The extraordinarily rich musical traditions of this otherwise quiet and peaceful part of rural France kick off the season with the Festival of Bandas & Penas in the town of Condom (32 Gers, Occitanie) on 10 – 12 May 2019
The Condom Bandas Festival website suggests this is a noisy and popular weekend with bands competing from all over France until late in the eveing – or early in the morning – crowding into the main square to hear, sing, dance and drink – it does sound tremendous fun!
There is a clear connection with wine – 3 of the bands reflect this in their names e.g. In Vino Veritas from Monestier, Dordogne – home of Chateau Grinou Bergerac Wines; Bodega Banda from the Loiret; and the local Les Trous Gascons (usually a prune and Armagnac concoction!)
The title of the event reflects the Basque influence on this area – as far as I can tell the “Penas” comes from the Flamenco dancing clubs in Spain.
Nearby you can check out the wines of Plaimont,