The festival

Our charity festival story
Inspired by a video of a dish-washing chimp that went viral, Pete the Monkey was founded to raise money for the construction of the largest monkey reserve in Bolivia: JACJ CUISI. An environmentally responsible festival, profits generated from the event are donated to the Bolivian Community, CIWY, to help animals at risk of deforestation or trafficking.

Every Summer since 2012, we welcome thousands of revelers to the Normandy coast, transforming the sleepy fishing village of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer into a carnival of sound and colour.

With music at our core, we curate an eclectic and thoroughly unique line-up, championing new and emerging artists and DJs from around the world, alongside established acts. But the festival is more than just a dance floor, festivalgoers can also get involved with a plethora of activities designed to connect you with like-minded people - from art classes, theatre, and dance, to literary talks and even karaoke. Food is also a core component and the best food trucks from London and Paris are on hand to serve everyone’s favourite dishes.

In 2020, Pete the Monkey will transform into a huge open-air tent celebrating the CIRCUS OF LIFE. Taking lessons from the acrobats: the trapeze artist who throws himself into the void trusting in his partner to catch him, the clown who turns sorrow into laughter, the juggler who foils the laws of gravity and the magician who masters the invisible. The ninth edition is about collaboration, community and collective resourcefulness. We are all in this together.

“One the best
music festivals in Europe.”

The Guardian

« A 100% green
festival. »

Les Inrockuptibles

After movie 2019

Pete the Monkey washing dishes

A platform for new talent
Promoting diversity and inclusivity, there will be even more pageantry and performers than ever before: ringmasters and clowns, acrobats and aerial artists, not forgetting the 5000 festival goers themselves, who we hope will become our very own travelling troupe dressing in spectacular costumes as they do year after year.

“Pete the Monkey took us
on a liberating journey into
an eclectic mix of music
that was simply unforgettable.”


“Pete the monkey :
A Franco British utopia.”

Le Monde

“Pete The Monkey is much more
than just a cute tale and is, in fact,
faultless in so many ways”

Drowned in Sound