Rock en Seine

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The Hives at Rock en Seine 2007

The Rock en Seine festival is a two or three-day rock music festival, held at Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, the Château de Saint-Cloud's park, west of Paris, inside the garden designed by André Le Nôtre.


The name is a pun, based on exactly the same pronunciation in French of the words "scène" meaning stage and Seine (the river separating Saint-Cloud from Central Paris after which the Hauts-de-Seine département is called).

Previous years[edit]

  • 2003 : First year of Rock en Seine, 2 stages, 10 bands. It was a very warm year for the festival this year. It only took place over one day, August 27.
  • 2004 : For the second year, Rock en Seine became a two day festival, which meant more bands and better weather than 2003.
  • 2005 : Third year, three stages and a campsite inside the festival, 46 000 spectators.
  • 2006 : Fourth year, larger campsite, one more mini scene, many side events, 57 000 spectators.
  • 2007 : Fifth year, extension to three days, even more bands.
  • 2008 : 80 000 spectators in three days.
  • 2009 : 90 000 spectators in three days.
  • 2010 : 105 000 spectators in three days.
  • 2011 : 108 000 spectators in three days.

The venue[edit]

The festival takes place in the down of the Park of "Domaine national de Saint-Cloud", a historical place at the gates of Paris, and 5 minutes from the nearest subway station métro Boulogne - Pont de Saint-Cloud.

The park and the garden, was designed by Le Nôtre in the 17th century, and it's the first park to be classed as a Monument historique in 1994. It is a 4.6 km² park, and there are gardens and forest with basins, thickets, cascades and statues.

Edition 2003[edit]

Beck, P.J. Harvey, Massive Attack

Edition 2005[edit]

25/08 : Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, Jurassic 5, Hot Hot Heat, Fort Minor, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Sunday Drivers, Athlete, The Subways, Vitalic, Alkaline Trio, Hushpuppies, Flying Pooh, Stuck In The Sound

26/08 : Franz Ferdinand, Foo Fighters, Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation, Saian Supa Crew, Amp Fiddler, Feist, Herman Düne, La Phaze, Babyshambles, Goldfrapp, Hopper, Asyl, The Departure, The Film, Sayag Jazz Machine

Edition 2006[edit]

25/08 : Morrissey, Kasabian, The Raconteurs, DJ Shadow, Patrice, Dirty Pretty Things, Nada Surf, Calexico, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, TV on the Radio, Wolfmother, India.Arie, Neimo, Dead Pop Club, French Paradoxe

26/08 : Radiohead, Beck, Broken Social Scene + guests, The Rakes, Skin, Rhesus, The Dead 60's, Phoenix, Grand Corps Malade, Editors, Xavier Rudd, Taking Back Sunday, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Fancy, Daddy Longlegs

Edition 2007[edit]

24/08 : Arcade Fire, The Hives, Émilie Simon, 2 Many DJ's, The Shins, Dinosaur Jr

25/08 : Tool, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Les Rita Mitsouko, Jarvis Cocker, Cold War Kids, CSS, Eric Truffaz, The Fratellis, Hellogoodbye, Puppetmastaz, I Love UFO, Pravda, Calvin Harris, Terry Poison, Alpha

26/08 : Björk, Kings of Leon, Craig Armstrong, Just Jack, Kelis, Faithless

Edition 2008[edit]

20 August : Rage Against the Machine, Mix Master Mike, Lostprophets, Blood Red Shoes

28 August : R.E.M., Dirty Pretty Things, Kaiser Chiefs, Tricky, Serj Tankian, The Dø, Apocalyptica, Wax Tailor, Keziah Jones, Plain White T's, Hot Chip, Infadels, These New Puritans, Narrow Terence, Da Brasilians, The Latitudz

29 August : Amy Winehouse (cancelled), The Raconteurs, Justice, The Roots, The Streets, Kate Nash, Jamie Lidell, Louis XIV, Black Kids, DbClifford, Blues Explosion, Da Clifford, Scars on Broadway, Brooklyn, Fortune, Molecule

Amy Winehouse's show was canceled at the last minute by the singer for unknown reasons. She never arrived to the festival site, despite her support musicians being there.[1][2]

Edition 2009[edit]

28/08: Keane, Bloc Party, Madness, Amy Macdonald, Oceana (singer), Vitalic, Vampire Weekend, Just Jack, James Hunter

29/08: Faith No More, The Offspring, Billy Talent, Birdy Nam Nam, Kitty Daisy and Lewis, The Horrors, Esser, Dananananaykroyd, Ebony Bones

30/08: The Prodigy, MGMT, Eagles of Death Metal, Klaxons, Them Crooked Vultures, Sliimy, Sammy Decoster, Robin McKelle, Baaba Maal, Patrick Wolf.

Oasis, the band that was supposed to headline the first day, cancelled after a fight between the Gallagher brothers backstage. Madness, who played earlier, replaced them.

Edition 2010[edit]

27 August : Blink 182, Cypress Hill, Underworld, Skunk Anansie, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Foals, The Kooks, Band of Horses, Kele, All Time Low, Minus the Bear, Deadmau5, French Cowboy, Beast, King of Conspiracy, Roken is Dodelijk.

28 August : Queens Of The Stone Age, Massive Attack, 2 Many DJ's, LCD Soundsystem, Paolo Nutini, Two Door Cinema Club, Chew Lips, Stereophonics, Plan B, K'Naan, Jónsi, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Naive New Beaters, Quadricolor, Viva and the Diva, Martina Topley-Bird (Instead of Ou est le swimming pool).

29 August : Arcade Fire, Beirut, Wave Machines, Fat Freddy's Drop, The Ting Tings, Roxy Music, Eels, Rox, The Temper Trap, Wayne Beckford, The Black Angels, Wallis Bird, Crystal Castles, I Am un Chien !!, Success.

Edition 2011[edit]

26 August : Foo Fighters, The Kills, CSS, Odd Future (OFWGTKA), Smith Westerns, Yuksek, Big Audio Dynamite, Funeral Party, The Feeling Of Love, Beat Mark, Paul Kalkbrenner, General Elektriks, Kid Cudi, Herman Dune, Biffy Clyro, Death in Vegas, Jamaica, Grouplove, Wolf Gang, Seasick Steve, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

27 August : Arctic Monkeys, Interpol, Q-Tip, Blonde Redhead, Hushpuppies, Sexy Sushi, Keren Ann, Austra, Birdy Hunt, Myra Lee, Etienne de Crecy, Death From Above 1979, Cocorosie, BB Brunes, Cage the Elephant, The Black Box Revelation, The Wombats, Wu Lyf, The Jim Jones Revue, Le corps mince de Françoise, Gruff Rhys, The Streets, Polock.

28 August : Archive, Deftones, My Chemical Romance, Simple Plan, The Vaccines, Lykke Li, Tinie Tempah, Miles Kane, Concrete Knives, François and the Atlas Mountains, Nneka, Anna Calvi, The La's, Lilly Wood and the Prick, Crocodiles, Trentemoller, The Horrors, Cherri Bomb, Cat's Eyes, The Naked and Famous.


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