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All aboard! Europavox heads to Clermont-Ferrand

by Robbie Morrissey
26 May 2017
All aboard! Europavox heads to Clermont-Ferrand
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One of the biggest events on the Europavox Project calendar, we give you the prelude to Europavox Festival which starts this Thursday in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Set in the City of Clermont-Ferrand in the middle of France, Europavox Festival has been channelling diversity and new music for over ten years. This year is no different, as some of the finest acts, new and old, take to the stages of the festival’s relaxed atmosphere.

So far, we have given you the lowdown, playlists, and need to info on the bands of our partner festivals; INmusic (Croatia), Loftas (Lithuania), Le Botanique (Belgium), Estragon (Italy), WUK (Austria), and Fuzz (Greece). But now it’s our turn to give you a taste of Europavox’s French event. Set in the gorgeous central city of Clermont-Ferrand, a place renowned for rugby most of the year, you will find the Alpine-like region to be a fitting home for music too.

Agnes Obel, Archive, the return of Deluxe, an Electrovox party with Boys Noize, and a lot more of that: the festival’s line-up is as diverse as it is deep. French act After Marianne are blissful, Franco-Anglo duo DBFC are destined to break boundaries of all kinds, and J.Bernardt is making similar waves with accessible electro-rock that fans of Chet Faker would adore.

Music discovery is an all-important key aspect of the event too. Spanish soul act The Excitements have a huge following in their native country: it is now time for the rest of Europe got a taste of the Barcelona groove. Swiss band Le Roi Angus, described as a “blend of vintage pop and psychedelic rock”, should transform the crowds in a mass of pure delight.

Elsewhere on the program, we have the eclectic sounds of Moonlight Breakfast, with their hit-filled electro sound, or new and furious sensation of British rock that is Shame. Extensive range of acts includes Michael Kiwanuka, Bearoid, NOËP, ADNA, The Noise Figures, St.Tropez and much more. From already famous figures to rising bands from all over Europe, itshould make of Clermont-Ferrand a happy, sweating and exciting capital of music for Europe this Weekend.

On the final day, the Stade Marcel-Michelin will host, for the first time, a huge concert in the home of ASM Clermont Auvergne. Manu Chao and La Ventura are to play a standalone show that has already sold out in advance, promising to be quite a spectacle finale for the festival.

The whole program of the festival can be found on its official website. But let’s already get ready with a playlist and a selection of Europavox.com supported bands playing the event.

Based in
Spain, Valencia, Barcelona
Style
When the young Valencian musician and producer Daniel Belenguer arrived in Barcelona, nobody let alone himself was capable of glimpsing all the hidden talent which was buried inside his head, or the brilliance of his ideas. A versatile, warm, and especially powerfully addictive voice was on the verge ...
Based in
Estonia, Tallinn
Style
26-year old Estonian artist NOËP (Andres Kõpper) is an indie-electro pop act signed to Sony Music Sweden. In 2015, Andreas released his debut track ‘Move’ under the NOËP moniker. Almost 7 million listens on Spotify later, the one man band has amassed plenty of acclaim and appearances at festivals ...
Based in
Spain, Barcelona
Style
There are bands who go on stage and play, then there are others who set it on fire and blow the audience away every time. The Excitements are the latter type. One of the few bands, let alone any, that obtains the level of energy and authenticity that this band offers ...
Based in
France, Toulouse
Style
In 2013, three members of the Toulouse-based band Kid Wise had a life-changing experience: they met Mathilda Cabezas, a former film student who had started a project called After Marianne but had yet to find the right musicians to embark on this adventure with her. She played her first demos to keyboardist ...
Based in
Germany, Berlin
Style

Adna Kadic’s music feels as cold as the Baltic at night, painted against a sombre landscape with stirring, heartfelt lyrics. The young Swedish singer’s emotionally-tinged songs bring the softly-voiced star to larger-than-life proportions through hallowed ...

Based in
France, Paris, Bordeaux, Manchester
Style
DBFC is not exactly a newcomer. It is a new band, but both of its members have already shown their skills in other projects. Mancunian David Shaw has played with Blackstrobe and Vitalic. He also started a solo adventure called David Shaw and The Beat, releasing an album in 2012. He then met the second ...
Based in
Belgium, Gent
Style
Embarking on a solo career from his days in Balthazar, Jinte Deprez throws open the doors of pop sensibilities to craft this Chet Faker style tropical electro-pop that can fit in your office playlist or your beach party. Either way, the fruitful nature of dark melodies ...
Based in
Switzerland, Geneva
Style
Fresh, exciting and ambitious. That’s how Geneva’s indie scene looks right now. And among its current crop of bands, one is doing particularly well: Le Roi Angus. With their blend of vintage pop and psychedelic rock, their sound approaches something like yé-yé on acid. It’s an odd formula that’s ...
Based in
Greece, Athens
Style
The Noise Figures are like a time machine channeling The Sonics and The Doors: They pass through 1960s garage and ‘70s psychedelia, taking in ‘90s alt-rock and modern fuzz along the way. The Athens-based duo is comprised of George Nikas (vocals, drums), already known ...
Based in
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Style
Rough-and-ready punk rock has (sadly) become somewhat unfashionable lately, what with the plethora of bedroom pop and glacial R&B artists hoovering up acclaim and column inches. Dutch four-piece St. Tropez didn’t get the memo though; they resolutely plough their own furrow of what they call “yachtpunk”, ...
Based in
United Kingdom, London
Style
This is how it starts. Youth and anger have always been a heady combination, and London five-piece Shame are no exception. These brash post-punks wield their instruments like weapons and turn teenage angst into venomous, pointed lyrics that are mature beyond their years. Fast becoming one of the most ...
Based in
Romania, Bucharest
Style
Moonlight Breakfast label their music as "retro-electro" – a mix of soul, electro, beats, nu-jazz and swing, with an urban, fresh vibe. Their music is glistening and tongue tickling, like life when seen through a glass of champagne, sipped at a roof party in Little Paris.  ...
Based in
Latvia, Riga
Style
Latvian electro beats. Bandmaster is made up of DJ/producers (Rudd), producer Andis Ansons and Baltic battle rapper Vina. Throw in a lot of analogue synths, electro beats and some hooks you will be unlikely to forget in a hurry. Bandmaster announced themselves loudly few years ago when masters of Latvian ...
Based in
Luxembourg, Luxemborg City
Style
Subtle techno and electro music, Cleveland offers dreamy synth waves to beat them all. Known regularly as Andrea Mancini, a recent relocation to Brussels has open doors into the electro scene for the young producer. While Boiler Room and Cologne imprint Cómeme have asked ...
Based in
Spain, Madrid
Style
Behind the enigmatic name of John Grvy hides J. E. Edward, a charismatic young man from Madrid with African roots. The elegant producer and mysterious 21st century crooner blends rich, velvety electronic music with contemporary R&B and synthesizers, much like a sophisticated bartender, ...
ba.
Based in
Lithuania, Vilnius
Style
Frankly, it's a bit difficult to find ba. using search engines, but don't let that put you off. Benas Aleksandravičius, the singer, songwriter and driving force behind this band (it's called after his initials, if you haven't guessed it already) is one of those jaw-dropping success stories – when ...
Based in
Serbia, Belgrade
Style
No, this isn’t another one of Snoop Dogg’s alter egos – it’s actually quite far removed from it, both sonically and geographically. Like so many other acts, Stray Dogg started out as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dukat Stray, who soon decided to flesh out the band with a couple of trained ...
Based in
Italy, Torino
Style
He's not even 20 years old, but his talent is a rare gem in the Italian music scene. Perhaps in part also due to moving abroad to Ireland. If nothing else, that's where he got his nickname from – ceol, pronounced "kiol", which means "music" in Gaelic....
Based in
Croatia, Bjelovar
Style
What is standard rock music anyway? Certainly not how Them Moose Rush would want you to qualify their playing style anyway. The young musical trio - Nikola Runjavec, Marinko Komlen and Branimir Kuruc  - merges progressive rock and noise with a zest for infuriating and invigorating riffs. In 2013, they ...
Based in
France, Paris
Style
Frustration is an important, even historical, name in the Born Bad roster: their mini-LP Full of Sorrow was the label’s first release back in 2006. Frustration is also an important name in the very definition of their sound. Rare are the bands whose name fits their ...
Based in
Austria, Vienna
Style
Maybe it's because it simply fit the image of Vienna being a laid-back, high-standard-of-living, nothing-to-do metropolis that cloud rap became such a big phenomenon all over the region in 2015....
Based in
Portugal, Porto
Style
We Bless This Mess is a solo project. At least, it started that way. Now playing with a five-piece band, headed by Nelson Graf Reis, the project started to gain supporters with the utmost ease. When Nelson presented his project in Brazil, he ended up recording a debut EP and even sold out a show. Friends ...
Based in
France, Clermont-Ferrand
Style
Super Parquet. Literally, "great wooden floor". It’s not the name of a DIY store but of a band from Auvergne, an unlikely meeting between four guys from backgrounds in traditional regional music and electronica, two worlds that seem to have nothing in common. Defining their style is not easy, but ...
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