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The Big Lantern: Return to the Forest

The Big Lantern: Return to the Forest


After two reduced editions, due to sanitary measures, the La Grosse Lanterne festival is back to its more regular formula. For three days, festival-goers will combine camping and shows in the forest by bands like Bran Van 3000 and Le Couleur.

Founded in 2014, the La Grosse Lanterne festival never existed of all rest. Over the years, the Montérégie event has been supported by various partners who have in turn jumped ship. In 2018 and 2019, the organizers decided to take a break, to reshuffle the cards.

Then came the pandemic. But not giving up, founder Mathieu Pontbriand decided to come back in 2020 with Petites Lanternes, an edition that respected sanitary measures and the maximum of 250 people. The reduced format festival was also going to be presented in 2021.

This year, La Grosse Lanterne is finally returning to its previous format, for the first time since 2017! 

“We are returning to a real edition and we hope that people will be there, says Mathieu Pontbriand. I am quite confident. I think people can't wait for it to come back to normal. -1000157510″ data-id=”1000157510″ width=”100%” style=”border:none;”data-context=”music” data-type=”playlist”data-pfu=”true”sandbox =”allow-popups allow-scripts allow-forms allow-same-origin”>

For the occasion, festival-goers will be entitled to an event over three days, from August 19 to 21. On Friday, Vanwho, Myriam Gendron and Julie Doiron & Dany Placard will play in the evening. 

Saturday will be the heaviest day with concerts from noon to three in the morning. Performances will include Alex Burger, Gazoline, Bon Enfant, Le Couleur and Bran Van 3000. On Sunday noon, the festival will end with performances by Paul Jacobs and Yesterday's Ring.

Bran Van 3000

Like a family

< p>When asked if La Grosse Lanterne could eventually get bigger, Mathieu Pontbriand replied that the geographical distance complicates things. 

“ We are 1 h  there's not much in that area. I have a hard time imagining that it could really grow. We are condemned to be a little apart. Even if I wanted to bring international artists, where do I put them up? It's not like being in a big tourist hub. 

The founder adds that he is really happy with the festival he has built with his team. 

“  I think we have our place in the world of festivals in Quebec. We do it our way. La Grosse Lanterne is like a family. We have a great sense of belonging. If it stays that way, I'm very happy. »

The 7th edition of the La Grosse Lanterne festival will be held from August 19 to 21 in Béthanie, Montérégie. For all the info:

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