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WEATHER FESTIVAL PARIS 2015: not just a festival – a complete musical immersion
A few days ago, on the same boat that hosts the famous Concrète parties, was held the press conference of the Weather Festival’s third edition. After Montreuil’s Convention Centre and Le Bourget airport, it’s now in the middle of the bois de Vincennes, in a 100 000 square meters area – that thousands of festival goers will vibrate to the BPM rhythm. For the music lovers coming from all around the globe’s greatest pleasure, the festival will be a week and a half long this year, from May the 27th to June the 7th. Various satellite events will run during the first week of the festival, called “OFF”, before the much-awaited main events that will take place from the 4th to the 7th of June.
A festival more ambitious by the year
In 2013, 23 000 people attended the festival’s first edition. The number rose to 35 000 in 2014 and this year, the organizers believe there will be around 50 000 people, which means that Weather is now the biggest festival in Paris. Expect a huge chill-out area and food-truck space that will be just as big. Speaking of, you better have your taste buds prepared for an adventure, as the food there will be at the festival’s image: international. The decoration will also be more elaborated than in the previous editions and there will be more stalls and activities. As for the artists, they will be dispatched on five different stages: 2 main stages, 2 side stages and the big novelty of this third edition: a ‘Surprize’ stage, more experimental, dedicated to live performances based on modular systems.
Musically-wise, you’ll be mind-blown. As usual, Brice Coudert – Concrete and Weather’s artistic director – concocted us a fantastic line-up, worthy of the world’s best festivals. Big names such as Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Len Faki and Nina Kraviz who had already been booked on the two previous editions, will once again join the party. The festival’s organizers are all the more thrilled to welcome for the first time Jeff Mills – one of the founding fathers of techno music – and other great artists such as Josh Wink, the amazing Pépé Bradock, Robag Wruhme, Mr. G.
“NEW”, the keyword of this year’s edition
For the first time ever in France, Detroit legend Derrick May will be escorted by Francesco Tristano, Dzijan Emin and… a philharmonic orchestra, for an opening concert that promises to be unforgettable. A hybrid project mixing electronic and classical music that you absolutely cannot miss. Weather Festival also encourages unexpected collaborations, whether in DJ set and or live. Among the ones we can’t wait to see: Collabs, one of techno legend Speedy J‘s collaboration projects, in association with Chris Liebing, Perbec (Mark Broom & Baby Ford) and Mandar (Lazare Hoche, Malin Génie & S.A.M) who will give the audience an exceptional live performance. The experimental stage will bring to the forefront those “crazy music scientists”, given the disconcerting facility with which they control the modular systems. Among them, Steevio, In Aeternam Vale and made in UK techno genius Blawan, who will present his brand new live performance. We even heard that Concrete resident S3A is preparing his very first live for the occasion. Having a hard time hiding your excitement? That’s alright, so do we!
A total musical immersion thanks to the “OFF” week
An entire week will be dedicated to satellite events. On the menu: the projection of Jacqueline Caux’s movie “Man From Tomorrow” with Jeff Mills behind the soundtrack, some debates and conferences about the software programs Ableton Live and Modul 8, some crazy parties in Paris’ most emblematic nightclubs (Machine du Moulin Rouge, Batofar, Badamoum…), the MINI Weather – for the kids – which was a big hit last year. After all, it’s never too early to start listening to techno music 😉 Icing on the cake, more new stuff, with live performances from Sergie Rezza (DJ Deep & Roman Poncet) and Voices From The Lake – the project that gathers two extremely talented Italian producers: Donato Dozzy and Neel – to name only a few.
Only six weeks to go. Let the count-down begin!
If you’re still hesitating on whether to go or not, the event’s poster should help you to make up your mind!
Laure Agostinis – Olivia Imberti