If Groezrock festival in Belgium is one of the first music festivals of summer in mainland Europe, Rock En Seine, in France, is the one closing the season. The same weekend as UK’s Leeds and Reading festival, the two festivals can see bands playing on both countries.
This year, Rock En Seine welcomed, for three sold out days, more than 120,000 festival goers, who came to see the rock bands such as the Arctic Monkeys, The Hives, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, Royal Blood, Tiger Bell, The Prodigy, the Australian of Airbourne, or the last day of tour for the legends of Queens Of The Stone Age.
The originality of this festival, which features the word “rock” in its name, is that electro or rap / hip pop artists and bands also perform, such as Flume, Kavinsky or Die Antwoord for electro (and metal for the last name), or Joey Bada$$ for hip hop, who performed in front of a medium size crowd, but sold out, when it was actually difficult to go through. Lana Del Rey, La Roux, French bands, or Janelle Monáe were also on the schedule. Rock En Seine granted Substream Magazine an access to the photo pit during Monáe’s set, check out the photos above.
Photos and review by Edouard Camus