From Thursday July 7 to Sunday July 10, a plethora of artists will tread the two main stages of Les Déferlantes. The Château d’Aubiry in Céret will be the scene of very different shows, ranging from rock to rap, going as far as French song and often ending with electro. David Garcia, the programmer, explains his choice.
An XXL program for a return that will have both everything and nothing to do with what festival-goers have known so far. Everything, because the intergenerational DNA of Les Déferlantes is preserved. Nothing, because the gauge is doubled. The strategy of David Garcia, co-director of Frontera productions is simple on paper. But, in practice, it was complicated to tie up. The head of programming having to juggle the agenda of 55 artists. “I wanted all the singers or groups who perform on the two big stages, named Vallespir and Sud de France, to be headliners. That is to say that we only install those who fill Zeniths. Unlike Valmy where the two big stages also welcomed young talents or middle (medium, in English)“, confides David Garcia.
The Vallespir and Sud de France will therefore be the playground of the crème de la crème of programming like Simple Minds, Angèle, Black Eyes Peas, -M-, Martin Garrix, Clara Luciani or (obviously) Muse. The concerts will be alternated between one and the other so that the technical teams can set up and take down the sets of each artist, without downtime for the public. “We change dimension by settling on this new site of the castle of Aubirycontinues David Garcia, but I wanted to keep the identity of Les Déferlantes. In other words, mixing musical styles so that the evenings are multi-generational. I wanted to infuse a different rhythm throughout the night. Let’s start, for example, with old-fashioned rock, for parents. Then the current stars for their children. And everyone ends up with the DJs to party“. A desire for diversity that would also motivate groups and singers to deliver quality performances. Indeed, it would be hard to believe that on one evening, all the festival-goers came for one and the same name. All have a new audience, more or less large, to conquer.
Young talents and the “middle” will be on the Dj Mag stage. Ultra-popular DJs are also programmed there like Feder, Ofenbach or Vladimir Cauchemar. During the day, a pool party led by local DJ Esteban will be hosted only by local DJs. More surprising perhaps: this pool party, organized in the park of Aubiry will be without water. Four to five hundred balloons will fill the pool.
The programmer’s choice
He hates the exercise but he lends himself to it. David Garcia had to choose one show per evening that he is particularly looking forward to seeing. Apart from Muse, of course.
July 7: Dropkick Murphys,”because it’s an Irish rock that I love“.
July 8: Orelsan, “we’ve already programmed it and it keeps getting stronger. He is inventive, always in the novelty. I can’t wait to see how he will surprise us“.
July 9: Angela, “she toured with Dua Lipa and the show was crazy“.
July 10: Dj Snake,”he gave an exceptional concert at the Parc des Princes on June 11 (the first for more than ten years, editor’s note). There, he goes after Muse, he will have to go get the public. It announces very very heavy“.
The program of the two main stages hour by hour
On Thursday, July 7, eight artists will tread the two main stages. In the South of France, Cali will start from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., then Juliette Armanet from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Simple Minds from 10 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. and Black Eyed Peas from 12:15 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. will be rocked by Sropkick Murphys from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., PNL from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sum 41 from 11:15 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.
On Friday July 8, there will be six of them rubbing shoulders with the big boards. For the Sud de France stage, Tones and I will start its show from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sean Paul will take the light from 8:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. 15. Rilès will be on the Vallespir stage from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., -M- from 9:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Dj Martin Garrix from 12:15 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.
On Saturday July 9, the party will start on the Vallespir stage this time with Omah Lay, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Vianney from 8:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., Angèle from 10:45 p.m. to midnight and Kungs from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. . The Sud de France stage will light up with Oboy from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Clara Luciani from 9:45 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. and SCH from midnight to 1 a.m.
On Sunday July 9, the Vallespir stage will once again get the ball rolling with The Faim from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Suzane from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Polo & Pan from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Dj Snake from midnight to 2 a.m. For this final evening, the South of France will be heavy with Hoshi from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Laylow from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Muse from 11:30 p.m. to midnight.