Last Sunday, 26th of August I went for the first time to the Rock en Seine Festival in Paris. I have been to other big festivals before and I have to say that the ambiance and organisation were really good. No stress, very few pushes around, large spaces to lay down under the sun, lots of families with kids, some funny costumes and great bands such as Passion Pit, The Dandy Warhols, Foster The People or Green day.
The Festival is located by the river Seine (Iguess this comes with no surprise), and the views when approaching the showground were beautiful.
This year’s poster design was inspired by vintage circus characters, and all the atmosphere from the big wheel to the candy stalls and the special exhibition were related to that topic. It was like being in a village fair.
My intention was to see Bombay Bicycle Club first of all, but they were playing way too early (3 p.m.) and by the time we got there we were only able to hear Shuffle (which is my favourite song, so it wasn’t that bad).
Later we headed to the other side of the festival to see Passion Pit and were lucky enough to be in the first row! I really liked their album “Manners” and was afraid to be disappointed by their live performance, but though the sound wasn’t perfect, the singer, Michael Angelakos was full of energy and we really enjoyed their performance singing along as loudly as possible. The climax came with their last song Little Secrets when the audience went higher and higher and higher…
We then headed to the main stage to hear the end of The Dandy Warhols‘ show. You could tell those guys have years of experience, the sound was fantastic and Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s deep voice had a soothing effect while laying down on the grass.
And after some waiting time, fighting our way through hordes of late teens, finally came Foster The People!! By far the best show of the festival. They managed to light up the crowd with a series of hits one after the other Helena Beat, Call It What You Want, Houdini… And the finale Pumped Up Kids accompanied by a white confetti rain and an electronic remix that made everyone jump like crazy.
We then had some time to see the second half of Green Day‘s show. It was a good one, they played several Dookie hits in a row and even 2000 Light Year’s Away from Kerplunk, a classic. However, Billie Joe seemed to be quite drunk from the way he kept stopping songs to make the crowd repeat “Eeeeh! Oh!-Oooooh! Eh!” endlessly. Seriously, we came to hear you sing and play, and you’re really good at it, no need to fill the show with tiring sound repeating games.
Anyway Green Day will always be Green Day, and their live shows are always energetic and fun, so we went back home tired, but happy. Can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
You can check my Flickr Gallery for some pictures of the Festival. Hope you like them!