5 Sep 2013

TRAVEL: Cognac

THE town of Cognac rises, centre-point to an emanation of nearly 200,000 undulating acres of hardy Ugni blanc vines. An ivory-coloured web, its soaring ecclesiastical spires, time-smoothed cobbles, and slanting timber-framed buildings bearing the salamander emblem of local King, Francoise I are fringed by the surging, bottle-green River Charente. But the annual ‘Cognac Blues Passions’ breaks the habitual calm of little leafy squares and the botanical gardens beside the food market. Here, over 80 acts unravel over 19 hours a day during the week-long summer festival. Vital Swedish garage rock band, The Hives and tender-voiced Irish artist, Sinead O’Connor dominated this year’s line-up... 
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