NYON and GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Music is on in the Lake Geneva region now that Paleo and the preliminary Fêtes de Genève have begun.
The Fêtes and pre-fêtes de Genève which include fair rides, concerts and scores of food stalls, run from 19 July to 12 August and extend from Baby Plage to the Quai Wilson.
The preliminary part of the festival which begins on 19 July at 17:00 takes place over the Jardin Anglais area and is home to over 50 pop, disco, rock, salsa and reggae concerts.
Only 25 stalls will open for the first part of what is considered the largest public festival in Swiss romande.
On 2 August, the official opening day of the Fêtes, a total of 180 stalls and fair rides will be in full operation along the quays.
The festival closing is marked by spectacular fireworks in the harbour on 11 August. Tickets are still on sale.
Disposable cups will be a thing of the past at the 2012 festival. Instead, a CHF2 refundable washable plastic glass will be used (this was first tested in Geneva during the fete de la musique).
Paleo 2012 blessed with great weather
The 2012 Paleo edition kicked off on Tuesday 17 July with a full house, Franz Ferdinand and Manu Chao at the helm.
Around a quarter of a million music fans are expected during the six-day festival featuring almost 200 concerts on six stages and more than 200 stalls.
The always popular Village du Monde featuring the Middle East offers a menu that includes Israeli-Palestinian pastries, Turkish peynirli pide, Lebanese mezze, Syrian mjetdara, pistachio, and Iranian rose-and-saffron ice cream among other great foods.
As usual the festival keeps aside 1,500 tickets and sells them, maximum two per person, online and at Ticket Corner starting at 8:00 each day.
To avoid insufferable traffic jams, Paleo encourages festival-goers to use public transport.