The Extrafestival in Dijon, or how to get the music moving again

How to reinvent festivals after two years of pandemic? In Dijon, the contemporary music hall La Vapeur is launching L’Extrafestival, a new formula that combines music and soft mobility from May 13 to 15, 2022.

No need to do a survey to find out what weighed on you the most during these two years of the Covid pandemic. Travel restrictions and concert bans are prominent. Based on this observation, the Dijon current music scene La Vapeur is launching a new concept: the Extrafestival or how to enjoy music, together and in motion.

From May 13 to 15, 2022, Dijon residents have an appointment for original artistic proposals that combine discovery of new artists and walks : “The idea is to integrate music into our environment” explains Yann Rivoal, the director of the Dijon room.

The current music that we program lends itself to movement and dance, which we have been prevented from for the past two years.

Yann Rivoal, director of La Vapeur

For this Extrafestival, most meetings are thought of as moving musical moments. On Friday, May 13, spectators will be able to enjoy a secret stroll-concert (guided by bike, on foot or by public transport) or an evening of roller-disco. On Saturday afternoon, the forecourt of the Steam will be invaded by bicycles for repair workshops, customization while enjoying cycloprojection. On Sunday morning, it’s hiking, picnics and sound system cycling!

“What interested us was not to redo yet another festival but rather to propel music into the city. We want to invite people who are not necessarily used to going to the concert but who will come for a picnic or hike with us in music” says Yann Rivoal who has planned many free outdoor meetings.

The festival wants to discover new talents. The free stages will be occupied by local and regional artists during the Vapéro, the Vélove Parade or the DJ Set at the Jardin de l’Arquebuse, in particular the Fastrack trio and the DJ Coach Raoul.

Two bursts of paid concerts with confirmed artists are also scheduled.

On Saturday, at 8.30 p.m., meet for an exceptional poster : the Saint-Etienne pop group Terrenoiremale revelation music victory in 2022, cotoiera electro-pop musician Oklouguest of the biggest festivals of 2022 (Coachella, Primavera in Barcelona, ​​Francofolies de La Rochelle or the Melt in Germany) and rapper Ichon.

Sunday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m., the meeting of trio rock SLIFT and saxophonist Etienne Jaumet also promises to be explosive. They perform for the fourth and last time with a unique project.

We called the event L’extrafestival because we hope it will be great but also because it’s a little bonus, an extra joy!

Yann Rivoal, director of La Vapeur

The La Vapeur team had wanted to invent a new format for two years. With L’Extrafestival, the team has chosen as “key words, conviviality, openness and participation”. She is also committed to ecology.

As a music programmer, we are constantly confronted with the question of transport, that of the artists as well as the spectators. We thought that this festival would be an opportunity to show that it is possible to travel differently. Maybe those who do it for a weekend, in a playful way, will decide to change their habits permanently” completes the director of La Vapeur.

Find all the program online.