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Posted January 28th 2012

Vive La France! 2012: Day 1

We’ve officially got the French Fever here at Melting Vinyl HQ!

After months of gazing over the channel, the time came for the Vive La France invasion!

Day 1 kicked off with our very own French Connection, Les Zuts at the Green Door Store. As regular festival goers will know, no Vive La France! opening night would be complete with Brighton’s laid back Chanson outfit, and the packed crowd were not disappointed!

As The Green Door Store became packed to the rafters, the mesmerizing Mesparrow took to the stage to show why she is a creative force to be reckoned with in 2012!

And the capacity crowd was treat to something really special by festival favourite, Francois & the Atlas Mountains.  After picking up so much acclaim for their latest release in the last week, the audience moved as one to their captivating fusion of Afrobeat, French Pop/Folk and Chanson.

But the entertainment didn’t stop there! Not by a long way!

Over at The Hope, drawn in be the allure of prolific French tastemaker JD the DJ (Les Inrocks), audiences were treated to the first UK performance from Air Bag One, who proved to everyone in the crowd why The Maccabees were right to personally select them to go on their European tour!

But what was next in store? Only a performance from one of the hottest acts to be featured on a Hollywood soundtrack, College!

You’re thinking that the Gallic treats ended there? No Siree!

Approved by legendary French Label, Kitsune, Polarsets performed a blistering set to a packed venue to cap off a memorable night at The Hope.

Following their set at The Green Door Store, Francois & the Atlas Mountains led the crowd to Plateau for an intimate (a very late night) Afterparty, and personally ensuring that everyone filled the dancefloor to their eclectic blend of Afrobeat and French Pop from the Ages!

As the sun threatened to come over the horizon it was time for bed, as after all this was only Day 1 of Vive La France! 2012!

For more info on Vive La France! 2012 and tickets for other shows please click here.