"Le Grand Soufflet” is a festival dedicated to music we commonly present as « modern world music ». Originally focused on the accordion and blown blade instruments, the festival has been taking place every year in October in the city of Rennes and many other cities of the Ille-et-Vilaine department (French Brittany) since 1996. Due to this experience and the particular feeling brought by this instrument, the festivals extends since 2021 towards popular music mixing tradition with a taste of modernity in various styles such as new trad, rock, electronic, urban music, experimental etc… Although the main object has changed, the Grand Soufflet (Large Bellows) certainly remains by its name and its history a major scene for accordion players from all over the world as shown in the list below :

Some of the international artists invited over the years :
KIMMO POHJONEN (electro fusion Finlande), RICHARD GALLIANO (Jazz France), MOTION TRIO (classique contemporain Pologne), QUANTIC (electro Cumbia France), KING COYA (electro cumbia Argentine), KOTTARASHKY & THE RAIN DOGS (electro World Bulgarie) , ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE BRETAGNE & PASCAL CONTET (contemporain France), MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF SOUND (electro cumbia Mexique), ANAKRONIC ELECTRO ORKESTRA (electro Dub France), GYSPSY SOUND SYSTEM (electro world Suisse) , ALDO GRANATO (electro world Belgique), NOMAD FREQUENCIES (electro world France), FAAUNA (electro cumbia Argentine), RADIKAL SATAN (punk expérimental Argentine), PATO MACHETE (Rap hip hop Mexique) , THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE (punk rock Angleterre), TONINHO FERRAGUTTI Forro jazz Brésil), THE ROUGHNECK RIOT (punk Angleterre)...

2021 Festival : 6th of October > 16th of October
Line up closed end of April and published in July

> 1996 to 2020 line-ups

To prepare your stay in Rennes : www.tourisme-rennes.com/en
For press inquiries : presse[a]legrandsoufflet.fr
For artistic propositions : programmation[a]legrandsoufflet.fr