The organizers of the Eurockéennes de Belfort, whose 2021 edition was canceled in its normal version, showed their satisfaction on Sunday the day after the end of “In secondary residence”, an alternative festival where the health pass finally attracted a thousand spectators in addition.
“We are satisfied (…) The edition was rather complete, we expected 5,000 people” over five days “and finally the health pass had a small happy effect by increasing the gauge to 6,000”, said Jean-Paul Roland, the director of the “Eurocks”, which in their normal configuration accommodates around 130,000 people.
“In second home” was designed before the announcements in mid-July by Emmanuel Macron on the extension of the health pass in all cultural and leisure places bringing together more than 50 people, but the organizers had already decided not to exceed the tonnage of 1,000 people, then the limit beyond which the pass became compulsory, so as not to impose it on festival-goers, explains Mr. Roland.
Finally, once the pass was made compulsory from 50 people, the festival was able to increase its capacity by a few hundred places each day, he added, noting however that the tickets left less quickly than expected, which tends to show that “the pass nevertheless has a brake effect on the ticket office”.
But “people have responded,” said Mr. Roland.
“They did not necessarily tell us more strongly about the Eurockéennes in their usual format + (…) but + is this formula likely to be repeated? +”, He explained.
“It may be necessary to reflect” on perpetuating this alternative formula, even if “it is still a little fresh”, he said, rejecting the idea of a “edition of the Eurockéennes at a discount”: it is is on the contrary “a new concept which could potentially find its audience”.
The event took place from July 20 to 24 on the Malsaucy peninsula (Territoire de Belfort), where the “Eurocks” are traditionally held, a five-day festival with around thirty groups and great chefs at the helm. of a country restaurant.
For 2022 (where British rock band Muse are due to hold their canceled concert this year), Roland says he is “looking forward to seeing how people come to grips with the pass,” which he hopes will be “quickly replaced by the protocols. professionals “(masks, cleaning, etc …)” This is what the profession must defend “, he insists.