Rootstock 2018, Burgundy’s most glamorous music, food and wine festival is an event like no other. As such, normal Summer festival rules don’t apply. We spoke to Debs Wild, a festival and concert organiser in the UK, music consultant and the discoverer of Coldplay – one of the world’s most critically and commercially successful rock bands – for her 10 top festival tips to remember during the Bastille weekend celebrations, July 13-15, at Château de Pommard’s Rootstock 2018. Debs, over to you…

“You never know – you might discover your new favorite band.”

1. Make A Pre-Festival Playlist

“A great way to make the most out of the music at a summer festival is to put together a playlist of all the bands that are playing, in the order that you will be seeing them, so you can get a sense of the emotion and rhythm of the festival. My golden rule for all festivals is that you should see as many bands as possible – and not just the ones you know and love. You never know – you might discover your new favorite band!”

Don’t have time to put together a playlist? Don’t panic, we’ve put together an Essential Playlist for you – check it out! 

Festival Expert: Debs Wild is an author, music consultant, concert organizer and discoverer of the rock band, Coldplay. Pictured here onstage at Coldplay soundcheck, Lyon, June 2017.

“For Rootstock 2018, normal rules don’t apply … embrace your inner hippie chic!”

2. Feel and Look Glamorous

“I usually tell festival goers to make sure they take clothes they don’t mind losing or throwing away, but because Rootstock 2018 is Burgundy’s most chic festival, those normal rules don’t apply. For this festival, pack clothes that are not only comfortable to wear, and practical for a summer festival, obviously, but don’t be afraid to also embrace your inner hippie chic too! Loose fitting clothes also allow you to dance just that little bit more free as well. In the Zen Zone, revellers will find two jewellery stands to accessorize their style.”

Look Good / Feel Good: Rootstock 2018 is viewed as Burgundy’s most glamorous festival.

“Food is fuel.”

3. Eat Well and Often

“Another golden rule of festivals I swear by is the importance of eating at least one, preferably cooked, meal a day. With all the partying, music and dancing, it can sometimes be difficult to tear yourself away from the fun to stay hydrated and fuelled. Water is most important, naturally, but take 30 minutes every three hours to eat sensibly too. Food is fuel. The more you eat, the longer you’ll be able to keep going. With a feast of food trucks available at Rootstock 2018, serving all types of cuisine, getting a delicious takeaway meal to eat will be no problem at all – especially as you can eat while standing in the queue for the wine.”

Food Glorious Food: Alongside a feast of food trucks, a food court and local produce market stalls, Rootstock will also welcome refreshing cocktails made by Paris drinks wizards, Ély.

“Don’t burn out before the music stops…”

4. Keep Cool

“With temperatures exceeding 25°c in Burgundy in late June [the time of writing], and with Europe currently experiencing some of the hottest sunshine on record, it’s fair to say that Rootstock 2018 will see the sun come out to play. Lots of water, suncream and time in the shade will ensure you don’t burn out before the music stops.”

Burgundy Skies: Nothing but blue in June in Clos Marey-Monge

“See as much of the local region as you can…”

5. Check Out the Locals

“Bands that go on long summer tours usually get to see very little of the location they perform at. It’s almost always a flying visit. If your budget and schedule allow, travel to the area close to the festival site a day or two before so you can see as much of it as you can. You’ll be able to get a better sense of local transport and amenities. In Pommard, especially with the Route des Grands Crus, the area has lots of picturesque places to see before the festival starts and once it finishes… and perhaps allow time in your schedule to accomodate that.”

Down in the Cellars: Rootstock 2018 offers a selection of on site experiences, for those wanting to take a shelter from the sun, or a break from the bands.

“At festivals, there is no such thing as being fashionably late…”

6. Arrive Early

“Never be afraid to get to a festival early. At festivals, there is no such thing as being fashionably late. Find out what time the site open its doors and be there soon after, if your transportation allows. This will give you time to check the festival and all of its features before the bands start, and its a great way to beat the early queues. These days, music, food and wine festivals usually have lots of additional extras to them such as food courts, chill out areas, shopping and markets and experiences – and it’s always best to do them as you never know what, or who, you might see.”

Rootstock Rosé: The festival is the first of its kind in Burgundy. It even produces its own Rosé, sold exclusively at the event.

“Always check the bands’ performance times…”

7. Plan Your Weekend

“Some people will think this is a bit boring, but, honestly, it will make you squeeze in so much more activities and music if you know who’s playing when and where you need to be at what time. Always check the band’s performance times on the festival’s website, or ask a member of staff on the day, and always make time for free time inbetween bands to chill out. If you want to go one step further laminate your schedule and wear it around your neck as a lanyard – that’s what serious festival revellers do!”

Rootstock 2017: Last year’s festival was a huge success…and offered lots of fun for festival revellers.

“Festivals are about endurance…”

8. Get Some Rest

“Three-day festivals are about endurance. As tempting as it is to stay out all night partying on the first night, if you have a 3-day pass, you might want to reign it in so that you last until the final band. It would be a shame to miss any of the fun because you slept through it all. Make sure you have a comfy bed to rest your head at the end of the night, and make sure you get a good night’s sleep each night. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to go even longer the next day.”

Pop-Up Hotel: The UK’s No.1 glamping accomodation brand head to France for the first time to ensure Rootstock revellers get a good night’s sleep.

“Your feet are your most important asset at festivals…”

9. Comfortable Shoes

“Probably the most important tip for all festival revellers! Leave your stilettos and expensive footwear at home. Your feet are your most important asset at festivals so look after them. When you pack, think carefully about your feet and ensure you take a spare pair in case one pair gets wet or ruined.”

10. See the Whole Festival

“Festivals these days are about more than just the music. Check your festival’s website in advance of packing for the big weekend. There may be some treatments or experiences that you’ll need to make reservations for – so doing your research about what is available is recommended. A handy tip is to call up the festival and ask if there are any secret performances or other venues nearby that are capitalising on the festival footfall traffic. When you’re at the festival, don’t just hover by the stage too, make sure you take in the sights, smells and sounds of the whole site.”

Rootstock Festival Site: Clos Marey-Monge tastes as good as it looks.
A Slice of Heaven: Over the road from Clos Marey-Monge is Rootstock’s ZenZone which will contain the Pop-Up Hotel, Shambali Spa and lots of boutique fashion stands.

Rootstock 2018 – the Essentials

Rootstock 2018 is just around the corner. It’ll be here quicker than you can say, well, Rootstock. So, remember to get your tickets today to avoid disappointment.

Here’s everything you need to know:

– Tickets can be bought at www.rootstockmusic.com
– Fifteen bands, across three days, on two stages. Check out the full line-up here
– Line-up includes the acclaimed headliners JungleBreakbotKeziah Jones
– Onsite accommodation is provided by luxury glamping company, Pop Up Hotel.
– A selection of Experiences including a Grand Tasting, the Burgundy Wine Bar, Chefs’ Alley, Cocktail Bar, Rootstock Cycling Tour and Rootstock’s very own Market will be open across the whole weekend. Check them all out here!
– A wealth of travel packages and options, including Château de Pommard’s Concierge Services are at your disposal too. Find all the details here.
– Prizes and competitions will be running from now until July, so watch this space!

Buy your Rootstock 2018 tickets here! Be quick…tickets are selling fast.