Monday, 1 August 2016

Editorial: August 2016

It's been a quiet couple of weeks here in terms of posts, but we're refreshed following a summer break and ready to write about French music more than ever.

Last month saw festival season at its peak, and the there's been plenty of inetresting releases. But above all this comes the massive success of Christine and the Queens in the UK, with France's favourite act reaching (so far) number two in the UK charts.

Tilted has been one of the big songs in the past few months, with appearances at Glastonbury and Latitude festival over the summer cementing her position. The UK's not the first country to fall for her, she's been a major star in France for a while now, but it must be particularly rewarding for an artist who was so inspired by London to be so successful here.

It's been quite a journey for her since we first wrote about her playing at the Great Escape festival in Brighton a few years ago. A tour later this year with dates across the UK are something to really look forward to.

Meanwhile, last month saw a bit of a record for us, with the number of visitors to the site reaching over 10,000 in one month for the first ever time. Thanks for your support. We've come a long way since we got a few dozen visitors a month in 2010.

There's more coming this month, with the summer festivals continuing, August seeing Rock en Sein in Paris and the Route du Rock in St Malo among them.

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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