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!

NICE MUSIC LIVE BOASTS STELLAR LINEUP

Pour sa deuxième année, le nouveau festival, Nice Music Live, ne déçoit pas. For its second year, the new festival, Nice Music Live, doesn’t disappoint.

Good news for all music afficionados on the French Riviera, Nice Music Live is back this July with a top class lineup.

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Nice Music Live, which replaced the very popular Crazy Week, improves with each passing year, and has definitely established itself as one of the not-to-be-missed summer events on the Riviera.

This year the festival has added more dates and more artists to its lineup, offering a truly eclectic programme in a superb location – the Théâtre de Verdure and Place Masséna – over six days from the 13th to the 26th of July.

Nice Music Live will kick off on Wednesday the 13th with the Dublin-based Mexican duo, Rodrigo Y Gabriela (pictured in lead image above). With their provocative flamenco-style reinterpretations of classic heavy metal songs, they have received raves all around the world from music fans and critics.

On Thursday the 21st, it will be Maître Gims’ turn to take the stage. The Congolese-born French rapper is a member of the famous hip-hop Sexion d’Assaut, but over the last few years he has also released two very successful solo albums, Subliminaland Mon Cœur avait raison.

The following night promises an interesting mix of up-and coming artists: the German folk duo, Milky Chance, with their reggae and electronic influenced set, and the French electrop-pop musicians Broken Back, and Mayerus.

The Avener, the young Niçois who topped the charts in more than 17 countries last year with his first album, ‘The Wanderings of the Avener’ and its rework of Phoebe Kildeer’s song “Fade Out Lines”, will be the star of the night on Saturday the 23rd. He will be supported by Synapson and Silence Events.

And the momentum will continue the following night with the much-anticipated concert of the French duo Fréro Delavega and English singer-songwriter/guitarist, Julian Perretta.

Finally, after a day off, the highly popular French folk rock band, Louise Attaque, which is making a comeback this year with their fourth album, should delight the crowd with not only their new songs but also their many hits.

The festival takes place on the 13th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 26th of July. Tickets cost from €15 to €54 and can be reserved online or bought in all usual outlets.

CRAZY WEEK IS DEAD; LONG LIVE NICE MUSIC LIVE

Nouvel article pour Riviera Buzz. New article for Riviera Buzz.

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With the sad demise of the Crazy Week music festival, Ville de Nice has stepped up to the plate with a new offering – Nice Music Live.

For years, the Crazy Week Festival in Nice was the go-to event for music affcionados on the French Riviera. Thanks to a superb location – the Jardins Albert 1er -, an eclectic programme, and some big names from the music scene – Mika, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Asaf Avidan, Shaka Ponk, Skip the Use, Dionysos, Julien DoréSimple Minds – it attracted an enthusiastic audience over each of the five nights, each of the five years of its existance. But, as often happens, all good things come to an end, and after a failed crowdfunding campaign last December, the company behind the event, Ivoire Music, filed for bankruptcy.

Thankfully, the Ville deNice could not stand idly by as another festival in the region got cancelled – the Voix du Garou in Le Var had already gone silent – and decided to step in. It recently announced the creation of the first ever Nice Music Live, which will start right after the jazz festival in the hope of keeping the momentum alive.

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And for this first edition, it can boast some big international stars. Belgian singer-songwriter Selah Sue will kick off the festival on the 15th of July in the Théâtre de Verdure with her soulful voice and catchy sound. Four years after conquering European charts with her self titled debut album, the young artist is back with a sophomore record,Reason, which once again is a mixture of soul, folk, and reggae.

She will be followed on Friday by French DJ David Guetta for a night of dance music on Place Masséna. Guetta needs no introduction. After years of spinning records, he busted on the musical scene in 2009 when he teamed up with former Destiny Child star Kelly Rowland on When Love Takes Over. Since then, he has worked with numerous vocalists such as will.i.am, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg and become one of the biggest-selling artists in the world.

The last evening will be back in the Théâtre de Verdure and will feature American violinist Lindsey Sterling as well as Scottish rock band Twin Atlantic.

The festival will take place from the 15th to the 18th of July at the Théâtre de Verdure and Place Masséna. Tickets cost from €26.40 to €63.80 and are available from all the usual outlets.
All images courtesy Nice Music Live