Magical Music Festival in a medieval Chateau, southern France

Written by on July 9, 2018 in Holidays & Things to do

A medieval French chateau is to be the setting for the first edition of La Machine du Vin, an exceptional music festival featuring DJs such as Claptone, 2manydjs and Booka Shade.

‘La machine du vin’ combines music, wine, food and art into one festival in the south of France

The French expression “Vivre comme un Dieu en France” gets a whole new meaning thanks to La Machine du Vin. Their three-day music, wine, food and art festival will take place on the grounds of an ancient medieval chateau in the romantic scenery of Southern France. After two successful seasons which attracted around 100,000 wine and music lovers to vineyards across Australia, the wildly popular event Wine Machine, organised by Best Chardy Ever, has set its sights on the most famous wine nation in the world – France.

First of its kind on the European festival scene, La Machine du Vin will be set in the surroundings of the picturesque village of Camon, Midi-Pyrenees, just a little south of Toulouse. The luxurious, hand-curated experience will take place from 31 August until 2 September. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the last days of summer with amazing international DJs Bonobo, Claptone and Tourist. Belgian DJs The Magician and 2manydjs will also be performing alongside many Australian and German talents.

La Machine de Vin Venue in France

The Midi-Pyrenees region is awash with beauty and history. A realm of breath taking landscapes await Machine du Vin’s intrepid pilgrims – from rolling hills covered in grapevines and sunflowers, to quaint farms, subterranean caves, underground rivers, valleys, and turreted châteaux hidden among the lush forests. The medieval village of Camon epitomizes the post-card perfect fairy tale image of French charm – and will truly capture your heart. Camon is officially one of the most beautiful villages of France and called the Petit Carcassonne, after its famous near neighbour. Its ensemble of stone buildings are built in the style of a 15th Century royal fortress. As you seek out its traditional boulangeries, you’ll tread in the footsteps of monks, soaking up the peaceful reverence of this former Abbey, whose air is perfumed with the scent of over 100 rose bushes hugging its cobblestone walls.

Rising from the perfectly manicured vineyards of Camon are the turrets of the L’Abbaye-Chateau de Camon – the jewel in Camon’s crown. It’s a Disney-like castle, that stands proud and beautiful – a symbol of 1,000 years of French history. The fully-restored castle’s rich interiors are of the extravagant Belle Epoque style, replete with painted ceilings, drapes and 18th Century furnishings. The magnificence of this estate must truly be seen to be believed and will the form a most extraordinary backdrop for the weekend’s festivities.

Wine stomping, wine tasting, camping and glamping

Machine Du Vin has tailored a refined experience that goes beyond the dancefloor, an opportunity to really experience life à la française. Key amongst the attractions are wine stomping, Long Table Lunches, river lilo-ing and a wealth of sunset surprises. Imaging watching the skies blush pink as the sun sets over the rolling hills of the Southern French vineyards… sipping vintage local wine, crushed by the hands of local producers. In order to truly savour their surroundings, festival goers are invited to glamp or camp on the Chateau’s grounds. You’ll wake up each morning to fresh croissants and French-press coffee to the sounds of birdsong and bright blue skies.

Le Machine de Vin line up

La Machine Du Vin will host several European, American, and Australian acts to join the wine and champagne-fuelled French festivitiesOne of the most courted acts in Europe, Bonobo (DJ Set) will deliver one of the biggest and most subtle electronic music performances you can get. The lush fields, castle surrounds and starry skies of Machine du Vin provide the perfect environment to experience Bonobo’s splendour.

Global clubbing institution par excellence 2manydjs (DJ Set) will take Machine du Vin under siege! Global electronic sensation What So Not will share genre-defying dance offerings from his recent debut album outing Not All The Beautiful Things. Prepare for pure pleasure when Night Falls, and the spine-tingling opening strains of Berlin duo Booka Shade’s iconic anthems Body Language and Mandarine Girl drift out through the smoke. Eponymous Berlin golden bird-nosed producer Claptone brings his house and techno savoir faire to France, and absolute London indie-electro royalty Erol Alkan will ‘Keep Kids Dancing’ at Machine du Vin, as will Brussels DJ/producer The Magician.

Other artists include Hercules & Love Affair, Tourist, Hut Dub Time Machine, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Yuksek, Tensnake, CC:Disco!, Young Franco, Roosevelt and Human Movement.

An unmissable, unique Music Festival in France

Machine du Vin’s carefully curated line-up, unsurpassable location and experiential offerings immediately establishes the event as one of the most attractive boutique festival experiences on offer on the European party circuit this 2018 summer. Say organisers: “Machine du Vin is a dream we’ve had for a very long time. Our Wine Machine events have taken place in some of the most breath taking Australian wine regions, but nothing can compare to the absolute majesty of the South of France. We really have found the most magnificent spot in the world and can’t wait to go on a three-day French adventure with you come August.”

August 31 – September 2, 2018. Tickets are on sale now for THE summer festival of 2018, more info on www.machineduvin.com

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