Fête de la Musique 2010 hits the streets

15 06 2010

The Summer Solstice will be celebrated once again on 21 June, but this ancient celebration is now being overshadowed by what is known as World Music Day. The origins of this stem back to 1982 when on the streets of Paris, France the Fête de la Musique was launched by Jack Lang, the French Minister of Culture at the time.

The idea was to promote the right of all amateur and professional musicians to perform for free in locations around the country (from concert halls to street corners).

Since 1985, this idea has spread and been celebrated in most EU countries as well as further afield in USA, Brazil, China, Nigeria and Morocco. However, France still leads the way with every town and village in the country entering into the annual celebrations.

Those traveling to France on 21 June should arrive forewarned to bring ear plugs – all noise restrictions are lifted, thus giving the streets the freedom to create an organized cacophony of sounds, sights to stimulate all your senses.

Promotion and publicity is naturally much easier due to advancement in technology. Once again, social media is playing its’ role to spread the word, secure attendees and of course to offer live streaming of events as they occur. There is not one event where smartphones, cameras and videos are not in full use as they capture shots and sounds to share. Those unable to attend can still review the nights entertainment via YouTube, Flickr and other social media sites.

During the past few years, more and more “arranged” events seem to dominate the evening’s line up. For some this has diluted the original spirit of the Fête , but nevertheless, the rules still remain the same. If Grandpa feels he wants to share his talent of spoon playing, or your Auntie is great at knocking out those operatic numbers – feel free to hits the streets and perform – no-one will be arrested!

Meanwhile, for those living or visiting the south of France, near Nice, do yourself a favour and consider supporting Jam’s Band on 21 June 2010.

JAM'S Band, France.

An interesting international, amateur group – mainly comprised from people who work at Hewlett Packard(!) – who demonstrate they have more musical talent than perhaps their geek side work persona. Male and Female lead singers – Jam and Dom (who are French) add a wonderful sexy angle to their English rock singing!

The group covers music from the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s (Pink, U2, Muse etc) – hear a sample of their sound on YouTube: Bohemian Like You (The Dandy Warhols cover) – plus one or two band originals.

Check out Jam’s cover of Bohemian Like You (The Dandy Warhols)

The band will be performing on 21 June at 21.00h in St Laurent Du Var. Playing Live, together with another group, at the port in front of the Bandiera Blue Restaurant – should be a good recipe for a fun night out – Stimulate all your senses: View, Aroma, Sound, Taste and Touch if you dare (;-)

Concert : Bandiera Blu Restaurant
167 PROMENADE DES FLOTS BLEUS – 06700 Saint-laurent-du-var,France Tel 06 60 03 74 23‎

Jam's Band