Cognac Blues Passions Festival in Cognac, France.
3 – 7 July 2018
3 – 7 July 2018
Set in the charming town that spawned the eau-de-vie, this friendly festival has existed since 1994 in the heart of the city’s public gardens.
The 7-hectare gardens are a combination of the property of the hotel Otard de la Grange and the hotel Dupuy d’Angeac.
They have been gorgeously-designed by the landscape architect Edouard André.
Beautiful blossoms and the Blues – what more could you ask for?
Santana, Beth Ditto and James Blunt are the headliners announced for 2018.
It’s the 25th anniversary of the Cognac Blues Passions Festival, so expect more big names and upcoming stars to be announced.
The 5-day ticket is 160 euros while prices for individual days varies from 50 to 66 euros for adults and 10 to 11 euros for children up to 12 years old.
Cognac Blues Passions is considered an ecologically-sustainable festival so volunteers spend the whole festival cleaning up and making sure the gardens remain pristine.
Waste is also sorted out in different bins while dry toilets are set up for your disposal.
In case you’re wondering, eco-friendly toilets use wood chips instead of water and thus, also make the waste compostable and not so smelly.
The glasses at the festival are tracked with deposits of 1 euro.
You get your coin back any time you return the cup to the place that you purchased your drink at.
The ‘brandy’ city of Cognac is situated on both sides of the Charente river and is a graceful, historic place with many old sites such as the Valois castle, the Saint-Jacques gateway and the Saint-Léger church.
There’s also the Château of Cognac, home to the company Otard Cognacs since 1795.
The Château is open to the public for visits and tastings.
The Arts of Cognac museum, in the Perrin de Boussac mansion, chronicles the history of the liqueur and its production process.