There is something for every taste ! From rap to techno, via pop, soul or French song, the We Love Green festival – whose 10th edition is held on June 2, 4 and 5 at the Parc floral de Paris, in the Bois de Vincennes – , the first music festival that puts the environment at the heart of its programming, has always attracted us. And since you don’t attract flies with vinegar, it’s also one of the only festivals in France where you eat well, the food court stands being geared towards local, organic and vegetarian food (forget the monopoly of hot- dog, 50% of the offer is vegan), certified by the Ecotable charter.
This edition of the festival will also be the occasion to celebrate World Environment Day next Sunday. Solar panels, biofuel, hydrogen to power the festival, governed by an eco-responsible production charter, We Love Green has been trying since its creation in 2010 to limit its carbon footprint as much as possible. Our good conscience is delighted, but our ears too, because, after two years of postponements, the headliners are salivating this year…
For the opening night of the festival, in a new format with a more intimate gauge, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett will come to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their group Gorillaz on the main stage of We Love Green. The cartoon gorilla quartet entered the Guinness Book of Records with 17 million albums sold (making them the most successful virtual group in the world). After seven albums, hits, and creative clips, their mix of electro, dub, hip-hop and rock hasn’t finished making us jump like monkeys.
Don’t be fooled by those skipping disco strings and rhythmic keyboards. There is always gravity under the joy of Clara Luciani’s songs. Fine pen, she dipped it this time in her heart to sketch eleven new poetic and colorful texts on love that hurts, nights without a tomorrow, dreams of pleasure and passionate fantasies. In her deep voice, she leads us onto a dance floor where the souls of Michel Berger and Donna Summer sparkle under the disco ball. Produced by Sage, Breakbot and Pierrick Devin, “Heart” is the soundtrack to our newfound freedom.
Lous and the Yakuza
Under her bright orange wig, her gaze is fiery and her face is painted with black lines. Every morning, after her meditation session, she traces symbols on her skin representing her mood, reminiscent of the tattoos of Berber women. Marie-Pierra Kakoma wanted to be one of the few black women to break into French song. Mission accomplished with his debut album Gore, produced by El Guincho, Rosalia’s producer. After her recent triumph at La Maroquinerie, it’s time to see her on a stage that lives up to her potential.
We know that the group of French rockers who are a hit abroad are in the studio to record their seventh album, and since their latest, Ti Amo, had us melting like Italian ice cream in a Fiat in full sun, we can’t wait to discover their new songs exclusively…
Despite listening records, boundless adulation and an unprecedented advertising campaign, the Andrieu brothers’ third studio album disappointed us. But after having accumulated diamond records, filled Bercy several times, played in all the biggest summer festivals (they were even the first French rap group to be invited to the prestigious Coachella in California, but they had a problem visa and had to cancel), we are ready to succumb again to the melancholic poetry of PNL: we know that their concerts are spectacular.
Unless you have spent the last five years in a cave, it is impossible not to have come across Angèle’s face, printed on the covers of magazines, plastered on city walls to announce her albums and concerts, slipped into advertising billboards for Chanel products (of which she is the muse), or illuminated on a gigantic building in Times Square in New York… At 26, Angèle sold a million copies of her first album Brol (“brothel” in Belgian patois), won three Victoires de la musique, sang with Dua Lipa. His new record, Nonante-Cinq, is a vitamin concentrate to get the summer off to a good start.
Nothing destined Juliette Armanet to become a singing star. At 38, she has already had several lives. After studying literature and theater, she worked as a documentary filmmaker for Arte. And then she took off. Her first opus, Petite Amie, was crowned “revelation album of the year” at the Victoires de la Musique in 2018. She collaborated with her idols, sang with Sting on the set of Taratata, gave 200 concerts a year. For her second album, she plunged her pen into her desires, accompanied by SebastiAn, Marlon B, Yuksek and Victor Le Masne, to compose a carnal disco album, to laugh, dance, cry, dizzy under the bursts of a Mirrorball.
The Diaz sisters have just released a third opus inspired by the book of the dead, recorded in London, in the studio of Richard Russell, their producer, bathed in a mystical atmosphere. Ten finely produced new songs brewing as many musical influences as their roots, just like ‘Sister 2 Sister’, an ode to their sisterhood.
This is the rising voice of the moment. Acclaimed across the Channel and the Atlantic, this 20-year-old Englishwoman, bisexual, of Nigerian, Chadian and French origin, born in West London, who appeared in 2018 with her title “Cola” (acclaimed by Lily Allen ), has finally released his first album, one of the most anticipated of the year. In his soul-r songs
The cherub of rap with his brown curls and soft green gaze, Nathan Fernandez is barely out of adolescence, as evidenced by the thin mustache that hangs over his fleshy lips curled into a smile, but he is already chaining rhymes with skill: he fell in hip-hop when he was little. At age 8, he accompanied his stepfather to the IAM concert. At 11, he wrote poems which he rapped over productions by Akhenaten. “Call me Joy.s.a.d little bipolar rapper,” he rants. His Janus-worthy “blaze” came from there. Today, at 22, Joy.s.a.d is one of the new stars of French rap. His itinerary is Balzacian. Originally from Périgueux, a town of less than 30,000 inhabitants in the south-west of France, he had little chance of breaking into rap. After the death of his brother in a car accident, he felt he had nothing left to lose and entered the “1minute2rap” freestyle contests on Instagram. He puts himself on stage in his city, its historic center, its main street paved with shops, its pavilions, with his friends, behind the scenes at his first concerts… An antihero, à la Orelsan.
We Love Green, June 2, 4 and 5 at the Bois de Vincennes (Paris 12th)