Nuits Sonores has been postponed to July due to the Coronavirus. Originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 19th to Sunday, May 24th, the festival will now run from Wednesday, July 22nd Sunday, July 26th in Lyon.
The festival’s core programme of the three main Nights, its four “A day with…” programmes and the “Closing day” event will take place on these new dates at the sites originally announced: La Sucrière and Le Sucre for the daytime programmes, and the former Fagor-Brandt factories for the Nights.
The line-ups and the final format of the festival will be announced on Thursday, April 16th. All festival tickets and passes already purchased will remain valid for these new dates.
In a statement, Nuits Sonores said: “First and foremost, the thoughts of everyone at Arty Farty go out to the victims of the epidemic and their families. We also wish to reiterate our wholehearted solidarity with health workers and all those on the front line fighting this epidemic.
“In the light of the international health crisis engendered by the coronavirus epidemic, the Arty Farty team have taken the decision to postpone the 18th edition of the Nuits Sonores festival.
“As always, the festival’s audience and spectators remain our main priority and we will work, in a spirit of accountability and transparency, to keep them regularly updated with all developments.
“Everyone at Arty Farty and Culture Next is working in full compliance with the containment measures imposed by the authorities and healthcare staff to preserve the programming and spirit of Nuits Sonores. We stand in complete solidarity with our partners and service providers – in particular all the technical teams, the prefecture and the local authorities – as well as the volunteers and, of course, the artists who are committed to our cause.
“We thank them for their trust, their availability and their support for the festival. Stay at home!”
Ticket holders who are unable to attend Nuits Sonores on the new dates will be sent an email with information on how to claim a refund after Thursday, April 16th.
Keep an eye on nuits-sonores.com for updates.