Burgundy’s most glamorous music, food and wine festival, Rootstock 2018, rolls into place at Château de Pommard over the Bastille weekend celebrations, July 13-15. As the festival kicks off its three week countdown this week, we felt it was only fair to share the songs that we predict will become the soundtrack of the weekend, the anthems and melodies you’ll be singing until Christmas. These are the 10 songs to hunt down and discover over the weekend, performed by an  incredible roster of artists both international and local. Your summer singalongs start there. This is your essential Rootstock 2018 playlist. 

1. ‘Busy Earnin” by Jungle

With new single ‘Happy Man’ currently entering the European charts, Jungle have scored a massive return to success after four years of touring and resting following the worldwide success of their debut album in 2014. With almost 18 million views, ‘Busy Earnin’ was the track that took UK’s Jungle from the thick dense forests of obscurity and put them on the map for all the world to see.

2.’Baby, I’m Yours’ by Breakbot

‘Baby, I’m Yours’, featuring singer Irfane, is Breakbot’s biggest hit to date. With more than 31 million views on YouTube the song is an undeniable melodic dancefloor monster and as such is one of the most anticipated songs of the entire Rootstock 2018 weekend. The video is pretty cool, too.

3.’Rhythm is Love’ by Keziah Jones

The perfect way to put some cool into your Sunday cool down at the end of a summer festival is grooving to the tunes of Nigerian born French singer-songwriter-guitarist Keziah Jones. The soothing “blufunk” of his ‘Rhythm is Love’ – a hit on YouTube with more than 1.5 million views and one of the standout tracks on Keziah’s Captain Rugged album – is guaranteed to make the revellers (and vines) of Clos Marey-Monge sway in sync with the soulful soundwaves.

4. ‘Isabella’ by Isaac Delusion

Along with other tracks ‘Rust and Gold’, ‘The Sinner’ and ‘The Distance’, Isaac Delusion are becoming one of the hottest Parisian bands on the planet. Their track ‘Isabella’ has more than 1.7 million views and is glorious piece of pulsating melodic electro pop with a twist. Isaac Delusion may just be the band to see at Rootstock 2018 … above all else.

5.’Shock and Awe’ by Souljazz Orchestra

This six-piece from Canada have earned more than 150,000 views of their breakout track ‘Shock and Awe’. With its hypnotic horn sections, rhythmic chanting and timely subject matter, the SoulJazz Orchestra have created a track that does exactly as it says on the cover – shock and awe. We can’t wait to see this one live.

6. ‘The Mistake’ by Lys & Steve Hewitt

Nicolas Veron, the lead singer-songwriter of Lys, has created a darkly melodic alt.rock tune perfect for the twilight hours of a Summer festival. With it’s angular guitar stabs and swooning vocals, this is a song that will kickstart the Saturday evening proceedings with a bang.

Read our exclusive Rootstock 2018 interview with Lys & Steve Hewitt here.

7. ‘Yellow’ by Gaumar, featuring  Emcee Agora

Released at the beginning of June, Gaumar’s “Yellow” EP debuted at No.3 in iTunes R&B/Soul charts proving that there is always a place in the charts for gorgeous upbeat pop. We can’t think of a more fitting tune to define a sun-drenched summer festival than ‘Yellow’. “It’s the coolest color ever,” Gaumar told us. Read our exclusive Rootstock 2018 interview with Gaumar here.

8. ‘Run With Wolves’ by Telegraph

If you’re looking for a new anthem to singalong to all Summer then you can stop searching. This is it. Emotive, melodic and soaring, ‘Run With Wolves’ will make you throw your hands in the air like you just don’t care when this four-piece take to the Rootstock main stage. The video, with more than 22,000 views on YouTube is pretty good too.

Read our exclusive Rootstock 2018 interview with Telegraph here.

9. ‘Sur le Fil’ by Théo Maxyme

For track No.9 of the weekend, it’s time to slow everything down. Théo Maxyme’s phenomenal piano ballad ‘Sur le Fil’ is just the song Rootstock revellers will require to bring them back to earth after a day of rocking out. Don’t believe us – check out Théo’s video, recorded at Ferber Studios, Paris, below.

Read our exclusive Rootstock 2018 interview with Théo Maxyme here.

10. ‘Run From Me’ by Yeast

For the final track of our essential playlist, let’s turn it up to 11 with this stunning upbeat slab of melodic rock by Yeast. With echoes of Coldplay’s guitar lines and positive melodies chiming proudly in the background ‘Run From Me’ is a future anthem you won’t be able to escape. Not that you would ever want to. A new classic. Check it out!

Read our exclusive Rootstock 2018 interview with Yeast here.


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.

Rootstock 2018: The festival arrives in Pommard July 13-15.