A few drops of rain will not have succeeded in showering the enthusiasm of the 1,500 spectators gathered Thursday, August 27 on the lawns of the Saint-Cloud park. Masked, seated and at a distance… but happy. Even if the spirit of a festival was not really there because of the sanitary conditions, the pleasure of finding the French music scene after six months of famine was intact.
Organized at the initiative of “Rock en Seine”, this concert aimed to honor all the canceled summer festivals. Around a program for the general public made up of twenty artists including Alain Souchon, Benjamin Biolay, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Catherine Ringer, the show, broadcast live on France 2 and France Inter, gathered 1.1 million viewers .
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The Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot, interviewed at the start of the festivities, confirmed the payment of aid of 432 million euros for live entertainment, plus 100 million for compensation for operating losses. This amount is part of the envelope of two billion euros announced by the Prime Minister for the entire cultural sector.
The Ile-de-France region maintains its subsidies
She also urged spectators to find cultural places: “Now we have to go back to theaters and festivals”, while respecting strict conditions since, for the Minister, “If we want people to come (…), they must have the feeling of being safe”. This means wearing a mask and applying physical distancing in departments placed in red zones.
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Also present, the president of the Île-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse, announced the maintenance by the community of “100% of its subsidies this year, even if the shows do not take place, to allow the ecosystem of culture to rebound, ie 120 million budget which will be maintained in 2020 for culture”.
Philippe Katerine ” turn on the sound »
On the stage side, if the confinement had turned off the speakers, Philippe Katerine quickly “Put the sound back” with his crazy tube Luxor, I love it. Decked out in a turquoise blue suit and a feathered headdress, the one who was crowned male artist at the last Victoires de la Musique then offered a unique show to spectators at the end of the evening.
The eclectic concert gave pride of place to singers of the younger generation, Izia, Jeanne Added, Camelia Jordana and Christine and the Queens in the lead. Some duets have tuned their voices, such as the energetic Angélique Kidjo and Yaël Naïm who performed Pata pata. The two artists had already met on the opening track, Soul Makossa, delivered in tribute to Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango, who died in March of Covid-19. Despite the party, the virus was therefore present.
We will especially remember from the evening the closeness found between the singers and their audience. A source of emotion for artists, like Apple. “It’s so intense playing in front of people that I almost cried… maybe I’ll cry. I make music for it. Ah here I have a tear which runs all alone on the cheek » she confided just after having interpreted her title Light.
Scheduled at the Vieilles Charrues, the young artist saw her rise on the French music scene come to a stop. “I thought it was my year, and ultimately not at all. Maybe it will be next year. “