Thursday 19 July 1979 — Sunday 22 July 1979
Paléo Festival Nyon
Nyon, 1260, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 365 10 10
The expansion continues with the creation of the Club Tent - a small stage intended for hootenannies. The festival lives through the first rain showers of its brief history but this does nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the 35,000 present who enjoy performances by more than 40 groups including Ry Cooder, Graeme Allwright and Fairport Convention. Georges Moustaki, who has turned up in the audience, gives an impromptu concert under the Chapiteau. That autumn, euphoria gives way to internal crisis and a redefining of the festival's structures. Paléo decides to turn professional. To crown it all, several rather risky operations (a special concert with Laurent Voulzy and Alain Souchon, a live recording of the 1979 festival) blow a large hole in the budget.