If you fantasize about being Coachella or Glastonbury-bound in a pair of polka dot wellies, rest assured that there are occasions on the French Riviera to wear a festival wristband and listen to your alt-rock heroes in a sea of Ray-Bans.
From a sandy dance floor in Cannes to glow sticks in Corsica, here are a few beachside events for the indie-minded.

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1. Easter in the Sun Festival

When? 3rd-5th April 2015
Where? Venues around Nice
If you’re not hunting for eggs or dining with the family, the first annual Easter music fest might be worth checking out. Discover pop, rock & electronic bands such as the Fucking Brilliants, Applehead and Bisou, and give your play list a spring clean. [Website]

2. Rock Fest

When? 30th- 31st May 2015
Where? Théâtre du Verdure
In Nice, sometimes it’s impossible to see the bands we love because they’re either a) dead or b) too famous to play our sunny little town. Tribute bands, while not nearly as cool, can be a jolly good time. At Rock Fest, you’ll hear Coldplay, Muse, Pink Floyd, Faith No More, the Chili Peppers and other sound-a-likes. 12€ in advance or 15€ at the door. Proceeds go to Autisme PACA.[Website]

3. Fête de la Musique

When? Midsummer’s Night, June 21st
Where? Across France
An annual tradition since 1982, this is an all-day musical celebration with thousands of concerts the length and breadth of France. It can be a total blast or a pain in the butt for those who like their peace and quiet. You’ll find everything from symphony concerts to drum ‘n’ bass gigs to long-haired kids that need a good wash, walking the streets with their guitars.

4. Calvi on the Rocks

When? 3rd-8th July 2015
Where? Calvi, Corsica
So… a fair boat trip away admittedly, but if you fancy five days of electronic music on the stunning Ile de Beauté, go join their 13th annual festival. There’s a boutique feel that the organisers are in no hurry to change and it’s one of the region’s best-kept secrets. [Website]

5. Crazy Week: The Nice Pop-Rock Festival

When? 15th-18th July 2015
Where? Théâtre de Verdure
Look at you Nice, with your own pop-rock festival! In the past, this 4-day event has hosted Morcheeba, 30 Seconds to Mars, Mika and Brigitte. Check site for line-up. [Website]

6. Les Plages Electroniques

When? 17th July – 9th August 2015
Where? Cannes
Held on Wednesdays in July and August, this is the only electronic music festival in France to take over a public beach at the Plage du Palais des Festivals. It features a packed line-up of dance music icons and a gigantic dance floor of Mediterranean sand! Tickets are around 10€ per day. [Website]

7. Festival Pantiero

When? Early August
Where? Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Cannes
This is an electronic and indie-rock festival showcasing new musical trends on the terrace of the Palais des Festivals. Expect electro-dub, electro-pop, electro-jazz, afro-beat, afro-house, reggae, hip-hop… and variations. 50€ for a 4-night pass. [Website]

8. Fête du Chateau

When? Late June, from 7pm. Check site for details
Where? Colline du Chateau, Nice
Two evenings of free music up at the Parc du Chateau overlooking Nice’s impressive coastline? Who can argue with that. It’s a real mixture of rock, electro, Latin, jazz and everything in between – with refreshments and party snacks. [Website]

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