“It’s quite a great success”

“It’s quite a great success”
“It’s quite a great success”

“Despite the weather, the public largely showed their attachment to the festival,” underlines the municipal assistant in charge of culture Delphine Mentré. It’s quite a great success. » Ten days after the closing evening of FIMU, it is time to take stock. Almost a million euros budget, 1,370 artists, 120 groups from 31 countries, 220 concerts and 23 stages. An application, launched this year and downloaded more than 10,000 times. And above all, 100,500 festival-goers over four days. This is barely 8,000 fewer than the previous edition and its weather worthy of the month of July. However, this 37e edition did not start under the best auspices. Rain, wind and low temperatures dampened the excitement of opening night on Thursday. The “FIMU off-piste” brought together 1,900 curious people. Or two thousand less than in 2023.

Peak attendance on Sunday

“The weather has put a damper on outdoor concerts,” confirms the assistant. Like at the Kiosk. But the others, indoors, have found their audience. » The weather was significantly better the next day: with 29,400 people on Friday and 200 more than in 2023, the year 2024 is synonymous with an attendance record. But the respite was short-lived. “The capricious weather” at the start of the day on Saturday had deprived the second day of its usual peak in attendance. Nearly 32,200 music lovers, compared to 40,200 last year. “The rain shortened the time spent on the site,” emphasizes Delphine Mentré. People became a little demotivated. » It was finally during the last evening that the famous peak was reached. “19,000 people is not big. Due to the weather, young people and families did not meet. This is usually the case during the 6-9 p.m. period and the peak is around the number of unique visitors. The fourth and final day will bring together 37,000 fans.

The “successful bet” of Place de la République

This edition coincided with the start of the new era of Place de la République. For its big return to the festival area, the venue was the subject of “a daring but completely successful bet”: the stage, highlighted by an LED screen, gave way to electro music. And saw its dimensions revised downwards. “Size matters,” admits new director Julian Catusse, “it’s not the most important thing. It created a cocoon for the artists and it highlighted the village hall. There were fewer people, but it was consistent with the artistic project. The public showed us enormous satisfaction. » Could this same recipe come back next year? “Nothing is set in stone,” explains Delphine Mentré. Every year, we build a new FIMU. But we are satisfied…” Latest information communicated by the City and not the least: the dates of the 2025 edition. The 38e edition of FIMU welcomes music lovers from June 5 to 8, 2025.

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