Drummer from Blur to play at winter rock festival in Nyon

Dave Rowntree, the drummer from the legendary UK band Blur is on the line up to play at Les Hivernales, the  winter rock and beat festival which begins in Nyon on the 27th February.  Every year this four day festival goes from strength to strength. The festival itself is spread across various indoor venues in the town: The Salle Commuale, the Usine a Gaz, La Parenthèse, L’After,  Cactus Jack, Quai 23, Le Saint-Jean, The Mumbai Bar and the Villa Niedermayer.  Some venues have  free entry other are paid. Tickets can bought either for one particular performance or for an entire’s evening worth of music. It’s a great opportunity for music lovers to get down and party during the cold winter months!

Poster Les Hivermales

In addition to Dave Rowntree  from Blur on the line up, is British band “The 1975″. Here is an extract from the Les Hivernales site about this Manchester band.

” The 1975 quartet offer an art-pop/indie-rock splashed with a groove often compared to U2, Phoenix and M83. “Music for Cars” released in March 2013 gave them mainstream success when the single Chocolate raced up the UK singles charts to number 19 giving them two singles to have been placed in the top 40. They inflamed the public at the 2013 Glastonbury Festival before leaving the stage to rock legends The Rolling Stones and played support to Two Door Cinema Club. The 1975 is now one of the hottest British bands around, cited as bringing a new generation of guitar based indie-rock to the international stage. Following the success of their first album released in November 2013 their 2014 UK tour is already sold out and they will be playing only one concert in Swiss Romandie at Les Hivernales”.

This year the website of Les Hivernales now has a section in English so check it out to find out more about this winter rock festival.

Dave Rowntree

Photo above – Dave Rowntree; courtesy Les Hivernales. 


Photo above – UK band Foreign Beggars, photo below –  Welsh singer Cate Le Bon who will be playing on Friday February 28th at La Parenthèse. Both photos; courtesy Les Hivermales.

Cate Le Bon

Festival dates for 2014, Roadworks in Nyon centre for 5 months, plus other news.

Here is a handy list of dates of the five main festivals taking place in the Nyon area in 2014. The season kicks off with the winter mini rock festival Les Hivernales, followed in April by the documentary film festival Visions du Réel.

Caribana, the first of the summer festivals takes place in June, (note: the band Queens of the Stone Age will be playing at this festival on Thursday 5 June). Paléo, the major rock festival in town is in July and the line up will be announced on Tuesday 1st April. The festival season finishes with FAR, the festival of living arts.

Dates for diary

Roadworks near railway bridge in Nyon. There will be roadworks in the centre of Nyon beginning  Monday 13th January lasting for approximately five months. These roadworks will be near the roundabout under Nyon railway bridge.  These roadworks are part of a long  term project to improve traffic flow and to help users of the public transport system (particularly the bus network). Some roads will be closed off to cars and some bus stops will move to a different place. See map below of the new changes. More details can be found on the Nyon council site .


 Decision on show with controversial performer to be made next week.

The decision to on whether to let Dieudonné, the French stand up comedian perform in Nyon at the Théâtre de Marens will be taken by Nyon council next week. The performer is scheduled to perform here from the 3rd to the 5th February. Dieudonné’s shows have recently been cancelled in France (see article in the Independent newspaper here) having being labelled as ‘antisemitic’ and at the moment Nyon is one of the remaining venues still scheduled on the performer’s itinerary. In the light of  possible public disorder, and the show attracting demonstrations from various protest groups, the council will announce their decision on the situation on Tuesday.

Les Hivernales begins, Open day at Lake Léman School on Saturday, “Up with People” looking for host families

A reminder that “Les Hivernales”, the rock and beat festival has begun and continues over the weekend in Nyon -see previous post here for more details and listen to an  interview about the festival here

Saturday March 2nd – Open Day at Lake Leman International School in Morges  

Open Day  from 11:00 to 15:00 Meet the teachers and the LLIS management, discover the Primary and Secondary School and enjoy the day’s activities with your children.

The open day starts at 11:00 at the school:

  • From 11:00 to 12:00 Presentation of the website by the Secondary school students
  • From 12:00 to 14:00 – Soccer practice
  • From 13:30 to  14:15  – Story telling
  • From 14:15  to  15:00 – Art workshop

Snacks and drinks provided all day. LLIS School- Avenue de la Gottaz 34-36, 1110 Morges, Switzerland –  See school website here

Business and Professional Women Switzerland – Networking dinner

Candlelight Ceremony & Networking dinner –  Thursday, March 14th 2013, at the Restaurant du Casino in Rolle

This tradition is celebrated by all the BPW clubs around the world to remind them of the international solidarity and resources of the global association. It is  an  opportunity to discover what BPW has to offer. More details click here 

Host families required for “Up with People”  March 18-25 

Up with People is a global education and service programme focused on bringing the world together through service and music. The international cast of 120 students from 20 countries will be travelling to Geneva on March 18 for a one week stay. During their time in the area they will live with local host families, volunteer in the local community and perform 2 international shows at the Salle Communale de Versoix.

 Homes needed for 120 cast members

Can you provide a place to sleep, breakfast and dinner and give limited transportation (outside of the centre of Geneva) in the mornings and evenings from March 18-25?  If so, you’ll receive 2 complimentary tickets to the show for hosting.

Photo above  – the cast from a previous show – courtesy “Up with People”

The 120-member cast is between the ages of 18 and 29 years old and represents 20 different countries. Cast members are out of the house during regular business hours, volunteering, rehearsing or taking part in educational workshops. Sunday March 24, is a ‘host family day,’ you may choose to show them , include them in a family event or simply relax at home. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Advance Team:

Contact Katie Baudler at 079 155 37 13 or Katie.upwithpeople@gmail.com with questions or for more information.

See the show  ‘Voices’

Salle Communale Lachenal à Versoix à  19:30 the 20th and 21st March.

Tickets available now click here







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

Courtesy lacôte.ch

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



Soul, Hip Hop band tonight at Usine a Gaz, “Featherlike” at La Parenthèse, Swiss Press Photo 2012 finishes 24 Feb.


Photo above – from Swiss Press Photo 2012 exhibition in Prangins. Courtesy – Château de Prangins

Here are a couple of selection of music events coming up this weekend in Nyon.   Also on the 28th Feb, it’s the start of Les Hivernales music festival  in venues around the town- see website here (more on this on this site soon).

Friday 15th Feb

“Less is Groove.”, the Lausanne based hip hop, soul group are due to play at the Usine a Gaz in Nyon tonight  Friday 15th February –  Doors open 21:00. Concert at 21:30  See the band’s own website to hear their music.  CHF 15 entry. See Usine for Saturday night music.

Over at the Parenthèse in the old town of Nyon, the band “Featherlike”  are  on the line up for tonight 15th Feb.  See their website here and to listen to their single “Moon Over Berlin”. Free entry. Photo below – courtesy “Featherlike”.


Photo Exhibition – Temporary Exhibition finishes on the 24th February 

The Swiss Press Photo 2012 Exhibition  continues in the Chateau de Prangins until the 24th Feb. This exhibition presents the best works of Swiss press photographers to the public. An international jury will name the best photographs in six different categories, as well as a winning image. Around 90 photos on the topics of Current Events, Sport, Portrait, Foreign, Everyday and Environment, Art and Culture will be shown.

The other main exhibition in the castle ” C’est la Vie” – Swiss Press photography since 1940, continues until the 19th May.

For full details see website here.