Monday, July 20, 2015

Old Plough: over 250 000 people at the 24th edition – Le Point

The 24th edition of the Vieilles Charrues festival leading destination of French rock, with big names in music such as Muse, Calogero or Joan Baez, welcomed Thursday to Sunday in Carhaix (Finistère) over 250 000 people, welcomed the organizers. “250 000 people this year, it’s really very, very well,” said during a conference Jean-Luc Martin, president of the festival. Some 202,000 tickets were sold to the public, which must be added the VIP entrance fees, as well as volunteers and professionals working at the site, said the organizers. “We’re thrilled, we’re a bit stunned,” continued Jerome Trehorel festival director, explaining that the bar of 180,000 paying visitors, necessary to reach equilibrium had been reached on the Friday before the opening of the festival . “22,000 tickets were sold in one week,” he was glad.

This 24th edition has seen big names in music like Muse, Calogero, Joan Baez, Lionel Richie, Tom Jones, The Prodigy or London Grammar, but also promising young talents, as the two brothers and Toulouse Oli, which refresh the French rap, or the frail Norwegian Aurora, rising star of experimental electro-pop. This edition was also marked by the development on the site and in the surrounding campsites a paperless payment system is in the form of an electronic bracelet, unique way to settle his meals, drinks or for overnight stays festivalgoers. “The system is well suited and we are very happy,” said Jean-Luc Martin, indicating that the device would be renewed in 2016. The next edition, the 25th, will be held on 14, 15, 16 and 17 July 2016.


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