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Caravan Palace

Live on the Main Stage on Friday May 24th at 9.00pm

Admisssion by advance ticket only - no tickets available on the gate

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"Gypsy swing music with ooh-la-la insouciance married to a thumping beat'"  FINANCIAL TIMES

"There are few things in this world that are effortlessly cool. Swing is one of them. So are the French. And depending on your level of kink, vintage black and white porno. Caravan Palace check all these boxes"   DON'T PANIC

"A unique fusion of the Gypsy Jazz style pioneered by Django Reinhardt and the fuzzy beats and bleeps of French electronica launched by the likes of Daft Punk"


Caravan Palace have been relentlessly busy  touring across Europe and wowing UK festival audiences at the likes of The Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree and Boomtown Fair with their legendary live show.  

From the laid-back opening track ‘Queens' with its thunderous sub bass and Django-esque guitar hook through to the raucous ‘Dramaphone' and swung refrain of ‘Sydney' this album is a powerful statement of intent. Throughout the LP layered strings and horns build and sit perfectly over the driving beats, whilst clever use of delays and a mesmerising vocal delivery create a unique sound that is as arresting to the feet as it to the ear. Whether your dancing the Charleston or popping the robot there is a little something for everyone.

Caravan Palace's strength lies in their common passion for electronic music. But Charles, Arnaud and Hughes, the founding members of the ensemble, also love swing, jazz, Django and playing those traditional instruments with flourish- guitar, double bass and violin. It is this mash-up of the new electronic and the old traditional that ironically gives Caravan Palace such a fresh sound...this is music that swings!

Enlisting singer Sonia, Clarinettist Camille, Vibraphone player Paul-Marie, and Antoine (dancer, DJ, trombone) has enriched this accomplished musical combination. For the new album they've taken inspiration from the best of the best - artists like Massive Attack, Gorillaz, Ninja Tune and Isolee. They've also rediscovered 30's and 40's swing jazz - Fletcher Henderson, Charlie Chavers and Mildred Bailey - just a few of their favourites.

The story began several years back when their first eponymously titled album sold over 150,000 copies making them the surprise breakout band in France in 2009. In the UK the electro-swing jazz movement has been bubbling away for the past couple of years through stylish underground clubs. This dynamic music style is now on the verge of bursting out of these subterranean venues into the musical sunshine and Caravan Palace are the protagonists of this exciting new movement. Appealing to dance and jazz fans in equal measure they have built up an enthusiastically loyal cross-section of supporters.

Files and ideas were exchanged before they regrouped in the studio to record the new single and album, using 15 vintage keyboards in the process, tirelessly trying out new combinations before merging this mix of styles in their uniquely creative way.

So jump aboard the Caravan. Seeing the world upside down guarantees the best sound.


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