He was counting on 60,000 festival-goers. It will be – at best – 40,000…
“We know that it will be difficult to achieve a balance during this edition”, must resign Yann Le Baraillec, director of the Motocultor Festival, which takes place this weekend in St. Nolffclose to Valves (Morbihan). The second largest metal festival in France is paying the price this year for the double post-Covid edition of Hellfest, its big brother, which was held over two weekends, or seven days, last June.
“Three quarters of our usual audience were there. They wouldn’t have missed headliners like Metallica for the world. Festival-goers spent part of their holidays there and exhausted their concert budget for the summer. Regulars have clearly told us that they love our programming but will not come because they don’t have enough time off. »
Not easy to find volunteers
Same thing with volunteers. “Here again, we struggled to find the 850 people necessary for the smooth running because, very often, they also give their time to the Clisson festival. »
The organizer is betting on last-minute purchases from metalheads… “We can clearly see that, in the current context, many festivals have seen their ticket sales soar in the last few days…”
The Motocultor had however anticipated this Hellfest competition by dedicating a day to rock, this Thursday, with The Libertines, The Hives, Clutch, Triggerfinger, The Inspector Cluzo… “We realized that many festival-goers came from the Great West and further afield, but quite a few from Morbihan. With this first special day, we want to attract more locals with a more open program. This will also allow them to discover metal. »
“We broaden horizons”
During this edition, the programmer gave a different color to each evening, with the addition of a fourth scene. “We broaden our horizons by investing in metal niches that we are not used to seeing elsewhere. »
With metal tinged with world folklore, on Fridays, where traditional regional music will be present, with a group like Plantec, “who loves metal and listens to it a lot. He will present his creation with Japanese musicians. And Denez, who has a dark side, will certainly seduce our audience. »
105 metal bands
On Saturday, punk groups will rub shoulders with metalheads: Les Wampas, Les Ramoneurs de Menhirs, Burning Heads. On Sunday, stoner rock will be the red thread with Orange Goblin and other Californian bands.
And of course, throughout the weekend, many metal bands among the 105 on the bill: Powerwolf, Cult of Luna, Kreator, Testament… “It remains the essence of the programming. It’s our DNA and we won’t change it! »
From Thursday 18 to Sunday 21, Saint-Nolff. motocultor-festival.com