A Summertime Guide to Festivals in Provence
A festival in Provence is more than just great music; it’s about being in amazing locations with great food. Here’s our pick of the best ones that summer has to offer. We’ll tell you what to expect, how to get there, and how to make the most of your time.
Its picture-postcard setting is everything you imagine Provence to be: beautiful streets, boutique shops, intimate cafés/bars, and a castle (that makes its own wine) right on the doorstep, where all the bands play. What more could you ask for from a festival in Provence?
Festival Yeah! wasn’t set up to be a hugely commercial event; it’s a low-key, relaxed affair with a family vibe. There are even silencing headphones and ear plugs available for the kids.
The clip below is in French, but it’s a great indication of what to expect: yummy food, delicious drinks, and great music in a spectacular setting.
Festival Yeah! offers pop/rock. Check out their line-up here.
If you are looking for last minute tickets or up-to-date news, check out their Facebook page.
Dates: June 2-4, 2017
Location: Lourmarin, Provence
Good For: Families and people wanting a low-key, less commercial music event
Cost: Day tickets into the festival grounds are €25. Under 5s go free. Under 13s go half price. All village activities are free to get into.
Sleeping options: There are all sort of options in and around Lourmarin, like hiring a cottage or camping. A list is provided online.
Transport options: The closest airport is Marseille. The nearest TGV rail station is Avignon. From both the airport and the TGV, it’s probably best to rent a car. Car pooling is encouraged through the French car pooling site, Blah Blah Car.
This Is Not A Love Song
The festival includes both big and little names in the world of indie music, including bands with diverse sounds and who might be a little bit more experimental than those you might find at other festivals. Check out the line-up here.
Take a look at this YouTube clip to get a feel for the vibe:
The festival is closely tied to the local community; volunteers play a big part, welcoming people and helping to run events. You can apply online to volunteer.
Kids over the age of ten are welcome and there are lots of places for them to run around and hang out.
It operates a cashless system which you sign up for beforehand, so you don’t need to bother with carrying around lots of money. For the latest headlines and last-minute tickets, check out their Facebook.
This Is Not A Love Song (TINALS)
Dates: June 9-11, 2017
Music: Indie (big and small bands)
Good for: Families with teenage kids. People who love a community festival vibe with great indie music.
Cost: Day tickets are €33. There is a reduced tariff of €28 for children aged 10-18 years. A three-day pass costs €80. Buy tickets here.
Sleeping options: There are camping facilities on-site or a free bus will shuttle you back and forth between Nimes.
Transport options: The site is next to Nimes airport (which has direct flights from London and Brussels). Alternatively, take the train from Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Grenoble, Montpelier, or Toulouse airports or hire a car. Or you can car pool to get there, by using the French car pooling site Blah Blah Car.
This clip is in French, but offers a chance to see the beautiful setting and relaxed Provençal vibe:
This is a place to party in the sun, in a small intimate venue, by the Mediterranean sea.
This festival has more of a party crowd with a love of electronic/pop music.
What’s more, the location is perfect to enjoy some of the wonderful coastline when the concert is over.
For up-to-date information, it’s best to check out their Facebook page.
Dates: July 21-23, 2017
Location: Villa Noailles, Hyères
Good for: A party crowd that wants a chic, intimate setting with great electro/pop music
Cost: Tickets are between €10 and €70.
Sleeping options: Stay in the town or find nearby camping facilities. All details are available online.
Transport options: There is a small airport in Hyères that does have international flights or you can take the train to Hyères station.