I am not going to lie. Saying goodbye to the 43rd edition of the Paléo Festival Nyon was hard.
I keep thinking why I love the festival so much and all I can come up with it, is that offers a door to a new reality. Once I’m in, or as I like to say “behind the curtain”, I feel like Alice in the Wonderland. And it is not only about music. It’s the atmosphere, the feeling of community and collective unity where everyone wants to have a great time, be nice to others and relax. It’s as relaxing as going on holiday.
The Asse site is large enough to accommodate 230,000 spectators that visited the festival during the week, and at the same time, not too waste to make you feel lost.
Depeche Mode opened the festival with an amazing show on the first night, and it didn’t stop there. Gorillaz and Lenny Kravitz didn’t disappoint either. Performance of MGMT, OrelSan, Bigflo & Oli, and Jain exceeded my expectations and when it comes to a dance music, it was Feder’s deep house that kept us dancing into wee hours.
I’m still reeling from getting the opportunity to interview several well-known and up-and-coming musicians and bands. I didn’t even believe we would be able to meet so many inspiring, positive and well-meaning artists. I felt that all those who gave us an interview were thinking like us: they all want to make the World a better place by creating art that will improve people’s lives. As one of them put it: “I am a vehicle for music. Music comes through me and I use the instrument to transmit what I am receiving.”
Here is the first video that we recorded with Jahneration (reggae music), Nomadic Massive (multicultural and multilingual collective made of MCs who perform a mix of rap, reggae, and hip-hop), Muthoni Drummer Queen (hip-hop), SARO (beatbox loopstation).
As I said, Paléo Festival Nyon is not only about music. In the quarters of La Ruche one could admire circus and sound shows tinted by the art of burlesque.
In one of my previous articles, I mentioned different camping opportunities at the festival. And at the end, there were 9,000 festivalgoers who opted-in.
The festival is dead, long live the festival! And with this proclamation, I am happy to announce that 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.