MIDI Festival Preview - July 26, 27, 28
The MIDI festival has got me feeling down because I will be stuck in the states instead of the enjoying some of the best acts with the all the comfort of the French Riviera. I was lucky enough the spend some time in the region this past January and let me assure you it a spectacular place. It pains me a lot not to be able to make it to Hyeres. Edith Wharton clearly saw the appeal of Hyeres, though long before the MIDI festival, wintering there between 1919 and 1937. If you aren't convinced then continue reading below for the press release.
Entering into its ninth year, MIDI Festival returns to the beautiful location of the French Riviera to present a selection of the world’s best artists and DJs across a three day exploration of leftfield music. Showcasing a mixture of both established and up and coming acts, MIDI Festival has quietly cemented its reputation as a tastemaker festival, delivering a credible and carefully crafted line-up against the dynamic and beautiful backdrop of the south of France. Set across three venues, including a racetrack, a beach and an arts centre, MIDI Festival presents revellers with an experience described by NME Magazine as “the best festival experience you could ever hope for”.
Amongst the first names confirmed for 2013 include shoegaze influenced 5-piece The Horrors, electronic auteurs Mount Kimbie, alternative hip-hop act Mykki Blanko and former Joy Division member Peter Hook & the Light. Other confirmed acts included Alunageorge, King Krule, Only Real, Appletop, ex WU LYF member Francis Lung, Christopher Owens, Splashh and Justin Martin. Previous years have seen the likes of Bon Iver, R. Stevie Moore, Disclosure, SBTRKT, Primal Scream, Hudson Mohawke, Alt- J, The XX and more take to the stage, strengthening MIDI’s position as a festival to see some of the world’s finest artists alongside the best of the emerging music scene.
Taking place in the beautiful medieval city of Hyeres, with its turquoise waters and stunning architecture, MIDI Festival’s setting is utterly unforgettable. After dark, the beach location becomes ‘MIDI Night’ where electronic aspects of the line-up are presented and festival goers can party under the stars until the early hours. By day, the crystal waters of this four-kilometre beach provide an idyllic setting for revellers to absorb the rays of the guaranteed sunshine or dabble in a spot of windsurfing. Stretching over the amazing Southern landscape, sits a 1400 meter long racetrack at the core of a beautiful pine forest which plays home to the stage known as ‘Hippodrome de la Plage.’ The third stage is found in the multi-faceted arts centre known as ‘Villa Noailles’
Boasting out of this world natural beauty, there is plenty to see and do in the city of Hyeres in addition to MIDI Festival. With acres of beautiful woodland, charmingly preserved gardens filled with stunning flowers, miles of creeks and cliffs surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Hyeres is the perfect holiday destination. A short flight from London or train ride from Paris, Hyeres is very well connected and the perfect fit to host a festival as enchanting as MIDI.
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