July 27, 2011

Wordwide Music Festival

Ever heard of the Worldwide Music Festival? I hadn’t either, but we happened to be traveling in the south of France right around the dates of the festival, so we decided to head to Sète for a week to check it out. First off, Sète was an amazing spot, built around canals fed by the Mediterranean. Aside from delicious seafood, colorful fishing boats, a happening downtown with many walking-only streets and plenty of shopping, it also had pristine beaches stretching as far as the eye could see. We loved Sète immediately, and the festival only made it that much better!

The beach in Sète

Taking a dip in the Mediterranean

One of many canals with fishing boats in Sète

The three venues for the festival were unreal, all with amazing backdrops of the Mediterranean Sea. First there was ACD Beach, which basically had DJs playing music on the sand from 10:00am to 7:00pm. Then, from about 7:30pm to 11:00pm the music would move to Theatre De La Mer, an open-air theater built into a cliff over the water that hosts most of the festival’s live acts. Watching shows in this venue at sunset was unbelievable. Finally, from midnight to 6:00am (Europeans really know how to do it!), the music headed to St. Christ, a square at the end of a long peninsula beneath a lighthouse.

The stage at ACD Beach

Theatre De La Mer

Theatre De La Mer

James Blake playing Theatre De La Mer

I didn’t really know any of the artists playing, but that is what made it so fun….discovering new music from all over the world surrounded by happy, dancing festival-goers from all over the world.

St. Christ stage under the lighthouse

If you ever have the chance to go to the Worldwide Festival….do it! It was an experience I will never forget! What is your favorite music festival that you have ever been to?