Musilac, France’s waterside music festival

The headline act at this festival in the French Alps is the beautiful waterside setting. But now the music is pretty good too. Plus five more French music festivals this summer

Sitting in a sunny spot, beer in hand, with views of a vast lake and towering mountains, the thudding sounds of a distant band in the background, feels a long way from the mud and wellies of Glastonbury or the vast semi-urban sprawl of Reading. This is the small, increasingly popular Musilac festival, which takes place every summer on the shores of Lac du Bourget, on the edge of Aix-les-Bains in the foothills of the French Alps. It may not be the most famous event on France’s young music festival scene, but its stunning natural setting does give it a certain je ne sais quoi.

Most British visitors to this corner of the French Alps, only see it metres-deep in snow, when they flock to the resorts of Courchevel, Méribel and Morzine for skiing and snowboarding though in summer, the craggy landscapes are a paradise for outdoorsy types.

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