NOTRE DAME DE PARIS THE MUSICAL IS COMING TO NICE

Pour célébrer le printemps, Notre Dame de Paris arrive à Nice.To celebrate Spring, Notre Dame de Paris is coming to Nice!

Nearly twenty years after it premiered in Paris to both critical and popular acclaim, musical spectacular Notre Dame de Paris is coming to Nice for a three day run this April.

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Set in 15th century Paris and based on the Victor Hugo masterpiece, the highly popular musical tells the story of Notre Dame cathedral bell ringer, the hunchback Quasimodo, and of his hopeless devotion for the beautiful gypsy girl, Esmeralda, who is being lusted after by the handsome, yet unfaithful, captain of the king’s archers, Phoebus, and by Frollo, a priest torn between his faith to God and his desires of the flesh.

As Gringoire, the poet, helplessly witnesses the tragedy unfold, the six other principal singers perform the beautiful score, composed by Richard Cocciante, with lyrics by Luc Plamondon, and which includes Le Temps des Cathedrals, Belle, and Vivre. Meanwhile, some 24 dancers and acrobats fly across the stage, break dance and gracefully arch their bodies to create an atmosphere similar to that of a French circus.

This poignant tale of impossible love may not have a happy ending, its many interwoven storylines remain today more relevant than ever with topics such as racism, refugees seeking asylum, and the role of religion. Hence the standing ovations every night!

Notre Dame de Paris has already attracted audiences of more than four million in France alone, and has been staged in more than 20 other countries, from Italy and the United Kingdom, to the United States and South Korea.

Only time will now tell whether the musical becomes the new Les Mis, but there is little doubt that it will capture many more hearts in the years to come with its timeless story of love and betrayal.

Notre Dame de Paris runs from the 21st to the 23rd of April at the Palais Nikaïa in Nice. Tickets range in price from 28€ to 69€ and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or reserved online.

CONTACT DETAILS
Palais Nikaïa
163, boulevard du Mercantour
06200 Nice

Tel: +33 4 92 29 31 29

JAIN AND THE AVENER TO HEADLINE NICE MUSIC LIVE FESTIVAL

Le Music Live Festival est de retour! The Music Live Festival is back!

Cancelled last summer in the wake of the tragic events that plunged the entire region into mourning, the Nice Music Live Festival is back this July.

Back with a vengeance and stronger than ever, the Nice Music Live Festival returns with an eclectic line-up featuring the best of French music from today and yesteryear. The festival, which successfully replaced the very popular Crazy Week back in 2015, will welcome The Insus?, Camille, the young Niçois, The Avener, and one of the musical sensations of the moment, Jain, all in a superb location, the Théâtre de Verdure / Place Masséna.

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The festivities will kick off on Saturday the 22nd of July on a rock’n’roll note, as three former members of the legendary French band Téléphone take to the stage. Highly popular in the 70’s and 80’s, The Insus?, as they are now called, have recently reunited after a hiatus of nearly 30 years and have been electrifying audiences with their energetic renditions of the band’s most famous hits such as New York avec toi, Cendrillon, and Un autre monde.

They will be followed on Monday by multi-cultural pop singer Jain who has been making a splash both at home and on the international scene over the past year with her unique blend of reggae, electro sounds and Arabic percussions.

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Influenced by the many places she called home while growing up, from Toulouse to Dubai, and from Congo to Madagascar, she won two Victoires de la Musique (the French equivalent to the Grammys®) earlier this year, for Best female Artist and Video of the Year for his first album “Zanaka”, which includes the hit singles “Come”and “Makeba”, a song dedicated to South African and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba.

The next evening, it will be time for some avant-garde music with Camille, a singer/songwriter who has been hailed as Björk’s natural successor, before The Avener closes the festival on Wednesday. After conquering the world at the end of 2013 with his rework of the Phoebe Kildeer song “Fade out Lines”, the local artist should bring the audience to their feet with his uplifting electronic sound.

The festival takes place from the 22nd to the 26th of July. Tickets cost from €33 to €60.50 and can be bought from all usual outlets or reserved online.

What better way to start celebrating music and life again!

FOR CÉLINE DION, IT’S BYE BYE VEGAS AND HELLO NICE!

Céline est de retour…et elle sera à Nice cet été. Céline is back….and she will be in nice this Summer!

Mark your calendars! Music superstar Céline Dion is taking a break from her long-running residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to tour Europe this Summer.

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Great news for fans of Céline Dion, as she announces a six week European tour this summer, with a stop at the Allianz Riviera in Nice on the 20th of July.

According to the five-time Grammy winner herself, these new shows should be a real trip down memory lane, with plenty of smash hits from the artist’s 35-year career in music. Expect to hear favourites like The Power Of Love, All By Myself, Because You Loved Me, That’s The Way It Is, as well as of course the unforgettable love theme from Titanic, My Heart Will Go On.

She will also perform songs from her latest album, Encore Un Soir (Another Night) – her first in French in four years -, which has been certified Diamond with over 500,000 units sold in France, as well as some tracks from her upcoming and yet untitled record in English, that will include a track called Recovering, written by American singer-songwriter Pink.

At 48, the Canadian singer remains a force to be reckoned with on the music scene, despite the death of her longtime manager and husband, René Angélil, just a little over a year ago. Known for her powerful voice and heavily influenced by R&B, gospel, and classical genres, Celine Dion has sold more than 220 million albums worldwide since 1981. She is, after Madonna, the second-highest earning musician in history, and is showing no sign of slowing down. In a video posted to Instagram, she proudly proclaimed in both French and English, “I cannot wait to have a great time, so I hope you’re ready!”

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Céline Dion plays the Stade Allianz Riviera in Nice on Thursday, 20th of July 2017 at 8:30 pm. Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10am and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or reserved online.

Céline Dion 2017 European Tour

5 June – Royal Arena – Copenhagen, Denmark
17 June – Tele2 Arena – Stockholm, Sweden
20 June The O2 – London, UK
21 June – The O2 – London, UK
23 June – GelreDome – Arnhem, Netherlands
25 June – Manchester Arena, UK
29 June – Matmut Atlantique – Bordeaux, France
1 July – Stade Pierre Mauroy – Lille, France
4 July – AccorHotels Arena – Paris, France
5 July – AccorHotels Arena – Paris, France
12 July – Parc Olympique Lyonnais – Lyon, France
15 July – Stade de Suisse – Bern, Switzerland
18 July – Orange Velodrome – Marseille, France
20 July – Allianz Riviera – Nice, France
24 July – Mercedes-Benz Arena – Berlin, Germany
27 July – Barclaycard Arena – Birmingham, UK

 

CONTACT DETAILS
Stade Allianz Riviera
Boulevard des Jardiniers
06200 Nice

 

REBEL POET RENAUD BRINGS HIS PHÉNIX TOUR TO NICE THIS DECEMBER

Un concert à ne pas manquer ce mercredi à Nice. A not-to-be-missed concert this Wednesday in Nice.

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Get in the festive mood with acclaimed French singer-songwriter Renaud, as he returns to Nice this December as part of his Phénix tour.

Many thought his career was over after alarming reports that he had relapsed into alcoholism and depression, but, just like a phoenix, French singer-songwriter Renaud seems to have risen once again from the ashes with a new album released last April and a new tour that will take him to the Nikaïa in Nice on the 14th of December. Not a small feat for an artist who has been around for more than 40 years and sold millions of albums.

Often compared to Bob Dylan because of his protest songs, his left wing ideological views, and his colourful language, the rebel poet still speaks his mind with his vindictive slang, even though he appears to have acquired a newfound serenity.

Renaud burst onto the French music scene in 1975 with “Hexagone” and “Camarade bourgeois”, in which he expressed his disillusionment and angst. But if he has kept railing against society’s ills and the establishment ever since, with songs like 1985’s “Miss Maggie”, a fierce yet humourous diatribe against British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the artist has slowly abandoned his signature folk-rock approach over the years for a more mainstream pop sound, showing a more tender side in the process, and offering more intimate and introspective records.

His latest effort, the self-titled “Renaud”, is a perfect summary of this evolution. In “Hyper Casher” for instance, he no longer compares Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to the Armenian genocide, but instead pays tribute to the Jewish victims of the latest attacks in France – “May they rest in Jerusalem, on their ancestral home, in the sun of Israel, I want to devote this poem to them, tell them they are dear to us, that we will never forget them” – while in “J’ai embrassé un flic” (I hugged a cop), he expresses his gratitude to law enforcement officers, years after hurling bricks at them during his rebellious youth.

Despite the years and all the hardships, Renaud still remains a very unique and individual exponent of the Chanson Française.

Renaud plays the Palais Nikaïa in Nice at 8pm on Wednesday, 14th of December, 2016. Tickets range in price from 36 € to 43 € and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or booked online.

CONTACT DETAILS
Palais Nikaïa
163, bd du Mercantour
06100 Nice

Tel: +33 4 92 29 31 29

Image via Renaud website

JULIEN DORÉ WORTHY HEIR TO SERGE GAINSBOURG’S THRONE

Julien Doré est de retour…Tous les détails sont dans Riviera Buzz. Julien Doré is back…All the details are in Riviera Buzz.

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French heartthrob Julien Doré will be wooing his Riviera fans next March when he plays the Palais Nikaïa in Nice.

When it comes to creativity, the French musical scene has been enjoying a rich harvest over the last few years. From Daft Punk and Phoenix, who have already conquered the world with their electronic sound, and from Christine and the Queens to Jain whose first efforts are currently topping European charts, there has been no shortage of talent and originality.

ut if one had to choose the name of just one artist who perfectly symbolizes this renewed success of the “Chanson française”, it would probably be that of Julien Doré.

With his playful approach to music, his poetic lyrics, his crooning vocals and his good looks, the young singer/songwriter – he is only 34 – is the current undisputed king of French pop for fans and critics alike.

Born and raised near Nîmes, in the South of France, Julien is the great-great-great nephew of Gustave Doré, famed illustrator of the literary works of the likes of Balzac, Milton, Cervantes and Dante. After attending the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he founded two Indie rock bands before auditioning for Nouvelle Star, the Gallic version of Pop Idol, where his memorable reinventions of French, British and American classics led him to a resounding victory.

Since then, Doré’s first three albums, Ersatz, Bichon, and Løve, have produced many hits, such as Les Limites, First Lady, Paris-Seychelles and On attendra l’hiver, and the brand new one, &, which he recorded in his family’s chalet in Saint-Martin-Vésubie, promises to be as successful, if not more. The first extract from the album, Le Lac, has been the song of the last few months, thanks to the catchy lyrics and the video, which sees Doré dancing with Pamela Anderson by a lake.

His wacky music videos also contribute to what makes the singer so popular. In Les Limites, he was boogieing with a burlesque star holding a chicken, while Catherine Deneuve made a cameo appearance on roller skates in Les Figures Imposées.

As one of the heirs of the great Serge Gainsbourg, Julien Doré is definitively keeping the tradition of colourful pop music thriving in France and his 2015 Victoire de la Musique for best artist of the year will undoubtedly be followed by many more awards.

Julien Doré plays the Palais Nikaïa in Nice on Thursday, 23rd of March 2017 at 8:00 pm. Tickets range in price from 32 € to 49 € and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or booked online.

CONTACT DETAILS
Palais Nikaïa
163, boulevard du Mercantour
06200 Nice

Tel: +33 4 92 29 31 29

Depeche Mode arrive à Nice…Tous les détails dans Riviera Buzz. Depeche Mode is coming to Nice…All the details are in Riviera Buzz.

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Some things never seem to go out of fashion and while decades may pass, Depeche Mode’s career is showing no signs of slowing down.

2017 is indeed going to be a busy year for Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher, who are not only planning to release a new record in the spring, Spirit (their 14th studio album), but also to embark on an European tour from May to July to support said album.

Definitely great news for both lifelong fans and new aficionados on the French Riviera, who will have a chance to see the UK band live when they stop at the Stade Charles Ehrmann in Nice on the 12th of May.

While we can expect to hear such classic hits as “People Are People”,Master and Servant”,Enjoy the Silence”, and “Personal Jesus”, the synthpop heavyweights will also be playing songs from their new offering, which is being produced by James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco (Foal, Artic Monkeys) and reportedly features additional programming from techno star, Matrixxman.

It will be a follow-up to their 2013’s Delta Machine, which was produced by Ben Hillier, and to their upcoming Video Singles Collection, a career-spanning anthology of music videos and comments that is due next month. Not bad for a band that has been around since 1980!

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Famous for their dark, electro sound that propelled them to global success, Depeche Mode is still one of the most influential groups in the world today, having sold more than 100 million records over the years. They have even been hailed as “the most popular electronic band the world has ever known” by Q magazine, and as “one of the greatest British pop groups of all time” by the Sunday Telegraph.

With this exciting event, the upcoming musical season in Nice is definitely off to a great start!

Depeche Mode plays the Stade Charles Ehrmann in Nice on Friday, 12th of May 2017 at 7:45pm. Tickets go on sale on the 14th of October and range in price from 62 € to 89.50 € and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or booked online.

CONTACT DETAILS
Stade Charles Ehrmann
155, boulevard du Mercantour
06200 Nice

SPEND A WONDERFUL CRAZY NIGHT WITH ELTON JOHN

Elton John et son groupe seront  à Toulon cet automne…Tous les détails sont dans Riviera Buzz. Elton John and his band will be in Toulon this fall…All the details are in Riviera Buzz.

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Elton John and his band are back in France this winter, playing their only concert in this region at the Zenith Omega in Toulon.

After releasing Wonderful Crazy Night earlier this year, the 33rd album of his long and prolific career, famed songwriter and pianist Elton John has been touring the US and Europe for much of 2016 in support of this new offering. Whilst he may perform a few new songs on stage, fans will also have a chance to hear some of his most iconic tunes such as Your Song, Crocodile Rock and Rocket Man.

The flamboyant singer remains one of the top-selling solo artists on the music scene, having sold more than 250 million records worldwide and scored 29 consecutive Top 40 Hits. Since he started his career back in 1969, Sir Elton has played over 4,000 concerts the world over, and still holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time, Candle in the Wind 1997, which sold over 37 million copies.

At 69, he shows no signs of slowing down, even though he recently declared that from here-on-in he wants to spend more time with his family. He and longtime partner David Furnish have two young sons, now 5 and 3, and this new tour is a way for the Tiny Dancer singer to thank his fans “who have been so faithful over the decades”.

Sir Elton’s band features Nigel Olson (part of the original three-piece band) on drums, Davey Johnstone (who first recorded with the singer in 1971 and joined the band a year later) on guitar, John Mahon on percussion, Kim Bullard on keyboards, and Matt Bissonette on bass.

Elton John and his band play the Zenith Omega in Toulon on Friday, 9th of December at 8:00pm. Tickets range in price from 67,50 € to 221,50 € and can be purchased in all the usual outlets or reserved online.

CONTACT DETAILS
Zénith Oméga
Boulevard Commandant Nicolas
83000 Toulon

Image courtesy Elton John website

DIVINE MUSICAL SISTER ACT IS COMING TO MONACO

La comédie musicale Sister Act arrive à Monaco! The Sister Act musical is coming to Monaco!

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Hallelujah! The musical Sister Act is finally making its way to Monaco this summer, and promises to answer the prayers of local music fans.

Based on the mega-hit 1992 film of the same name that starred Whoopi Goldberg,Sister Act follows club singer, Deloris Van Cartier, who, after witnessing a murder committed by her gangster boyfriend, is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found … a convent. There, disguised as a nurse, she first finds herself at odds with the rigid lifestyle imposed by the uptight Mother Superior, but after taking over direction of the choir, she soon discovers a sisterhood she never had before.

The action may no longer be set in 1990’s Reno, now taking place in the Philadelphia of the 1970’s, but it hasn’t lost any of the ingredients that made the movie such a success in the first place. On the contrary, with its mixture of motown beats, soul, funk and, of course, disco, it acquires a brand new and more extravagant identity that should get the audience jumping to their feet, even though the stage version features none of the numbers featured in the film.

Created in 2006, the show was first performed in California and the southern United States, before moving to London in 2009 with a cast that included Goldberg herself. With a book written by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner, lyrics by Glen Slater and music by Alan Menken, the musical was a huge hit and has since been performed in many theatres around the world.

For this new production, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, under the musical supervision of Sarah Travis, it will star Alexandra Burke, winner of the X Factor UK, who, just a few months ago reprised, to much critical acclaim, the role of the great Whitney Houston in the onstage version of The Bodyguard.

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Sister Act the Musical plays at the Salle Garnier in the Opéra de Monte-Carlo from the 16th to the 20th of August at 8:30pm. Tickets cost €70 and may be reserved online.

CONTACT DETAILS
Opéra de Monte-Carlo
(Salle Garnier)
Place du Casino
MC 98000 Monaco

All images courtesy Sister Act The Musical

LES NUITS GUITARES STRIKE ALL THE RIGHT CHORDS

Une belle alternative aux festivals de jazz de Nice and Antibes/Juan-Les-Pins cet été. A nice alternative to the jazz festivals of Nice and Antibes/Juan-Les-Pins this summer.

Les Nuits Guitares, the annual music festival in Beaulieu-sur-mer, returns this July for more finger-picking fun!

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July on the French Riviera is all about jazz, but every year the city of Beaulieu-sur-Mer likes to stand out from its neighbours by celebrating the wonderful instrument that is the guitar with Les Nuits Guitares, a festival that has attracted many of the finest players from across the world. Stephan Eicher, Patrick Bruel, Calvin Russell, Buena Vista Social Club, Joe Satriani, John Butler … since its creation in 2000, the programme has always been eclectic, and very international.

The upcoming 16th edition of Les Nuits Guitares will be no different, with a line-up that should appeal to almost any local music fan. Serbian director and winner of two Palme d’Or in Cannes, Emir Kusturica, will kick off the festivities on Thursday, 21st of July. Reuniting with his group, The No Smoking Orchestra, the cult filmmaker makes his comeback to the music scene with the soundtrack of his upcoming movie Love and Peace (starring Monica Belluci), which combines the influences of both rock and Balkan and gypsy cultures.

The following evening we have enigmatic French singer Christophe, who has been topping the charts for months with his latest album Les vestiges du chaos. At 70, the artist is nothing short of a pop legend in his native country. His rich and poetic repertoire, which spans more than five decades, includes beautifully crafted hits such as Aline, Les Marionnettes and Les Mots Bleus.

The final night belongs to singer and jazz guitarist Thomas Dutronc, son of the much beloved artist Françoise Hardy and musician/actor Jacques Dutronc. With the release of his three albums, Comme un manouche sans guitar,  Silence on tourne, on tourne en rond and Eternels jusqu’à demain, the young man has successfully managed to make a name for himself in a relatively short space of time, to become one of the leading figures of gypsy jazz.

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So, this summer, if you are looking for an alternative to the hugely popular jazzfestivals of Nice and Antibes/Juan-les-Pins, look no further. Held among olive trees in the spectacular setting of the delightful Jardin de l’Olivaie, Les Nuits Guitarespromise three great nights of music for all guitar aficionados from near and far.

Les Nuits Guitares takes place from Thursday 21st, to Saturday 23rd of July in the Jardin de l’Olivaie in Beaulieu. Tickets can be bought in all usual outlets, and may also be reserved online. Single day tickets cost from €26.20 and a three-day pass is also available, costing €61.54.

CONTACT DETAILS
Les Nuits Guitares
Le Jardin de l’Olivaie
Rue Jean Bracco
06310 Beaulieu-sur-mer

BEN HARPER REUNITES WITH THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS THIS FALL IN NICE

Ben Harper revient à Nice cet automne! Ben Harper is coming back to Nice this fall!

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals are back on the road for a new tour that sees them play Nice’s Palais Nikaïa this October.

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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals haven’t played together in nearly 10 years, but reunited in 2015 to release a new album, ‘Call It What It Is. This is Harper’s 13th offering, but only the first one with the band he helped found since 2007’s ‘Lifetime’,which was recorded in Paris.

Harper and band have always been like a family, but it seems like they needed to come full circle in their own way before being able to pick up where they left off. The American singer and songwriter threw himself into new musical adventures that included ‘Get Up’, a collaboration with harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite.

This long hiatus has definitely done them good, as this new record, released last April, radiates vitality and a new sense of purpose with its mix of blues and soulful rock ‘n’ roll.

Tackling topics such as racial profiling and police brutality (the title track is a reference to the infamous Rodney King and Michael Brown killings, starting with the line  “They shot him in the back / Now it’s a crime to be black”), gender diversity and aging, this album proves that the multiple Grammy winners are still on top of their game.

For this new tour, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will play both new and old tunes from their common repertoire, as well as some of the singer’s solo hits. Among the many fan-favorites, one can expect to hear “Burn to Shine”, “Steal My Kisses”, and “Diamonds On the Inside”, during what should definitely be one of the musical events of the fall.

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals play the Palais Nikaïa in Nice at 6pm on Sunday, 9th October. Tickets cost between 39,60 € and 49,50 € and may be purchased online and through all usual outlets.

CONTACT DETAILS
Palais Nikaïa
163, boulevard du Mercantour
06200 Nice

Picture courtesy Ben Harper website