They are the time keepers of the festival. Always watching the timer, the so-called “runners” have only one word in their mouth: “An-ti-ci-per”! Because it won’t escape anyone, there is still no airport or train station directly serving the venue of the Bout du monde festival in Landaoudec. So for Gaël Faye, Selah Sue or even Bernard Lavilliers to arrive safely, from Friday 5 August to Sunday 7 August 2022, Boudu drivers have to swallow the kilometers to transport all these little people. “Roughly speaking, during the week we travel between 5,000 and 6,000 kilometers to transport the artists and their team,” estimates Greg Monoyez, driver manager.
“Watch out, you really are coming to the end of the world”
On arrival in Finistère, artists who do not travel by tourist buses (buses equipped for tours) disembark overwhelmingly in Brest, either at the station in the city center or at Guipavas airport. The longest trip for the drivers this year will be to Auray (56) to pick up a musician whose name will remain hidden, who is spending a few days peacefully in the region. “As for the program, we are talking about it with the group: ‘Watch out, you really are coming to the end of the world.’ We advise them to add two hours, between arrival in Brest and arrival at the location”, says Chloé Berthou-Lis, in charge of festival communication.
“Manu Chao left his artist badge with the hostess so she could come to the festival in the evening. If I remember correctly, she was also invited to play on stage.
Because in peak times, internationally known artists or not, there is only one road that leads to the end of the world. “On Friday, since the road is super congested, we also offer certain artists to board the boat for visitors to the festival that departs from Brest,” says head driver Greg Monojez. This was the case, for example, a few years ago, with Maxime Le Forestier.
Manu Chao and the House of Minerals
But the driver’s role does not stop at the tour of the station and airport. “Runners” can also be called in the middle of the day, to accompany artists who want to take advantage of the excursion and visit the Crozon peninsula. “One year we went to visit Cap de la Chèvre with Manu Cha and his sound engineer,” says Greg Monoyez. “They wanted to go to Mineral House, but we didn’t have the money. Fortunately, the girl at the reception recognized Manu Chao, we were able to walk. As a sign of gratitude, he left her his personal artist badge, so that she could come to the festival in the evening. If I remember correctly, she was also invited to dance on stage with the volunteers during the concert! “. A unique and rare connection, with artists passing through this piece of land, here, at the end of the world.