Tuesday 23 July 2002 — Sunday 28 July 2002
Paléo Festival Nyon
Nyon, 1260, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 365 10 10
Sold-out ten days before the opening night, the 27th edition of Paléo Festival Nyon will have played host to audiences totalling over 200,000. The six stages offer more than 120 concerts. Amongst the festival highlights, the Mexico of Lila Downs, the energy of the new French scene personified by Bénabar, Sanseverino and Miro, the Italian truculence of Zucchero and Jovanotti and the softer ambiences proposed by the likes of Jane Birkin, Omara Portuondo and Cesaria Evora. The Festival does not neglect Swiss artists with the Geneva-based Polar, the Nyon band ORS Massive and Zurich's Golden Boy (accompanied on this occasion by Miss Kittin) all demonstrating the vitality and creativity of a Helvetic scene very much in evidence at this year's Nyon event. The Festival's official web site also meets with considerable success in broadcasting numerous live and recorded concerts. The English group The Cure prove the most popular attraction with 16,000 fans clicking on to the retransmission of their concert. Over on the Festival campsite, 10,000 campers take advantage of the free facilities and the creation of the Village, a zone open to the public with stalls, bars and free concerts on the FMR stage, which is judged a resounding success.