On Sunday August 5th, the seventh spectacular edition of FAMILY PIKNIK FESTIVAL will take place from 9am to midnight in Montpellier, France. This year the team will inaugurate a brilliant and bigger new venue in the exact location where Borealis--the first french legal techno festival--took place in the nineties. More comfortable than the previous site, Grammont will offer more space to party, under the trees and the hot sun. The music will remain across two stages: one will be house, one will be techno and the likes of Miss Kittin, Tim Green, Marco Carola, Dominik Eulberg, Hot Since 82, Luciano, AndHim, Black Coffee, Claude Vonstroke and Michael Mayer will all play.
Montpellier is the most celebrated place for electronic music in all of France. It all started in the 90s with the first ‘legal’ festivals like Borealis, truly dedicated to techno and house. The relationship between Montpellier and electronic music has even led Live Nation to host its well known I Love Techno Europe event in town. All that means this festival carries on in a rich tradition and ensures a special atmosphere is in the air each year.
Family Piknik’s three headliners are the most acclaimed star residents in Ibiza: Marco Carola, Luciano and Black Coffee. They will each deliver three hour sets under the sun which will be French exclusives, with Luciano playing from 1pm, Marco shaking asses from 4pm and South Africa’s best DJ taking care of the sunset.
French legend MISS KITTIN will be in full action, as well as Labyrinth’s star resident HOT SINCE 82, American’s best DJ and Dirtybird head honcho CLAUDE VONSTROKE, Germany’s funniest DJ duo ANDHIM, Dutch hypnotizer PATRICE BÄUMEL, UK rising progressive talent CRISTOPH and Super Flu’s best jewel from Italy, CIOZ. Kompakt’s label boss MICHAEL MAYER, TIM GREEN, DOMINIK EULBERG (live), JOY KITIKONTI b2b TOM POOKS, French new talent TIME (supported by Solomun and signed to Agoria’s label) and local DJs Böhn and MedInMars all get in on the action to ensure only the best electronic music DJs and live acts will take over Montpellier.
After his set last year, Richie Hawtin said: An absolutely beautiful, fun stompin' Techno party in the woods somewhere in Montpellier for the colorful and playful @familypiknik festival! Lots of fun, smiles and pure driving underground electronic music! THANK U to the Piknik gang and YOU - FOR BEING A GREAT CROWD!"
Launched in 2012, Family Piknik have seduced a large and eclectic audience, bigger and bigger year on year. The key to their success is mixing the underground state of mind with a very friendly atmosphere for families. Created by French DJ-producer Tom Pooks (signed to Ovum, Kompakt, Cocoon, Terminal M and Intec in the 2000s) and his team, Family Piknik clearly offers something different during the summer, with the best underground DJs performing from early in the morning to midnight, in the dynamic city of Montpellier, one of the most historic places for electronic music in France. Under the trees, be part of a stunning sunny day and bring your food to enjoy the music along with 15000 people from all around Europe.
STAGE 1 :
BÖHN (FR) - TIME (FR) - TIM GREEN (UK) - TOM POOKS (FR) B2B JOY KITIKONTI (IT) - MISS KITTIN (FR) - MARCO CAROLA (IT) - HOT SINCE 82 (UK) - DOMINIK EULBERG LIVE (DE) - CRISTOPH (UK).
STAGE 2 :
MED IN MARS (FR) - CIOZ (IT) - PATRICE BÄUMEL (NL) - LUCIANO (CH) - MICHAEL MAYER (DE) - ANDHIM (DE) - BLACK COFFEE (AFS) - CLAUDE VONSTROKE (USA).
SOUVENIRS FROM 2017
Some of the live sets from 2017 are in this Youtube Playlist
Official 2017 Aftermovie
High-Res Photos from 2017 (credit : Patrick Ortega)
MORE EVENTS IN 2018
On Saturday 2nd of June, the festival sets up a very special BOARDING TO FAMILY PIKNIK ! Right inside Montpellier’s airport, a stunning stage will welcome &ME, MAGDALENA, COSMIC BOYS, TOM POOKS and more local DJS behind the decks. This event is very unique as it will take place inside the secured area of the airport, while it will be fully operational. Imagine the planes in the background, the sunset and the best electronic music displayed with the craziness of Family Piknik’s…
SATURDAY 2ND OF JUNE, 6pm - 2am, Montpellier Airport. Limited Capacity, only presales on http://www.familypiknikfestival.com/boarding
Prior to the festival taking place on sunday 5th of August, Family Piknik expands to a great FREE OPENING CONCERT on the friday 3rd of August. It’s a big news and it’s set to be a great evening with BOOKA SHADE + RODRIGUEZ JR. (born in Montpellier !) & LISET ALEA live on stage. These are 2 of the most respected Electronic Live Acts in the industry ! To close this Concert, the one and only PURPLE DISCO MACHINE will spread his funky-house vibes to make us dance… This FREE concert will be a great starter, 2 days before the festival !
FRIDAY 3RD OF AUGUST, 6pm - 1am, Grammont, Montpellier (same location as festival).
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