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European festivals in July: Worldwide music festival Sete France

music festival2Worldwide Music Festival, Sète, South France [All images courtesy of https://worldwidefestival.com/]


The Worldwide French music festival 2024 will be held from 1 to 7 July 2024. This will be the 17th year that this French music festival has taken place in Sete and it is one of the best French music festivals for modern Jazz, Funk and World Music. The 2024 Worldwide French music festival line up will be announced during early 2024. The Worldwide French music festival is promoted by Giles Peterson and Freshly Cut, a Montpellier based events management company.

This unique French music festival is held in the coastal town of Sete, France. The main events are held in the Théâtre de la Mer, on the banks of the Mediterranean, but other events are also held at the La Ola beach club on Plage du Lido.

For the evening concerts and events at the Théâtre de la Mer, doors open at 20.00 and the venue closes at 03.00 in the morning. The beach events at La Ola start from 16.00 and the club closes at 02.00 in the morning.

As of 23 February 2024, all the weekly passes for the 2024 Worldwide festival in Sete had completely sold out. It is therefore only possible to reserve individual nights by purchasing tickets from the Sete Tourism Office. However, in keeping with tradition, the opening night, the day time WF beach and the whole Sunday at La Ola beach club all remain free entrance.



Worldwide Festival Sete, France, 2024

worldwide music festival sete south franceTheatre de la Mer Sete, France [All images courtesy of https://worldwidefestival.com/]


Amongst some of the highlights of last year's Worldwide Festival included live performances from Japanese artist Tashio Matsuura, the soulful Andrew Ashong, the Brazilian rapper Karol Conka, the Psychedelic funk of Connan Mockasin and the dynamic piano playing of Theo Parrish. However, my highlight was seeing Ebo Taylor getting the crowd going and then literally getting into the crowd. Aside from the live performances, there are also popular club nights at the Theatre de la Mer, where the crowd often join up with the DJ up on the main stage. The full line up for the 2024 Worldwide Festival in Sete, France, is yet to be announced, but the details of the main healine acts will be published shortly.

Giles Peterson Worldwide French Music Festival 2024, Sete, France

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Gilles Peterson was born in Caen, France, to a French mother and a Swiss father. This British-based DJ, club promoter and record label owner, first became known on the London circuit as a DJ specialising in the new breed of "acid jazz", drawing on the jazz, funk and Brazilian music. Peterson came to fame running the club night at Dingwalls in Camden Town. Through his music labels Acid Jazz, Talkin' Loud, and latterly Brownswood Recordings, he has been associated some well-known artists such as Erykah Badu, Roni Size and Jamiroquai.

After starting out on various London-based radio stations, most notably the Kiss FM dance music station, he was recruited to Radio 1 in 1998. Since 2012, joined BBC 6 Music and hosts a 3 hour Saturday show, which is also broadcast across seven European countries, including: Radio Nova (France), FM4 (Austria), Radio X (Germany), Funkhaus Europa (Germany) and InterFM in Japan.

Peterson's focus has always been jazz music, generally modern jazz, with a strong emphasis on its translation to a club environment. Peterson and Freshly Cut, a French event production company from Montpellier, collaborated to create the Worldwide Festival. This started out as a small intimate festival during the summertime in the coastal town of Sète in France in 2006. It was expanded to include a winter versions which is now hosted in the Swiss Alps - Leysin.



European Festivals, July 2024

worldwide music festival south franceWorldwide at the Beach, Plage du Lido, Sete, South France [All images courtesy of https://worldwidefestival.com/]


If you are looking for European festivals in July to visit, then the Worldwide Festival in Sete, France, is a very special event. This French music festival has a real intimate feel about it. The small Theatre de la Mer venue, is an open-air amphitheatre which looks directly out onto the Mediterranean sea. Other events are held directly on the beach and at other venues in the town. Specialising in modern jazz, funk, african and latin american music, the Worldwide Festival has a strong following and tickets for this popular European Festival held in July each year, regularly get sold out well in advance.




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