So Frenchy So Chic 2022 is happening and tickets are on sale today!

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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. 

Mick Harvey Intoxicated Man So Frenchy So Chic 2022

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.   

Cooking on 3 burners - So Frenchy So Chic 2022
Image: Cooking on 3 burners website

 

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).  

Lili Alaska - So Frenchy So Chic 2022
Image: Lili Alaska’s website

 

So Frenchy So Chic DJs  

Mike Gurrieri DJ
Image: Facebook: Mike Gurrieri

 

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. 

 

 

Jean-Francois Ponthieux Founder of So Frenchy So Chic
Image: SFSC website

 

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. 

 

Nadeah - So Frenchy So Chic 2022
Image: Nadeah’s Facebook page

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. 

 

Ali Barter - So Frenchy So Chic 2022
Image: Ali Barter’s Facebook Page

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. 

Image: Rachel Yabsley

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.

Lanson Champagne

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

HOW?

Purchase your tickets via the So Frenchy So Chic 2022 website: https://www.sofrenchysochic.com/ 

HOW MUCH?

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?

 

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Piaf & Brel: the impossible concert at Adelaide Fringe

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Piaf & Brel: the impossible concert is a new show to appear at Adelaide Fringe 2020 and even though it was the first I’ve seen for the season, it is guaranteed to be a highlight of the French music performances at this year’s Fringe. 

Piaf & Brel: the impossible concert

Canadian Melanie Gall, discovered by Emma Knights, who is putting on a number of shows at the Adelaide Fringe, while performing in Edinburgh last year, performs songs of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel in this charming one hour performance. Melanie Gall encourages audience participation by way of sing-along right from the start. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her passion for singing these songs of Piaf and Brel but also for performing generally is evident. 

 

Why is the concert impossible you might ask? Well of course it’s not possible in today’s times as both Piaf and Brel have long passed but even at the time that they were alive, it was impossible because Piaf and Brel never sung together. In fact, they did not even meet. 

 

Dressed in a sparkly dress, a bargain which Melanie tells us she loves but is having her at times coughing on sequins, Melanie opens the show with the well known Piaf song “Milord”. Having opened with. A Piaf song that is well known Melanie then moves into a lesser known, but equally enjoyable, Piaf song “Parasoles”. 

 

Melanie is humorous. Telling us about Brel’s poor luck trying to break it into the singing world. Telling us that he entered the equivalent of Belgium idol, for example where he reached 27th place out of a total of 28 contestants. 

 

Brel songs featured in performance include his famous “Ne Me Quitte Pas” along with songs showing his Belgian roots “Bruxelles” and his amusing “Valse a Mille Pas”, an extremely fast song which Melanie performed perfectly – I was wondering when she would need to take a breath!.

 

Melanie punctuated songs with stories either about the artists or about herself, including that she was opera trained, that she had five opera degrees and that she completed the last of those five degrees just before the GFC hit which led to many many of the opera companies closing down! 

 

Melanie Gall told us that she has performed the show Piaf and Brel the impossible concert all over the world including in Edinburgh where she was found and hand-picked by Emma to come to Adelaide, for the Prince of Cambodia and at a nudist resort. 

 

Melanie Hall’s stage presence was one characterised by enthusiasm, humour, audience interaction and a powerful voice – her opera training was quite evident when she reached high soprano like notes and held them for a significant period of time. Perhaps the only fault to find would be that such a strong voice, perhaps did not need the microphone at all times. Unfortunately, in the intimate space of the Jade, it at times felt that Melanie was screaming into the microphone rather than her voice being showcased in the best possible way. 

 

Melanie correctly points out that the songs of Piaf and Brel do not always accurately reflect their lives. Brel, for example sings love songs. One would assume therefore that perhaps he had been in love and had stayed faithful. Not the case. One of his most famous songs “Ne me quitte pas” was written not for his wife, but for his mistress. 

 

Similarly Brel sings of old lovers. But having died at the age of 49. He never got to be old. Piaf died aged 48 and a half. Neither she nor Brel saw out there 50th birthday. 

 

Piaf and Brel: the impossible concert is a charming ode to the songs that are known by many. It also allows the audience to discover some songs that they previously did not know. Some lesser known songs by the artists. 

 

We have Melanie’s opera training, yes, to thank for her love of singing and her singing talents. But it was her desire to have a free meal in the Port of Spain, Trinidad to thank for her finding the songs of Piaf and Brel, with which she has continued to this day. As a result, we thank that French restaurant in the Port of Spain, Trinidad and a hungry Melanie Gall for Piaf & Brel: the impossible concert. 

 

As a side note it is interesting that Melanie pronounces her French perfectly but tells us that while she is Canadian, she is not Francophone Canadian even though she went to a French immersion school. 

 

Piaf and Brel: the impossible concert is a fabulous opportunity to see an international artist performing well-known French songs and to also find some lesser-known songs. 

 

🥐🥐🥐🥐 4 CROISSANTS

Matilda Marseillaise was a guest of Adelaide Fringe

 

You can see Piaf & Brel: the impossible concert at The Jade at 8:30pm Monday 24 February and at 3:30pm on Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 March.

 

Tickets cost between $20 and $29 depending on which performance date you attend and can be purchased at:

https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/piaf-and-brel-the-impossible-concert-af2020 

 

To read about other French linked shows at Adelaide Fringe 2020, click here

 

What’s your favourite Edith Piaf or Jacques Brel song?

 

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