A Luminous 42nd Edition Of Paleo Festival 2017


42nd Edition Of Paleo
Michèle Müller

After five days of festivities and memorable concerts, and as Manu Chao is preparing to bring the 42nd Paléo Festival Nyon to a close on the Grande Scène, the festival organisers are making an initial artistic and organisational assessment. For the 19th year running, this edition was sold out, with audiences totalling 230,000 over the six days.

The Asse Plain, magnificently decorated, served as a backdrop to some unforgettable concerts. Marked by memorable performances by Midnight Oil, Arcade Fire and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who lived up to the expectations of the massive audiences thronging in front of the Grande Scène to applaud them, this 42nd edition draws to a close in a sunny and luminous atmosphere.

The generous performance of Julien Doré, the authenticity of Vianney and Tryo touched festivalgoers’ hearts. As far as revelations go, the burning sensuality of Lola Marsh, the feverish soul of Jalen’Gonda and the disco-funk electro of Parcels had the whole festival site grooving, whilst Jupiter & Okwess and Fishbach cast their spell over the audience at the Détour. As far as Swiss artists go, the heterogeneous worlds of l’Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp XXL, Fai Baba and Alice Roosevelt won unanimous approval.

Electro once again found favour with the audience, with the delicate and contemplative sounds of Petit Biscuit and a spectacular show from Justice, whilst hip-hop also made its mark with the American rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the light flow of Black M and the biting Afrotrap of MHD.

Meanwhile the Dôme was being turned upside down by the highly-agitated Ska-punk of Panteón Rococó “Inna De Yard” and the committed reggae of Jah 9, whilst every evening, the stage at the Escale provided acoustic sets and shows at the centre of a Village illuminated by the colours of Central America. In 2018, the Village du Monde will be exploring the many riches of Southern Europe.

The Ruche, which was celebrating its tenth anniversary, once again enchanted lovers of circus and street entertainment and the Pl’Asse was an instant success with its deliciously retro décor and entertainment programme.

Over at the Quartier des Alpes, the public could admire the fairy-like fire and metal sculptures of Monic la Mouche and the impressive Smooth Volcano installation imagined by the HES-SO, offering magnificent views over the Festival site.

Organisational assessment
As we go to press, there are no significant incidents to report, either in terms of health or safety and security, despite the very hot temperatures recorded during the first few days of the Festival, followed by the introduction of a partial rain-contingency plan later in the week. The organisation is well-oiled, supported by the enthusiasm of 4800 volunteer staff. Attendance at the campsite remains stable, with about 9000 campers every night, of whom 423 took up residence in the brand-new Pal’Asse zone and nearly 400 parked their camper vans.

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