A vibrant, luminescent line-up
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jamiroquai, Manu Chao La Ventura, Justice, Pixies, Black M, Midnight Oil, Foals, Renaud, Christophe Maé, Rone, Keny Arkana, MHD, Tryo, Vitalic, Julien Doré, the line-up for the 42nd Paléo is rich, luminescent and vibrant, resolutely turned towards the future. It navigates blithely between big names and exciting discoveries from the world of rock, pop, electro, hip-hop, French chanson and world music. The Village du Monde will be making a halt in Central America and inviting the public to discover its amazing cultural wealth. Tickets and passes go on sale at midday on Wednesday 5 April on paleo.ch and at the usual points of sale.
The 2017 edition will open with one of the great names in rock music, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with their distinctive sound and its seamless fusion of rock and funk, the flamboyant Arcade Fire and the English band Foals, who will be discharging their fast and wild rock music. Pixies and Midnight Oil will be igniting the Grande Scène with a succession of hits that have influenced several generations. Kaleo and The Inspector Cluzo will propagate their electric blues rock, whilst the new generation composed of Shame, Pogo Car Crash Control and Nova Twins will be resuscitating angry punk and convulsive grunge. The English group Temples will be giving new life to sublime guitar lines and vintage synths, in a sophisticated psychedelic ambiance, both polished and timeless.
D.A.N.C.E ! The tone will be set with some stunning numbers from Justice. The electro odyssey starts softly enough, pushing off with the steel-drum sounds of Clément Bazin, the airy electro pop of Broken Back and the floating melodies of that young prodigy, Petit Biscuit. The voyage continues, at times dreamlike with the kaleidoscopic layers of sound produced by Rone, at others more obscure with the dark synth techno of Carpenter Brut, and will end up with the surgically precise techno of Isolated Lines and a hypnotic show by the genial Vitalic.
Hip-hop will be prominent with the Americans Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and the vintage samples sound that has revolutionised dance floors the world over. Then it’s off to France with Black M, now a veritable music scene phenomenon and the Afro-trap of MHD, whose music has inspired several soccer stars to get dancing. Keny Arkana and her subversive rap will be the flagbearer of the new generation, represented by the likes of Georgio, Vald and KT Gorique, who will each be making their very personal and critical statements about the state of the world, and the duo AllttA, who have extracted the very essence of hip-hop to invent a truly unique sound.
The intergenerational voice of Renaud will lead us towards a highly diversified French music scene, represented by the travel-inspired pop chanson of Christophe Maé, the festive compositions with Reggae accents from Tryo, the Corsican polyphonies of I Muvrini, the tender melodies of Vianney and the poetic pop of Julien Doré. The French language will provide the backdrop for a musical exploration by the whimsical artist Camille, the graceful folk of Barbagallo and the biting pop chanson of Nicolas Michaux. The revelations Fishbach, Octave Noire, Sandor and Régis will be delighting us with a thrilling return to the darkness of the eighties, somewhere between chanson, synth-pop and new wave.
The musical adventure continues with a festival of musical fusion: the acid jazz mixed with funk, electro and cosmic groove of Jamiroquai, Manu Chao La Ventura whose concerts are thinly disguised fiestas and Imany, who will be using her sweet, wood-scented voice to reveal a repertoire rich in soul, folk, blues and rock. TaxiWars will be introducing an energetic jazz tinted of a few notes of rock, Bachar Mar-Khalifé excelling on the Nubian Oudh, whilst Jupiter & Okwess will provide plenty of Afro-funk energy and exuberance with their Katanga guitars.
With Michaël Gregorio, formidable imitator and veritable human jukebox, the Festival will close on a beautiful touch of musical humour, where singers and artists will be imitated for our entertainment, from Shakira to Brel, via AC/DC, U2 and The Clash.
Sights set on Central America!
For its 15th edition, Central America will be the guest of honour at the Village du Monde. From Mexico to Venezuela, passing through Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Trinidad-and-Tobago and Porto Rico, the spotlight will be on the exceptional range of cultures from these different regions, with a selection of artists who have integrated electro, rock and rap into their creations. First in line, the sound system Systema Solar, the tropical explorations of the electro collectives Cero39 and El Freaky, as well as the cumbia-based hip-hop of Boogát. At their sides, the Mexican superstars of ska-punk, Panteón Rococó, the Creole blues trio Delgrès, and Celso Piña and Orkesta Mendoza, who enliven cumbia with shots of popular urban sounds and touches of psych rock. In another register, the paranda garifuna of Aurelio or the calypso of Calypso Rose will provide echoes of more traditional sounds. There will even be a return to the very roots of Reggae with those legends of the genre regrouped under the Inna de Yard project.
The journey will reach its apotheosis on Sunday with a grand firework display after the concert by the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève who will have the honour of performing some of their greatest classical hits, from Handel to Bernstein, not forgetting such grand masters as Mozart and Beethoven, or Prokofiev and Shostakovich, set to a text specially composed and performed with panache and humour by the actor Joan Mompart. An unforgettable concert for audiences of all ages.
New this year: in its constant effort to improve the comfort of festivalgoers and in response to strong public demand, Paléo is pleased to be able to offer a new accommodation solution in addition to its free campsite. From multi-coloured wooden maisonettes to yurt-like tents, it will now be possible to live a unique experience at the heart of the campsite, right beside the Festival site.