The Cure, Lana Del Rey, Twenty Øne Piløts, Christine and the Queens, Patrick Bruel, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stephan Eicher & Traktorkestar, Angèle, Tash Sultana, Lomepal, Jacob Banks, Xavier Rudd, Shaka Ponk, -M-, Birkin Gainsbourg Le Symphonique, The Blaze, Polo & Pan, Paléo Festival Nyon has concocted a dazzling line-up that transcends frontiers, with a powerful mix of headline acts and sparkling revelations. The variety of styles from rock, hip-hop and electro, to pop, chanson and crossovers will have pulses throbbing for this 44th edition, which will take place from 23 to 28 July 2019. The Village du Monde will be decorated in the warm colours of Quebec. Tickets and passes will go on sale at midday on Wednesday 3 April on paleo.ch and at the usual points of sale.
Paléo has come up with a dazzling line-up featuring the legendary new wave group, The Cure, who will be celebrating a career spanning over 40 years, and the American icon Lana Del Rey, who will both be doing us the honour of stopping by at the Festival for their respective unique Swiss dates. The universal pop-rock duo of all the superlatives Twenty Øne Piløts, the supercharged rockers Shaka Ponk and the stage animal -M- will each be displaying their unique firepower in a series of extraordinary shows. Beyond the international headliners, a talented and effervescent new generation of artists will explore the ever-resurgent French language medium in all its forms.
As for hip-hop, the melancholic flow of Lomepal, the phenomenal Soprano, Damso's raw pen or Dadju's sweet R'n'B will have the Festival site throbbing. Odezenne will blur the boundaries of urban poetry, while Columbine and local prodigy Makala will lead a new generation of rappers with heavy beats and a steamy groove. Belgians Caballero & JeanJass will pose their made-in-Brussels flow and Sho Madjozi’s exalted Tsonga rhythms will prove that hip-hop is universal.
The French language was once limited to chanson, but it now occupies a prominent place in all musical genres. While Patrick Bruel, Stephan Eicher & Traktorkestar and HF Thiéfaine will revisit their anthological repertoires, a new, rich and bold generation is represented by the flamboyant Christine and the Queens and the mischievous Angèle. Spotlight also on Bertrand Belin's elegant melancholy, Hoshi's enlightened pop and Thérapie Taxi's drip-fed electro. 2019 is also the edition at which Jane Birkin will be appearing with her daughters on the same bill. Serge's muse will pay tribute to him with Birkin Gainsbourg Le Symphonique and the singular voices of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon will give way to some ethereal electro-pop and classy folk rock.
Guitars will be reverberating with the feverish new wave of The Twilight Sad, dubbed by Robert Smith himself, the flayed post-punk of Rendez Vous or the angry punk of the Irish Fontaines D.C. The DIY vein also has some worthy representatives with the sloppy rock of TH Da Freak and the garage tidal wave of Johnny Mafia. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever will tickle a nostalgic chord with their nineties indie patina.
Electro will shout out a loud invitation to travel. The sound pearls of Thylacine and Weval promise a vibrating road-trip without a compass. The French Touch will be in the spotlight with its leading figure Etienne de Crécy, the inhabited melancholy of The Blaze or the luxuriant electro pop of Polo & Pan. The technical manifesto of La Fraicheur and the electronic fire of KOMPROMAT, formed by the duo Vitalic and Rebeka Warrior, will complete this intricately flavoured expedition.
This will also be a festival of crossovers, with the authentic pop-rock and reggae fusion of Tash Sultana, the Afro-psych cumbia of The Mauskovic Dance Band, the diva of Kuduro, Pongo and the crooner with the rough vocal timbre, Jacob Banks. The Istanbul icon Gaye Su Akyol will distort Turkish folk anthems into a punk delirium and Charlie Cunningham will infuse his celestial folk with Andalusian sunshine.
As for humour, Vincent Kucholl and Vincent Veillon will have us laughing in fits with a subject... not so far from home: Le Fric, an expensive show.
Heading for Quebec!
This summer, the Village du Monde will showcase Quebec's exceptional cultural and musical diversity, starting with the melodies of Cœur de Pirate and the Inuit polar pop sounds of Elisapie. French-speaking chanson will be represented in true style by the emblematic lyricist Robert Charlebois, Les Cowboys Fringants and their folk-country rock'n' roll numbers and Les Trois Accords, those gifted craftsmen of wordplay.
Quebec has shown that it has the secret of warm folk music with the punk-rock mash-up piqued with traditional music of Bodh'aktan and the Quebec-Louisiane musical splits proposed by Le Winston Band. A wide palette of colours to paint the portrait of all the riches of the Belle Province, whether it be the luminous pop of Bears of Legend, the Franglais rap of groovy Loud or the up-front Koriass. Unclassifiable, the extravagant Hubert Lenoir will defend glam attitude between two performances of Cirque Alfonse, an unbridled, exuberant and festive musical happening. The troupe will explore the most picturesque aspects of Quebec folklore.
The adventure will end on Sunday with a firework display, after the classical concert in the form of a carte blanche to the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Under the baton of Joshua Weilerstein, they will perform an eclectic programme from Mozart to Mendelssohn.