Mel 15 JAN
Syd 21 JAN
The set-up (picnic rugs and sun umbrellas, baguettes and macaroons, French champagne and a sun-drenched lawn) is so alluring that patrons could be forgiven for spending the day lounging and grazing with the live music serving as a pleasant soundtrack. But for genuine music fans, the four acts selected for this year’s event offered a fascinating glimpse into France’s thriving independent pop scene.
It was a festival full of simple pleasures, exotic sounds, and the realisation that dancing with grass beneath your feet is infinitely better when the music is French.
The sun was out in full force but the champagne was kept chilled. Festival-goers danced all day long to the pop and electronic sounds… Like previous years, the day was a celebration of joie de vivre.
If you missed this year’s So Frenchy So Chic, we hate to tell you, but you missed out’…‘Sprawled across picnic rugs, lovers, friends and families were serenaded à la française by the likes of Émilie Simon, The Dø, La Femme and François & the Atlas Mountains.
Sydney got into the gallic spirit over the weekend at So Frenchy So Chic in the Park 2015 a stylish celebration of all things French that blurs the lines between music festival and group picnic
Amongst the joie de vivre was a note of solemnity surrounding recent events in Paris – there was a minute of silence and festival-goers were welcome to write personal notes on a paper wall reading ‘Je Suis Charlie’.
All in all, this incredibly well run event proved to be a perfect day. There’s something to be said for a festival that encourages picnics, lets kids under 12 in for free (with parents, of course) and serves baguettes with pate instead of Dagwood Dogs. It makes for an event that’s relaxed, intoxicatingly enjoyable and utterly French. And you can count me in for next year… if only every festival was so chic!