Interview With La Route Du Rock
LE WHOOOOOOP DE JOUR A LA MODE DANS LA PLAGE
Kate Wellham went to La Route Du Rock and all you got were these hilarious captions, irrelevant photos and pangs of nauseating jealousy. She would have brought you back a t-shirt but they were all out of ‘Asterix C’est Mon Homehomme’ in your size, and the duty-free she earmarked for you was quaffed on the ferry to block out the car-crash cabaret and pervy trucketrs. But who is she, what is it, and where’s the relevance?
Kate Wellham is a freelance print and video journalist based in Bradford. She writes in joined-up. She plays with cameras. She has a clever telephone. She is a cunning linguist. Some people even say she has a roller-skating unicorn tattooed onto her soul but at the time of going to press this was unsubstantiated and she was too busy baking penis-shaped cakes to comment. She writes proper good and does mirth-laced jokes which trick your funny bone into chucking up chuckles and chortles and all that jazz. You’ll like her. Hopefully she will want to do more contents for us soon.
La Route Du Rock is an independent French festival held in St. Malo. It takes place in several venues around le ville including an ancient 18th century castle, the beach, and the hedonistically-titled Palais du Grand Large (an auditorium by the seaside). This year – the twenty-first year they’ve been ‘aving eet’ – the bill boasted Aphex Twin, Mogwai, Sebadoh, Suuns, The Kills and (amongst others) Negative Narrative contributors Dirty Beaches (see the intraview here).
Where’s the relevance? Well, sorry to disappoint you but there is none. Relevance is dead. Irrelevance is the new relevance. We’ve already been through this. This does however leave some unanswered questions – What is the speed of dark? What is another name for a synonym? How many roads can a man walk down before his feet blister intolerably? If you can help us with answers (to anything really, not just these questions) then please send us your thoughts etched indelibly onto sub-tropical fruits. C’est bon?
Additional photos taken by John Rogers (Brainlove)