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Festival Preview: This Is Not a Love Song Festival, Nimes 2018

You’d usually associate Nimes with it’s imposing colosseum, acting as the heart beat of a city named the ‘French Rome’. Although here at Far Out, as much as we appreciate important historical landmarks – we’re focusing on a different attraction on the city’s north east corner, the romantically named This Is Not A Love Song festival.

This Is Not A Love Song (TINALS) is fast building it’s reputation as the ‘boutique go-to’ for music lovers. Keeping a distance from the ever-becoming corporate Primavera in Barcelona, TINALS keeps doing what it’s doing – booking great bands and keeping it’s core values at heart.

Far Out will be making our way down to the Occitanie region of France for this three-day party and have picked out a few things to make sure we (and you) don’t miss out on.

Featured artists on the This Is Not A Love Song lineup

Phoenix / Beck / The Jesus & Mary Chain / Father John Misty / Vince Staples / Cigarettes After Sex / The Breeders / Ty Segall / Deerhunter / Ezra Furman / Insecure Men /




If you want to be soaked in beer and maybe have your t-shirt ripped off – going to find Idles is where you’ll get your wish granted. Renowned for their energetic live show – whilst they’re a punk band, they cite jazz and techno as influences.

The word eclectic comes to mind.

Cigarettes After Sex

An American ambient pop musical group led by Greg Gonzalez.

The band’s first EP was released in 2012 with the singles ‘Affection’ and ‘K.’ following in 2015 and 2016, respectively. “Cigarettes After Sex also deploy a steady stream of grit and dark themes to push them beyond their contemporaries,” Far Out said of the band when they were added to the ‘The 50 best albums of 2017’ late last year. 


What else can you say about Deerhunter that hasn’t already been said?

Whilst they remain consistently brilliant, they keep pushing their sound to new extremes every couple of years – with 2015’s Fading Frontier being no different. Rumours are to expect new songs and a new lineup, so keep your eyes/ears peeled.

On top of that, Deerhunter have confirmed that their forthcoming new record will be produced by the brilliant Cate Le Bon: “The rest of the band will arrive on Sunday, and Cate is going to produce the next Deerhunter record here [in Marfa, Texas], which will be very informed by the environment,” lead singer Bradford Cox said in a interview.

Ezra Furman

You’re going to want to hear Ezra’s crazy, sprawling voice – he’s recently been touted as the most compelling live act you’ll see all year, so make sure you don’t miss this one.

And remember, don’t take off your sunglasses.

[MORE] – Is ‘Transangelic Exodus’ Furman’s most honest work yet? 

Ty Segall and The Freedom Band

We don’t expect you to know the words to all of Ty Segall’s 10,000 + songs – but witnessing him crack out endless howls and riffs is something special.

It was only January this year that Segall announced new album Freedom’s Goblin and already he’s moving on to pastures new. You’d be forgiven for thinking it has been longer than 12 months since our last 12″ from Ty Segall. His prolificacy with singles means that hardly a month goes by without some

His live show will undoubtedly be a winner.

Vince Staples

If you were to glance at the lineup, you might think Vince Staples seems out-of-place on a guitar heavy bill. We think it’s genius – Vince’s reputation is second to none.

A straight-edge rapper, he frequently questions the validity of wealth and fame – in short, the coolest fucker anywhere he is.

[MORE] – Vince Staples hits out at R Kelly during Coachella interview.

The Jesus & Mary Chain


Because of this:


Paloma, 250 Chemin de l’Aerodrome, 3000, Nimes, France

1st – 3rd June 2018

3 day festival ticket – €90. You find find tickets here.


TINALS is a city festival – so make sure you sort out your accommodation before making the trip. You can find information here.

We’ll see you down the front, and remember when in (French) Rome…