Pommard’s first music, food and wine festival, Rootstock, is back for its second consecutive year. But this time, everything is bigger and better than ever before. To announce the festival’s return in style, Château de Pommard hosted a sold-out showcase  which was heard live and loud out in the wild on the streets of Paris last week.

Hosted on May 8, 2018, at the Reservoir Club, located in the capital city’s 11th arrondissement, the Rootstock 2018 showcase shone a bright spotlight on a roster of young, emerging and breakthrough artists that are not only performing at the Pommard festival across Bastille weekend on July 13-15th, but to also celebrate the arrival of Rootstock Records – a new label that seeks to assist upcoming talent from all over the world in making sure their music makes the waves it deserves.

Before the showcase heated up, Michael Baum, Château de Pommard’s proprietor, and founder of Rootstock Records, announced the festival’s return, even spilling the details for the first time of the festival’s incredible line-up and extra-special events, including the UK’s revered Pop Up Hotel, the No.1 luxury festival accommodation brand, as well as all of the food and wine experiences on offer across the weekend.

The sold-out show saw five hundred people in attendance to see five artists perform their selections of original songs and covers. By the end of the evening, everyone was up on the feet, dancing and ready to head to Pommard to be first in line to see the bands again.

Jody Jody: © C.Rougetet

Up first, was one of the newest acts to join the Rootstock family, Jody Jody. With her soft folk-rock songs and haunting melodies, Jody Jody can currently be seen wowing the nation on France’s The Voice. Check out her most recent appearance here. This artist is one to watch. At Rootstock.

Gaumar: © C.Rougetet

A touch act to follow, Jody Jody left the stage to rapturous applause to be replaced by the evening’s second act – the multi-talented 21-year-old Margaux, or Gaumar, as she is known to her burgeoning bevvie of fans. Signed to the emerging Paris-based record label, Active Records, Gaumar’s debut single ‘Entre Tes Doigts’ sent a flood of appreciation towards the Reservoir stage. The track is a glorious slice of upbeat and melodic pop with a twist. Gaumar wrote her first song at 15 and is now playing the emerging artists stage at Rootstock 2018. Next year – who knows where she could be. Catch her while you can.

Or-Sha: © C.Rougetet
Rootstock 2017: Or-Sha became a favorite at the inaugural Pommard festival in 2017

Up next was Or-Sha, alumni of the inaugural Rootstock festival 2017, where they received one of the biggest’s responses of the weekend with their distinctive blend of soul, jazz and pop music. Five multitalented and “hyperactive musicians” from Paris, Or-Sha are currently sending shockwaves around the city with a string of sold-out headline shows and stunning sounds, available on Soundcloud. 

Théo Maxyme: So good he played Rootstock twice!

The original rock and roll superstar of Rootstock 2017, Théo Maxyme and his band, returns to the festival in 2018. This time, Théo is fully armed with even more catchy indie songs – one of which, ‘Sur le Fil’ is currently rocketing up the iTunes France chart. As the penultimate act for the Paris showcase, Théo was on fine form, playing an extended set of songs, many of which will be aired for the first time at Rootstock 2018.

Théo Maxyme: © C.Rougetet

As a singer, Théo made such a lasting impression at Roostock 2017, that the team at Château de Pommard invited him back as Artistic Director. This year, along with his band, Théo will be bringing with him a roster of artists from his Active Records label, including Gaumar, which Théo founded in 2016.

If you want to take the pulse of the Parisian music scene – Théo is at the heart of it all, beating the drum for others to follow.

Read our exclusive Theo Maxyme interview, as well as all our comprehensive reporting from the festival in Our Stories.

The night’s headliners, indie-rock hearthrobs Telegraph, comprising of cousins Julien (vocals, guitar) and Matthieu (guitar, chorus), and their childhood friend Maxime (drums, keyboards, choirs) brought the house down. With soaring vocals and anthemic acoustic pop melodies, on fine display in their debut single ‘Broken Bones‘, Telegraph drew the night to a close as it deserved. If they repeat the trick at Rootstock then they’ll always be welcome in Clos Marey-Monge.

Telegraph: © C.Rougetet

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.rootstockburgundy.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! 

Rootstock 2018 Teaser Trailer

Are you ready?


Are you going to Rootstock 2018? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch: malcolm@chateaudepommard.com

Were you at Rootstock 2017?  We’d love to hear from you too! Get in touch at email above.