With festival season in full swing, we take a closer look at Soirée47; a brand new boutique festival joining the dots between the thriving music scene in Liverpool and the serene surroundings of Monteton in the Lot-et-Garonne region of south-west France. We spoke to festival organiser, Les Ryder, who took us through plans for the inaugural party.
Away from the hustle and bustle of major city clubs, the emergence of boutique festivals has taken many shapes and forms. The opportunity to see some of club culture’s finest selectors, sharing experiences with a community of like-minded people is appealing. Soirée47 manages to champion this idea, with a festival that combines the art and culture celebrated in France, UK and the world.
Situated in Monteton, the festival couldn’t have more of an idyllic setting. Soirée47 finds itself surrounded by vineyards and beautiful land and limestone hills within the French countryside of Lot-et-Garonne. Providing breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys, the festival holds the art of living as a mantra of sorts, with yoga and wild running taking place alongside food markets championing the local produce of the area; be it bread, cheese, meat or wine.
While the musical talent of Liverpool certainly finds itself represented, it comes as no surprise really. Les Ryder, the festival organiser is a Liverpool native who took up residence in the south of France after a DJ career that took him across the world. Brought up on the acid house movement of the late 80’s, his passion for music was influenced significantly by the parties at the time, spending days and nights in clubs like The State, The Underground and Quadrant Park.
This grounding in North-West club culture shines through, with Soirée47 offering a small group of festival goers the opportunity to populate the quaint hillside village of Monteton on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th of August. Taking full advantage of the bank holiday weekend, the festival features a comprehensive line-up of live bands and DJs across the two days. Soirée47 instantly identifies with Liverpool, inviting the likes of hip hop royalty No Fakin’ to play alongside Marley, Mr Jonez and Discoteca Poca residents, Mr Paul & B3AT VISION.
The music policy on display at Soirée47 mirrors the organiser’s musical history, developed over years as a resident at The Magnet, not to mention touring the world as resident for Cream. Alongside the strong local contingent, there is a curated line up of internationally-acclaimed DJs to match. Heading this up is the Russian scratch and edit maestro, DJ Vadim, who will be joining DJ Ollie Teeba of The Herbaliser. The Herbaliser are the epitome of UK trip hop, collaborating with some of the most revered heads in the game such as Jean Grae, Roots Manuva and MF Doom.
Also joining us on the bank holiday weekend will be Guts, one of the founding members of Alliance Ethnik. Curator of the infamous ‘Beach Diggin’’ compilation series alongside Mambo on Heavenly Sweetness, Guts has built a strong following after his compilations caught the attention of numerous repress labels. His latest release has just come out ahead of his performance at Soirée47, so check it out for a taste of what to expect.
DJ Falcon is another one to watch, having produced for the likes of Daft Punk and Cassius. The Parisian DJ has toured with The Chemical Brothers and brings a distinctive French house sound to the hills of Soirée47. Live performances can also be enjoyed in the al fresco setting, with French house band, Playin’ 4 The City and Dave McCabe from The Zutons performing an acoustic set.
As the festival host a launch party at iBoat in nearby Bordeaux this month, there really isn’t that long to go before we all pack up and head across the English Channel for a final soirée before summer comes to a close. There is camping space available for tents and camper vans, with a number of intimate lodgings available in nearby towns and villages. Situated an hour and a half from Bordeaux, the nearest airport is Bergerac (35 minutes drive). For those who wish to take the scenic route, driving is more than manageable, and travellers can indulge in the historical towns of Duras and Miramont nearby. Adult weekend passes start at €44.
All the information can be found on the website below…