The British influence
Every year since 1991, party pirates partaking in the Route du Rock festival have opened wide their treasure troves to reveal some of the real gemstones of British rock. Since 1993, and the concert by a group of illustrious unknowns from Oxford, AKA Radiohead, the Route du Rock has gone from strength to strength and has become somewhat of a benchmark when it comes to British and American pop and rock. Nowadays, the recipe for success is as clear as the lines on a sheet of music paper: musical interlude on the beach below the ramparts in the afternoon, followed by a warm-up at the Palais du Grand Large, topped off with a musical climax in the fortress built by Vauban in Saint-Père-Marc-en-Poulet. But there’s nothing cheesy about the rock in this fort! And since 2007, the town has organised a Winter Collection, guaranteed to warm up the chilly month of February.