Main Square Festival is held in the picturesque town of Arras in Northern France during the first weekend of July. It is considered to be a mini version of Rock Werchter, hosting some of the same headliners. It was first held in 2004 and since then, it has had some impressive lineups with gigantic names such as Metallica, Iron Maiden, Radiohead, System of a Down, Muse and Coldplay. A nice feature of this festival is that many of the acts are being filmed in high definition by an on-site professional crew and shared for free on the web.
The festival site is in the town of Arras, just a pleasant 20-minute walk from its main square. It has two stages, the Main Stage and the Greenroom, which host artists from various music genres.
The festival, which is situated at the beautiful Citadelle d’Arras, has a campsite, a large number of food and beer stalls and a wealth of other activities to keep the large crowd of music fans happy. Granted its great lineups, the strategic location of the town and the excellent organisation, this festival never dissapoints. In fact, one can consider it as a hidden gem!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to the festival?
If visiting from abroad, you can travel to Paris CDG airport and take a train to Arras from there. You can also take a train from Brussels for about the same travel time. Alternatively, you can ride the Eurostar or any other of the fast train lines to Lille and take a train to Arras from there.
Is there a festival campsite?
There’s a nice and organised campsite, which is about 15 minutes walking from the Citadelle (the festival site). It has amenities such as showers, toilets and a festival shop. Alternatively, one can find hotel accommodation in Arras and walk to the festival grounds. However, if you are opting for this, make sure that you book well in advance as the availability is scarce.
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