A Monkey in summer in Mayenne: the festival will be longer and free this year


This year, no public standing in the park of the castle of Mayenne but tables and chairs in a cabaret style.
This year, no public standing in the park of the castle of Mayenne but tables and chairs in a cabaret style. (© Sophie Faguer)

The organizers ofA monkey in summer hold on. Despite the uncertainties surrounding the organization of summer events, they imagined a new formula of their current music festival to stick to the latest government announcements. “Namely, the gauge limited to 5,000 people and the audience that must be seated,” recalls Steven Jourdan, the programmer.

700 spectators per evening

And if the first restriction does not pose a problem, the festival gathering less than 5,000 people per evening in the park of the castle of Mayenne, the second required a total reorganization.

« We have invited artists who perform in front of a seated audience. And to avoid the chairs in front of the stage, we start with a cabaret spirit with tables and chairs in the park. »

Steven jourdan Programmer of the Un Singe festival in summer

A scenography which will limit the number of spectators to 700 per evening.

The festival goes from three to five evenings

To accommodate a maximum of Mayenne, the event will stretch over five days, against three usually. « It will start from Wednesday June 23 until Sunday 28. »

A concert will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday evening, and two on Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

A festival organized at a loss

Another big novelty this year, the festival will be completely free. « People will still have to reserve their place, » warns Steven Jourdan, who admits that the event will be organized « at a loss. But we can afford it. The community, the Department and the Region are following us, ”explains the programmer for whom cancellation has never been an option.

« And we made it our duty to offer a highlight to open the summer, at all costs. »

French artists and a headliner every evening

All that remains is to know the names of the invited artists. “The program is almost complete. It will be unveiled at the end of March, ”promises Steven Jourdan. Only clues, the festival will welcome exclusively French artists because of fears of closing borders and headliners will be present every evening.

“This is a minimum first version, underline the organizers. We are waiting for the next announcements and if there are flexibilities, in particular the possibility of opening a bar or a catering service and welcoming a standing public, we will adapt, even three days before. « 

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