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Worldwide Festival - Day 3

After catching up on some sleep, we warmed up on the beach once again. This definitely is a great location, even if the sky's a little bit cloudy. When it was time to move towards the Théatre De La Mer, many people simply kept on dancing to the music - of course, nobody wants to leave a party that has only just begun. Anyway, on our way we stopped for an half hour at Raphael's trailer for a beer or two. Then it was Mocky time. So beautiful, the band had so much fun on the stage, even given the fact that the audience was very small at the beginning. But people kept pouring in, and when Gilles demanded to hear "that whistling tune" ("Birds Of A Feather" from Mocky's new album Saskamodie) again, everybody was happy. Especially with a perfect view of the Mediterranean like we had.

Jimi Tenor afterwards gave the last show at the Théatre for this year's edition of the Worldwide Festival with his smashing Afrobeat performance. People were dancing in front of the band like crazy. Once in a while I had to climb the stairs towards the upper ranks of the amphitheatre to enjoy the gorgeous view you have from up there. We didn't move directly to the lighthouse afterwards but returned to the trailer once more for a beer. There, we also met with Elan Mehler (who got a beer, too, of course); he's such a nice guy! We should meet him again later when Laurent Garnier broke it down after Fulgeance and a sensational set from Jazzanova's Alex Barck. I missed the last act of the day, Boozig, because I had to get me some french fries at the restaurant close to the venue - that's where I not only met some more German guys, but where Jimi Tenor satisfied his appetite for fries with lots of mayonnaise ;-)

As always, I'd like to recommend Lefto's account of what happened the day as well as his excellent video coverage of the events:

Worldwide Festival - Day 2

Sebastien Schuller
Sébastien Schuller

The second day at Sète will be hard to beat. After relaxing at the beach with some beers, good music, and very nice people (cheers, Karl!), one highlight chased the other. First, Elan Mehler and Adam McBride-Smith kicked it off at the Théatre de La Mer which really is a magic place - a stage seemingly hovering over the Mediterranean sea. Their gig was so good it brought me close to tears ;-) Next up came Sébastien Schuller with his cinematic soundscapes and a voice reminding me of Thom Yorke. After these two relaxing sets, it was the mighty Soil & "Pimp" Sessions from Japan who made everybody jump to their feet and dance. So powerful, an overwhelming experience!

Then we all moved to the Phare du Mole once again, where we arrived after a little snack just in time to witness probably one of the most memorable sets ever. Dorian Concept from Vienna was killing it big time, even when the rain set in after some minutes. Everybody kept dancing until at once the lights went out, and the music, too. For five minutes, it seemed that the rain had won, but after it was over, Dorian Concept continued with full force, followed by an equally energetic set bei Dubstep wizard Martyn. Carl Craig put the finishing touches to a perfect evening.

Once again, Lefto wrapped it all up in a video:



I'm off to the beach right now, but will add some fotos soon!

Brownswood Loves Jazz

Aus Berlin erreichen mich in letzter Zeit so viele Hinweise auf gute Konzerte, dass ich endlich mal auf einen Termin hinweisen muss. Ganz besonders die Agentur Best Works tut sich immer wieder mit hervorragend zusammengestellten Line-Ups hervor. So auch diesmal, denn morgen Abend stehen unter dem Titel Brownswood Loves Jazz ausgewählte Künstler von Gilles Petersons Brownswood-Label im Bohannon auf der Bühne: Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, José James, Elan Mehler und natürlich der Meister selbst als DJ. Manchmal wünsche ich mir wirklich, in Berlin zu leben. Aber nur manchmal.