MAMA FESTIVAL 2016
120 CONCERTS, 12 VENUES
Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th, Friday 14th of October
Paris – Pigalle / Montmartre
120 concerts in 3 days, in the heart of Paris, have you ever seen anything like this?
12 emblematic venues of the red light district of Paris, all very close to each other, for you to wander from concerts to concerts, discover new music and enjoy the thrilling energy of Pigalle and Montmartre.
A beautiful mix of French and international artists, established or new comers, rock, pop, electronic, folk, hip-hop, and pretty much every other genre.
Gaspard Royant 7.15 PM – 8.00 PM
After laying the foundations with his take on elegant, vintage rock ’n’ roll, the French crooner shifts into second gear with an album running on Northern Soul sounds and Edwyn Collins riding shotgun. Vroom-vroom!
Bridging the glory days of The Kinks and The Smiths, Gaspard Royant is a walking anachronism. But it would be simplistic to define him as a well-versed 60s aficionado, even if his light penchant for dandyism does suggest that period. Any lessons he may have learned from the past are simply absorbed into his ultramodern energy.
Rock will never die. Our apologies, but that four-letter word still sums it up best. Gaspard Royant draws on the genre to generate a vital, infectious energy; a blend of timeless essences that spreads the joy and fills us with the urge to dance (and and work up a sweat too).
Nouvelle Vague 8.30 PM -9.15 PM
A new album comprised of punk and post punk standards imbued with the inimitable Nouvelle Vague touch, and, for the first time, a bevy of surprising Collin/Libaux which prove that the two producers are more than prodigious arrangers.
Reworked versions of Nouvelle Vague classics, recorded with traditional live musicians along the way during the last few years’ tours l: In A Manner of Speaking with a Cuban band from Tampa, Killing Moon in a Mexican mariachi lilt, Ever Fallen in Love with Indian instruments – proving once more that these songs can be stretched and molded into any genre, in the same way as the Beatles or Bacharach repertoires.
For the first time, remixes by Dream Koala, Caravan Palace and a number of other surprises.
Biga*Ranx 9.45 PM – 10.30 PM
With 3 albums released to date, a noteworthy appearance in Le Petit Journal, sold out gigs at L’Olympia, La Cigale and Le Bataclan and more than 500 shows in France and Europe (Solidays, Printemps de Bourges, Dour Festival…); Biga*Ranx, the prodigal son of French ragga-dub, is back on the road for his 2016 tour.
Definitively unclassifiable, he brilliantly blends all the music he likes creating his own atmosphere full of energy. A new style in between reggae and ambient hip-hop, rub-a-lounge as he calls it.