Paléo – no April Fool – Jack Johnson, Elton John, The Black Keys and a Latin beat

Paléo Andes

Despite the local newspaper La Côte publishing an April fool today saying that Paléo was moving the whole festival over the border to Divonne in France, the bands and artists announced for the 2014 Paléo festival line up were no joke.

The Black Keys

Photo above – The Black Keys from the U.S   playing Schizophrenic blues rock – photo courtesy Paléo festival.

From Elton John to Stromae to James Blunt and The Black Keys, the full programme was released to the press with a taster of the music that will be played from the 22nd to 27th July on the L’Asse grounds, just a stone’s throw away from the centre of Nyon.

A choice of music for every generation over the six days

Never been to Paléo before? It’s one of Europe’s biggest rock and pop festivals and there is always a choice of music over the Paléo six days for every generation. There is even classical music played on the final day of the festival, and this year conductor  Gautier Capucon will direct the European Orchestra playing Rossini and Haydn.

Living in Nyon has been reviewing  the bands and artists at this festival for many years, just type in Paléo in the search button on this site to read about previous festivals.

Tickets go on sale on the 9th April at 12:00 and tickets sell out fast! Get on line or in line at the various retails outlets to secure your tickets! Details here.

Full line up here


Paleo poster 2014

This year the area of Paléo called Village du Monde features music from the Andes and the festival has invited groups and solo artists from Chile, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Jacques Monnier, head of music programming at the festival, explained that Paléo has tried to find a balance of traditional music from the Andes region along with new and upcoming talent.

La Chiva

Above –  La Chiva Cantina  -punk fun from Colombia. Photo – Nicolas Moins Lores – courtesy Paléo

Elton John and the Black Keys are some of the many English speaking headline acts to play at Paléo including Jack Johnson, The Prodigy,  Sea Sick Steve and James Blunt.

See two YouTube videos below of  Jack Johnson singing “Upside Down” and Seasick Steve (boogie and blues) perfroming on Jools Holland  with  “Dog House”.

La Côte Personality 2012 Award, Les Hivernales Rock’n’Beat Festival this Weekend

Courtesy lacô

The La Côte  “personality of the year” Award 

At the end of last year, the local newspaper La Côte decided to host a competition to elect the most influential personality of the year in the la Côte region. This competition was part of  the newspaper’s aim to establish its role as an important player on the local scene. The final round of the competition was narrowed down to  five people – see below. Readers were  invited to vote for their favourite “personnalité de La Côte 2012”.

Sport, Politics and Music

The finalists selected by La Côte readers come from various sections of society and regions, from Morges, Jura, Nyon and Gingins.

Ellen Sprunger – Olympic Athlete living in Gingins

Youngest of the lot, and probably the one with the most international exposure is Gingin’s own Olympic champion, 26 year old heptathlete Ellen Sprunger. She won the title of “feminine athlete of the year 2012″, and competed in the London Olympics last summer, where she finished 19th. Alongside her athletic achievements, she is also studying for a Masters degree in sports.

Benjamin Zumstein – Music promoter

The next finalist is Benjamin Zumstein, whom Living in Nyon readers might recognise as the owner of La Parenthèse (see here for article on La Parenthèse), the music venue in the centre of Nyon. Benjamin Zumstein lives a double life: financial investment counsellor by day, he becomes the programmer of La Parenthèse by night, turning Nyon into an important place on the musical scene, helping discover rising bands- many of which then go on to play at the Paléo Festival.

Nurria Gorrite, Yves Defferard and  André Rosé – from the political scene

The next two finalists share in common their socially committed political engagement- even though not on the same level.

Nurria Gorrite, ex-”syndique” (the Swiss equivalent to a mayor) of Morges, is now a member of the Conseil d’Etat. From a working-class background, she continues to fight for the development of the region, especially when it comes to public transport.

Yves Defferard is something of a local hero in the events that took place last year when Novartis decided to close down its factory in Nyon. Trade unionist for Unia- one of the big Swiss trade unions- he was one of the people who managed to make Novartis backtrack and stay in the area. Passionate about travelling-as a way of opening up to different cultures and sensibilities, he is also part of Amnesty International.

Last but not least, André Rosé. Employee of  Nyon municipality for 16 years, this ex-swimmer has always been extremely involved in organising all of the sports events- one of his nicknames is “Monsieur Manifestation”- ie “Mr Event”. Impossible to name all of the events he helped organise over the last few years; he was in charge of the big screen on the lakeside during the Euro 2008, he helped organise the first Fête de la Vigne in 2011 and many other events, such as the Swiss wrestling competition in 2001, or the numerous events at the Stade Nyonais and the Nyon Triathlon.


Courtesy Samuel Fromhold – André Rosé and Nuria Gorite, winners of the award

A joint victory

The awards ceremony was held at the Usine à Gaz-  another important venue on the local scene, with a host of local personalities, and a series of concerts by local bands. Appreciated for their commitment to their respective towns and region by the readers of La Côte, Nurria Gorite and André Rosé were jointly elected Personality of La Côte 2012, with a shared total of 370 voices, thus linking Morges and Nyon ever closer. Quite a coup for the first instalment of what looks ready to become a new tradition in the area! Benjamin Zumstein also received a prize from the Commercial School of Nyon.

Les Hivernales- Nyon’s Newest Music Festival

Nyon deserves its title of the “Town of Festivals”, and in the past four years has added another to its list – “Les Hivernales”. Thsi festival is spread out throughout Nyon in several different venues, and shakes the hibernating city out of its stupor for a week of frenzy and dancing through the night. Dedicated to the electro-rock universe (and its multiple and expanding sub-genres), the festival presents big headlines in its two main venues, the Usine à Gaz and the Salle Communale. But its success is due to the conviviality and proximity with the artists you can get in the multitude of satellite venues across town. From the Villa Niedermeyer on the lakeside to La Parenthèse, there are more than 9 different venues in which you can discover a rich line up of electro and rock bands.

This year, Puppetmastaz, Naïve New Beaters or South Central will help you chase the winter away dancing. Les Hivernales Rock’n’Beat Festival takes place from the 28th February to the 3rd March.

Check the line-up with this video, and get more information, including the full line-up, location of all the venues and ticket prices here.



Apero Jazz at The Caveau de Nyon

The Caveau de Nyon, situated under the Castle, is hosting a Jazz concert and “apero” on Thursday 28th February, with clarinettist Gilbert Rosman and guitarist Marc Vittoz. Enjoy some nice music while discovering some good local wine in a nice setting in the cellars of the Nyon Castle.

Booking Required.

More information here



1260+ News from Nyon and Beyond – From School Holiday dates to Swiss Wines to the new Paléo stage

We have been scouring other Swiss websites for a selection of news and articles that will interest Living in Nyon readers in our section called 1260+ (Nyon and beyond). Nyon News is at the end of this post

Know it All Passport 

School holidays –  Ûseful Dates – It’s the school holidays in Geneva this week and the following two weeks will be holidays in Vaud. If you want to see a comprehensive calendar of all school holiday dates, check out the excellent “Holiday Calendar”  on the Know it All Passport website. Click here 

Want to know what activities are on over the holiday period? Check out their activities calendar here.  There are also some recommended Valentine Day choices in an article here

World Radio Switzerland  Interesting Radio Interviews

Cold Spell – Interview

Interview with meteorologist Lionel Fontannaz, from MeteoSwiss, about where this recent cold spell in Switzerland came from, and how long it will last (recorded Friday 8th February) Click here

Kids in Mind – Programme

Helping children deal with their worries – Click here 

Book about the Residents of Lausanne Interview  Interview with Laura Spinney, author of a book called Rue Centrale, which paints a portrait of Lausanne featuring interviews with 70 residents from all walks of life including bankers, prostitutes, train drivers, tango dancers, illegal immigrants an pillars of the community.

Click here

Dig it!  – Gardening  Programme – Click here

Growing your own detox fruit, vegetable and herbs

Lecture series in English at the Museum of Modern  and Contemporary Art of Geneva 

Click here

Geneva Lunch 

Articles in English on Swiss Wines– Geneva Lunch

Interested in knowing more about Swiss wines?  The editor of Geneva Lunch has written many articles on Swiss wine under her blog called “Among the Vines”  Click here 

Newly Swissed 

There’s an amusing couples of posts on the website Newly Swissed – one called  “A Lesson from Liechtenstein”,  and “33 more Signs that you are becoming Swiss” 

Swiss Info 

Article entitled “Swiss Roots – Home is where the Heart is”-  Click here


Paléo  –  New Stage – called “Les Arches”  Read all about this new stage at Paléo, to be launched at the festival this year. The competition to name the new stage received over  8500 different suggestions! This new stage that will take the place of the Chapiteau.  See diagrame below.

Here are the results of the competition – 1. Scène des Arches: 2601 votes (36%), 2. Scène Woodstock : 2175 votes (30%), 3. Scène de la Dôle : 979 votes (14%), 4. Scène Bashung : 937 votes (13%),  5. Scène de l’Entrée : 488 votes (7%) More info on the Paléo website.

Finally, don’t forget the Living in Nyon column in English every Friday in La Côte newspaper. The paper for all your local news.





Local girl from Gingins competes in Olympics. “On the Road” film in English in Nyon tonight

Apologies to readers for the lack of news over the past few days, the Living in Nyon editor has been over in London cheering on various teams at the Olympic Games including the Swiss rowing team at Eton Dorney!

On Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th August, the village of Gingins near Nyon will be cheering on resident and athlete Ellen Sprunger as she competes in the Women’s Heptathlon event at the Olympic stadium.  You can read Ellen’s  own blog here see photos of her and read more about her in the Swiss press, here and here.  The latest news on her performance (from La Côte newspaper) is that on Friday morning she had already beaten her personal best in the 100 metre hurdles.  On the 5th August it is also her birthday, so let’s hope she comes away from London 2012 with a medal for a birthday present!

A reminder that the Open Air Cinema in Nyon continues until the 26th August. Tonight’s film (Friday 3rd August) will be “On the Road” based on the novel by Jack Kerouac. The film starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart begins at 21:30. The bar and restaurant at the cinema is open at 19:00 for a pre-film drink and snack.  See the website here for the full programme of films over the next three weeks.

Farm shops and bbq spots in the area. Guided tour in English round Nyon this Saturday followed by apéro.


Photo above (cnp) –  Early evening on the terrace of Nyon château

Did you know that every first Saturday of the month (from May to October), Nyon Tourism organises a guided tour around the town for tourists, guests (and residents too!) to discover Nyon’s rich cultural history? Tours are given in French, German and English, they begin at 10:30 and finish approx an hour and a half later with an apéro and snack  in the wine cellar of the château.  You don’t need to reserve, just turn up at 10:30 this Saturday 7th July outside the castle. Price – Adults 20 chf , children free. For further information call Nyon Tourist office on 022 365 6600.

Photo below –  copyright Grégoire Chappuis – The Nyon guides

 Local farm shops and bbq spots

La Côte newspaper recently introduced an excellent new information section called “Cest facile de..” (“It’s easy to..”). The articles in this section provides lots of  useful local information such as:  “It’s easy to… do your shopping at a farm shop” , this article is then followed by a list of farm shops in the area, produce on sale at each shop, opening times and contact details along with photos of the shops. Living in Nyon can certainly recommend “Le Panier Gourmand” on this list. This farm shop can be found on the road heading north from Nyon (direction Signy centre).  See article here.

There’s another article in this section called ” It’s easy to organise a barbecue”  which goes on to list (and provide maps for), some of the free open air bbq spots in the area from Chéserex to Dully to the bbq area in the Nyon Boiron woodland.

Schools Out/ Useful book to take “home”.

Local state schools break up for the summer holidays on Friday 6th July and return on Monday 27th August. Many private schools have already closed their doors until “la rentrée” –  this French expression means the return to school after the summer vacation. If you are an expatriate and heading off  “home” to another country for your summer holidays, then a reminder that the “Living along Lac Léman” book is a great little present packed to take to your friends and family back home. It’s packed with photos and articles to show them what it is like to live in this part of the world. The book can either be ordered on line here or picked up in one of the many retail outlets in Nyon, Rolle, Geneva, and Lausanne details here. Note – it is also now on sale at the Musée du Léman in Nyon down by the lake side.