Since 2006 the town of Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne region of France has been playing host to Europavox, a boutique music festival showcasing emerging European talent, whilst also luring better-known acts from across the continent. Staged at La CoopÃ©rative de Mai, a venue located just minutes from the town centre, the gigs are intimate and the atmosphere is relaxed. The urban setting also allows festival-goers to explore Clermont-Ferrand, which has a rich heritage as well as many excellent shops, restaurants and bars. Behind the scenes, Europavox also brings together industry reps, encouraging smaller companies to network and collaborate in order to strengthen their presence in the European market.
This year’s event takes place on May 20th – 23rd. Acts have yet to be announced but considering that past years have seen the likes of Bloc Party, I’m From Barcelona, Vitalic, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and Alec Empire on the bill, as well as Irish interest in the form of The Chalets and Declan de Barra, it’s a sure bet that Europavox 2010 will once again be a high point on the summer festival calender.
Sound good? Each European country will again be sending two ambassadors to the festival and State is once more chuffed to be representing Ireland. The prize includes travel, accommodation and access to all gigs and private shows. You must be aged between 18 and 25, have a valid passport and be able to travel between May 20th and 24th.
To win, send your name, date of birth, email address, address and phone number plus the answer to this question to firstname.lastname@example.org – in which region of France does Europavox take place? The closing date is 28th February, with the full line-up announced in March.