Firmly established as one of the best festivals in France, Rock en Seine is a three-day rock extravaganza which takes place just west of Paris city centre. Set in the beautiful listed gardens of the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, which were designed by landscaper André Le Nôtre (his other work includes the magnificent castle of Versailles), you’re sure to find somewhere to pitch your tent in this 460-hectare paradise. Attended by 110,000 last year, the festival’s focus is on rock acts - Iggy Pop & Foals played last year and the event has hosted everyone from Pixies to Arctic Monkeys in the past. However, electronic music fans aren’t neglected: The Prodigy and Paul Kalkbrenner are just a couple of the dance acts who have graced Rock en Seine’s stages.
Rock en Seine takes place over the last weekend in August in the Domaine National de Saint Cloud. It usually sells out so it’s certainly wise to secure your tickets as early as possible from the official website or from See Tickets or Festicket. To get to the festival, your nearest airports are Charles de Gaulle or Orly. From there, hop on the métro to Boulogne - Pont de St-Cloud station on Line 10. Alternatively, you can get the tram to Parc de St-Cloud. Gates open at 2pm on the Friday and Saturday and at 1pm on the final day and, if you decide you’d rather enjoy the luxury of a nice, warm bed over a tent, the concerts end before the last train home.
With over 60 artists spread across five stages, you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss your favourite acts. It may be a good idea to download the line-up and timings before you enter the festival so you know which stage to go to and when. Note also that Rock en Seine is a cashless festival - you create an account which is linked to your wristband, top it up online and buy your food, drink and merchandise. If you don’t spend all of your balance, you can get it refunded after the festival.
Wake up rested and refreshed after a good night’s sleep and a warm shower and then head to the festival to see your favourite artists. The festival is easily accessible by public transport so stay in a nearby B&B, studio, flat or spare room with Eventful Stays. Check out our accommodation in Paris.
Stay on in Paris for a few days after the festival to check out what else this great city has to offer: head down to Père Lachaise cemetery to see the final resting place of The Doors frontman Jim Morrison; take in the visual beauty of the magnificent Sacré-Coeur; and contemplate the masterpieces housed in the Louvre Museum.
To find out more information about the festival, please head to the official website, where you’ll be able to find out about the 2017 line-up, the latest news and useful information about artists such as Gregory Porter.
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