By: Katherine Frazer
The only way to hear Festival International de Louisiane headliner Lauren Daigle will be in person.
KRVS 88.7-FM plans to broadcast musical acts throughout Festival International, as it has for more than 20 years. However, the station did not receive permission to air Daigle’s performance, according to KRVS General Manager Cheryl Devall.
Devall said communication about Daigle’s choice to not broadcast her performance was shared with KRVS by a Festival International staff member.
“We had no direct involvement in her team’s decision about whether to broadcast live,” Devall said.
Devall said an artist declining to be broadcast is not entirely unusual and occurred with a band as recently as last year.
“When the festival engages an artist, a band, whatever, it is up to the discretion of the band or the performers whether they want to be excluded in the live broadcast,” Devall said.
Daigle, a contemporary Christian singer who grew up in Lafayette, begins touring this month. Her concert at Festival International is scheduled for April 27.
Devall said KRVS switches between broadcasts from multiple stages at Festival International throughout the event so artists at different stages can be highlighted.
She added that most Festival International coverage by KRVS is done by staff members in addition to their usual responsibilities. Typically, KRVS covers Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Festival International performances.
UPDATED (4/21): Festival International de Louisiane announced satellite viewing locations for headlining performances. Attendees looking to beat the crowds can watch the official festival live feeds at various locations downtown.
The Grouse Room, 417 Jefferson St., Legends, 413 Jefferson St., and the JD Bank Pavilion, 201 E Vermillion St., will host official viewing parties for various festival performances.
Lauren Daigle’s performance can be seen at any of the viewing parties downtown.
This is the first in a series of articles from the Cypress Lake Wire about Festival International de Louisiane. To see more of our coverage, click here.