Paléo kicked off in style last night in warm weather and with a breeze to cool down the festival-goers.
Jonas, Living in Nyon’s annual Paléo reporter has reviewed some of the evening’s music in more detail in a previous post and below is a snapshot of the first night from the editor’s perspective.
As ever, there was a real melange of music on offer across the various stages and tents across the grounds. From the explosive and energetic dancing of Diron Animal, a group from Angola and Portugal in the Dôme tent (see first video below) to the pop rock of British 19-year-old Declan McKenna who played on the Arches stage early in the evening. There was more dancing in the Detour tent to USA band Algiers with their music billed as “gospelpost-punk funk and soul”.
Video above – Diron Animal in action
Django Django from the UK attracted a crowd at the Arches (second video), but the biggest crowd of all was the one that gathered for Depeche Mode who played on the main stage (the Grande Scène) later that night (see third video below). There was massive applause once they appeared on stage and lead singer Dave Gahan worked the crowd with his singing, dancing, and spinning (and a fair bit of posturing) throughout the set. The evening didn’t end there, with more artists playing until the early hours of the morning.
Away from the stages, there was, as always, street theatre in the grounds (photo below – it seems the Dodo is not dead after all….) there’s a fountain to cool off in and structures lit up for the festival, check out the “Colosseum” in the Village du Monde area and the “Coral Reef” (photos below).
For those with children, don’t forget there is a creche/kindergarten on site for children up to eight years old and children have free entry to Paléo up to the age of 12 (accompanied by an adult).
All photos and videos – C.Nelson-Pollard
Video above – Django Django at Les Arches
Photo above – USA band Algiers in the Detour tent
Video above – Depeche Mode in action