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 200 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 130,000 in 2004 and 2005 and 138.000 in the past year alone. Between ten to fifteen percent of its visitors are international.
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, at the Marché de Gros or the ice skating rink on rue Charlemagne.
Back in 2014, the Arty Farty team decided to stretch the boundaries of this urban experiment even further, by bringing the main sites of Nuits Sonores within one urban district: La Confluence.
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 Le Sucre, 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!