If you want to do something a little different, I suggest you go to Les Vieilles Chaurres. It's a festival in Brittany which combines some of the biggest bands in the world, with traditional Bretagne music and theatre productions. Tickets are a small 60 Euros for a whole weekend of live music.
I have been for the past two years and the atmosphere there is amazing. There isn't really any violence, everything is very peaceful and you can sit down on the grass during the day, sharing your jug of beer and cigarettes with some French youths who will always make an effort speak to you in English. At night, everyone runs between the two main stages to see the delights.
Bands such as Franz Ferdinand, GLC, Buena Vista Social Club, The Streets, New Order, Kings of Leon, Muse and Starsailor have played at this calm and chilled out festival.
This year will see the talents of Tracey Chapman, The pixies and 2 Many Dj's. The two main stages host the big names of the festival whereas the smaller stage hosts DJ's and hip hop groups. In a separate field there are all sorts of amazing food stalls (everything from crepes to pizza and paella to huge baguettes and green tea). There are stages for circus acts, stages for small Bretagne bands and stages for performances of all sorts.
The festival takes place at the end of July normally around the 20th so the weather is warm, however last year I ended up wearing a bin liner when there was a terencial downpour.
This year is my third year of going and I can't wait because I know it promises to be a fantatstic weekend of cheap French rose, an excellent wide range in music and improvement of my French.
My tips are stuff your pockets with toilet paper (there never is any in the toilets), take bottle caps off water bottles before going in otherwise they confiscate them - so hide them in your socks or tuck them into your hair!
Don't go if you have the attitude of a 70 year old(what's the point in hating them because our grandparents do). And finally, enjoy the weather, the friendliness of our neighbours and the delights offered to you.
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