Solidays narrowly beats its attendance record, with 260,467 festival-goers

Solidays narrowly beats its attendance record, with 260,467 festival-goers
Solidays narrowly beats its attendance record, with 260,467 festival-goers

Despite difficulties in selling out tickets, the Solidays festival this year broke an attendance record.

The Parisian Solidays festival, which supports international aid programs for HIV patients, announced that it had just surpassed its attendance record, with 260,467 festival-goers from Friday to Sunday.

Its 26th edition brought together dozens of artists, including the duo Gazo & Tiakola, Mika, PLK, Jok’Air, Sam Smith, Pomme, Mika, Laurent Garnier and Louise Attaque.

Increasing number of difficulties

But until the end, the festival, which had already welcomed nearly 260,000 people last year, encountered difficulties this year in selling its tickets, still not being full on the eve of the opening.

The new record “does not, however, hide the increasing difficulties encountered in organizing the festival and does not present a guarantee for the future”, the organizers stressed in a press release.

“We have every reason to be worried about the coming years because we won’t be able to keep up,” warned Luc Barruet, the festival’s founding director, on Thursday, June 27. “I’m going to see people, partners, between now and December, to convince them of additional help for a Solidays that has already taken place, in short.”

“Over the past ten years, we have had a very strong dynamic at Solidays, people have the feeling that there is no problem. However, there is,” he concluded.

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