If you are a fan of Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Elton John (or in previous years Bruce Springsteen, Lily Allen or Lenny Kravitz,) then a visit to the town of Carhaix (29 Finistere, Brittany) from 14 – 17 July 2022 should be on your agenda. This is for the well-established Vieilles Charrues music festival – a literal translation being “old ploughs” festival. But be warned. this is a major music event attracting over 200.000 people from all over Europe and with an impressive international line-up.

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Carhaix is just an hour by road from the port of Roscoff, where Brittany Ferries sails from Plymouth and Cork! and can also be reached from Brest (Ryanair from London Luton and Dublin) and has good bus and train links with the rest of Brittany.

Whilst the line-up at the Vieilles Charrues changes every year, for over 20 years its recipe for success has remained the same with a mix of eclecticism and conviviality, legends, and legends in the making. Five stages, 80 artists and 230,000 spectators…This festival really is a must!

Situated in the heart of the Finistère countryside, the festival comes back each year with a line-up that’s music to your ears. The playlist will appeal just as much to electro mad teenagers as pop fans and rocking granddads. The festival has the knack of creating a melting pot of musical styles and generations to suit all styles and generations. Some of the big names that have already performed here include Iggy Pop and the Stooges, 2 Many DJ’s, Amon Tobin, Ben Harper, Bruce Springsteen, LCD Soundsystem, Pixies and Muse.

Created in 1992 by a group of friends, which included Michel Troadec, the current mayor of Carhaix, the idea back then was to “enjoy a good meal, have a sing-a-long and a couple of drinks”, and 20 years later, the Vieilles Charrues hasn’t lost sight of its convivial origins. More than 230,000 visitors visited in 2010!

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