Can you brief us on the Nuits Sonores Festival?
This music festival has been in existence since 2003. It is a festival dedicated to the electronic and digital music culture and to independent music. It is held in May and lasts five days.We host 250 artists, half are from the international scene, 30-40% are regional artists and of course, there are French artists as well. The artists come from the independent rock scene, hip hop scene and of course, the electronic scene. We have a more prominent digital culture today which includes visual creation. Nuits Sonores is constantly increasing in popularity and has attracted over fifteen thousand people during its inception and has hosted over 80,000 in the past two years alone. Between ten to fifteen percent of its visitors are international and due its success, the concerts have sold out annually.
What is the hallmark of this Festival?
This is an urban festival which takes place in over 60 locations within the city. That's what makes Nuits Sonores unique because other large festivals elsewhere are held in parks outside the city center. People come to the festival to feel the energy of city and discover Lyon from a different perspective; in the most unusual places. For 10 years, we have chosen areas like the Rhone swimming pool, industrial factories such as SLI in the 9th district, at the Marché Gare or the ice skating rink on rue Charlemagne.
Other than the festival, does Lyon offer interesting music today?
Lyon has an extensive creative scene which is particularly diverse. It offers a rich choice of concert halls, from small concert rooms to large venues. These include Ground Zero, le Sonic, l'Epicerie Moderne, la salle du Marché Gare, le Ninkasi and the Transbordeur. Lyon is not only known for its fine cuisine or its football club but also for its music scene as well as its contemporary art and visual designs. Lyon is truly a city that moves to the music!
Photo Credits in the video : Brice Robert, Denis Chaussende, Nicolas Darthial