As the old local saying goes, “it’s not Paléo if it doesn’t rain”. This gives quite a good idea of the good-humoured enthusiasm of the crowd, who never see the rain as an obstacle for an evening of music and fun. Friday night was no exception to that, and after some rather heavy rain in the afternoon – just enough to get that authentic squelchy muddy feel when walking about – the rain visited the festival again a couple of times over the evening.
Blonde and pretty, looking innocent in her flowery dress, Giedré started the evening with her oh so caustic songs set to gentle little tunes on the guitar. In stark contrast with her appearance and the music she plays (which seem to come straight out of some family music show), her texts explores just about every taboo possible, in a blend of lightheartedness and black humour. In times where the world around us seems like a very dark place, her completely off-beat songs are extremely therapeutic. She even manages to slip in a couple of slightly more politically charged songs along the way, albeit always in a very dark and absurd manner, like her song celebrating the fact that humans are the best at slaughtering the most animals.
Next on were French moustachioed band Deluxe. Their combo of bright costumes and electric mix of soul, groove and hip-hop were no match for the rain that started falling again during their concert. The crowd just kept on dancing, some donning colourful rain jackets, others just taking their t-shirts off (two quite radically different ways of keeping your clothes dry!), and encouraged by the high voltage performance of the sax player, who impressed by running and jumping all over the stage while playing rousing tunes, and the dance moves of the singer, bursting with energy and obviously having a lot of fun on stage.
One of the effects that rain has on the concerts is a slight raise in audience for the concerts taking place under tents, namely the Club Tent and the Dôme. Some people who would have otherwise sat in the sun drinking beer seek refuge under one of the tents, and thanks to the rain discovering bands they probably wouldn’t have heard of!
Mik Clavet, announcer on the main stage (you can read an interview he did for Living in Nyon here), came on stage to announce British pop band Bastille with a parody of Martin Luther King’s speech. “I have a dream, a dream of a Paléo where it wouldn’t rain!” he exclaimed, before celebrating the resistance and determination of the crowd, “the rain preparing us and making us stronger to welcome the next band!”.
The evening came to a close with a great discovery at the Détour, French band DBFC. They play a punchy mix of rock and electro, bringing together some heavy beats with guitar riffs and great drum action. The Détour and the Club tent are two stages that are always worth checking out, as they host smaller bands who often offer some very refreshing material, and they are places where you are sure of discovering a few unknown musical gems. With a large majority of bands playing at the festival for the first time, it is quite easy to completely renew your musical repertoire for the year to come.
For people who don’t have tickets to the Festival, or who wish to enjoy again one of the concerts that took place at Paléo, the festival has a partnership with Arte and they stream some of the concerts each day live online. So if you want to relax in the comfort of your arm-chair, you can enjoy Paléo live here.
Don’t forget that every morning at 9:00, Paléo releases 1500 tickets for that day! Get a last-minute ticket here. There are still a few tickets left for Saturday night!