Tulips in Morges and Traffic in Nyon

Tulips in Morges

The Tulip festival has now officially begun in Morges and continues until the 17th May. Once the flowers are in full bloom they are a magnificent sight to see, you can check on the current status of the tulips by looking at the section called “Evolution of the Blooming” on the festival site  - click here  It looks like there is not long to go before the tulips emerge!

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Traffic on Alfred Cortot Street in Nyon

Recently introduced traffic measures on the Avenue Alfred Cortot, (the main street which feeds into the centre of Nyon), have met with considerable opposition from some of Nyon’s political parties.  The traffic-flow moderation measures which were put in place to slow down vehicular traffic, encourage cycling and give priority to buses, have been the subject of many animated discussions amongst locals and councillors alike. Recently, four  political parties, the PIN, PLR, UDC and VL  put forward a “postulate” (an official request to the Municipality or city executive)  to do something about the “slalom” situation on the road. The Municipality has replied to the city council that the measures put in place are legal and that it does not consider any changes necessary.  A commission of the city council is now evaluating this reply and will recommend its acceptance or refusal by the city council (or both, if there is a majority and minority report).

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Cardigans to play at Caribana, Ben l’Oncle Soul, Parov Stelar and more

Caribana has announced the line up for this year’s festival which will take place along the lakeside near Crans près Celigny from the 3rd to 7th June 2015.

Caribana 2011 Ist night Crowd

Photo above – Caribana, by the lake and under the trees. C Nelson-Pollard

Among other artists scheduled to play at this summer festival are Swedish band “The Cardigans”, see video below of their 1998 hit “My Favourite Game” from their album Gran Turismo.

The Cardigans

Photo above – The Cardigans, courtesy Caribana

Also on the programme are Kill it Kid, Marilyn Manson, Metronomy, Ben l’Oncle Soul, see video below of track “Hallelujah!” and Austrian band Parov Stelar with a mix of pop, soul, jazz and swing. See video below with their track “Jimmy’s Gang”.  Full line up here.

Parov Stelar

Photo above – Parov Stelar Band, courtesy Caribana

Tickets now for sale. Note: There are early bird prices on offer for Feb/ March and in April/ May.

Let’s hope the weather is warm and cardigans won’t be needed to watch The Cardigans!   More on Caribana and the other bands coming up on this site.

The Cardigans – “My Favourite Game”

Parov Stelar – “Jimmy’s Game”

Ben l’Oncle Soul – “Hallelujah!”

Big Brocante this weekend, “Hairspray” musical next week, 1st night Luna Classics a success

It’s the annual big Brocante this  Saturday and Sunday in Nyon and it’s also the Fête des Pirates! Take a free trip on the lake on the piarate’s Nyolue boat! Stands, food and fun. Details here Note it is also the last few days of the open air cinema in Nyon. The film showing tonight Friday 22nd August is “The Giver” starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. Details here Pirates On the 29th -31st August the Really Youthful Group’s production of “Hairspray” will be performed in Nyon. “Hairspray” is a social commentary on the injustices of American society in the 1960s. Plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on a local TV dance programme. When our unlikely heroine wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity  overnight and meets a colourful array of characters. She then  launches a campaign  to  break down the rules of segregation in force in American society at that time. At the heart of the struggle for civil rights is a black family who play a central role in the story and sing one of its most famous songs. Traditionally, Tracy’s mother, Edna Turnblad, is portrayed by a male actor.

The Broadway production won eight Tony Awards in 2003 and  ran for  over 2,500  performances.  In 2007 it was adapted as a musical film, starring Zac Efron and Michelle  Pfeifer, and in 2010 commenced a successful run on London’s West End. The  production is acted and directed entirely by the GAOS Really Youthful Group. More details here


 The first night of Luna Classics saw almost a full house to hear pianist Nelson Goerner, and clarinettist and conductor Paul Meyer, perform under the big Luna tent in Nyon. Founder and director of the festival Hazeline Van Swaay Hoog, began the evening by thanking the town of Nyon for agreeing to host the prestigious festival. She also remarked that even though there had been a few teething problems (getting the whole event set up in the transition between St Prex and Nyon), she felt they had pulled it off and she was looking forward to the next 12 days of music, dance and theatre.  See here for the full programme and for ticket details.

Helpful tip for those going to Luna Classics. It can be a little chilly towards the end of the evening under the tent, take a wrap, sweater or jacket to be comfortable. Photos below scenes form the 1st night under the tent!


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Stage set for Luna Classics, FAR festival underway and Jval Rock Festival next week

The Luna Tent has now been installed alongside the château of Nyon and the stage is set for the start of Luna Classics, the prestigious classical music and arts festival which will run from the 19th – 31st August in the town. The opening night’s performance under the big “moon” tent will be Nelson Goerner on piano, Paul Meyer on clarinette with the Menuhin academy soloists and young talents of 2013 . There are still tickets available for some of the main events and for performances in the Temple of Nyon. Tickets for concerts in the Temple start at just 30 CHF. IMG_3751

Meanwhile, the annual festival of living arts (FAR) began in Nyon on the 13th August and continues until the 23rd at different venues around the town.  This year the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary. For the full programme see here Photo below  – FAR parade in the old town of Nyon. FAR 2014

Next week the last of the local summer music festivals, the “Jval” Open Air rock and music festival will take place on the 28, 29 and 30th of August in the lovely setting of the vineyards in Les Serraux Dessus (near Begnins). Free navettes (buses) will be provided from both Gland and Nyon to this festival,  parking at the festival is restricted and car sharing is encouraged!  See here for map and times of buses. affiche_jval_2014-212x300   A variety of acts are on the line up from the rock of Belgian band BRNS to Polar. See full programme here. Video below – Polar with ” I want your soul”

Paléo Day Five: Mud, Groove and Style

By the time the rain had stopped falling on Saturday, just in time for the beginning of the festival, the grounds were covered in the largest amount of mud since the start of the week. A mix of wet straw, wood shavings, mud and water turned the ground into a swamp with a delicate smell of stables (the award for the worst smell probably goes to the camp-site drying out, the heat making the smell absolutely unbearable).


All photos- Jonas Parson


Mud, mud, mud….

Despite the (very) muddy situation, people came prepared, arming themselves with wellies (or plastic bags tied to their shoes), others took the radical opposite of bare feet for the very satisfactory feeling of mud oozing between your toes.


Ditch the shoes!

The heavy rain having turned l’Asse into a swamp, all the car parks have been closed (this goes for Sunday too!) and most of the train stops above the festival turned into impromptu car parks, as people left their car there before taking the train down to Paléo. The trains coming down, having no extra carriages or even extra trains (they only run once an hour on the weekend, and the extra trains only run between Nyon and l’Asse) were bursting with people.

Le Muids station, unusually busy

Le Muids station, unusually busy and full of cars

If rain can some times dampen spirits, mud tends to have the opposite effect, and the mixture of mud, dry weather and general festival-related motivation made for a great vibe on the grounds. People jumped in puddles, skidded through the mud, slipped and slid up the slopes, to the great amusement of onlookers.

 From pop hearthrobs to stylish tango and hip-hop

Music-wise, their was a clear separation between the line-up of the Grande Scène and that of most of the rest of the stages. The main stage was the temple of pop and French “variété” on Saturday night, Vanessa Paradis starting off the evening, before a double serving of pop heartthrobs, Julien Doré then James Blunt. This kind of music not exactly being my cup of tea, I only saw a couple of songs from James Blunt’s concert (out of the most serious professional sense of duty), who played in front of a giant screen with animations directly linked to his songs, incorporating lyrics of the songs as they were being sung (impressive visual shows seem to have become the norm with famous bands)

Some family fun despite the mud

Some family fun despite the mud

The Arches and the Détour hosted a groovier night, with a series of world-class hip-hop artists. The Coup delivered their socially and politically engaged texts with about as much class and punch as is possible. The American sextet who have been playing for the past twenty years are still just as impressive and passionate.

The traditional sunflowers have been replaced by wildflowers this year, to let the earth regenerate

The traditional sunflowers have been replaced by wildflowers this year, to let the earth regenerate

Following up at the Détour, poetess Akua Naru, American hip-hop artist who has settled down in Germany, made the whole of the tent move to her incredible cocktail of top quality jazz and energetic hip-hop. Critically acclaimed by jazz connoisseurs and the hip-hop scene since she brought out her breakthrough album out three years ago, Akua Naru delivers her message of love, justice and female empowerment with style. Dreadlocks flowing down to her waist, she engaged with the crowd, saying she reckoned the 10 hours it had taken to get to the festival (thank you traffic jams!) were worth each and every frustrating second for the amazing moment she got to share with us. “Do you realise, that right now on stage, I am a woman, and I am making hip-hop?” she called out to the crowd, before listing a list of all the women who have shaped the landscape of hip-hop, and launching into an homage to Lauryn Hill from the Fugees.

Akua Naru gave a performance reminiscent of the best 80’s hip-hop concerts, making the crowd go crazy, with the added value of a series of very good musicians for one of the best concerts of the week.


Tango awesomeness

But if one might think that more class and style would be impossible to find, the band playing at the Dôme showed that it was. Plaza Francia, the new tango project led by Catherine Ringer,ex-member of the Rita Mitsuko, in collaboration with two musicians of Gotan Project was a moment of pure magic. The sleek and racy class of Gotan Project’s special brand of tango, mixed with the utmost elegance of Catherine Ringer delighted the crowd that had flocked to see this amazing concert. Dancing to the music in an incredible red dress, the 57 year old rock icon was as stylish as ever. The band played mostly original scores, but finished the concert with cult songs from their respective repertoire, including the cult “Marcia Baila”.

Straight after the concert, the place to be was definitely l’Escale. This tiny stage situated in a tent in the Village du Monde hosts intimate sets by some of the bands scheduled under the Dôme. La Yegros, an argentinian singer who plays a amazing electro-cumbia was on after her earlier concert at 17:00. The intimate setting was perfect and the small enthusiastic crowd danced to the sexy groovy sound of La Yegros’ voice. You can find today’s program for l’Escale here.


La Yegros at L’escale

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Migrant music

Che Sudaka, a band of argentinian ad columbian musicians based in Barcelona, where they started off as illegal migrants and street musicians, were the next band to rock the Dôme. Their electrifying mix of ska, punk and cumbia delighted the crazed crowd, their energy and joy communicating with everybody under the tent. In between messages of solidarity with the Palestinian people and migrants all over the world (they have great parody of Sting’s Englishman In New York about illegal migrants), the quartet jumped up and down with their guitars and accordion (quite an impressive feat actually), before one of the singers sang an entire song whilst crowd surfing. If you want to check their crazy show, they are playing again on Sunday at 16:00!

Finishing the night with a DJ set at les Arches has become a tradition at Paléo, and the French Monsieur Oizo was responsible for some serious body-shaking as people moved as one large, rather muddy entity.