Normandyâ€™s annual music festival, Papillions de Nuit, has created a special camping village this year providing special activities, games, freebies and food outlets for the 10,000 campers expected to attend the three day event later this month.
The village will help create a fun and convivial atmosphere, according to organiser Patrice Hamelin, a local farmer. He is Normandyâ€™s Michael Eavis, the famer who started Glastonbury Festival back in 1970. Like Mr Eavis, he is an expert at securing the backing of local people for what is, after all, a pretty loud and disruptive event in a village of just 500 people.
â€˜We are lucky to have 1,200 volunteers who are passionate about the festival. Papillions de Nuit has become and essential in the French concert calendar. It has established great cultural credentials and it is accessible with the price for three days compatible for one place at a rock concert in the Zenith,â€™ he explained.
Tickets are available at a reduced price of â‚¬33 for a day pass and â‚¬71 for a three day pass until Sunday 12 May. After that the prices rises to â‚¬38 and â‚¬81. Under 11s are free.
Also new this year is a bus service leaving from the stations in Villedieu-les-Poeles and Avranches on Friday to take visitors to the festival at Saint-Laurent-de-Cuves and a return option on the Sunday.
With a total of 34 acts this year, there are large number of bands and artists from the UK. These include Mika, whose new album The Origin of Love is out now, The Heavy who are touring the US and Canada this summer, Willy Moon whose debut album has recently been released, hip hop band Foreign Beggars, indie rock band Two Door Cinema from Northern Ireland, and Miles Kane who is also playing in Paris later in the month.
Tens of thousands are expected to attend the festival, in its thirteenth year, which has become one of the most poplar outdoor music events in France, listed as the tenth most attended in the country. Last year over 50,000 visited over three days.