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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So Frenchy So Chic 2022

So Frenchy So Chic returns to Melbourne and Sydney this Summer

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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.

MUSIC

 

Artists returning to So Frenchy So Chic

Lou Doillon

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. 

 

Nouvelle Vague

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!

 

New artists

 

Corine

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. 

 

 

Tété

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!

 

LA FÊTE

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.

LE MENU

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

 

Buy your tickets via the following links:

MELBOURNE

SYDNEY

 

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