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Play that funky rock, jazz, reggae, didge…

One of the (many) reasons I organised my move to France in mid-June 2011 was so that I wouldn’t miss the annual Fête de la Musique on June 21st. Funnily enough (or not), I did miss it, thanks to the torrential rain and thunderstorms we had! 2012, however, worked out.

As the name suggests, the Fête de la Musique is an all day and all night musical extravaganza, with amateur and professional musicians playing on the street/in bars/in métro stations all over the country. I ran around Lyon like a crazy lady, trying to take it all in. There were break dancers, an alternative marching band, three-piece rockers tucked away in tiny corners, pipe-playing Native Americans and even a didge player!

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Even better – all the gigs are free!


Les Enfoirés – nicer than they sound

There’s a charity in France called Les Restaurants du Coeur. It was started in the mid-eighties by a comedien called Coluche and it feeds the needy.

Coluche and his charity.

Each year, there’s huge concerts put on by a mix of celebrities – singers, comediens, groups, athletes and our very own Tina Arena. Collectively, they’re known as ‘Les Enfoirés’ or ‘The Bas***ds.’ All funds raised from the concerts and associated merchandise go to the charity. This year, the concerts are in Lyon and there’s 7 of them.

This song is #3 on the charts at the moment. Have a listen – you’ll know it – and see how many people you recognise. Spotto Tina, and the coach of the French football team playing conductor!

Tickets aren’t numbered for the concerts. Seats are first in, best dressed so les Lyonnaises can be seen lining up outside Halle Tony Garnier from early in the morning for an 8pm show (it’s true – Sim and I saw the line en route to the physio). It’s -6° today, and only getting colder!

Perhaps it’s to give a little taste of life for the less fortunate on days like today.


Et les hommes

Australian music in France is quite eclectic – INXS are on the radio most days, Midnight Oil not so much, and the new breed is coming through too! You can hear Gotye (perhaps because he was born in Belgium), Temper Trap, and Angus and Julia Stone even sing part of  ‘And The Boys’ in French here – Et Les Hommes. Have a listen.


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