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Music festivals in France: attendance up by 23% this summer

By The Numbers
September 10, 2014

Festival season is over.  A study carried out by Télérama magazine gives insights about this social trend through a report devoted to ‘current music’ festivals - including rock, pop, electronic and rap music- that took place in France during summer 2014.  

Published on September 4, the study includes all the festivals in the ‘current music’ sector lasting a week at the most and gathering more than 15 000 festival-goers between May 15 and August 31 2014.

Despite mixed weather, the attendance figures are high. French summer festivals drew 23% more people compared to 2013. In 2014, festival-goers were 2 546 793, which represents an increase of 500,000 people over a two-year period (they were 2 191 000 in 2013 to 2 054 080 in 2012).

In addition, the report reveals that the number of middle-size summer festivals – 15 000 festival-goers and beyond – keeps increasing. There are more than 51 summer festivals of this size in France, that is to say 15 more compared to 2013. According to a recent study by the French Society of Music Authors, Composers and Editors (SACEM), 1425 music festivals take place every year in France. Once again, this is the proof of the vitality and the expansion of live music, which has become a key part in the music industry value chain.

As for the line-up, if some festivals give prominence to electronic and metal music, the overall offering is varied: festivals tend to combine diverse artists and music styles in order to attract a large audience. A good example is provided by Les Vieilles Charrues festival: in 2014, the biggest French music festival (225 000 people attending) featured big names - like Elton John, and Belgian phenomenon Stromae, together with emerging French bands such as Fakear and local talents playing traditional Breton music.

 

Find out more:

All of the figures on the Télérama website

1,425 festivals devoted to “current music” in France in 2013

Discover careers in the music live industry: festival programmer, concert promoter, press agent

Article on Digischool.fr (in French): Festivals 2014: les découvertes de jeunes talents étudiants by Laura Boisset, published July 17, 2014

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