Calvi on the Rocks

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An open air music festival on the beach in the picturesque town of Calvi, northwest of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica.


2012 line-up, news, rumours and our predictions

The Rapture // Erol Alkan // Brodinski // Nicolas Jaar live in concert // Jennifer Cardini // Peter & The Magician // Gesaffelstein // The Shoes // Gilb'R // Sébastien Tellier // Busy P // WhoMadeWho // Nathan Fake // Apollonia (Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom & Shonky) // Azari & III // Clement Meyer // Ewan Pearson // Citizens! // Stuck in the Sound // The Hacker // Joakim // Panteros666 // Agoria // Kindness // Para One // Mlle Stéphanie // The Boo and many more.

Click here to view the full line-up as confirmed, along with 2012 after parties and highlights.

This year sees the festival celebrate it's 10th anniversary!

Calvi On The Beach Details

  • Free admission / 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Daily Warm Up / 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Octopussy: Located in the middle of the Bay of Calvi, the Octopussy offers an outdoor dance floor programming to make you dance your feet in the water.

Because of the free admission, it is a must to tick of the list.

2011 line-up and past line-up highlights

Foals, Metronomy, Laurent Garnier présente L.B.S, Nicolas Jaar, Michael Mayer, Hercules and Love Affair, Bot'ox, Logo, Carte Blanche, Frivolous, Oh la la !, Discodeine, Hyphen Hyphen, Busy P, Marco Dos Santos, Mlle Stéphanie, Sety, Brodinski, Agoria, Clara Moto, Mc Luvin, Herman Dune, Brigitte


Described by InTheMix as "France's beachside electro playground", This is a festival for holidays to kick off the season. Calvi, with its sandy beaches, cobblestone streets and beautiful marina is a summer paradise.

Calvi on the Rocks brings together a range of performances ranging from electronic music, and pop to traditional music including the famous Corsican polyphonic singing and has a great line up of live DJs.

For many the event has been described as the French Coachella, with stating "This festival has a reputation for memorable parties, or forgotten parties, depending on your tolerance.".

While it does have a slight international appeal, the festival is essentially French.

History and Facts

Jean-Marie Tassy the creator and owner of Uzik, a Paris-based advertising agency that has conceived some of the most impressive websites on the internet today like the Russian Standard Vodka and Nina Ricci websites is the head organiser of Calvi on the Rocks. The festival was started in 2003.

Music Stages and Other Entertainment

The Theatre de Verdure venue set at the foot of the town’s citadelle hosts a rock programme. There are also free day parties and night time gigs and live DJs at four beaches around the island; Diesel Island (Plage in Casa), Plage Octopussy and Plage du Bout du Monde.

The festival also has ‘Schweppes unexpected beach’ a silent beach which is a quiet zone for people to enjoy the music of the waves, as the organisers describe it.

Octopussy, Bout Du Monde and Plage In Casa are the main beach clubs and most day parties are held here. At night the festival moves to Théâtre de Verdure for all night parties.

Some years there have even been art performances, food gatherings and open-air theatre.

On site information

Calvi On The Beach is free admission and will take place between 3.00pm - 7.30pm at Diesel En Casa Beach.

Location and Travel

Calvi, a small beach town located on the northwest coast of CorsicaTo make the whole package even more irresistible, Calvi on the Rocks is thrown on the town’s 5 mile stretch of beach as well as in the many nightclubs that line it.

The nearest airport is Calvi or Bastia. Getting to the festival venue has been reported to be a bit of a hassle as there are no direct flights to Calvi from most European cities.

Also the airport is not well connected to the site, you might end up having to take a taxi or change buses to get there. Most reviews however find the festival to be worth the travelling hassle.

Depending on where you are travelling from, it is worth checking out for any bus information

Travelling from the UK?

If you are travelling from the UK and looking for friends to meet there or en route, or perhaps you need advice or would like to give some, be sure to check out the Wikifestivals UK Meetup Group

Local Clubs

  • Trax Club To Eden Club - Electronic music / Hosted by Edward Rostand / Port of Calvi / From 2:30 to dawn every night / € 15
  • Annex Club - reserved for festival guests/ programme surprise announced every day on the mobile application / From 2:00 to dawn every night / Free Admission
  • Range Of Octopussy - Located in the middle of the bay of Calvi, An outdoor dance floor programmed to make you dance with your feet in the sea.

Tourism Information

Here are some good contacts and addresses to be aware of

  • CALVI TOURIST OFFICE: Port de Plaisance, 20260, Calvi, Email: [email protected], Phone: +33 (0)4 95 65 16 67
  • CORSICA TOURIST BOARD: 17 Boulevard du Roi Jérôme, 20000, Ajaccio, Phone: +33 (0)4 95 51 53 03

Festival contact and ticket information

Pass 5 days: €140 (excluding booking fees) Day pass: €30 (excluding booking fees)