Carcassonne Off Festival: “I decided to come out of curiosity, ten minutes ago,” smiles Agathe, in the audience

Carcassonne Off Festival: “I decided to come out of curiosity, ten minutes ago,” smiles Agathe, in the audience
Carcassonne Off Festival: “I decided to come out of curiosity, ten minutes ago,” smiles Agathe, in the audience

The Off Festival has had its first evenings, and already, the observation is there: the part of the Carcassonne Festival which takes place in the city center is a popular festival which smells of summer and parties until the end of the night.

This Thursday, July 4, the Off Festival welcomed Ky-Mani Marley, one of Bob Marley’s sons. An international figure, and a message sent to all spectators: the programming of this year’s Off is on a par with that of the In. And we were able to see it throughout this first week of festivities, at the foot of the stage of the André Chénier square. In addition to offering quality dates that most often highlight local artists as opening acts, the Off Festival is once again establishing itself this year as a popular and free festival, where the people of Carcassonne come to punctuate their summer days in style.

This Thursday, between the first part provided by Papito Collective, and the Ky-Mani Marley concert, there were many people waiting, facing the stage. “I was there yesterday for FFF, tonight I couldn’t miss seeing a Marley son, and I will definitely come tomorrow to discover the Tambours du Bronx”breathes Eric, about forty years old. A little further away, three women, dressed in rasta colors, are already swaying to the background music, waiting for 10 p.m. “We’re coming especially for tonight. But depending on how things go, we might come back during the month of July.”admits one of them. “I’ll be back! I think Olivia Ruiz and Natasha St-Pier are coming, of course I’ll be therecut another one. It’s not every day that you can go to free concerts”. Symbol that this Off festival is a great opportunity to discover artists and bring something new and fresh to your listening repertoire, some spectators only came for the name “Marley” : “I didn’t know this son of Bob Marley. I came out of curiosity. And then we come and go when we want, I decided to come ten minutes ago”laughs Agathe, in her twenties, who is joining friends.

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