So Frenchy So Chic, our favourite French festival returns to Melbourne and Sydney this January with a wonderful line-up of French artists.
Among the programme. you will find both artists that you’ve seen and heard of before as well as those that you have not.
Melbourne kicks of the festival on 12 January and it ends in Sydney on 18 January.
So Frenchy So Chic is the occasion for you to enjoy the sounds, tastes, conviviality and culture of France without the airline ticket and the jetlag (damn you jetlag!)
Plus in 2020, So Frenchy So Chic will have new food partners to bring you even more French delicacies than before.
Artists returning to So Frenchy So Chic
Lou Doillon, who greatly impressed us at So Frenchy So Chic in 2016 returns to Australia for So Frenchy So Chic 2020. She also has a wonderful new album to share. Her music, in English is a sort of poetry. We listended to her previous album Lay Low on repeat and we are already starting to do the same with her latest Soliloquy. If her name is familiar but you don’t know her music, it could be because she is the daughter of Jane Birkin and director Jacques Doillon.
Also making a comeback to So Frenchy So Chic 2020 will be Nouvelle Vague. This group is very well known in France for its contemporary music. They are as well known for their own songs as they are for their covers such as ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ (Joy Division), ‘Guns of Brixton’ (The Clash) and ‘The Killing Moon’ (Echo & The Bunnymen).
They have also had an impressive list of guest lead singers, including Camille, Mélanie Pain et Vanessa Paradis.
This will be their third time at SFSC! Come and celebrate their 15 years!
A little rebel with a lot of charisma and sparkle is Corine, one of the most popular artists in France at the moment. She brings a mix of style, substance and French electro-disco. Crowds are falling for her over and over.
In a nod to the glamour queens of the 70s and 80s, Corine would be well at home in the legendary Parisian nightclubs of the time with her unique brand of disco érotique. You are guaranteed to get up on your feet, dancing with her.
Named the Ben Harper of France, Tété, a Frenchman born in Senegal, mixes folk, blues, pop et la chanson française. So Frenchy So Chic claims that he is one of the most soulful artists it has programmed to date.
Having started his career in the bars and clubs of Paris and singing on corners at metro exits, Tété is a real treat to see live. He moves audiences with his touching tone, his unbelievable falsetto and his stage presence which is both modest and touching. The team at So Frenchy So Chic think you’re going to fall in love with this self-described troubadour.
GOTAN PROJECT (DJ SET)
If you’ve been into any Parisian style café in the last decade, anywhere in the world, you would have most likely heard the sweet melodies of Gotan Project. Think a sort of French electronica tango, bossa nova, jazz. Based in Paris, these artists truly are music pioneers. They are credited with having forged a new genre which defined an era for world music lovers.
Co founder and discophile, Philippe Cohen Solal will close So Frenchy So Chic will a DJ set which promises to finish your day with a healthy dose of Parisian culture, panache and world music.
We challenge you to try not to dance to Gotan Project’s music. You’re going to find it hard!
The So Frenchy So Chic festival will celebrate its 9th birthday in 2020. So Frenchy So Chic gives you the atmosphere of a French provincial festival complete with space for your picnics (you can bring your own, pre-order a hamper or choose from the many foods on offer on the day). It’s a festival where you can both relax on the grass or get up and danse on the dance floor.
As always, there will be stalls selling cocktails and games. Try your hand at some pétanque. And being a family friendly festival, there are also plenty of children’s activities including face painting, flower crown stands and games for young and old. What’s more children under 12 enter for free with an adult.
Taste the flavours of France with delicacies created by restaurant partners. Cheese platters, charcuterie, raclette, crepes, mussels, oysters, artisinal pastries await you and much more.
And if you’re thirsty, you can choose from cocktails, beers as well as the best French wines and of course champagne.
Picnic hampers can be pre-ordered online when you purchase your tickets.
WHERE AND WHEN?
So Frenchy So Chic 2020
Melbourne: Sunday 12 January, Werribee Park
Sydney: Saturday 18 January, Bicentennial Park Glebe
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