After have successfully organized - though not without a few sticky moments! - a number of concerts featuring acts as well known as Maxime Le Forestier, Baden Powell or Claude Nougaro, the Paléo Arts & Spectacles association - originally called the Folk Club de l'Escalier - took on the organization of the First Folk Festival in 1976. It took place over three days in April in the old communal assembly rooms in Nyon. Heading the bill were Malicorne, John Renbourn and Jack Treese. 1,800 enthusiastic spectators turned up. In 1977, the Festival took up residence on the Colovray meadow, a magical waterside site, where it remained until 1989. From 1990, Paleo Festival has been installed at l'Asse, a meadowland site of over 15 hectares situated to the north of the town of Nyon.
Where does the word Paléo come from?
Paléo was the name of a successful racehorse and in 1974 became the name of a Nyon-based cultural association involved in organising concerts. The Festival adopted this name in 1983.