Déjà Vu - French Festival
Friday 30th September 2016
Doors 6:00 pm
Price £5 - £20
30 September 2016
Pre-sale £5 + booking fee (all access excepct Bom Banes)
£20 + booking fee (selling fast) given full access to all venues, includes dinner at Bom-Banes, contact: [email protected]
Tickets are also available via Ticketweb, Seetickets and Resident.
Melting Vinyl introduces to you a Kemp Town-based French Festival happening in beloved spaces around the area, featuring live music, film, food and art all French-based!
Live music comes from some of the most interesting new French acts around, including French chanson with a contemporary twist Laura Cahen; artist and producer Remi Parson who creates dreamy, drum machine-based synth-pop; Arlt a duo who make ambiguous love songs dotted with radiant melodies and poetic dissonances; more to be announced.
Bom Banes is a special space, combining some of the best entertainment and food in the area, all in a terrace house. Arlt will be playing their set here after some delicious French food has been served, brought together between courses with songs from Les Cygnes d’Argent.
Wheat & Beans is a wonderful cafe on St. James’s street which never stops buzzing with cafe culture and amazing food. Make sure to pop by this venue for more live performances from our acts above.
The Verdict is a well-known down-to-earth jazz hangout where they will be hosting and finishing off the festival with experimental film and performances from 12am deep into the night.
Dressing up in a French way, wherever your imagination takes you, is actively encouraged!
More events and details throughout the night are to be announced very soon, but here’s a taster of who we have so far:
Laura Cahen wowed audiences with her performances at this year’s Great Escape Festival – if you saw her you’ll want to be there again, and if you didn’t, then you’re in for a treat!
Rémi Parson is a London based French pop artist who delivers simple minimalistic but incredibly effective synth pop crossing any language barriers with ease. His first solo effort (he also plays in Electrophönvintage and The Sunny Street), “Précipitations”, released in January on Objet Disque, is a tremendous and dramatic album that speaks to the heart, the body and the soul.
Garance Louis, extrovert, eccentric composer, singer and accordionist from Perpignan, rural France, has found a fresh and new way of interpreting the French Chanson tradition with a drop of South American style. Her music is a mixture of Tom Waits, Edith Piaf and Frank Zappa, with the melancholy of an alternative cinematic songwriting. Garance has appeared in the bars and street corners of her adoptive London for 6 years, touring Europe and beyond, always surrounded by the most curiously talented musicians she can find (solo performance tonight).
Tiger Lion is the project of French-born, London/Brighton-based Clémentine Blue. It is an experiment in musical instinct – raw, global, tribal – overlaid with Clémentine’s luscious vocals.
She returns this autumn with her new project “The Moon Inside Me”, check out her latest track “In Darkness” and music video premiering over on The Line of Best Fit here: http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/new-music/discovery/tiger-lion-in-darkness
Arlt’s music, simultaneously baroque and minimal, recalls antique french troubadours, old Brigitte Fontaine records, a fried country blues blurred by geographical distance, the protorock’n’roll of imaginary pioneers, the medievialish melodies of Moondog and the dervishlike qualities of rebetiko 78rpm’s.
Film: Les Invisbles (2012) – an award-winning documentary with music by Jocelyn Pook where older gay men and lesbians speak frankly about their pioneering lives, their fearless decision to live openly in France at a time when society rejected them (in French with English subtitles).
Have a look at our blog post to help you make the most of your evening!