Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Editorial: May 2016

Back to work again on the Vive le Roq blog after a few weeks that have seen me taking it a bit easier than usual, but we're back to regular service.

I've been delighted to see the traffic coming to the site has maintained the high level of the previous month, despite (or because of?) fewer posts going on the site. Our second busiest month in terms of traffic since we started, just a whisker behind the record set in March.

This month sees Christine and the Queens play in London, France's favourite female artist of the moment attracting a higher profile than any French act for quite some time.

Releases this month include the second volume of Jean Michel Jarre's Electronica project, the Heart of Noise,  featuring another batch of fascinating collaborations.

Festival season gets under way seriously this month, with events like the Art Rock festival in Saint-Brieuc running for three days from May 13. This year looks a vintage year for festivals in France, with events all summer covering a vast range of genres, featuring international acts as well as some of France's biggest names.

As always, I can be contacted on johnkilbrideAThotmailDOTcom, with the appropriate punctuation where you'd expect it to be. I'm always pleased to hear from record companies, PR companies and promoters, so do get in touch.

The blog is also on Twitter as @viveleroq or you can find me at @karnag

If you're around Facebook, remember to like the French Music Podcast UK page, where you can get regular updates with both fresh and vintage French music.

Thanks as always to the French Music Office in London and to the Institut francais in London for their help and encouragement.

Merci et à bientôt

John K

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