Ever since its inception in 2006, Europavox has become one of the best festivals in bringing together both established and but mostly unknown artists from all European countries. If you thought that the core of European music lies within Britain and Sweden then do think again, for Europavox will definitely change your mind. As an added bonus it takes place in the quaint town of Clermont-Ferrand.
As an evox veteran (my fourth time) I am noticing that some of the headlining acts are getting bigger and bigger, and the 2012 edition probably had the strongest line up yet. Even the lesser known acts exuded quality, so on the whole it was an enjoyable experience.
First day Friday is very demanding physically – an 8am flight, followed by a taxi to the train station, and a four and a half hour train ride from Paris to Clermont-Ferrand. But once I freshened up, I was eager to catch some bands.
The first day lineup included Esser, AV and Dear Reader.
Woodkid, aka music video director (amongst other things) Yoann Lemoine was Friday’s headliner. Since his debut is on the horizon, we were able to listen to forthcoming material.
As such Woodkid has it going in every way. He’s got a voice that’s on par with Anthony Hegarty, bucketloads of passion, and there’s a lot of theatricality in his stage show, not to mention that he had a full brass band plus electronica group The Shoes backing him up. He’s also super polite, and thanks the audience after every song. His setlist moved at a mournful pace (probably not ideal in my tired mood!).
(parts 2 and 3, covering Saturday 26 and Sunday 27, will be online in the coming days).