Friday, 21 June 2013
Appropriate to see the announcement today - being the day of the Fête de la Musique in France - of a festival later this year bringing some of france's finest music acts to the UK.
The OohLaLA! festival on October 12.22 and 24 sees three nights of acts at the Village Underground in east London, with some great acts already confirmed.
So far Dominique A, Lescop and ≠ FAUVE, along with Christine and The Queens and The Quietus DJs have been revealed, with more acts and special collaborations to be announced.
I've featured several of these acts in the blog over the years, and it certainly looks a great opportunity to catch some great acts we rarely get the chance to see in the UK.
Dominique A has been active since the 90s, his most recent album vers Les Lueurs released last year, and along the way he's acquired the reputation of being one of France's most visionary singer songwriters.
Lescop, meanwhile, should also be no stranger to regular visitors to this blog. He released his debut album in the UK this month, having already blown audiences away in France since it came out there late last year. He played in London to mark the album's UK release, it's great to see him return again.
As for ≠ FAUVE they're one of France's most innovative acts in recent years, presenting an assuredly modern soundtrack to these tense times.
Christine and the Queens have features here in the past couple of weeks with the release of her Nuit 17 à 52 EP, having appeared at the Great Escape event in Brighton in May.
An impressive and exciting line-up so far, with more still to come.
Although it's the first time it's been held in London, the OohLaLA! festival was founded in 2009 by Sylvain Taillet, the head of A&R for French label Barclay/Universal Music France. It began in LA, and expanded to San Franciso, New York and Montréal as s showcase for French artists and previous years have seen acts like Sebastien Tellier, Kavinsky, Brodinski and François and The Atlas Mountains.
Tickets for the event are available from July 1
La Session de LESCOP dans Le RDV de Laurent... by franceculture