“The only hitch” deplores its director Michel Rolland, who had to review this last day’s schedule in an emergency and set it free so as not to harm anyone (see box). “For the rest we are very happy. Having been able to redo our job already, after two years covid, even in sublime conditions, and having seen the public respond in droves, was not won at the origin “, breathe happy.
I want and will do my best to keep it in my memory.
Two months ago, in view of a struggling ticket office, he and his team weren’t leading the way. We had to wait the last two weeks before it really started to heat up. “At that time we were not really reassured, indeed very worried, we imagined a disaster, it finally started late, after having multiplied the communication operations all the same by three”, indicate.
2023, “pivotal year”
Upon arrival, the result even went beyond his expectations, for a more flattering evaluation, “Hot, in the 25,000 paying admissions, 30,000 with scanned tickets, for a total attendance estimated between 40,000 and 45,000 people. I don’t remember an edition with almost four entire evenings elsewhere “, takes the time to savor a little more, the thought is already turned, very strong, to the next one who will see the festival blow out its thirty candles.
“I even finished like clockwork for 2023, a pivotal year that will set the tone for the next ten. How it will be, with whom, I don’t know yet. In any case, I want and I will do my best to keep it in my memory “. he promises.
A 30And edition that should return to the Tuesday-Saturday format, “this day Sunday does not suit me”, and whose name, he hopes, it could be revealed pretty quickly.
The false note Liam Gallagher
Manchester’s enfant terrible comes out. Much to the desperation of his fans, festival goers and organizers, Liam Gallagher did not ensure the closure of this 29And edition, Sunday evening. Reason given? “Doctor”Michel Rolland, the director of the festival, pointed a little disillusioned at the announcement of the cancellation of his concert, Saturday around 17:00. “Laryngitis” invoked by the former leader of the Oasis group, on social media this Sunday, as he apologized to the audience at the Beauregard festival, near Caen, where he played on Friday night. A concert that turned into a fiasco with a Liam Gallagher who left the stage after 20 minutes of play, right in the middle of a song, in front of more than 28,000 stunned spectators. “Difficult for my colleagues, not terrible for us, but I am very happy that it did not happen in Cognac, even if this cancellation will cost us a little”, notes Michel Rolland who, to make up for this defection, had decided on Saturday to open for free on Sunday evening.
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