Summer 14 Festivals Review – Paléo Festival Nyon – 22-27 July 2014



It’s time for Paléo Festival Nyon to take place once again for its 39th edition. Paléo unfolds every year in the Asse plain, just few minutes away by train from Nyon. For six days the plain transforms itself into a world apart in which music is the queen and festivalgoers the kings. The six stages, are placed in different angles of the festival: the Grande Scène (main stage), Les Arches, Le Détour, Le Dôme, Club Tent and La Rûche. However Paléo is more than a music festival, it is also an artistic, cultural and architectural festival in a sort. It hosts the “Village du Monde” a cultural village which every year changes its theme, this year it was the turn of the Andes. Beautiful and colourful triangles made out of ropes were raised in this angle of the festival to represent the South American mountain range. Le Dôme hosts this year traditional as well as modern bands coming from areas like Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. The food stalls in the Village du Monde sell typical meals from these various places like the famous empanadas. This year you could enjoy a different and exceptional view of the festival from 32m high, the top of the big wheel erected in occasion of the 10 years collaboration between HES-SO (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) and Paléo. At the foot of the wheel you can do the “Caravantour” where 15 ‘70s silver caravans propose to share knowledge through entertaining games to win tickets for the big wheel. The cultural part of Paléo is also present through a various range of food stalls, it’s always a pleasure for the palate to try out different food. There is something for every taste from Malaysian and Thai food to the typical Swiss food like fondue.

Welcoming this year 230’000 festival goers, despite the weather being a bit too British… Paléo is the biggest outdoor music festival in Switzerland.

Let’s go and have a look day by day at which bands I had the chance to see and the great discoveries I did, because Paléo is a great place to enlarge your musical and cultural baggage!


Simona @TakeMe2aConcert

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