Day 4 – Saturday June 4th
Le Roi Angus
Le Roi Angus is a band from Geneva whose sound is mainly indie pop sung in French. The singer is dressed pretty smart, wearing also a tie. The music is slower than what I had imagined but the audience’s response is great. Witty lyrics and colourful sounds create a great atmosphere.
7.30pm-8.15pm, Grande Scène
Hip hop artist Nneka sings very political texts which make you reflect on many things. It’s a thoughtful hip hop and touches the audience deeply. She also has a great voice and is engaging with the public. Nneka plays at Caribana with her own band bringing colourful sounds of hope in her sad lyrics.
8.15pm-9.15pm, Scène du lac
Puts Marie are one of the best Swiss rock bands around. The singer may seem to act weirdly on stage but that makes him definitely an interesting artist. The music the band plays is amazing, they can easily switch from rock to art-punk, like when the singer talks into the special microphone. There’s also a touch of bohème and there is definitely a bit of everything in the sound, which is hard to forget. Worth keeping an ear on Puts Marie!
9.15pm-10.30pm, Grande Scène
When James Morrison comes on stage it feels pretty weird because I had never noticed his resemblance with Chris Martin of Coldplay. But that’s another story!
His warm black voice is enchanting and clashes with the rock clothes he wears. He is accompanied by his band, among whom there are two female vocalists. One of the highlights of the gig is when he sings “Broken Strings” with his vocalist Stephanie B., where their amazing voices are intertwined.
He’s great with the audience recounting anecdotes and asking them to sing along to the song. He comes back and does an encore which includes “Undiscovered” and “Give me something”. Old songs which left a mark in each of us.
11.30pm-1am, Grande Scène
The stage is nicely set up with fake leaves hanging down from the microphones, fake green grass on stage and everything’s looking pretty hippy. When the band comes in, dressed all in white with large clothes you cannot avoid thinking about the 60s and ABBA. The singer is in the middle of the two female vocalists, a brunette and a blond one. At a certain point during the gig they release a few giant and colourful beach balloons with “Crystal Fighters” written on them so that the audience starts playing with them.
The band plays a hypnotizing folk rock which makes the audience dance like crazy. The synths are mixed with riffs, vocalises and the effect is surprising and colourful. You just need to jump on the hippy train and try not to get off before the concert ends!
Caribana Festival 2016 ended with the Saturday for me, it was a great one so thank you to the organizers for inviting all these amazing artists! And of course see you next year! 😉
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