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Music in The Loire Valley

Something for everyone

Lovers of classical music will find a large range of concerts, often in superb surroundings, all year round such as the abbeys of Fontevraud and Cunault. Both host music festivals which attract many of Europe’s top musicians.

Saumur hosts jazz and military music festivals as well as choral and orchestral performances, especially in summer.

There is also the annual French ‘Fete de la Music’ usually held at the end of June where all musicians, amateur and others are encouraged to perform and in Saumur and Montreuil Bellay there are performances by solo artists and groups in many of the bars and also concerts in the streets and other areas. Music includes rock, pop, reggae. As well as rap, jazz and everything in between. An entertaining few days.

Larger towns like Angers often host concerts by major artists.

In the past year world famous groups such as Toto and Deep Purple, to name but two, have performed there.

Although not too relaxing, as it is about a two hour drive away, the seaside – Pornic, St. Jean des Monts – Noirmoutier could also easily be undertaken as a day trip.

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