinema, the clever mix of Pellicu-Live is a concentrate of summer. The festival sponsored by François-Xavier Demaison, will feature renowned artists such as Ayo, Balbino Medellin, Big ALi DJ Set, Cali (& friends), Ibrahim Maalouf, Joeystarr & Dj Pone, Kendji or Tayc in early September. Info and booking on pelliculive.fr.
► 2 and 3 September: Rose festival, Toulouse (Haute-Garonne)
See you at the beginning of September for the first edition of the Rose festival, carried by BigFlo and Oli. The two brothers from Toulouse will invite the artists of a whole generation to the MEETT, in the open air: on Friday evening, Zinée, L’Impératrice, Deluxe, the duo Mouss and Hakim Zebda, Ben Mazué, Damso, Ziak, Polo and Pan. On Saturday, it will be the turn of NTO, Chilla, Luidji, Iam, FKJ, Folamour, Laylow, Paul Kalkbrenner and Bon Entendeur to take the stage. All information on rosefestival.fr.