Here’s everything you need to know about the festival of new French music that takes place this week in Shoreditch…
Oh, a French festival? Wall-to-wall Edith Piaf, then?
Steady on – there’s much more to French music than ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’. This is a nation that’s given us great singer song writers like Serge Gainsbourg and Charles Aznavour, and electronic pioneers including Air, Daft Punk, Jean-Michelle Jarre, and… well, David Guetta – but no country’s perfect.
So who’ll be the next Gallic superstar to infiltrate the Anglosphere?
No idea – but you might find out at Ooh La La. This international celebration of contemporary French music touches down at Village Underground next week after several successful events in North America. Nine top French acts are crossing the Channel to show us their stuff.
Fauve, an enigmatic Parisian band who are massive in France thanks to their disaffected, hyperpoliticised brand of post-rock. They’re supported by glitchy electronicist Petit Fantôm and psychedelic group Moodoïd on Monday October 21.
C’est chic. What else?
The next night is dedicated to chanson, featuring French indie mainstay Dominique A, Rove (sounds like David Bowie, looks like Gérard Depardieu) and beguiling Haitian singer Melissa Laveaux. Then, on Thursday October 24, Lescop makes clean, clever synth-pop in the headline slot, with electronic duo Tomorrow’s World (featuring half of Air and half of NYPC) and the emotive bilingual pop of Christine And The Queens also on the bill.
Sounds hyper-cool to me.
Bien sûr, whether you’re looking to impress people with your Francophile cultural knowledge or just hang out with east London’s hefty population of young, trendy French émigrés. Buy a ticket – you won’t regrette it.
THE BOTTOM LINE Never mind Guetta – here’s something better. James Manning
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