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Posted January 31st 2012

Vive La France! 2012: Day 3

As the sun rose over Melanie Pain and Phoebe Killdeer twisting the night away at Friday’s afterparty, Day 3 was already upon us!

After a quick sleep, it was up early once more to take in all things French from experts compiled from both the UK and French Music Industry at The Green Door Store.  Informative, insightful and humorous, the assembled cast featuring French Music heavyweights, JD Beauvallet (Les Inrocks), Kieron Tyler (Mojo), and Francine Gorman (The Line of Best Fit) discussed the changing face of French Music in the media from Gainsbourg to Madeon, superbly followed up by practical advice for all those wanting to tour in France from Nigel Adams (Full Time Hobby), Jules Parker (PRS for Music) and Chloe Tolmer (Get Your Acts Together).

After briefly breaking away from the Festival to take in the sonic delights of the legendary Texan post-rockers, Explosions in the Sky, night had fallen and it was time to enter the magical Parisian world inhabited by Nouvelle Vague chanteuse, Melanie Pain.  The atmosphere in the sold out Duke of York’s Picturehouse was electric, as a solitary record player announced the beginning of a truely special evening!

A fitting finale performance was greeted by rapturous applause in between Melanie’s trademark chanson pop hits, setting the tone perfectly for Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s celebrated French cinematic masterpiece, Amelie.

For those not quite ready to wave a found farewell to the Gallic invasion, there was time for one more Afterparty at bar a vin, Plateau, in the company of Brighton’s own resident francophiles, L’amour Electronique, who were certainly not in the mood to have an early night!  Filling the dancefloor with cult French pop classics, artists and audiences alike certainly embraced the cultural entente over this whole weekend!

And with that it was time to get some well earned rest and look forward to doing it all again at Vive La France! 2013!

Don’t forget to check back here tomorrow for 2012’s hot tips from industry insiders for the next big things coming out of France!

Vive La France!