Fête de la Musique

Posted: 5th July 2010 by Luciano Araujo in Music, Photography, Summer 2010 in France, Travel

On Monday, June 21st, was the Fête de la Musique (Festival of the Music) here in France and Rennes for being a vibrant college town has the reputation for having pretty nice activities around the city. Indeed the entire town was taken over by music, food, and plenty of alcohol! There were about 5 official stages spread throughout the city and each stage had a predefined list of bands with a common theme from classical to reggae. These official stages were located in the main squares of the city and concentrated large crowds.

Rue de la Soif during Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Rue de la Soif during Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

I left work, picked up my camera and headed to the city center to wonder around by myself and take some photos before my friends’ arrival. I knew that this would be a big drinking night so I wanted to make sure to take some photos prior to that. Early in the evening the streets were mainly populated with families and older folks and as the sun started to go down the college crowd took over the streets and people were drinking, eating, and having a great time!

What I liked the most about this festival was that in almost every corner there was an independent band just jamming their music and having a great time. People walking around like me would stop for a few songs and move on to the next band. These bands were mainly college students and some of them were pretty good. One band in particular had a banner that said “Fuck Off Production”… very creative! :/ There were also some solo musicians playing their instrument of choice which included drums, guitar, and violin. I also saw many DJ setups on the streets and one in particular was playing only reggae music which drew a large crowd of hippies. On Place Sant Anne there was a metal rock band right next to the place were we usually eat a Kebbab and these guys were super hard core. A mosh-pit broke out in the middle of the square and at some point they played a song with the words “vive la revolution francaise” and chairs began flying… quite a scene! :)

Fuck Off Production, Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Fuck Off Production, Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Later in the night we positioned ourselves in front of one of the big stages and checked out some of the more professional bands which turned out to be awesome! At around 2am the town was taken over by drunks and bottles and fights were breaking out left and right. We figured that would be a good time to call it a night! Another awesome experience here in Rennes, France!

Guitar Player Instruments at Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

DJ at Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

DJ at Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Instruments at Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Instruments at Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Street Band at Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Street Band at Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Intense Singer at Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Intense Singer at Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Rock n' Roll, Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Rock n' Roll, Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Reggae DJ at Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Reggae DJ at Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Stage at Place des Lices, Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Stage at Place des Lices, Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Heavy Metal Band, Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

Heavy Metal Band, Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

DJ Bugging Out, Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France

DJ Bugging Out, Fête de la Musique - Rennes, France