After our little breaks to Paris, Brussels and Lille we decided for our last little break of the summer to pull something special out the bag. So for our ‘Little Music Break’ we decided to make a whole weekend of it and head to the Rock en Seine Festival in Paris for August bank holiday weekend.
The Rock en Seine festival is situated in the Pont de Saint-Cloud area in the suburbs of Paris. Unlike festivals in the UK that are normally situated in a random field in the middle of nowhere Rock en Seine is situated in the city so is easily accessible whether you want to stay on site or not.
A short ride on the metro and we arrived at our hotel, everyone secretly relieved that the camping on site had booked up so quickly so we could have the benefits of comfy beds, and warm showers everyday.
Heading down to the festival it took us a while to realise that conveniently there was a tram to take us to the other end of the festival where we could pick up our VIP passes and get in through the back entrance. Whooo for VIP!
Going through every band and story from the weekend will probably to bored you silly while making you green with envy, so to save your sanity I will give you a snap shot of each day.
The line up for the weekend was amazing with bands and DJ’s such as Oasis, The Prodigy, Bloc Party, Birdy Nam Nam, Metric, Vitalic, MGMT, Calvin Harris, Vampire weekend – I could go on but I’m sure your already suitably envious.
As you’re probably already aware on the Friday night Oasis were a no show as they decided this was the night they were going to break up for good (we heard rumors that apparently Liam broke Noels guitar). Despite this we had a great time and consoled our selves with a great set from Vitalic and drunken dancing in the VIP tent.
The next day feeling slight worst for wear we had a leisurely picnic and gradually recovered from the day before to do it all again.
The line up for the second day was equally impressive as the day before with Calvin Harris, Birdy Nam Nam, The Offspring, Faith No More, as well as Kitty, Daisy and Lewis.
Birdy Nam Nam were my personal favourites of the day and I have now become slightly obsessed and am planning to get back Paris to see them again soon.
By the final day quite a few people were starting to feel the affects of the last few days late nights and shenanigans.
Metric were the first act on of the day and were perfect for getting us all back in the mood while we sprawled out under a nearby tree with our picnic. As the majority of acts we wanted to see were performing later on we moved back to the VIP area and spent the afternoon lazing in the sun, while drinking and chatting.
Recovered and ready to make the most of the last day we headed down to have a bit of a dance and warm up for the evening ahead. Les Petit Pois were surprisingly unexciting considering the legendary names that make up the band and MGMT despite a bit of a sing along to their well known hits were a bit flat.
For me personally this was all generally insignificant as the one act I’d been looking forward to seeing all weekend were The Prodigy, who were the final act on the main stage.
Waving our VIP passes we slipped into the butterfly wings at the side of the stage, while Paul and Sam actually manages to get on stage and watch from the sidelines – only a little bit jealous about that.
As you’d expect The Prodigy were awesome and the atmosphere amazing, living up to all the expectations that I had been building up over the weekend, making it a perfect end to an amazing little break.
To top it off on our way back to London the next day we actually met and had our photos with Keith (from The Prodigy) who was also traveling on the same Eurostar train as us!
A big thanks to everyone who came with us on our final Little Break of the summer and made it a special weekend to remember! Marcus from Stero Kill, Boaz from Cougar Microbes, Mark and Paul from Fried My Little Brain, Sam and Joe from Hush House, Terry and Nicki from Buzzin Music blog and Buzzin Pop Music, Paul and Gareth from Vice, Stuart from My Chemical Toilet and Niall from Nialler9.