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Posted: 04-Jun-2004, 10:36 AM
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Here is a listing of some festivals taking place in Brittany this summer!

Info found at: http://www.anglofrance.net/whatson/brittan...y/festivals.htm

BRITTANY
Festivals

13th Vieilles Charrues Rock Festival
CARHAIX-PLOUGUER - (29) - Festivals
From Friday 23 July to Sunday 25 July, 2004

Lorient Celtic Festival
LORIENT - (56) - Festivals
From Friday 30 July to Sunday 8 August, 2004

3e Fête des Plantes venues du grand large
SAINT QUAY PORTRIEUX - (22) - Holiday/Feast Day
From Saturday 26 June to Sunday 27 June, 2004

Les Tombées de la Nuit
RENNES - (35) - Festivals
From Tuesday 6 July to Sunday 11 July, 2004

Brest 2004
BREST - (29) - Holiday/Feast Day
From Saturday 10 July to Friday 16 July, 2004

"Jazz Sous la Digue" Festival
MALESTROIT - (56) - Festivals
Saturday 26 June, 2004

Tro ar Bed Festival 2004
SAINT HERNIN - (29) - Festivals
From Saturday 3rd July to Sunday 4 July, 2004

Accordion Festival
AUGAN - (56) - Festivals
From Saturday 17 July to Sunday 18 July, 2004

9th Medieval Festival in Hennebont
HENNEBONT - (56) - Holiday/Feast Day
From Saturday 24 July to Sunday 25 July, 2004

7th Festival de Belle-Ile/Lyrique-en-Mer
LE PALAIS - (56) - Festivals
From Saturday 24 July to Wednesday 18 August, 2004

Pont du Rock Festival
MALESTROIT - (56) - Festivals
Saturday 31 July, 2004

West Country
LANGON - (35) - Festivals
From Friday 13 August to Sunday 15 August, 2004

Brocéliande Celtival
GUER COETQUIDAN - (56) - Festivals
From Thursday 19 August to Wednesday 25 August, 2004

Fest Noz
PLOUHINEC - (29) - Holiday/Feast Day
Saturday 5 June, 2004

Festival "Les Estiv'Arts"
PLOERMEL - (56) - Festivals
From Saturday 19 June to Friday 30 July, 2004

Kermesse
PLOUHINEC - (29) - Holiday/Feast Day
Sunday 20 June, 2004

1re semaine musicale du Cap
PLOUHINEC - (29) - Festivals
From Monday 21 June to Saturday 26 June, 2004

Kermesse
PLOUHINEC - (29) - Holiday/Feast Day
Saturday 26 June, 2004

Ar Milin Party
GUIPAVAS - (29) - Holiday/Feast Day
Sunday 27 June, 2004

Horse Festival
GUER COETQUIDAN - (56) - Holiday/Feast Day
Sunday 27 June, 2004


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I first became aware of the Vieilles Charrues Rock Festival just after the first visit to our new holiday home near Carhaix in July 2002. It was the Carhaix council employees industriously putting up fencing all over the place to prevent the expected influx of visitors camping where they liked that gave the game away. We had to go home before the festival but Travis and Miarianne Faithfull were amongst the acts that played there that year.
In 2003 one of my daughters and a friend bought a one day ticket and went to see REM. We dropped them off in the early afternoon, REM came on at about midnight and we went to collect them when we couldn't hear the bass anymore from our house 8-10 km away. The ticket was a very reasonable 23 euro, even more so when someone told me REM played the Point in Dublin the day before and tickets started at 40 euro. If I had known who Carlos Nunez was I would probably gone too.
The 2004 festival was to have included Bowie until his heart op forced him to pull out.

It's huge, with at least 15 acts each day on 4 stages. Not all are widely known and only a few are in the super star league.


For the more traditionally minded on July 14th Carhaix becomes the centre of Breton culture with an invasion by Bagadans - Breton bands made up of pipes similar to bagpipes, oboes and drums. The morning is usually given over to a competion [concours national des bagadou de la 5eme categorie], with a parade of bagadans and cercle [Breton dancers] in the afternoon. The parade usually finishes with a composite bagad made up of all the bagadans that haven't made it to the finals of the competition. The effect created by a 'phalanx' of pipers 20 wide and 5 deep has to be experienced to be believed.
I was there in '02, '03 & '04 and can't wait to be there in '05.

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Posted: 17-Dec-2004, 02:31 PM
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I'm so glad to know someone else here knows "Les vieilles charrues" smile.gif.
Welcome georgetreliving, we're almost neighbours, I live in Brest wink.gif

"Les Vieilles Charrues" takes place each year on the third week-end of July and is welcoming about 50 000 persons per day,
in 5 differents musical spaces .
The musical programming, which is nowadays wellknown for its diversity, is always trying to line up international major artists with young promising bands.

Some of the artists invited since the creation of the festival in 1992 :

THE CURE
IGGY POP
JAMES BROWN
DAVID BOWIE
BEN HARPER
REM
JOE COCKER
PRETENDERS
PLACEBO
MASSIVE ATTACK
JOAN BAEZ
MANU CHAO
PATTI SMITH
THE CRANBERRIES
MARIANNE FAITHFULL
BECK
MACEO PARKER
YOUSSOU N'DOUR
SIMPLE MINDS
CHEB MAMI
ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION
BURNING SPEAR
EAGLE EYE CHERRY
THE SILENCERS
DE LA SOUL
US 3
IAM
NOIR DESIR
MUSE
U ROY
THE WAILERS
THE BLUES BROTHERS BAND
JOHNNY CLEGG
THE GLADIATORS
BLACK UHURU
16 HORSEPOWER
ADRIAN SHERWOOD
FRANK BLACK
JOSEPH ARTHUR
HAWKSLEY WORKMAN
DEATH IN VEGAS, LAURENT GARNIER? etc,

And last year, because Bowie wasn't here, Texas came without much warning smile.gif .






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Posted: 22-Dec-2004, 05:14 PM
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Celtica, I'm sorry to say I've only visited Brest once to go around the chateau. Other than that I've passed through on my way to Brest airport before Ryanair stopped flying from there and on my way to St Rennan for a medieval festival.

Really enjoyed the festival, especially the re-enactors. There was a group called Aux Couleurs du Moyen Age playing there [and one of there CDs is in my CD player as I type this] and all their music was medieval in style if not in actual fact, including Breton, Spanish and Judeo-Spanish music.


I can't let the subject of festivals in Brittany pass without mentioning the Festival de Cornouaille held in Quimper in late July every year. Although things happen in various parts of the city, I think the best part happens next to the cathedral, although I was too embarrased to join my wife in taking part in learning Breton dancing

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