Ahead of the fifth edition of Monticule Festival, taking place between June 19th – 23rd atop of a rural hillside in the South of France, we take a closer look at this intimate 1500 capacity music and arts festival.
What started off in 2014 as a humble party for likeminded friends, Monticule has since grown to accommodate a bold and impressive lineup of contemporary shapeshifters and innovators, ranging in musical styles and atmospheres.
2019 headliners include; Blawan, Courtesy, Jennifer Cardini, Rabih Beaini (aka Morphosis), Wolf Müller & Niklas Wandt, Jan Schulte, Judaah (Brothers From Different Mothers), Low Jack, Manfredas, Sascha Funke, Simo Cell, The Pilotwings (live), OKO DJ and the Zenker Brothers. Big ups to the programmers for selecting such a vivid and on-point array of talent.
Located at Domaine de Gayfié, a holiday village located just 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Toulouse-Blagnac airport, Monticule brings together a dedicated crowd of local and international music lovers – all set within the picturesque surroundings of Causses du Quercy, a tranquil area renowned for its quaint villages and total absence of light pollution, making for sublime star gazing opportunities.
Attendees will also be able to experience a wide array of workshops and activities. A new retreat area will open at the natural spring of the Gouffre du Lantouy, an 80 meter deep natural spring just 10 minutes walk from the main festival site and a perfect complement to the site’s beautiful swimming pool.
Guests will be able to experience an extensive programme of yoga and meditation provided by Filipa Veiga and Silvia Stojanovic from Portugal Spirits Festival as well as for the first time, Cacao Ceremonies, a popular ritual in yoga communities.
At the campsite and on the festival site, attendees will be able to sign up for cave visits, horse and donkey rides to the Gouffre du Lantouy, astronomy workshops, basketball courts, the inescapable tradition of pétanque and pastis, e-bike rental service and an all new balloon ride over the festival site.
Naturally local and regional food is available – if you’ve been to this part of France before you’ll know exactly what to expect, but if not be prepared for a non-stop feast of delicacies catering both to vegetarians and meat eaters. A hidden champagne bar with panoramic views over the valley is also waiting to be discovered.
The closest town is Cajarc where you can discover small cafés, two top brasseries with traditional regional food, a Saturday-market with regional specialities and a supermarket with everything you need for camping life.
Reduced weekend tickets are on sale now. Shuttle bus tickets from Toulouse airport are also available.