Twenty names for his twenties.
Rock en Seine unveiled this Tuesday at noon the first names of its 2023 edition, which will be held on August 23, 25, 26 and 27 in Saint-Cloud (Hauts-de-Seine), and strikes a blow with two heads of poster in French exclusivity: Billie Eilish and The Strokes.
The new American popstar, Oscar winner and covered with Grammys at only 21 years old, will even be the subject of a special evening, on Wednesday 23, with a 100% feminine program which promises, with already Girl In Red, Tove Lo and Hannah Grae .
The New York rockers will end a very electric Sunday, with Foals, Wet Leg, Murder Capital...
"We had hoped to welcome the Strokes for 20 years and we finally have them," rejoices the director of the festival, Matthieu Ducos.
For this anniversary edition, we wanted to mark the occasion and find the groups that made us want to create Rock en Seine.
This will be the fourth time that we will program Foals.
Back to rock and electro fundamentals with Placebo as headliners on Friday 25th, and Chemical Brothers and Florence + The Machine on Saturday 26th. The punks of Turnstile and Dry Cleaning, Belgian DJ Charlotte de Witte, folk angels Tamino and Angel Olsen will complete these two days.
For the moment, no rap artist is announced in the park of Saint-Cloud.
“There will be, of course, but less than some years, specifies Matthieu Ducos.
The other Parisian gatherings of the summer (We Love Green, Solidays and Lollapalooza) are very legitimate on urban music.
And in this very international poster, only two French artists are revealed, Bertrand Belin and Flavien Berger.
But there are still around fifty artists to be announced before the summer, most of them in a second wave in mid-March.
Tickets on sale from Wednesday for the first day
The ticket office for the first day around Billie Eilish will open on Wednesday January 25 at noon.
Like the evening which was organized around Rage Against The Machine, and which was unfortunately canceled after the group's package, it will be picked up on the two main stages and accessible at the single price of 89 euros.
Tickets for the other three days will go on sale Thursday, January 26 at the same time at a maximum price of 75 euros, up from 6 euros.
“Like the vast majority of festivals, we have to pass on the increase in all our costs this year, explains the boss of Rock en Seine.
Last year, we didn't do this, but the increase is very significant, starting with artists' fees.
Like last year, when they broke their attendance record by welcoming 150,000 spectators and playing three days to sold-out crowds, the organizers are betting on four days.
“It's a format that holds up economically, notes Matthieu Ducos.
It is more and more complicated with three days to balance our accounts.
And for the moment, the summer artistic offer is up to our expectations…”
If 2023 looks auspicious, but 2024 is still uncertain.
Rock en Seine is with Lollapalooza the last major festival that could be impacted by the organization of the Olympic Games in Paris.
“We are still in the dark, confirms its director.
We can't move from the last weekend of August, just before the Paralympic Games.
So we are looking with the Paris police headquarters for solutions to reduce our needs in law enforcement and find new resources, in our ranks as in those of the municipal police of neighboring municipalities.
We hope to have answers mid-March to be able to book dates with the big international artists.