In April 1997, the South West of France witnessed the birth of a then punk/rock festival in what used to be Marmande’s slaughterhouse: Garorock, wordplay associating the Garonne river and rock music.
First edition was simple, with a stripped-down line-up (but what a line-up!). The Sheriff opened the festival. With time, the line-up grew and the city’s Exhibition Center showed its limits. After 15 editions, Garorock took off towards La Filhole’s plains, a less urban environment that matched the event’s eco-friendly aspirations. Its underground feature wasn’t lost though and its identity kept on evolving to properly fit into the party atmosphere of the region.
Among the numerous headliners who played Garorock were Public Enemy, Babyshambles, Muse, Birdy Nam Nam, Iggy pop, The Bloody Beetroots, Shaka Ponk, Indochine, Bloc Party, Alborosie, Ludwig Von 88, Method Man and Redman, The Offspring, Cypress Hill, Sum 41, Die Antwoord, Macklemore, Asaf Avidan. Far from getting stuck in its primary intentions, Garorock broadened its horizons to create a major event of the South West. The festival’s renewal also concerned its timing, moving from Spring to Summer to settle in June, emphasizing its friendly atmosphere.
Celebrating its 24th anniversary in 2020, Garorock has now become one of the biggest festivals of the country. In more than 20 years of existence, it grew and expanded while staying firmly rooted in its land. Attracting more than 160 000 people in 2019 thanks to a rich and surprising line-up put together by Ludovic Larbodie, Garorock is now the essential music rendez-vous in the South-West of France.
For young festival-goers, Garorock is above all else a 4-day party on La Filhole’s plains: 4 stages, a giant camping village, a funfair, a variety of food options, activities of all sorts… Nothing better than to launch your summer with an extended weekend in Marmande !
You can’t explain the Garorock Experience, you have to live it !