Joan Baez and Sting in lineup set for Paléo

Robbie Williams, Johnny Hallyday, Joan Baez and Sting are among the headline stars announced on Tuesday for the 40th Paléo music festival in Nyon in the canton of Vaud.

Joan Baez and Sting in lineup set for Paléo
Woodstock veteran Joan Baez among headliners. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

British pop singer Williams, whose appearance was leaked earlier, will kick off the week-long festival on July 20th, while Sting is set to perform on July 22nd.

Daniel Rosselat, head of the festival and mayor of Nyon, told a press conference that nostalgia played a role in the selection of artists at this year’s event.

The headliners have all played at Paléo before, including Baez, an “icon of folk music”, who performed at the festival in 1982, as well as at the Woodstock festival in 1969, Rosselat said.

Baez, 74, will appear on July 25th, when Robert Plant, of Led Zeppelin fame, is featured with his band the Sensational Space Shifters, along with veteran American punk rocker Patti Smith and her band, Performing Horses.

Paléo started in 1976 as a folkfest after growing to include a variety of musical genres in what has become Switzerland’s largest open-air music festival, attracting more than 220,000 concertgoers annually.

Other names announced for this year’s event include French disc jockey David Guetta, who will perform on the final night of the festival, Ben Harper and Véronique Sanson.

French singer Sanson is among the 55 percent of performers at the festival who come from francophone countries, although not all may be singing in French, Rosselat said.

Belgian singer Arno, Quebec’s Coeur de Pirate, and French pop star Etienne Daho round out some of the French-language performers joining Hallyday, who is still touring at the age of 71.
The "village du monde", an area set aside for world music, is this year dedicated to artists from the Orient.

A photo exhibition and sculpture garden is planned in conjunction with the festival.

Tickets and passes go on sale on Wednesday, April 22nd at noon.

For more information check the Paléo website.

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What’s on: five things to do in Switzerland this weekend

From comedy gigs to all-night carnival parades, here are some of the events taking place in Switzerland this weekend.

What’s on: five things to do in Switzerland this weekend
The Shapes Music Festival in Vaud features 25 DJs. File photo: Depositphotos


It’s Carnival time in Switzerland with colourful parades and all-night parties on across the country. Some of the biggest events this weekend are going on in Lucerne, St Gallen, Sion, and Bellinzona but there plenty of other carnival-themed events in smaller towns and villages, all of which are worth visiting in their own right. Here is our guide to Switzerland’s Carnival season to get you inspired.


Take a guided tour in English of Zurich’s hugely impressive Swiss National Museum, just near the main train station. The meeting point is in the foyer at 11am on Saturday March 2nd, and the tour examining both Switzerland's past and present lasts an hour. There is more information here.


UK–Irish comedian Jimmy Carr will be delivering his blend of dry, deadpan (and often filthy) humour at Basel’s RhyPark venue this Friday, March 1st. Tickets for the British Comedy Award winner’s performance are 66 francs, although there are cheaper rates for students. Read more here.


On Saturday March 2nd, the 'Le Lac' villa designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier will open again to the public for the spring season. Built in 1923, the small UNESCO- recognized house in Corseaux on the shores of Lake Geneva is described as a “little gem of ingenuity and functionalism” and serves as a sign post for Le Corbusier’s later work.

The villas is only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm. You can find out more here.

The Le Corbusier villa 'Le Lac' in Corseaux. 


The Shapes Music Festival in Leysin in the canton of Vaud features around 25 DJs from around the world. During they day, they’ll be blasting their music on the slopes, while in the evening, the partying moves indoors. The full program is here.