DV is making its annual pilgrimage to the delightful Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France (Gard  département to be precise) where the weather, wine and historic towns with their Roman artefacts offers much to get excited about. This year however will be a little different, we’re heading to Worldwide Festival, Sète ’15, the excellently curated festival creation of Gilles Peterson. Back this year for its tenth edition in the French coastal town of Sète, Worldwide Festival has all the ingredients for a perfect international music fuelled escape. On y va!
So what are the elements that make this the (in our humble opinion) the festival destination of the summer.
Nothing short of an industry legend, Gilles Peterson has built his Worldwide music brand through an exquisite ear for eclectic audible treats, a radio platform that sends musical nuggets to the masses, an award ceremony that hails the champions of these sounds and a festival that showcases them live.
Need we say anything more about the promise that Peterson’s helmsmanship of the Worldwide Festival boat brings. Let’s see what’s in store…
With sets being delivered by acts from places as far flung from France as Almaty – Kazakhstan (Rustam Ospanov), Hyōgo Prefecture – Japan (Daisuke Tanabe) and Havana – Cuba (Daymé Arocena) the line up absolutely lives up to the festival’s name.
Sadly, we’re only around for the second part of the festival so we’ll be missing out on the likes of Roy Ayers, Lil Simz, James Blake and The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band.
But there’s much to look forward to, like; Floating Points, Leon Vynehall, Seven Davis Jr and Osunlade.
Playing across five stages around Sète (1. Beach Stage, 2. Théâtre de la Mer, 3. St. Christ, 4. Crac, 5. Criée), you get amazing seaside vistas, glorious sunshine, wine from one of the finest regions in France and all soundtracked by Peterson’s sublime mixtape selection.
As a great lady once said, bliss!