Set in an idyllic private domaine in the French countryside 1h30 drive from Toulouse airport, Monticule Festival has in its 4 years of existence become an event to bookmark in the French summer festival calendar. With an intimate capacity, it still feels like a well-guarded secret, but with its expertly curated lineup and superb range of holiday activities on offer, we doubt it will stay a secret much longer.
The centerpiece of the festival is of course the music. Set across 4 stages that range from a pool stage to a barn, a main stage in the forest and an ambient dome, Monticule brings over some of the best names from the wider electronic community for 5 days of partying, from June 19th – 23rd 2019. Hailing from Munich, the Zenker Brothers will make their triumphant return to the Domaine de Gayfié as will Malka Tuti label bosses Asaf Samuel & Katzele. Fans of chugging, psychedelic techno will be served to their heart’s delight with first time appearances by Berliners Sascha Funke, Fantastic Twins and Curses as well as Lithuanian master Manfredas. French specialists Low Jack, Simo Cell and Oko DJ will be flying the flag for all forms of bass and dusty curios. German talent is particularly well represented with the likes of Dima Oboukhov, Fog Puma, RSS Disco or San Quentin making the trip, and plenty more headliners and heavy hitting up-and-comers will be announced in due course.
Plenty of extra-curricular activities are on offer over the course of the 5 days of Monticule. From festival classics such as yoga, painting workshops and a skateboard mini ramp, to horse riding in the areas adjacent forests, astronomy lessons and a beautiful clear-watered waterfall and swimming hole accessible by a short walk from the festival or with the help of a trusty donkey shuttle.
The area around the festival is widely celebrated for its cuisine and wines, all of which will feature abundantly over the course of the festival thanks to local producers and food trucks filling stomachs and surpassing expectations.
5 day tickets for Monticule Festival start from 115€ + booking fee. 3 days weekend ticket and group tickets also available.
Asaf Samuel & Katzele (Malka Tuti / Tel Aviv)
Curses live (dischi autunno / Berlin)
Dima Oboukhov (Acephale / Cologne)
Fantastic Twins live (Optimo Music / Berlin)
Fez (Monticule Racing Team / Munich)
Flo Scheuer (Monticule Racing Team / Munich)
Fog Puma (Mystic Moods / Berlin)
Hulk Hodn (ENTBS / Cologne)
Joscha Creutzfeld (Dublab / Cologne)
Judaah (BFDM / Marseille)
Low Bat (BFDM / Berlin)
Low Jack (BFDM / Paris)
Manfredas (Les Disques de La Mort / Vilnius)
Martha van Straaten & M. Rux (Laut & Luise / Berlin)
Monticule Racing Team
Phillip Jondo (Salon des Amateurs / Cologne)
RSS Disco (Mireia Records / Hamburg)
Sascha Funke (Multi Culti / Berlin)
Shimé (Naiv Studios / Munich)
Simo Cell (BFDM / Lyon)
The Pilotwings live (BFDM / Lyon)
Oko DJ (BFDM / Paris)
Veli x Viwo (MRT / Munich)
Walter Wolff (Pappendisko / Munich)
Zenker Brothers (Ilian Tape / Munich)
+ more TBA
In 800 AC monks settled down at the foot of this hill. Ruins on the elevation nearby the Spring of Lantouy, give us an idea of a harmonic spiritual life in nature. Many years after the monks, lord Gayfié installed a farm on the hill and constructed several buildings which are still standing to this day: the barn (Grange), his villa, the pigsty (porcherie) and the sheepfold (bergerie). After his passing, the Domaine de Gayfié was home to a horse farm, a truffle plantation and, pretty close to our presence, St. Etienne Football Club. Luckily for us, the guy in charge of managing the construction of 200 bungalows and an elevator down the hill, took all the money and defected to Mexico.
In 1991, after many years of being left untouched, the tourist Residence Domaine de Gayfié was installed and in 2001, Lilo finally took over the place. In 2015, her son Richard and his greenhorn friends decided to organise a slightly oversized home party with Funktion Ones and international booking on top of that hill and called it Monticule Festival. When you read these lines the fifth edition will already be in the making. The baby has grown a bit. Let’s take a breath to worship the time and space which was given to us. We are all just particles on this ground. Maybe the monks are coming back soon.