Hip-hop to punk will share stage at Rock En Seine

Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:56am EDT
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By Dominique Vidalon

PARIS (Reuters) - Rock En Seine, one of France's main music festivals, earned a spot in rock history last year when Britpop legend Oasis split after the volatile Gallagher brothers had a fight minutes before going on stage.

This was an achievement festival director and founder Francois Missonnier could have easily done without.

"It's by far my worst memory since Rock En Seine started. It was like time suddenly expanded. The stress and energy spent during those few hours to make sure the party did not turn sour equated to a year's work," Missonnier told Reuters.

To make matters worse, the 2008 edition had seen another headliner, troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse, also cancel at the last minute, leading some to speak of a Rock En Seine curse.

"Someone told me I would have had more chances of winning the Euro Millions Lottery than having these cancellations two years in a row. Of course I hope this stops...If we had booked The Libertines this year, it would have looked a bit of a taunt," he joked.

Turbulent British band The Libertines are playing comeback shows at the Reading and Leeds festivals in late August.

Missonnier was speaking while fine tuning the three-day music marathon, now in its 8th year, which will be held August 27-29 in the scenic 17th Century Saint-Cloud park near Paris.

This year over 40 acts across three stages are slated to perform with top-billers ranging from trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack, Canadian indie-rockers Arcade Fire, to reformed British art rockers Roxy Music and U.S. punk band Blink 182.   Continued...

<p>Fans cheer during a performance by the band "Yeah Yeah Yeahs" at the Rock-en-Seine Festival in Saint-Cloud, near Paris, August 28, 2009. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier</p>