France @ Liverpool Sound City

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The French selection at Sound City is richer than ever this year. On the indie rock front, there are the moody and magnificent likes of Bantam Lyons and The Tinun’s, Ropoporose’s take which is equal parts jangly and angular, and Barbagallo (Tame Impala’s drummer!) doing sunny psychedelia. Another highlight will be Las Aves with their punky, R&B-influenced art-pop and Temenik Electric’s blazing Arabian rock. Last but not least, Afro-blues maverick Blick Bassy will be playing two shows (including the delegates-only opening party).

For full details of timings and updates, check out our FB event here. Liverpool Sound City and Deezer have also collaborated on a playlist featuring tracks from every French artist at the festival, which you can listen to here.

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New Release: Camp Claude


Minimalist, serene, alternatively icy and volcanic, Camp Claude’s music is a delicate mix of sounds and sensations. Building on the enticing ‘Hurricanes’ EP and the ‘Blow’ single, Swimming Lessons – the debut album from this highly cosmopolitan trio consisting of Franco-American Diane Sagnier, British Mike Giffts and Swedish Leo Hellden – is both ethereal and earthy, combining glacial electronic atmospherics with vivid pop-rock hooks.
Previous highlights like ‘Hurricanes’ and ‘Trap’ slot in perfectly next to sparkling new numbers like ‘Golden Prize’ and ‘In the Middle’. The album is out now via Believe.

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Originally from Brest, at the tip of the Breton peninsula, Bantam Lyons’ dark, swirling rock brings with it something of the turbulent greys and blues of the Atlantic coast as well as drawing on the sound of antecedents Interpol and The Chameleons.

Initially making a mark in France with tracks ‘When Lips Turn Purple’ and ‘Away From the Bar’, they’ve won plaudits in the music press there for their debut seven-track album Melatonin Spree. It’s now set for a UK release on 20th May, just in time for their appearance at Liverpool Sound City. Look out for further dates later in the year.

Watch them perform ‘Away From the Bar& Mamad at  Génériq Festival 2016.

Upcoming gigs:

May 26th – AATMA, Manchester
May 28th – Nambucca, London
May 29th – Liverpool Sound City – Mailchimp Record Store Stage 6.45pm

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France @ The Great Escape

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Taking their place among The Great Escape’s international line-up this year once again are the crème de la crème of up-and-coming French-signed acts, supported by the Bureau Export (the French music export office) and the Institut Français.

This year’s line-up in Brighton includes 12 ‘made-in-France’ acts, Jain, Sly Johnson, Her, DBFCM.A Beat!Fakear, Blick Bassy, Holy Oysters, PollyannaLaura Cahen, Siska and Hyphen Hyphen.

You can join our FB event here  for updates and stage times and visit our special blog, featuring videos, interviews and more.
You can also listen to our festival playlist here.

Bureauexport will also be hosting a panel and drinks on the Friday of the festival.

  One-To-One Session (delegates only)

Friday 20th / Jubilee Gardens: 11am-12pm

Book a meeting with the bureauexport by contacting

PANEL: France Made Easy

A Guide To Importing And Exporting Acts Across The Channel
Friday 20th / The Old Courtroom: 2.30pm

Panel: Guillaume Benfeghoul (Booking Agent – Allo Floride);
Sam Gill (Booking agent – Diplomats of Sound);
Geraldine Zanaska (bureauexport)
Chair: Gordon Masson (Editor, IQ Magazine)
What do you need to know when it comes to booking French acts in the UK, or getting your acts booked in France? What are the unique characteristics of the French live scene? What help is there if you want to work with French artists? All will be revealed by a panel of experts from both countries.

French Music Office Party (delegates only)

Drinks and Food
Friday 20th Upstairs / Côte Brasserie, 115-116 Church Street:  4pm to 5pm

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