Calm Paléo festival sees decrease in crime

The 40th edition of Nyon’s Paléo festival came to an end on Sunday on a positive note, with no major incidents and an overall reduction in crime, according to figures released on Monday by Vaud cantonal police.

Calm Paléo festival sees decrease in crime
David Guetta brought the festival to a close. Photo: L Flusin/Paleo

Paléo, which ran from July 20th to 26th, saw 270,000 spectators turn up to see performances from Robbie Williams, Johnny Hallyday, Sting, Joan Baez, Robert Plant, Patti Smith and The Script, with David Guetta bringing events to a close on Sunday night.

In a statement, police said the overall crime level was low in proportion to the number of people attending the festival.

The number of thefts was down on last year, with just 19 reported incidents against 30 in 2014 and 100 in 2013.

However the number of drug-related arrests was up on last year, with 170 people booked for the use or traffic of drugs including cannabis, amphetamines and ecstasy, against 133 in 2014.

Some 15 people were arrested for counterfeiting entry tickets for the popular festival, which sold out in under an hour when tickets went on sale on April 21st.

Inclement weather on Wednesday and Friday resulted in the implementation of extra security measures to secure the site and protect festivalgoers, but did not disrupt the festival as last year.

In 2014 heavy rain turned the l’Asse site into a mudbath, forcing organizers to close some carparks, provoking three-hour queues to exit the remaining parking areas.

The 40th anniversary festival encountered no such problems over its seven-day run, increased by one day on previous editions in honour of the big birthday.

Speaking to newspaper 20 Minutes, festival president Daniel Rossellat said the extended run could be repeated be in the future.

“It’s not on the cards, but I won’t rule out doing that again. We just need a valid artistic reason to do so,” he said.

However Rossellat admitted that starting the festival on a Monday wasn’t a good idea.

“Lots of issues arise the day before the festival begins. If that’s a Sunday, it becomes more complicated, particularly for transport companies or stallholders.”

For the time being, six days are planned for next year’s festival, which will run from July 19th to 24th.

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Basel Tattoo: What you need to know about Switzerland’s biggest military music festival

Basel Tattoo kicks off today, running until 20 July in the north-western Swiss city. But what is it? And why do Scottish bagpipers show up every year?

Basel Tattoo: What you need to know about Switzerland’s biggest military music festival
Photo: Basel Tattoo
What is it? 
Basel Tattoo is a show and parade bringing together military music bands from around the world.
How did it start? 
Organizers had the idea for the event after a Basel-based military band performed several times at the Edinburgh Tattoo, the world’s most famous event of its kind. The first edition of Basel Tattoo was held in 2006, attracting an impressive 38,000 people to the courtyard of a military barracks in Kleinbasel.  
So it’s a big deal? 
It is now. These days it’s sponsored by the Swiss federal defense department and over the years has become bigger and bolder, attracting more than one million spectators over all its shows. More than 60,000 tickets have been sold to this year's shows so far.
What happens during the Tattoo? 
The daily two-hour show includes around 1,000 participants from all over the world. This year’s event features the Hellenic Navy Band from Greece, dancers and acrobats from China, a police motorcycle acrobatic troupe from Germany and a Dutch orchestra. And of course, given its Scottish links, spectators will also enjoy music from ‘bagrock’ band the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, the International Highland Dancers and The Massed Pipes and Drums, a marching band formed of 200 players from around the world, an annual highlight of the show. Add to that an appearance from America’s Got Talent contestant Johnny Manuel and you can’t say Basel Tattoo doesn’t offer something for everyone. 
Photo: Basel Tattoo
What else goes on? 
Each year the Tattoo also stages a parade through the streets of Basel, featuring the international marching bands who are part of The Massed Pipes and Drums, along with other groups. This year’s parade takes place on Saturday 13 July from 2pm and includes pipers and drummers from New Zealand, Australia, Germany, the UK, South Africa, Canada and several other countries, as well as local groups from Basel and elsewhere in Switzerland.
Worth a visit? 
Absolutely, though you’ll be one of a large crowd – some 120,000 spectators are expected to turn out for the parade. After all, Basel residents are quite partial to a spot of marching – each year there are several parades as part of the Fasnacht festival, when people even drag themselves out of bed at 4am for a night-time parade. 
Anything else going on? 
Kids will love paying a visit to the military barracks on 20 July for the Children’s Day, when they can meet some of the pipers and dancers, ask questions and try out musical instruments. Best of all, it’s free.
How do I buy tickets for the show?
Find out more about the event and buy your tickets here.