Paléo Festival de Nyon, usually just
called Paléo, started in a small way
in 1976 as the Nyon Folk Festival.
It was differently located, near the
Lake Geneva and had only two stages.
But today it is the second biggest
open-air music festival in mainland
Europe, after the Sziget Festival.
Today this event has grown to
include internationally known
artists. It has also moved towards
the plaine de L'Asse, accessible
either by walking, bus or the Chemin
de fer Nyon-St-Cergue-Morez
festival lasts six end-July days,
from Tuesday to Sunday and the final
main stage concert is preceded by a
great firework display with music.
Since its start, 3.5 million
spectators and 2500 artists have
been part of the Paléo Festival (as
of the 2005 edition). Each year,
more than 200 concerts and shows are
on offer to the 230,000 members of
the public who fill the Festival’s
84-hectare Asse site (car parks
included), situated above the town
To this day, over 5 million people
have contributed to this unwavering
popular success. For more than ten
years, the Festival has been sold
out before it even started and
enjoys an ever-growing reputation.
This year, Paléo Festival is teaming
up with Nai Qala, a charity founded
in 2007 and which helps build
schools and dispensaries in
Afghanistan. This non-governmental
organisation will be presenting its
activities, all of which aim to
deliver health and educational
support to some of the most remote
regions of Afghanistan.
Chao, Franz Ferdinand, M83, The
Cure, Justice Live, Dionysos, Bon
Iver, Sting, Stephan Eicher, Caravan
Palace, Chinese Man, Lenny Kravitz,
Rodrigo Y Gabriela and C.U.B.A.,
Imany, Irma, C2C,Garbage, Bloc
Party, The Kooks, The Kills, David
Guetta, Roger Hodgson, French
Chanson, Hubert-Félix Thiéfaine,
Camille, Bénabar, Thomas Dutronc,
Village du Monde, Omar Souleyman,
Natacha Atlas, Trio Joubran, Ibrahim
Maalouf, Avishai Cohen, Balkan Beat
Box, Groundation, Raggasonic,
OrelSan, 1995, Theophilus London.