The drops of water almost broke an already full vase. After having fought for months to maintain their festival, by adapting to the gauges proposed in February by the Ministry of Culture (5,000 people instead of the 50,000 daily festival-goers), the organizers of the Vieilles Charrues failed everything. cancel just before the launch of the event, scheduled for Carhaix (Finistère), from July 8 to 18. In question, the storm and the downpours which fell on Brittany, the weekend of July 3 and 4.

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By dumping tons of sand and wood chips, technicians and volunteers ended up making accessible the flooded site of the courtyard of the castle of Kerampuil where the only stage of the 2021 edition was installed. At the opening of the doors, Thursday July 8 at the end of the afternoon, the fans of Vianney however had to note that a circle of barriers prevented to benefit from a large part of the pit made too muddy by the bad weather.

The next day, this slush plague again gives the festival the appearance of a wounded animal. In the sparse public – around 2,500 people will attend this second evening – we often hear a sigh of nostalgia at the evocation of the world before. A melancholy fueled by the two large screens which loop (a little masochistic) images from previous editions.

It is not easy for artists to adapt to these destabilized spectators, less suited to unifying impulses. Raphaël achieves this by dialoguing with those who challenge him. Distribution, humor, self-mockery. The Montmartre dandy sympathizes with the Bretons. Also served by the graceful interpretation of a repertoire that resists time (On the road, Caravan) and new songs (Nobody saw anything) up to the task. At the top, the hypnotic intensity of The Saltworks, a title written for Bashung without knowing, until the posthumous album of the latter (Upstream), that the Alsatian crooner had recorded it.

“Courage of the organizers”

An emotional depth then found in Miossec, reinterpreting the whole of his first album, To drink (1995), whose dented swings fit quite well with the stigma left by bad weather and the pandemic. “The last time I played at Vieilles Charrues was in 2014, after Elton John and before Stromae”, confided the Brestois before his concert. “Carhaix is ​​a giant communion, experienced both on the campsite and in front of concerts. All the more reason to give the maximum out of respect for the courage of the organizers and for those who came. “

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