Paléo second night reviewed by Geneva University student

Photo above: The crowd watching Portishead.

Each year Living in Nyon, features reviews from other writers who give their impression of Paléo. Last year Jonas Parson, the “barefoot writer”, reviewed each evening’s concerts. This year its the turn of Jérémy Binz, a 20 year old student at the University of Geneva (studying for a degree in International Relations).

 Jeremy is Swiss/British and lives in Gland and says he likes “all kind of music from The Gorillaz to Gonjasufi ” and has been coming to the festival for many years, not only for the music, but for the atmosphere, to see friends and to have fun”.

His review is below. 

Note:  The Living in Nyon editor gave an audio report to World Radio Switzerland on her take of last night’s festival, including a review of Angus and Julia Stone, Portishead and the great concert of Los de Abajo, (see photos of this band in previous post). Plus, there are a few tips on how to avoid some of the long food queues, you can listen to the report here .

Over to Jérémy

Second Night of Paléo 2011

 After quite a wet first day to Paléo this time my friends and I were a bit luckier with the weather as it didn’t actually rain much for most of the day, a few rays of sun could even be caught around with patches of bright blue sky that lifted everyone’s spirits even higher.

Photo of festival goers in sunflower field

Thank god for those wellies though, as the mud was worse than the previous day, offering some in our crowd a few laughs watching others slip around!

Bonobo (a.k.a  Simon Green from Brighton in the UK) , started early under the Chapiteau tent and soon got everybody in a warm “feel good mood”,  perfect to start the evening, with quality jazz and electro influenced hip-hop and a beautiful singer. The crowd filled the tent but it wasn’t too dense and the sound engineers did a great job, which made the concert a very nice listening experience. See Jeremy’s  video which he has uploaded  to U tube here.

” The Colline” as people here commonly call “the hill” overlooking the food stands near the Ruche (it says “Les Galets Bleus” on the map which refering to the big new blue waterbags you can sit on) wasn’t as full as it usually is, probably because of the expected weather, so finding a nice spot to sit and have a few drinks with friends was easy.  Getting food down by the Ruche though took quite a long time as the area was absolutely packed when we arrived. We just had enough time to get a hot “sandwich du Berger” before getting in front of the Grande Scène for Portishead.

“Chillingly beautiful voice of singer Beth Gibbons”

Portishead started its concert a little disconnected from the crowd, as they were playing on the biggest stage reserved for the top acts.  But as I heard someone put it (exaggerating ever so slightly of course), that programming Portishead under the Chapiteau (a smaller tent), would have been like programming the Rolling Stones in the Club Tent (even smaller tent!) .

However after a few songs were played, the crowd started cheering with more intensity and at the chillingly beautiful voice of the singer Beth Gibbons mixed with an instrumental performance mastered over 20 years of the band’s existence. When timeless “Glory Box” was played, everyone in one very big crowd seemed to agree that they were hearing some amazing music, and you could feel it.

Free Hugs

Hurrying over to the Chapiteau to try and catch the rest of the concert of  American band Beirut did cast a little doubt on to whether the concert scheduling was very appropriate, and so did hurrying back to the Grande Scène to see the Chemical Brothers, but the job of programming mustn’t be easy! And passing a massive guy with a sign giving out free hugs probably made everyone feel much better.

Beirut seemed to have created quite an atmosphere under the Chapiteau where you could feel warmth both in bodies and hearts. Arriving in the middle of the concert after seeing Portishead did kind of keep you from enjoying it as much as people who’d been there since the beginning. But the band sure did create a mix of quality folk goodness.

 Back to the Grand Scène for a great concert from English electro legends The Chemical Brothers, whose light show and set up were as exciting as the music. The crowd at the front was fun and cheerful, and everything was in place for a good concert. Earplugs made the experience a lot better though, letting you hear the actual music behind the overwhelming bass and preventing your ears from bleeding!

 All in all it was a great night, especially for music and the lack of rain, and tonight PJ Harvey and The Strokes are sure to bring the crowd a great time, and I definitely recommend Tarrus Riley and Duane Stephenson for reggae enthusiasts.

Jack Johnson, James Blunt, The Strokes, and a Caribbean flavour to Paléo 2011


Photo above: Jack Johnson (courtesy of Paléo festival)

The line up for Paléo 2011 has now been revealed and as ever there’s an interesting mix of music on offer from around the world. This year in particular there is plenty on the programme for Anglophones with big names such as Jack Johnson, James Blunt, The Strokes, Robert Plant, Portishead, The Chemical Brothers, The Noisettes – all of them due to play at the five day festival.

At the press conference Daniel Rossellat president of Paléo announced that he was particularly pleased that Jack Johnson had accepted to play in Nyon as he felt that his music would definitely part of the spirit of the festival. Sometimes programmers had to wait quite a few years to get the artists here. Either their tour dates didn’t coincide with Paléo dates, or some of them have other family commitments in the summer (there has been a six year wait to get the Chemical Brothers to play here).

Photo below: The Noisettes (courtesy of Paléo festival)

The Village du Monde music this year comes from the Caribbean with Los Van Van and Chucho Valdes Choc Quib Town, the Creole Choir of Cuba and many others, all set to give tropical, reggae, reggaton, and latin and sounds for the music fans.

Photo below: The Creole Choir of Cuba (courtesy of Paléo festival)

Swiss Musicians also on line up 

This year there are many Swiss musicians from the German speaking part of Switzerland on the programme,  but Romandie holds it own with “Trip In” from Nyon, “Aliose” from Nyon and Geneva, and Geneva based “Mama Rosin”. This latter group come to Paléo after a very successful UK tour and performance on the BBC programme “Later with Jools Holland ” and BBC Radio Six Music.  For Paléo this year they will be playing with English rockabillies band “Hip Bone Slim”.

Note: Living in Nyon first wrote about Mama Rosin on this site in 2008 when they performed at the club 1306 and at Paléo last year.

There will also be an interview with singer Alizé Oswald from “Aliose” here on Living in Nyon on this site in the next few weeks.   Jacques Monnier head music programmer of Paléo said that the Swiss music tent is often a spring board for many Swiss artists, who then go on to bigger things outside this country so it is a tent definitely worth checking out.

Photo below  “Trip In” from Nyon (courtesy Paléo festival)

The festival will end on the Sunday with the classical concert of the “Ensemble vocal et instrumental de Lausanne performing the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. Then in the evening Jamel will be providing a touch of comedy to end it all. As ever there will be much more on Paléo nearer to the dates of the festival and during the week  itself, but don’t forget if you want to go this year, be ready to buy your tickets the day they are released which is next Wednesday 13th April at midday as it is likely they will sell out very fast as in previous years. 

For those newcomers to Nyon who have never been to Paléo, checkout this time lapse video made up of 24’572 ages taken from a camera high up positioned on an elctricity pylon. The video gives you a good idea of what one of Europe’s biggest rock festivals is all about!

Paléo 2011 – Teaser en time-lapse par paleo

Some interesting facts to come out of the Paléo conference are the spectator profile figures, 

Origin of spectators

Nyon district (Nyon and  surrounding areas Duillier, Eysins, Grens, Prangins, Signy-Avenex, Trélex)  30%

Canton of Vaud  (not including Nyon)          20%

Canton of Geneva                                                   29%

Other French speaking cantons                           8%

German speaking part of Switzerland and Ticino  2%

France                                                                             10%

Other countries                                                              1%

Age of  spectators                                   

Under 20 years                                                              17%

Between 20 and 29 years                                           43%

Between  30 and 39 years                                           15%

Between  40 and 49 years                                           10%

Over 50 years                                                                  15 %

Fans are very loyal too!

10% are disovering Paléo for the first time but  79 % of the public have already been to more than three  festivals

Out of the 98% of the public who are considering returning the following year, 85% are certain they will return and 13%  say it will be a possibility for them.

Ticket  prices are slightly higher this year by 5 CHF, the first increase in a few years.