short practical guide for the festival-goer

short practical guide for the festival-goer

The evening of July 14 (with Angèle, Juliette Armanet, Hoshi and Poupie) and that of Saturday July 16 (with Orelsan and Roméo Elvis in particular) is already sold out, as are the concerts of Bernard Lavilliers, Aldebert or Barbara Pravi at La Coursive. But all is not lost, the organizers announced on Saturday July 9 on social networks that they were putting tickets on sale for July 16.

For the opening night, Wednesday July 13, with Calogero, Mika, Gaëtan Roussel and Asaf Avidan, there are still places left. Just like for Sunday July 17 with Julien Doré, Clara Luciani, the Dutronc father and son… Prices: 50 euros or 57 euros seated. For the carte blanche evening at Booba on Friday July 17, places are still available for sale but only seated. It’s a little less fun but it’s still better than nothing. Price: 52 euros.

To buy your ticket, you can go directly to the Francofolies website or go through the France Billet network or Ticketmaster.

In order to avoid a black market in tickets, the Francofolies invite spectators to use their official resale platform, accessible via their website. An information point will also be available to festival-goers from July 13 to 17, at the entrance to the Cours des Dames in La Rochelle, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Where to stay ?

Most hotels and tourist accommodation have been full during the Francofolies for several months. Nothing is lost, however. It is possible to take a place at the ephemeral campsite of Les Francos. After two years of absence, it reopens to festival-goers.

Located in the Petit-Marseille district (rue du Prado), it is a twenty-minute walk from the main stage. It opens its doors on Tuesday July 12, at 6 p.m., and until July 18 noon. Free shuttles are offered each evening of the festival, from 12:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., departing from the Dames Blanches station to reach the campsite. It will cost you €2.50 per night per person. More information and reservations on the Francofolies website.

The Francos campsite is open from July 12 to 18.

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How to come to the Francos?

By train, from Paris, Nantes, Tours, Poitiers, Niort, Bordeaux. La Rochelle station is a fifteen-minute walk from the Saint-Jean-d’Acre esplanade where the Jean-Louis Foulquier stage is located.

By car. From Bordeaux and Saintes, you will have to take the A10 then the N137. For those who come from Paris, Poitiers, you will reach La Rochelle via the A10 then the National 11. From Niort, you will have to take the N 11. From the Vendée, you will take the D137, passing through Marans, then the national 11 to La Rochelle.

Do not hesitate to favor the carpooling, via platforms such as Blablacar, Klaxit, etc. Parking is also available to carpoolers at the La Rochelle Exhibition Center, a quarter of an hour from the city centre. It is free from 3 people per car.

The Region also provides coaches to return from La Rochelle, after the concerts, to the Ile de Ré, Marans, Royan and Surgères. With a departure from Place Verdun 30 minutes after the end of the concert. Price: €2.30. Reservation required no later than the day before (5 p.m.) of the desired trip on 05 46 82 01 60.

It is also possible to come by plane. La Rochelle-Ré airport offers lines from Lyon, Marseille, Nice. You can reach the center of La Rochelle by taxi or bus.

Where to park?

Several car parks are available near the city center. To the south, you will find the Jean-Moulin car park, from where you can take Illico buses 2, 8, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, N2 and D2 to reach the city center. From Beaulieu, take the Illico 4. As for the La Greffière Vieljeux park and ride, be careful, you must subscribe to the Yélo service to be able to take advantage of it.

It is also possible to park in paid car parks. Near the city center and therefore Les Francos are the Encan car park (behind the Aquarium), the Old Port car park (near the tourist office), the Verdun underground car park or at the Esplanade des parks.

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What is or is not allowed during concerts

For concerts on the Jean-Louis Foulquier stage, only small bags (less than 10 litres) are authorized. You can slip water bottles (empty), plastic bottles (empty), cups and small snacks into it. Small useful precision, there is no locker to deposit your bags at the entrance of the festival. Water fountains, a bar and a catering service will be available within the festival grounds. And even if the temperatures promise to be very hot for this week, foggers and other aerosols are not authorized on the Saint-Jean-d’Acre esplanade.

Cameras, GoPros, video cameras and selfie sticks are also prohibited within the Francos enclosure. Just like bringing your own folding seat.

Finally, note that for the moment, no health protocol has been put in place for this 2022 edition. The mask is therefore not compulsory.

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