A flamboyant 43rd Paléo!

Depeche Mode, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, Gorillaz, MGMT, Kaleo, Emir Kusturica, Nina Kraviz, Indochine, OrelSan, Suprême NTM, Jamel Debbouze, Nekfeu, Jain, Bigflo & Oli, Vianney, Eddy de Pretto, the line-up of the 43rd Paléo Festival is full of fire. Rock, hip-hop, French chanson, pop and electro as well as fusion and crossovers will be represented by some big names and plenty of explosive newcomers. The Village du Monde will be celebrating the exceptional diversity of Southern Europe. Tickets and festival passes will go on sale at midday on Wednesday 28 March on paleo.ch and at the usual points of sale.

The Festival has revealed a programme that breaks free from all frontiers, with a mix of headliners and powerful revelations. The 2018 edition will open with such big names as Depeche Mode, who will be letting fly with their classy new wave, the incandescent The Killers and the hip-hop, pop and electro nuggets of Gorillaz, led by the genial Damon Albarn. Indochine and Lenny Kravitz will ignite the Grande Scène with their timeless hits.

This year hip-hop will occupy a prominent place, with the spearheads of the French rap scene Suprême NTM and the phenomenal OrelSan, Bigflo & Oli and Nekfeu. The new generation will be represented with the incisive lyrics of Little Simz, the provocative and politically (very) incorrect world of Lorenzo, the hypnotic flow of Roméo Elvis and the do it yourself spirit of Rilès. The local scene will not be left out, with Danitsa’s hip-hop, subtly influenced by reggae-soul, the three stage beasts Makala, Slimka and Di-Meh – who form the XTRM Tour – and the sensation from across the Sarine, S.O.S, who will bring the Rösti barrier crashing down thanks to their prodigious energy.

On the rock side, the guitars and rhythms of the behemoths of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will be bringing the succession in their wake. At the forefront, we discover IDLES, who revive the punk soul of Bristol, the visceral post-punk gospel of Algiers, the edgy math rock of Lysistrata, the geothermic blues-rock of Kaleo and the solar country soul of Nathaniel Rateliff. The trip will be psychedelic and multi-coloured with MGMT, Django Django and Superorganism, elegantly sensual with Warhaus and radiating with the melodic pop of Declan McKenna, Charlotte Cardin and Loïc Nottet.

The electric odyssey starts with THE inevitable figure of techno, Nina Kraviz, the variations and punch of Bicep and the addictive deep-house of Feder. The journey continues, sometimes exotic with the tropical sounds of FOU!, at others hypnotic with the dreamy sound layers of Hungry 5 feat. Worakls, N’to & Joachim Pastor. And final, it will be shrouded in darkness by the sombre, cold techno of Arnaud Rebotini and Opuswerk.

Bernard Lavilliers’s hymns of protest and Vianney’s sensitive songs pave the way for a wonderfully diversified French-language scene, represented by the fine lyrics of those rock dandies, Feu! Chatterton, the irresistible melodies of Claudio Capéo and the mischievous pop of Angèle. After an exhilarating detour through the nonchalance of the eighties with Vendredi sur Mer, the French language will be the subject of further musical exploration with the chiselled prose of the young prodigy Eddy de Pretto and Clara Luciani’s lyrics imbued with sophisticated nostalgia.

The journey will take us through a festival of crossovers: the furious fusion of pop and groove of Jain, the Punk-Balcanic brigade of Emir Kusturica, the unclassifiable accordionist Mario Batkovic and the warm voice enveloped in Yoruba incantations of Ibeyi. The atmosphere will be hot with the trance Afro-punk of Tshegue and the ecstatic electro demonstrations of KOKOKO!. Havana meets Kingston will be proposing a rendezvous in which rumba, salsa and son cubano meet Jamaican reggae, dub and dancehall. The rising star Jahneration and the prophets of the American scene, SOJA, will get Paléo grooving to the infectious sound of roots.

Jamel Debbouze, the emperor of improvisation, the flex king of stand-up, will celebrate his comeback to live performance with a brand-new creation. It will be "Maintenant ou Jamel" at Paléo.

This summer, the Village du Monde will set itself down on the warm lands of Southern Europe. Between Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece, and will highlight the exceptional cultural and musical range of this region. We will be seduced by the fado, adorned with bright pop, of Ana Moura, and the bossa of António Zambujo. Also at the party will be the rockuduro of the Lisboan Diron Animal, the nuevo flamenco of Calima, the bubbling ska-punk energy of Txarango and La Pegatina, the lunar aura of the cantautore Vinicio Capossela and the eighties Italian kitsch pop of Mister Milano. The Italian tarantella will be revisited by Giufà and Mascarimirì, while Imam Baildi will associate the rebetiko with the flow of an MC and electro-Balkanic sounds. A last incursion will be made into the south of France along the pathways of traditional singing, as followed by the Occitans Lo Còr de la Plana and the Corsicans of A Filetta, who will seduce us with their enchanting polyphonies.

Classical music will be represented by Camille & Julie Berthollet, the ambassadresses of a classical and fiercely eclectic repertoire, which lives, rocks and packs a punch. The voyage will end in fireworks on Sunday after the Stabat Mater. This magnificent, grandiose work by Gioachino Rossini will be performed by four talented soloists and a large choir of 100 choristers specially set up for Paléo, under the direction of Pascal Meyer. The accompaniment will be provided by the Fribourg Chamber Orchestra (OCF).