Our favourite French festival returns to Melbourne and Sydney in February: So Frenchy So Chic 2022. The ultimate summer garden party with French music past and present is the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon. 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of So Frenchy So Chic.
Leave the lockdowns behind, raise a glass of bubbly and dance the day away to the best of French music past and present — the So Frenchy So Chic dance floor is ready and waiting!
Celebrate la liberté with plenty of fine food and wine, sunshine, live music, and great company at So Frenchy So Chic 2022 next February.
WHO’S PLAYING AT SO FRENCHY SO CHIC 2022?
The line-up was announced and tickets went on sale this morning and we are excited!
Mick Harvey & the Intoxicated Men Present The Songs of Serge Gainsbourg Prolific musician Mick Harvey is not only the co-founder and guitarist of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and PJ Harvey band member, but also a producer and soundtrack composer in his own right.
He’ll bring the songs of French icon Serge Gainsbourg to the SFSC stage, ably supported by J.P. Shilo, Dan Luscombe, Glenn Lewis, Hugo Cran, Xanthe Waite and a melodic string section. READ OUR REVIEW OF THE SONGS OF SERGE GAINSBOURG SHOW AT ADELAIDE FRINGE HERE
Féfé x Cookin’ on 3 Burners The beloved French-Nigerian singer-rapper Féfé (read our interview with him from 2017 here) is set to steal a new generation of hearts at So Frenchy So Chic 2022, supported by Melbourne funk heroes Cookin’ on 3 Burners.
Lili Alaska Born in the French Alps, up-and-coming French-Australian singer, songwriter and producer Lili Alaska already has an EP and three singles to her name at the tender age of 17. She is set to charm the crowd as our opening act this year with her own unique sound, and is currently working on a first album with award winning producer Dean Tuza (The Rubens, Stella Donnelly, MOSSY).
So Frenchy So Chic DJs
MELBOURNE: One of Melbourne’s finest DJs, Mike Guerreri, will spin everything from ‘60s jazz and chanson through to ‘70s disco and soul, ‘80s boogie, ‘90s hip-hop and house plus the latest dance floor-ready French tunes at Werribee Mansion.
SYDNEY: Alchemy, aka DJ Frank Rodi, is back for a special SFSC performance in Sydney’s Bicentennial Park, playing the best party tunes including plenty of French touch classics.
BOTH CITIES: So Frenchy So Chic Festival Founder Jean-François Ponthieux will make a rare appearance behind the decks himself with a selection traversing the best of French funk, disco, pop and new wave.
The YÉ-YÉ 2.0 Project
The YÉ-YÉ 2.0 project, conceived by Jean-François Ponthieux sees a diverse range of Australian female artists perform new interpretations of some of the most iconic music in French pop: the music of the Yé-Yé.
What is Yé-Yé?
Yé-Yé was not just a genre but a subculture in its own right which was extremely popular in the swinging 60s. It was famous for the sultry, nonchalant French twist it put on the rock ‘n’ roll sounds emerging from the UK and USA.
In a never-before-heard French-Australian collaboration, some of Australia’s finest artists including Montaigne, Ali Barter, Ainslie Wills, Tina Arena, Odette, Gretta Ray, Woode and Ngaiire have put their own spin on the Yé-Yé sound in a series of EPs produced by multi-ARIA nominated producer Alice Ivy and mixed by legendary sound engineer John Castle.
Released on the 12th of November, YÉ-YÉ 2.0 EP001 is now available on Apple Music, Spotify and other streaming services.
Ali Barter and Nadeah, will perform these enchanting songs live at So Frenchy So Chic 2022.
FOOD & WINE & CHAMPAGNE AT SO FRENCHY SO CHIC 2022!
So Frenchy So Chic 2022 will be a wholly catered and licensed event with food provided by some of Sydney and Melbourne’s best French eateries.
So Frenchy So Chic 2022 Melbourne: Food providers include Frédéric Bistro, the latest gem in the Reymond family crown, famous fromagerie Milk The Cow, Michelin restaurant-trained and much-loved Melbourne chef Romu, and Prahran’s favourite French restaurant L’Hôtel Gitan.
So Frenchy So Chic 2022 Sydney: Food is catered by Bellevue Cottage, headed up by Antoine Moscovitz, who trained under Alain Ducasse and was formerly private chef to House of Roederer Cristal Champagne. Expect haute cuisine in a relaxed setting, plus charcuterie hampers from Rosebery French eatery, Frenchies.
Gourmand Picnic hampers are available for pre-order in both locations. An ambiance de marché will be created by food stalls on site selling everything from oysters, lobster rolls, croque monsieur and pissaladière through to crème brûlée and crêpes.
Champagne Lanson, one of the oldest Champagne Houses, will be poured alongside a curated selection of French wines and cocktails.
NEW TICKET OFFERING: PREMIĖRE PIQUE-NIQUE
In addition to the usual general admission ticket, So Frenchy So Chic 2022 has a new offering: Premiėre Pique-Nique.
Available in limited numbers for groups of 10, this new offering includes:
- styled picnic décor for 10 guests (including any children over 12 months) with low-seated wooden tables,
- French-themed rugs and cushions,
- Market umbrella for shade and prime location
- fresh flowers and table decorations
- 2 bottles of Lanson champagne
- 2 charcuterie hampers
- 2 cheese hampers
KEY INFO FOR SO FRENCHY SO CHIC 2022
WHAT? So Frenchy So Chic 2022, the ultimate garden party with French music, French food, French wine and champagne
WHEN AND WHERE?
MELBOURNE: Sunday 13th of February 2022 11:15 AM – 08:30 PM,
Werribee Park Mansion
SYDNEY: Saturday 19th of February 2022 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM,
Bicentennial Park, Glebe
Purchase your tickets via the So Frenchy So Chic 2022 website: https://www.sofrenchysochic.com/
Ticket prices are as follows (exclusive of booking fee):
- Single tickets $84 pp
- Groups 6+ $80 pp
- Premiere Pique-Nique groups 10+ $199pp
Have you been to So Frenchy So Chic before? Will you attend So Frenchy So Chic 2022?