Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Festival de Nîmes, France

The Nîmes Arena is the best preserved amphitheater of the Roman era. Throughout the centuries it has seen action as a Roman theater, a fortress, a chapel, a bullring, and since 1997, as the venue for an epic series of summer concerts.

 Festival de Nimes takes place throught the entire month of July and attracts the likes of Metallica, Placebo, Noir Désir, Ben Harper, David Bowie, The Cure, Compay Segundo, Depeche Mode and Rammstein to its ancient stage. Musicians feel how special the venue is and it tends to shine through in the performance. 

This year we’ll see everyone from Supertramp to Sting to Santana, and dozens more. The big shows are in the fantastic Arènes de Nîmes, a Roman-era coliseum that is still in use today; check out Metallica’s most recent concert DVD to get a load of what an evocative venue it is. Catching your favorite band echo off the Roman stone is a memory that will last a lifetime.

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