BONOBO + 10 other artists join Switzerland’s Edge Of The Lake Festival
The full line up for this year’s 9th edition of the Festival Week-end au bord de l’eau (Edge of the Water Festival) is announced by the Lake Géronde in Sierre (Switzerland). This stunning alpine paradise will bring to life a shining music and arts program that will burn brightly from 26 – 28 June 2015.
On Friday 26th, the fresh green banks of Lake Géronde will welcome the first headliner of the Festival, Bonobo alias Simon Green, who played at the 1st edition of the Festival in 2007 and has stayed in all our memories. The afternoon will see several DJ sets , then onwards into evening with the French-Togolese group Vaudou Game, gurus of today’s afro funk scene, following on from them Boogie Belgique, outstanding new talent of the electro hip-hop swing scene and the hotly tipped French electronica DJ Fakear, whose new live show is utterly breathtaking.
Saturday June 27th sees yet more talented DJ’s warm up the decks for one of the key artists on Warp Records, Nightmares on Wax, master of melodies so simple it’s hypnotic. The series of concerts will begin with both German and Swiss bands, Pablo Nouvelle and Kalabrese and The Rumpelorchester, proof that the Helvetic scene abounds enormous talents. La Rochelle Band, signed on the Etage Noir label, Parov Stelar, will come to unfurl a wave of live caustic electro music swing music. Closing off the evening will be a superb DJ set from the young South African, Jullian Gomes and the English veteran, Atjazz, creators of 2014’s magnificent album The Gift The Curse.
The afternoon of Sunday June 28th, sees Loulou and Pollux, alias Luluxpo and their musical project which brings forth a journey of childhood into adulthood. As the afternoon progresses, festival shows will bring forth folk blues of The Two, who played the main stage of the Festival in 2014 and have had huge success across Switzerland. Paul Mac Bonvin, will present his last album Sun Sessions recorded in the famous Sun Studio in Memphis shared in the past with the likes of Elvis and Johnny Cash. Onwards into the evening with a magnificent performance from American Akua Naru who will bring her world charm with its flow and its jazzy hip-hop to festival crowd.
Every year the visual arts grow richer and this year is no exception with 3 days of the Festival featuring several of the festivals all-time favorite artists:
• Illustration & Street Art : with Kashink (Paris), Madame la Belge (Brussels), Nicolas Constantin (Sion), and Julien Valentini (Sierre)
• Sculpture : with the CTRL collective (Sierre), Pierrot des Ballons (Paris), and Gabidou (Orsières)
• Photography : with Cecilia Sechierri (Ferrara, Italy), David Zuber (Chalais) and Patrice D’Antonio (Martigny)
• Instagram Photography: with Tizzia (Montana)
• Numeric creation : with David Vincent collective (Sierre)
• Paper hot air balloons : with Ballon Pirates collective (La Clusaz, France)
There are many activities and animation screenings programmed over the festival weekend. Such as petanque tournaments, Tuk-Tuk Pedalo’s trips across the beautiful Lake to the floating harbour, lessons for Stand-Up-Paddle boards or for the first time in 2015 ski tow wakeboarding
3 day passes are a bargain at just 39.- CHF (27 pounds only! ) and several accommodation & festival packages are on sale now on the Festival website.
Edge of The Lake Festival unique location & features
The Festival, the foot in the water
The Festival was founded in 2007 and through the years, the Festival has conquered Switzerland and the neighbouring France and Germany thanks to its specialized programming, it’s friendly atmosphere and the idyllic surrounding in which it takes place. It puts groove music and visual arts in it’s place of honor through Swiss and international artists. The animations bring the festival to life and activities like a petanque, Pedalo, street arts and other summer activities take place around the lake. As the holiday approaches, the goal of the Festival is immerse festivalgoers in the lovely relaxed summer atmosphere, while bringing forth a high quality programme with something for everyone.
The 9th edition of the Festival will feature…
– 5000 people over the weekend
– Over 40 live bands, Dj’s and performers from all over the world
– Groove music: jazz, funk, soul, blues, hip-hop, house and electro
– Visual arts: street art, sculptures, video, photography and theater
– A free jazz off festival around the lake
– A jam session organised by EJMA Valais
– Summer activities with: petanque, stand up paddle, and wakeboard
– Tuk Tuk Pedalo tour with wine and local food products tasting
– Creative and multi age animations for people of all ages
An unique festival opening event for everyone with free entrance for the under 18 years old
A special welcome and to of the range facilities for disabled people
A fun tea dance on the Sunday of the festival for local older generation
A work ground for the students in formation (Tourism, Social work)
The first unique event certified as“Valais Excellence” (ISO:9001/ISO:14001)
Cheap and attractive festival packages ‘Accommodation & Festival’ prove that Switzerland is not expensive
A full 3 day festival pass in presale for 39.- CHF / 35 Euros / 27 pounds
The city of Sierre and festival’s lake
Sierre, the sun city
By population, Sierre sits as the second biggest town of the Valais Alps – 17,000 inhabitants grace the ‘City of Sun’ with their presence. When the Romans discovered the region, they were foremost impressed with it’s temperate climate and the charm of the stunning vistas and views, dotted with hills and little lakes – so much so they named it Sirrum Amoenum (Agreeable Sierre.) The physical attributes of the region have barely changed – the sun remains as warm, and the old village has evolved into an animated, welcoming and generous little town.
Sierre has also developed into a studying town, by the implementation of specialised higher education institutes, one for economics and business, the other in the area of Beaux Arts. Roughly 1,000 students attend these university level facilities on a yearly basis. Sierre is a lively and exciting place, with a strongly developed southern European style attitude, a joyful town whose inhabitants cultivate the hardest art of all – the Art of living !
Lake Géronde, a small mediterranean breeze
An open-air pool, grassed beaches, beach-volleyball and pedalo rental make Geronde and it’s lake a sweet little beach destination all to itself. Situated among the hills and vineyards, not more than ten minutes from Sierre’s town centre, it’s a truly relaxing and enjoyable experience to visit. For the hidden romantic within, it’s waterfront walks to the soothing sounds of the coos, caws and croaks of the lakes’ swans and frogs will truly charm your spirit.
Over the 3 days:
Balloon sculpture : Pierrot des Ballons – Gabidou
Street art : Madame la Belge – Kashink Nicolas Constantin – Julien Valentini
Video Vjing : David Vincent
Instagram photography : Tizzia
Photography : Cecilia Secchieri – David Zuber Chalais – Patrice D’Antonio
Paper hot air balloons : Ballons Pirates
Sculptures : Collectif CRTL
ACTIVITES & ANIMATIONS
The Lake Geronde harbour
The Geronde lake harbour hosts many free activities over the 3 days of the festival, which are all secured and controlled:
– Wakeboard lessons with a mobile teleski (new in 2015 ! )
– Stand up paddle lessons
– Pedalo guided tour with local products tasting (cheese, wine, hot dried meat)
Every day, a french balls tournament is organised in the center of the Festival with the possibility to win cool prizes. Registration when the doors opening !
Every afternoon, creative workshops are organised to keep children happy and parents to share unique moments. Trough many games, you can enjoy a entertaining moment and win a souvenir of the Festival.
Massage are organised every day from :
13:00 to 15:00 for the staff and artists (free)
16:00 to 19:00 (free amount)
3 days pass or daily pass have 50% discount on the entrance at the brand new swimming pool located next to the Festival.
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