From Rock to Jazz, a musical month in Nyon- concerts and more around town

Autumn is back, which means going back to school for the young ones (not much fun), but also the new cultural season for all venues in Nyon (loads more fun). We are lucky to have a rich cultural offer in Nyon, between the theatre and concerts at l’Usine à Gaz, the Conservatoire’s classical concerts and La Parenthèse’s edgy musical discoveries. Here are a few shows coming up in Nyon.

Usine à Gaz

Swiss band Adieu Gary Cooper will be giving a free concert on Friday the 12th, as part of the café-concert promoting local bands.

Adieu Gary Cooper- courtesy Laura Morales

Saturday 13th sees the return of the venue’s now famous DJ nights, “Coquillages et crustacés”, as part of their 20th season. Come and dance to two decades of hits through the night. The evening is free to all born in 1995.

On the 20th, Motel Tour is organising a US Car Show. The event starts at 4 pm – join with your pre-73 American creature !
The evening will continue with a movie session at 9 pm – a unique chance to see
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) on a wide screen, before ending the night with DJs The Sons of the Desert playing true rockabilly tunes.

La Parenthèse

The venue located in a reconverted wine cellar hosts free concerts twice a week. Their program is eclectic and made of the best of the new bands on the independent scene, from rock to psych-pop and folk. A lot of the bands who play in this venue then go on to play at Paléo and get quite famous. Look out for a number of collaborations with festivals and other venues during the year, which will bring some diversity and fun to the town. You can get a taste of the first of these collaborations on Thursday the 11th of september with American band Quilt‘s psychedelic grooves and pop harmonies, presented by La Batie festival, a contemporary music and theatre festival taking place until the 13th of September.

Quilt- courtesy Daniel Dorsa

Le Pulse will share their love for soul music on Saturday 13th, promoting this quartet’s latest album

On Thursday the 18th Dan Sartain, hailing from Alabama, will rock the venue before a DJ-set on the 19th.

The Besnard Lakes- courtesy

Canadian band The Besnard Lakes, who have played with the likes of Godspeed You Black Emperor among others, are on on Saturday the 20th. Their psychedelic pop, inspired by an eclectic aray of styles, from the Beach Boys to post-rock, has made them minor celebrities in Canada.

The next concert hosted by the Conservatoire de Nyon will take place on the 26th of September with jazz quartet Zatar, at 20:30.

Free tickets to Crimson ProjeKCt (Offshoot of King Crimson) performing in Nyon 7 March

There are 2 x 2 free tickets up for grabs for the Crimson ProjeCKt concert coming up on the 7th March at the Usine a Gaz in Nyon.  The normal ticket price is 35 CHF per person. The Crimson ProjeKCt is a King Crimson offshoot featuring  three current members of the historic band, primarily focussing on repertoire from early 1980s through to the mid-90s. Logo CP   Three members of the band Belew, Levin and Mastelotto still have a large influence on popular culture due in part to their critically acclaimed work with some of the world’s most influential artists, such as Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, David Sylvian, Talking Heads, XTC, Paul Simon, John Lennon etc. To be in  with a chance to win tickets to this event just email by Tuesday 4th March with all names of those interested in winning tickets. CP1

Free tickets for New Year’s Masked Ball and Merry Christmas from Living in Nyon!

Seasons Greetings and a Very Merry Christmas from Living in Nyon!  

Church services, New Year’s Eve party and more late night shopping.

Tonight (Monday 23rd December) there will be another late shopping night in Nyon. Shops will be open until 22:00. The late night shopping event last Friday was great fun, not only were the shops and restaurants open and busy with customers, but local clubs and societies were also in the streets, some of them serving vin chaud.  See photo below of the firemen serving hot wine. The department store Manor also had a bar outside in the street with staff on hand to serve champagne! See photos below.

nyon night 1

Nyon night 2

La Côte church services  in Gingins, Divonne and Genolier

 Services in the village church of Gingins
24th December 14.30 Crib Service for children
24th December 16.30 Christmas Eve Eucharist

 Services at the Eglise réformée in Divonne

25th December 10.00 Christmas Day Family Communion


23rd December 20.00 Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

 Westlake Church in Nyon 

24th December Christmas Carols by Candlelight  at 17:00


Holy Trinity Church

The traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, accompanied by Holy Trinity Choir, will be held on Christmas Eve, starting at 17.30, in the Cathedral of St. Pierre, Geneva Old Town. Be sure to arrive in good time to find a seat – and enjoy an organ recital before the service, starting at 17.00.

New Year’s Eve Party in Nyon – Free tickets!

The Usine a Gaz is very kindly offering 5 pairs of tickets to its New Year’s Masked Ball event on the  31st December (tickets  for this event are normally 25 CHF per person).

There will be music, DJs champagne and more! See Usine a Gaz’s own website for more information.  To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets email with both names of the couple requiring tickets.

New Year's eve




Free tickets for two concerts at Usine a Gaz in December. Local events in November

There are five pairs of free concert tickets up for grabs at the “Usine a Gaz”  to the Shantal and Bucovina Club Orkestra on Friday 6th December and 5 pairs of tickets  to the special DJ  90’s dance night “Coquillages and Crustaces” in Nyon on Saturday 7th December.


For those who haven’t been to the “Usine a Gaz” before, it’s down by the lake in Nyon and is the town’s official permanent cultural and music venue (and it did indeed used to be a place where gas was sold!)

Find out more here in a previous Living in Nyon post called ” behind the scenes of the “Usine a Gaz” .  Artists playing rock, hip hop, rap, funk jazz (theatre  for both adults and children) all perform here. There is a bar for pre-concert drinks too.

Shantal and Bucovina Club Orkestra on Friday 6th December are a band from Germany with a “Balkan Beats” sound. Check out their video “Disko Partazani” below

To receive a pair of free tickets for the this concert, send an email to info@livinginnyon. com with the subject title “Free Ticket – Usine a Gaz, 6th December” please include full names of those requiring a ticket. There are five pairs of tickets up for grabs for this event.

There are also five pairs of tickets for the  special DJ  90’s dance night in Nyon on Saturday 7th December called “Coquillages and Crustaces”.  Send an email to info@livinginnyon. com with the subject title “Free Ticket – Usine a Gaz, 7th December” please include full names of those requiring a ticket.


Other events  in November

CPR for Babies and Children course, Thursday 7th November, 18:30-22:00, Oakhill School, Nyon

Could you help a choking child?  Would you know what to do in a drowning situation? Could you give CPR?

Tailored course focussing specifically on babies and children will help you learn and practice important skills and provide the opportunity to have your important worries and questions answered.

For more details, see website here 

What’s on in Nyon’s museums  

Musée du Léman –  “Views – At the time of steam navigation on Lake Geneva 1841 – 1941″  Exhibition until January 5, 2014

Roman Museum in Nyon  –  ” Wheat and the other Roman Gold”     Exhibition until February 2, 2014


Château de Nyon,   - Gonzenbach Jongkind, Bard & other acquisitions – From November 29 2013 to February 16, 2014 (Official opening  Thursday, November 28, 2013) 18:oo  to 20:00

Elevator Pitches at Brits in Business

Got a business you want to pitch?  There are four “Elevator Pitch” slots on offer (five minutes maximum and no power-point) at the next “Brits in Business” event on Tuesday 26th November from 18:00 to 20:00. If you want to attend or simply pitch your business see the Brits in Business website






Music, Cinema, Rugby: what’s on in Nyon next week


Looking for something to do next week? Here are a few things going on in the area over the next ten days.


Both Cinéma Capitole in Nyon and Cinéma Rex in Aubonne offer special English speaking screenings. The next English films you can go and see in these two cinemas are:

Cinema Rex, Aubonne:

Gravity – 3D Monday 28th October, 20:30 part of the English Movie program

With Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine space-walk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone, tethered to nothing but each other and spiralling out into the blackness…

You can watch the trailer here.

Cinéma Capitole, Nyon


Monday 21st October, 20:30

With Naomi Watts

A film about cult icon Lady Diana.

Watch the trailer

Blue Jasmine

Thursday, Friday, Monday, Tuesday, 18:00

With Cate Blanchett

The latest Woody Allen film

 Watch the trailer


From Schubert’s Lieder in Gland on the 24th to metal and pop rock this weekend at the Usine à Gaz with the 6th edition of Nyon’s On Fire, but also Fado in Bonmont abbey and the traditional Thursday night Jazz apéro under the Chateau in Nyon, the music offer in the area will please everyone’s tastes.

Thursday 24th October, 17:00, Théâtre de Grand Champ, Gland: Schubert’s Lieder performed by the Atelier à Coeur Joie.

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Usine à Gaz, Nyon: For the sixth year running Heimathome, an association which promotes alternative music from the area, is organising Nyon’s On Fire at the Usine à Gaz. After the success of the last few years, and a 100% Swiss headline, they have decided to tackle larger game this year. Friday night will be aimed at metal and hardcore lovers, whilst Saturday night will see the venue resonate with the electro-pop tunes of We Have Band, as well as other rock and electro bands. This will be We Have Band’s third time in Nyon, after a gig at Paléo Festival and another one in the Usine A Gaz. You can check out an interview Living In Nyon did with the band last time they came here.

More info and line-up on the festival’s website

Sunday 27th October, 17:00, Abbaye de Bonmont: Katia Guerriero will play Fado (traditional Portuguese music) in this 12th century Cistercian abbey with wonderful acoustics. Tickets cost 40.- for adults, 30.- for students and pensioners, and 20.- for children (8-15 yrs). Book on

Thursday 31st October, 18:00, Chateau de Nyon: Provinyon’s traditional jazz apéros. Come and enjoy a nice Swiss apéro with local wine whilst listening to the Geneva Boogie Woogie Trio. Entrance costs 5.-, please book on



The Swiss rugby championship will be held in Colovray on Sunday the 27th of October. Entrance is free.

The ecological association “Sol à Tous” regularly organises walks in the area to clean up the nature and pick up rubbish. Their next expedition will be in Duiller on Saturday the 26th. The rendezvous is fixed at 14:30 at the “Duillier, centre communal” bus stop. (You can take the n°820 bus to St-George in Nyon which leaves at 14:21).

A new cookery school, “Les Papilles à la fete”, has opened in Nyon, and classes are available in English! Check out the website for more information, or read a more detailed account in English on