Confession – I had never been to a music festival before. I’d always been put off by the thought of strange people, horrible toilets and copious amounts of rain- that’s what musical festivals in Scotland are like anyway!
So, when I was invited to Musilac Festival in Aix-les-Bains in France I checked the line-up carefully first. Noel Gallagher, one half of the enigmatic Oasis brothers, as well as others such as Franz Ferdinand were listed and I decided to go for it. Why not!
Whilst spending an inordinate amount of time at the gate waiting to recieve our press passes Dylan (of The Travelling Editor fame) and I spotted many a strange person in the crowd. Most disturbing were the women in their thirties who were unable to do anything other than scream and spin around in circles. I was feeling just a little apprehensive after seeing them!
Our Musilac Passes
After recieving our press passes (VIP baby!) Dylan and I headed to our special bar and terrace area to watch Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. As the sun set over the hills of Aix-les-Bains and darkness surrounded us the atmosphere completely changed. The crowd grew more intense, and the sound increased. Everyone loved Noel, me especially!
Stage, as seen from the VIP section obviously
After Noel and his birds, there was Jean Louis Aubert- an aging French star from the 70s and 80s. Safe to say I wasn’t too excited about seeing him as I’d never even heard of him but he turned out to be really good! Then, just like in Scotland, the heavens opened and we found ourselves soaked and waiting for a shuttle bus back to the hotel at 1am. Despite being absolutely drenched and freezing cold I’d had a great night, plus I had the promise of a warm, comfortable bed and a hot shower waiting for me at our hotel.
Day two at Musilac looked to be promising. On the agenda for the Saturday night were Franz Ferdinand and Lenny Kravitz, amongst others. Dylan and I kicked off the party early that afternoon by taking a ride that we dubbed the Party Boat. An hour trip around the beautiful lake with amazing music and a live saxophonist! When you think of a saxophone player you immediately think jazz, right? Wrong. This guy was playing along to everything from R’n'B to dance and everything between. It was ridiculously good and at only 10 euros it was an absolute bargain!
Dylan and I chillin’ on the Party Boat
We LOVED the Party Boat
Cool sax guy
Franz Ferdinand were amazing, who knew the French loved them so much?! They had great stage presence and really knew how to engage the audience. Shame that the same couldn’t be said for Lenny Kravitz… (the sax guy would have been better than him!).
The worst part about Musilac for me was the fact Dylan and I had to leave on Sunday afternoon and didn’t get to see Two Door Cinema Club, LMFAO and Blink 182. That would have been so much fun! Maybe I’ll just have to check out the line up for next year…
I visited Musilac Festival as a guest of the Rhône-Alpes Tourism board however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.