A radiant 43rd edition
The 43rd edition of the Paléo Festival Nyon was illuminated by waves of positive vibes and unforgettable concerts placed under the sign of legends, rich discoveries and festivities. Some 230,000 spectators set foot on the Asse site, decorated for the occasion with poetry and passion. A few minutes before the start of the last day’s concerts, time for an initial assessment.
After an opening in great pomp with a show by the legendary band Depeche Mode, this 43rd edition will certainly stay engraved in the minds. The beautifully decorated plaine de l’Asse was the setting for some unforgettable concerts, notably memorable performances by OrelSan, Gorillaz, Lenny Kravitz, MGMT and Jain, which met the expectations of audiences massed in front of the stages. And so this 43rd edition draws to a close in a radiant atmosphere.
The wide range of rap and hip hop music was given pride of place this year and found its audience with the phenomenal Bigflo & Oli, Nekfeu and Suprême NTM. The flow of Romeo Elvis, Lorenzo, Little Simz and the aptly-named XTRM Tour received a massive thumbs up. The luminous Jamel Debbouze had festivalgoers in fits with his unique talent for improvisation.
The authenticity of Vianney, Bernard Lavilliers and Eddy de Pretto, and the subtle lyrics of those dandies Feu! Chatterton reached out to the audience’s hearts. Rock was also part of the party with electric performances by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Algiers, and the saturated sounds of IDLES and Lysistrata. Electro proved itself again with techno stars Nina Kraviz and Arnaud Rebotini and Feder’s addictive deep house. As for new revelations, Clara Luciani, Charlotte Cardin, Kid Francescoli and Kokoko! had the audience under their spell. Swiss artists were well represented, with the contrasting universes of Danitsa, Muthoni Drummer Queen, Crimer and La Tempête receiving unanimous approval.
The Dome was enthralled by the grace of Ana Moura, the bubbling energy of La Pegatina and the aura of the cantautore Vinicio Capossela, while the Escale stage hosted acoustic sets and shows each evening in the centre of a spectacular Village, radiant in the colours of Southern Europe. In 2019, the Village du Monde will explore the riches of Quebec.
In addition to the concerts, La Ruche hosted hypnotic circus and sound shows, all under the banner of burlesque, to the delight of street theatre lovers. In the Quartier des Alpes, the public were able to appreciate the sculptures of those metal lace makers, Monic La Mouche, including the majestic and poetic Quai des Alpes. An astonishing number of people explored the amazing DEEP installation by the HES-SO, the interactive creation of La Lanterne and the exhibition by the photographer Nicolas Patault at La Galerie.
At the time of writing these lines, there were no significant incidents to report, either from the infirmary or in terms of security. The festival organisation is fine-tuned, supported by the enthusiasm of its 4,840 volunteers. Camping attendance is stable with some 9,000 souls counted.
The 44th Paléo Festival Nyon will take place from 23rd to 28th July 2019.
The line-up will be revealed on 26th March and tickets will go on sale on 3rd April 2019.
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