France — The second GeNeRiQ Festival didn’t have any acts playing in telephone boxes or toilets, although a few did get booked into libraries, shops, flats, bars and coffee houses.
"We wanted to draw attention to the music by putting it places where it’s not usually found," said Herve Casteran, who programmes the event as well as books the annual Les Eurockéennes de Belfort Festival.
Now in its second year, the February 23 to March 8 event stretching across three countries – although all venues are near the borders between France, Germany and Switzerland – featured shows from Buck 65, Noisettes, Vitalic, Jose Gonzalez, The Do, The Heavy, Idaho, Sebastien Tellier, Patrick Watson, Girl Talk, Vic Chesnutt, and Antipop Consortium.
The French shows were in Dijon, Besançon, Belfort and Mulhouse, with the Swiss shows in Basel and the German shows in Freiburg.
Les Eurockéennes (July 4-6) has just announced its first confirmed acts, including The Offspring, Moby, Massive Attack, Ben Harper, N*E*R*D, Cavalera Conspiracy, The Gossip, Babyshambles, and California retro-rockers Comets On Fire.