Arras: from current rap to popular song, the Main Square or the art of the splits

Arras: from current rap to popular song, the Main Square or the art of the splits

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The biggest music festival in Hauts-de-France was resolutely oriented towards young people, with a good dose of hip-hop and electro, ten years ago. The Arrageois event, however, has never abandoned the rock, folk and chanson territories. Saturday night, Vald shook up the youth and -M- brought the generations together. It’s a clever dose.




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The literate rock of Fire! Chatterton then the song of a P.R2B still unknown to the general public, followed by the colorful party of Marcel and his Orchestra, the planetary hits of Sting and finally the rap grenades of the Niska/Gazo/Tiakola brelan. All this in a few hours on Friday evening.

On Friday night, Belgian DJ Henri PFR's techno took over from Sting.  PHOTO MATTHEW BOTTE
On Friday night, Belgian DJ Henri PFR’s techno took over from Sting. PHOTO MATTHEW BOTTE – VDNPQR

Few festivals practice the frenzied eclecticism that has marked the Main Square Festival (MSF) for several years. It is not the Breton Karen, 40, crossed yesterday in front of Vald, who will say the opposite. “
I take my vacation every year at Main Square. In Brittany, I don’t find such eclectic festivals.
She stays with her cousin Ludivine, 20 years old. ” We introduce each other to groups. She rather hip-hop, me rock, song… »

P.R2B, sophisticated French pop song, on Friday, before the crazy madness of Marcel and his Orchestra.  PHOTO MATTHEW BOTTE
P.R2B, sophisticated French pop song, on Friday, before the crazy madness of Marcel and his Orchestra. PHOTO MATTHEW BOTTE – VDNPQR

The very photogenic English singer Iris Gold (soul and hip hop) performed late Saturday afternoon.  PHOTO SEVERINE CURVE
The very photogenic English singer Iris Gold (soul and hip hop) performed late Saturday afternoon. PHOTO SEVERINE CURVE – VDNPQR

Cementing the generations, attracting young people without repelling their parents, arousing the curiosity of this colorful crowd: this is the precarious equation that the director of Main Square, Armel Campagna, tries to renew each year. ” I need the general public link: getting 40,000 people to come a day is a challenge! But I want it to remain a place where you discover music. There has to be folk, hip-hop, electro… I want us to remain representatives of music with a capital M, in its diversity. »

The sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell, of the group Larkin Poe, draw on the sources of rock n' roll in the manner of Black Keys.  PHOTO SEVERINE CURVE
The sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell, of the group Larkin Poe, draw on the sources of rock n’ roll in the manner of Black Keys. PHOTO SEVERINE CURVE – VDNPQR

Ten years ago, the MSF saw itself as a cousin of the Belgian raouts that pile up international rock and electro stars. ” But we don’t have this culture in France.
» After the 2012 edition, the boat was taking on water. ” It was too specialized. We thought we were folding the festival. Mr. Campagna listened to young people.

Rapper Vald shook the main stage in Main Square early Saturday evening.  PHOTO SEVERINE CURVE
Rapper Vald shook the main stage in Main Square early Saturday evening. PHOTO SEVERINE CURVE – VDNPQR

Without giving it all up either. ” I won’t just do hip hop or electro even if on paper it might be easier. MSF’s DNA also includes stars like Sting, indie rock legends like Pixies [qui a dû annuler cette année à cause du Covid]. I want it to remain a place where you discover music. In Arras, the discoveries are often “dinosaurs” that Generation Z (born after 2000) knew nothing about. ” I want them to take a spanking on the quality of the show, because these bands are very strong! »







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