Each year during the first weekend of July, the Eurockéennes Festival becomes the major rock music festival of eastern France!
The festival was first organised in 1989 with a title inspired by the Ballon d'Alsace: "Le Ballon - Territoire de Musiques". In truth, the festival was meant to be held at the Ballon d'Alsace, but the peninsula of Lac de Malsaucy was ultimately chosen. The County Council of Territoire de Belfort wanted to create some momentum in the department with a major cultural event for young people.
In 1990, the festival was renamed "Les Eurockéennes de Belfort".
Eurockéennes takes place on the peninsula of Lac de Malsaucy 10 kilometres outside of Belfort. The different stages enable multiple simultaneous concerts. With approximately 75 concerts each year, Eurockéennes offers a broad palette of popular music, including rock, electronica, heavy metal, chanson, pop, folk and reggae.
A campsite three kilometres from the festival and near the car park hosts 12,000 ticket-holding campers free of charge. Free shuttle buses run between the car park and the festival entrance for the duration of the event.
What's more, free TER shuttles operate every 45 minutes between the city of Belfort and the festival site. There are also specially priced TERs from the main cities of Franche-Comté.
To help young groups make a name for themselves, Eurockéennes created the Tremplin Eurockéennes, which became "Repérages Eurockéennes" in 2008. New groups are sponsored by the event's partners. Repérages Eurockéennes enables groups from all of eastern France to share the festival's headline with the biggest names on the international scene.
In an effort to include the business world in the development of this cultural event, Les Eurockéennes de Belfort quickly forged relationships with enterprises in Territoire de Belfort. The Club des Partenaires was created in 1991 and gives the department's business network a chance to support the growing visibility of Les Eurockéennes de Belfort.
Through financial or technical sponsorship or by providing know-how or in-kind donations, the festival's corporate patrons express their support for Les Eurockéennes de Belfort and the cultural life of the Belfort region.
A collective, convivial festival open to all: it is in this spirit that Les Eurockéennes de Belfort and several associations representing the blind, the sight impaired and persons with reduced mobility are working on the 23rd edition of the festival.
Eurockéennes is striving to facilitate festival access for disabled attendees in conjunction with various partner associations.