For those readers who have never been to Paléo, or haven’t been there for a while, here are a few practical tips for festival-goers.
Draw cash out before you head up to the grounds, there are bank ATMs just inside the entrance but the queues can often be very long at peak times of the festival.
Low battery on your phone?
There is a large phone charging area at the Romandie Energie centre located behind La Terasse (the main terrace overlooking the main stage).
Paléo has a great App with lots of useful info on it
Not feeling well? There is an Infirmerie on the grounds near to Les Arches stage
Feeling hungry? There are lots and lots of food stalls at Paléo offering everything from Abysynnian food to kebabs, fish and chips, burgers, food from Central America, gluten free food and more. The queues for some of the popular food stands can be long in between the major concerts, so if you can, eat while a concert is on (if it’s one you don’t want to see!) There are also sit down restaurants on the grounds where you can be served by staff if you prefer this option.
Take public transport up to Paléo to save the hassle of parking. The trains and buses shuttle between Nyon (and other local towns and villages) and the festival grounds all evening and through most of the night. Train and bus travel on these routes is free during the festival period. In the past couple of years, the organisation has vastly improved on the monitoring and efficiency in the train queues and now most of the trains on the line are new and come with air conditioning! Full transport details here.
Meeting up with friends
Some regular festival-goers have adopted a golden rule of never making plans to meet anyone at the festival grounds, they prefer to leave any meetings completely impromptu. Sometimes the best-made plans can go awry and time is lost either constantly phoning or messaging people trying to find out where they are (usually they are at the opposite end of the field!) or when the appointed meeting time arrives, they or the other person are really enjoying a concert and don’t want to leave.
However if you do really need to meet someone, there are plenty of landmarks to suggest to meet at such as the big fountain near the entrance, near the big “Volcano” (photo below – you cannot miss it!), the Voyageur Bar in the Village du Monde is another popular meeting spot.
Not all of the entertainment is on the stages or in the tents. Keep an eye out for the street entertainers that wander through the grounds.