The deputy mayor of Lyon delegate for Culture explained that the festivities will be held exceptionally on Fridays and Saturdays for five weeks. The lineup will be announced by the end of the month.
With almost a year without music and concerts, Lyon is trying to make up for it. After the announcement of the maintenance of the Nuits Sonores and the Nuits de Fourvière, two major musical events on the Lyon scene, this time the Fête de la Musique is making a comeback. On Tuesday, Mayor Grégory Doucet’s cultural assistant, Nathalie Perrin-Gilbert, confirmed at a press conference that the Fête de la Musique would be held this year in an unusual format: in addition to the traditional June 21, the festivities will run until the end of July.
Many concerts were already scheduled, after a call for applications to solo artists, groups and choirs launched by the town hall in early April. Finally, they will not all take place on June 21 as planned, but will be spread over five weeks, Fridays and Saturdays in all the boroughs of the city: “The Festival will normally take place in many festive places», Clarified the deputy of the town hall of Lyon during the press conference. “We will rely on the bars and their terraces for a somewhat spontaneous music festival. Each year, the city of Lyon also offers a program, on stages, across the city. We decided to do things big!»Added Nathalie Perrin-Gilbert on BFM TV, specifying that the complete program will be unveiled within ten days..
A surprise decision that follows the announcements a few days ago by Roselyne Bachelot in The Parisian. The Minister confirmed the maintenance of the Fête de la Musique across France: “It will be held on June 21 and will not be subject to the health pass.. We can dance but it will be a masked party with a curfew at 11 p.m. I appeal to everyone’s responsibility. The rate of 50% of people vaccinated should then be reached, so we will achieve a significant level of immunity.».
Last year, the music festival was canceled in Lyon as in many cities, which did not prevent several outbursts as in Paris, where thousands of people had gathered without social distancing.