“At the Saint-Cyr park and at the Cale de la Marine”: who will be on the bill for the seven free concerts this summer in Villeneuve-sur-Lot?

“At the Saint-Cyr park and at the Cale de la Marine”: who will be on the bill for the seven free concerts this summer in Villeneuve-sur-Lot?
“At the Saint-Cyr park and at the Cale de la Marine”: who will be on the bill for the seven free concerts this summer in Villeneuve-sur-Lot?

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The City of Villeneuve has lifted the veil on the names of the artists scheduled this summer. In total, no less than seven free concerts will be offered in July and August 2024 on the sites of the Villeneuvoise bastide.

New year, new format. Once again. The summer concerts in Villeneuve made noise in 2023, with an unprecedented relocation: Saint-Cyr Park. Usually organized at the Cale de la Marine, the Wednesday musical events had to migrate to the old hospital at the heart of the bastide due to inspections along the banks. As the security of the stage and the technical platform where the artists were housed was not guaranteed, the City had chosen to maintain these summer concerts but in a much larger location. And attendance rose to a record level, with nearly 14,000 spectators coming to applaud Kyo – a record attendance with 8,000 fans –, Cats on Trees and even Mouss and Hakim. Enough to put the brains of the events department to work, faced with the success of the Saint-Cyr configuration and the exceptional environment offered by La Cale on the banks of the Lot.

For the 2024 session, don’t be jealous: there will be concerts on both sites. “The analyzes were carried out at La Cale, it’s not a problem for the scene” assures Mayor Guillaume Lepers. “The experience at Saint-Cyr was remarkable. But we wanted to restart the atmosphere at La Cale, the most beautiful scene in Lot-et-Garonne.” But the latter does not accommodate as many spectators as in the park – a maximum capacity of 1,400 people. Logically, the big headliners will be on the Saint-Cyr stage, when the smaller shows “but just as unifying” will be on the banks of the Lot.

Gilbert Montagné, Saults and Black M in Saint-Cyr

The festivities in Saint-Cyr will be launched on July 11 in Villeneuve with two young people coming up: Saults. The Villeneuve residents, who reside in England, canceled a London date to come expressly to Villeneuve, as part of the big Tour de France concert. Then, see you on July 31 for the show which risks shattering the 2023 record: Gilbert Montagné. “We are expecting between 7,000 and 10,000 people, it will come from everywhere” predicts the mayor. To finish in style, and for the youngest, it is the rapper Black M, formerly of Sexion d’Assaut, who will close the cycle of concerts on the site of the old hospital, on August 7.

For the concerts at La Cale, Béatrice Vaquier and Dimitri Baquet, the tourism assistant and the director of the live entertainment department, relied on “tributes”, in other words groups covering great song standards. It will begin on July 19 with Céline Dion, then on July 26 with Nino Ferrer, on August 2 with Telephone and on August 23 with Supertramp. All these performances will be scheduled on Friday evening, at the same time as the Country Producers’ Markets which will be held a few meters away. No competition but rather a capture of epicureans, since the concerts will begin at 9:30 p.m.

In total, seven free musical events will be offered this summer in Villeneuve. “I want something to happen every week during the summer,” says Guillaume Lepers, who is counting on the influx of the Tour de France to encourage people passing through to come back during the summer season. However, the budget has not exploded, explains the mayor, the fact that the concerts are free imposes a scale on the artists’ fees. A free service which had been, at the end of the summer of 2023, welcomed by the opposition of the City of Agen… and mocked by the Villeneuvoise opposition.

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