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British bands follow Muse to Nyon's Paléo

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British bands follow Muse to Nyon's Paléo
Paléo, near Nyon, celebrated its 40th birthday last year. Photo: Pierre Descombes
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British bands dominate the programme of the Paléo music festival near Nyon this July, with Iron Maiden, The Chemical Brothers and Massive Attack joining Muse.

In a statement, the Nyon-based festival said its programme for the 41st edition, held from July 19th-24th, promises a “resolutely eclectic” line-up of musical styles, from rock to reggae to French chanson.

That's epitomised by Thursday's programme, which teams aging French singer Francis Cabrel, whose first hit was in 1974, with British trip-hop outfit Massive Attack.

Legendary British heavy metal band Iron Maiden will headline on Wednesday July 20th, with The Chemical Brothers, who hail from Manchester, on the Saturday.

Devonian rock band Muse, known for its large-scale stadium shows, was already announced as headliner of the first night of the six-day event, on Tuesday July 19th.

The band, returning to Paléo after 16 years, will also play Switzerland's Gurten Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival this summer as part of their Drones world tour.

French acts are also well represented at this year's Paléo, with French chanson icon Michel Polnareff headlining on the final night, joined by Louane, a young French singer whose breakthrough came in the film La Famille Bélier last year.

Les Insus – the new incarnation of iconic French rock band Téléphone – takes to the Paléo stage on Friday, while long-time popular French folk-rock band Louise Attack plays on Wednesday.

The regular 'world village' area of the festival will focus on Celtic countries, with acts covering Breton folk, harp music, rock and bagpipes including an appearance from Scottish ensemble Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

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.

Tickets go on sale on April 20th.

For more information check the Paléo website.

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