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”

Despite the weather – another successful Paléo for the organisers

Another successful Paléo for the organisers – promise of a party next year to celebrate 40 years of the festival. IMG_4103 Photos above and below from Sunday’s  Youssou N’Dour concert. At Sunday’s final press conference of Paléo 2014, Daniel Rossellat, president of Paléo and Jacques Monnier, programming coordinator, summed up the previous five days of the festival and concluded that despite the weather, it had been a very successful event. Rossellat explained that there actually hadn’t been that much rain at the festival itself, the problem lay with the volume of rain that had fallen in the preceding weeks which had made the ground wet to begin with. 350 tonnes of straw and 100 m3 of wood shavings were used at the festival this year to cover up the mud! IMG_4085 Cars parked across and around Nyon Rossellatpraised those in charge of transport who had to deal with all the parking issues (festival car parks were closed for the final two days), but then went on to say that he was always amazed that music lovers still made the effort to get up to the grounds, cars were parked across the whole of Nyon stretching for miles and he was pleased that that many took advantage of public transport. Stromae a massive success Jacques Monnier said it was always difficult to summarise in 5 minutes all the concerts at the festival, but undoubtedly the concert of Stromae will go down in Paléo history, not only did it attract record numbers to the grounds, but the concert itself “was spectacular and something “out of the ordinary”.  Paléo is very pleased to have brought Stromae to Nyon and they say they are interested to see what happens to his career next as the artist aims to win over the American public. Stromae courtesy Paleo Photo above –  courtesy Paléo. Records crowds for Stromae As to the other Paléo 2014 concerts, some of the highlights were artists such as Seasick Steve, “he stripped everything down to the basics,  just him and one other musician and he still produced a great sound”, Parov Stelar “their concert went on until 0300 a.m and was a real hit”, Plaza Francia in the Dome  (read a previous Living in Nyon review of this concert here) and Akua Naru in Le Detour tent  (read Jonas’s  review here). Although Monnier didn’t quite say so outright, there seemed to have been some disappointment with the Elton John concert, and Living in Nyon agrees, although he was in fine voice,  he didn’t really engage with the audience.  Monnier repeated there had been many other concerts that had been a success with the public, too many to mention. Paléo is always pleased to be able to showcase Swiss artists and this year there were many on the line-up.  Music programmers from  Glastonbury in the UK, to Roskilde festival in Denmark to other important world festivals come to Paléo in the hunt for new artists, so playing on a Paléo stage gives bands a great opportunity to promote their work. IMG_4022 IMG_4023 Above – Swiss band – ” The Silver Firs” from Berne Screens and Sounds  There was some small discussion at the press conference on the fact that if one band is playing at Les Arches and another is playing at the Club Tent (or even on the main stage), then at times the music can clash and both bands can be heard at the same time. However Monnier said that this doesn’t happen often, it was more to do with the wind direction that day and if it did occur, it was only for 15 minutes due to the careful scheduling.  The alternative, he said, would be to eliminate one stage completely which they didn’t want to do as it would limit the music choices on offer to the public. Nevertheless , they were always looking at how to improve the layout of the stages, but he said this clashing of sounds issue is not unique to Paléo, it can also be a problem at many other festivals. This year there were more screens placed around the grounds, particularly for the Stromae concert due to concerns about safety and to ensure all the public could watch the concert, so the question was raised by a member of the press if they should do this more often, however Paléo is slightly reluctant as they really want to attract the public to be near the stages as it lends to the atmosphere. The only slight negative to this year’s Paléo was that drink sales were down by about 10%. Rossellat says this often happens in poor weather. The bars and restaurants at Paléo bring in approximately 20% of its revenue. Aside from that, is was concluded that it was a successful Paléo and there was much promised for next year which will be celebrate 40 years of the festival.  There will probably some kind of party or celebration planned in the town itself and all will be revealed on the 14th April along with the line up. Tickets will go on sale on 22nd April and the festival  itself will take place from 21 to 26 July 2015. The music from the  Village du Monde area will be from the Far East. Living in Nyon will be there of course to report on it all including writer and student Jonas Parson (photo below) who covered the festival  this year. 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Different crowds for different concerts – from Koko-Jean Davis to KoQa – Paléo Day 3 and 4

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One of the attractions of Paléo is that the music programming is designed to appeal to all ages and to all styles of music. Thursday and Friday night’s concerts were a good case in point with Thursday’s music choices ranging from the rhythm and blues sound of “The Excitements” from Barcelona to the pop and rock of British legend Elton John or the electro swing of “The Parov Stelar Band” from Austria who performed late into the night. Each concert on the different days attracted very varied crowds and created different atmospheres amongst all age groups.

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Friday evening at Paléo kicked off with the laid back and lyrical songs of French singer George Moustaki, while later over in the Club tent, the place reverberated to the beatbox sound of Swiss musician “KoQa Cyclic Oscillation”. It was evident that the crowds knew all the lyrics to Moustaki’s songs and it was the same with Elton John’s concert on the Thursday night. There was plenty of collective singing along with both artists.

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Above – Collective singing (and phone waving) at the Elton John concert.

Whereas the audience watching “The Excitements” on Thursday probably weren’t that aware of their music , but it didn’t matter, the sheer electric energy provided by the band and the power house of its lead singer Koko-Jean Davis got the whole crowd dancing.  Koko-Jean is a consummate performer and engaged magnificently with the audience and is definitely a name to watch.  On Friday it was a completely different crowd in the Club tent listening to the talented “Koqa Cyclic Oscillation”, but essentially everyone there was there for the music, the atmosphere, the food and (unfortunately on Friday – the mud).  No doubt it will be a different crowd again on the L’Asse grounds on Saturday waiting to hear James Blunt and at the same time there will be a totally different group of music fans waiting in front of the other stages ready to hear and experience a new band or artist – that is the beauty of Paléo.

Photos below Various artists and images  from Thursday and Friday night at Paléo. All photos Catherine Nelson-Pollard

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Photo above –  Koko-Jean Davis of “The Excitements”

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Photo below – Georges Moustaki in concert

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Photo below – KoQa Cyclic Oscillation

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All photos on this page C. Nelson-Pollard

Colours of Paléo – 1st night 2014

Although the sky was grey for the first night of Paléo, there was still plenty of colour around the festival grounds. Particularly impressive this year, is the installation of “the Andes mountains” which are made out of rope and can be found in the Village du Monde area. These installations also double up as seating areas, and when they are lit up at night, they look spectacular.

If you want a good view of Paléo from above, it’s worth taking the ferris wheel (CHF 6 per adult and CHF 4 per child), to see the whole grounds and the stages from on high. With the lake in the background, it’s an impressive sight. See photo essay below. Coming up shortly, a review of last night’s concerts by Jonas Parson.

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Music lovers of all ages at Paléo

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Paléo – Daniel Rossellat is “philosophical about the rain”

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Important info for festival-goers –  Due to heavy rain many of the car-parks will be closed today (Tuesday 21 July). It is advised to take public transport to the festival.   

The following post has been written by Jonas Parson. Jonas is a student at the university of Lausanne and has been covering the Paléo festival for this site for the past four years. Here he reports from the Paléo press conference and gives us a flavour of what’s to come over the next six days.  As ever, there’s an exciting programme of music, entertainment and great food on the line up. Both Jonas and the Living in Nyon editor will be there every night to report on it all.

Paléo Press conference and what’s new up at the grounds this year –  by Jonas Parson

The rather miserable weather was on everyone’s mind at the opening press conference for the 39th edition of Paléo Festival on Monday. Daniel Rossellat, captain of the mighty ship Paléo (the weather allows cheesy water-related metaphors) addressed the difficult conditions of hosting an open-air festival when the weather is bad, thanking the brave and diligent volunteers who have been working in very difficult conditions over the past few weeks to have everything up to scratch for Tuesday at 16:00 when the first festival-goers will walk (or squelch) onto the grounds.

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Courtesy- Catherine Nelson-Pollard

Sporting a pair of flashy green wellies, Rossellat explained that he preferred bad weather during the press conference and good weather during the festival rather than the other way round, saying that you “had to be philosophical about the rain”. But as most people who have come to Paléo have been at at least once before, so the mud and rain is all part of the fun during the festival- as long as we get some sun somewhere along the way!

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Working in the mud…         All other photos: Jonas Parson

The Andes at the Village du Monde

Speaking of the sun, the Andes – home to the sun-worshipping Incas – are this year’s destination for the Village du Monde. This festival-in-the-festival is dedicated to a different part of the world each year, bringing a mix of traditional and contemporary culture to l’Asse. Colourful Andean summits have been installed in the village, made of an impressive 47 km of nylon string (that’s the distance between Nyon and Yverdon!). A reference to the massive mountain chain that streaks through South America, and the colourful visual identity of today’s South American bands, these constructions decorate this area where you will be able to listen to a mix of cumbia and electronic music, whilst eating an empanada or some guacamole (we will definitely be writing some more about the amazing food at Paléo later during the week!)

Despite the wet weather, the morale is high for Rossellat and his team, who have been hosting a sold-out festival for the last fifteen years. This year, the rush to the tickets beat new records, with the Wednesday night selling out in 8 minutes! Stromae will be bringing his beats and deep lyrics to make the whole of l’Asse dance, and a crowd of a younger age is expected for the concert of the Belgian phenomenon, who is very popular with young kids.

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The rain hasn’t deterred campers from building some impressive structures

Paléo is all about collaboration

This year’s edition marks the tenth year of collaboration between Paleo and the HES-SO, and to celebrate they have brought a giant Ferris wheel ready to take festival-goers to new heights, and discover the grounds from the sky. A series of 70’s caravans will also showcase the student’s different projects, as each year.
Another regular collaboration, Monic La Mouche are back for the fourth year with their poetic and rugged structures, their new sculptures incorporating live plants in them.

Paléo supports associations and NGOs who do good work helping people in different ways, and this year they have decided to highlight the efforts of Terre des Hommes in Latin America, as well as the great work of ARFEC, who accompany children with cancer. Both will be on site and you can go and talk to them if their projects interest you.

Roussel Concert cancelled Tuesday

Due to injuries after falling of a stage last week, Gaetan Roussel will be unable to perform on the main stage tomorrow. His concert has been replaced by young national star Bastian Baker, who played last year at Paléo (also under the rain…).

A note on getting to the festival

Transport-wise, the Festival encourages people to use public transport to and from the site. They aim for at least half the festival goers to come by train or bus, reducing the carbon footprint of the festival, and making it all much easier and enjoyable for everyone. So if you plan on coming to Paléo, think of checking the timetables, as the trains and buses run for most of the day and night, making it a hassle-free way of getting there.(It also means you get to drink more beer or wine, if that’s what you like doing!)  This is even more important for tomorrow, as the heavy rain protocol has been put in place and many of the car-parks on site will be closed, to make sure cars do not get swamped due to the mud and rain. People coming by car will be redirected towards Nyon, and extra buses have been put in place. So if you plan on coming on Tuesday, use public transport!

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Think of coming by train if you don’t want to end up like this!

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Some people are ready for the worst !

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Braving the rain to get a good spot in the camp-site- people were gathering two hours before the camp-site was due to open