An “Imaginary Spring” to celebrate the season as it should and in the best conditions, this is the challenge that the Bourges Spring Festival has set for itself. Each day, from April 21 to 26, the program will be announced in the morning and you will have to be present on social networks and on the official website to be able to attend the artists’ performances. Le Figaro then launched another challenge, to offer you a summary of the day to guide you.
Friday April 24
If you still doubted the best way to end this long week, Le Printemps de Bourges gives you the solution with a well-placed agreement. Lolo Zouaï, Deluxe, Dionysos, Lucie Antunes, Aloïse Sauvage, Mauvais Œil, Philippe Katerine and La Grande Sophie will be keen to entertain festival-goers who have already been there for four days. The icing on the cake, Jeanne Added is preparing a tribute to Prince, it will rain talent. A simple warning since the Rock Pop storm of iNOUïS follows with Fyrs, Johnnie Carwash, Parade, Stuffed Foxes, La Battue and Bandit Bandit. Hands up Marion Guilbaud!
And after having digested this musical slap, place with the Chronicle of the Exile with this time not a geographical exile, but a social exile. In music, it is not the rich who always win.
Thursday April 23
Never two without three and this new day promises to be busy for confined festival-goers with no less than 17 artists. Alain Souchon, Tryo, Pomme, Catherine Ringer, Tsew The Kid, Emily Jane White, Last Train, Jeanne Cherhal and 47TER are present in the main line up. And before tackling the iNOUïS, Oré will pay tribute to Boris Vian. But let’s get down to business with Ndobo-Emma, Sally, Clay and Friends, YN, Yellowstraps, Oordaya and Merryn Jeann who will show us all their talent in the Urban Pop category. A quick overview with Marion Guilbaud.
The numerous artists have disseminated numerous works, unpublished titles or their compositions such as Sally, Clay and friends, YN, Yellostraps or Merry Jeann. In the same category, Alain Souchon sang his title Here and there , accompanied by his son on guitar while Catherine Ringer keep singing the Rita Mitsouko. But it also has covers, and beautiful ones moreover. The Tryo group embarks with two pieces including a cover of Jacques Higelin with Champagne. Jeanne Cherhal reinterprets the title Slum by Claude Nougaro. But the two favorites are the covers of 1959 by Emily Jone White and the title Le Déserteur by Oré. A delight.
The chronicle of Exile continues its journey and returns this time to these French artists who came to temporarily exile abroad to renew themselves, seek inspiration or return to their sources. From Maître Gims to Serge Gainsbourg via M, Bertrand Dicale returns to these artists and this tendency to move away from France to nourish French music from other horizons.
Wednesday April 22
Second day and impatience only grows seeing this selection of artists. In the main line-up, Printemps Imaginaire welcomes the groups Les Louanges, La Féline, L’impératrice and Jok’Air, for an eventful and rich evening. Finally at the iNOUïS, this special electro pop day will allow you to discover young artists: Cheap House, Dalhia, Global Network, I Sacha, Michel and Romane Santarelli. Small ambience overview with Marion Guilbaud.
Among the artists to remember from this Tuesday full of promise, let’s start with I Sacha. The group presented his title My love just after peeling it and showing how it works through a masterclass. Among the other iNOUïS, the duo Dahlia unmasked on stage in an extract from the selection concert at the Printemps de Bourges, a very successful and interesting electro-rock experience while Global Network presented a small medleyvery nice. But the one that was impressive is of course Romane Santarelli with a live of almost thirty minutes including unpublished pieces, a very nice gift!
As for distinguished guests, L’Impératrice stood out with its title Error 404 in a confined live version pleasant. But this Wednesday April 22 will retain the exclusive broadcast of Trip to Cythera, the latest song from the group La Féline in tribute to Christophe. The clip, produced by artist Le Gentil Garçon, is a nugget of confined ingenuity.
Still in his Chronicle of Exile, Bertrand Dical tells this time how one becomes French through music. The example of Joséphine Baker in 1930, interpreting I have two loves, then exiled from the United States because she is black, is striking. This title so French written by Vincent Scotto, reinterpreted again and again by artists of all horizons, has been remembered and has de facto naturalized the young American. And the stories continue to look the same. An audio program not to be missed.
Tuesday April 21
It is 9:15 a.m. and the festival is just waking up. The names of the artists of the day finally come out and spring sees the birth of its first colors. This year, the iNOUïS, the selection of the 34 artists of this edition, gather around the word pop. This first day will therefore be placed under the sign of “hip-pop” with seven boosted artists: Alicia., Babysolo33, Bekar, Danyl, Jyeuhair, Leys and Taï Z. To present them while waiting to see their sets, the imaginary session of Marion Guilbaud.
Each artist then broadcast a 2 to 6 minute video with very different inspirations. Yes Leys and Tai z started very strong with titles of their composition and a flow to fall, the remixed version of Sentimental Crowd by Alain Souchon by Jyeuhair is an excellent surprise. With Lila, a new song, Alicia. and his piano share a heartbreak in the most beautiful way.
And to close the show, Renan Luce offers the festival-goer an orchestrated version Reluctanlty from Barbara. All in sensuality, this first musical day ends with a smile.
During the day, many workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations and debates will take place to make you discover new artists but also feed a reflection around music and art in general.
One of the exhibitions in this somewhat special edition is called “EXIL! The song of the uprooted ”. Throughout the week, this visual and audio exhibition organized by the Radio France nightclub introduces Internet users to artists who have sung or even experienced exile in their works. With the collaboration of the archives of the Sacem museum, the Printemps de Bourges provides rare documents and offers a journey on the path of exile.
To accompany everything, France Info journalist Bertrand Dicale spoke for a few minutes on an audio program, “Les Chroniques de l’Exil”. This first episode tells how the French song could be carried by the exiles. In 1969, the hit parade was dominated by Joe Dassin, Dalida, Michel Polnareff, Claude François, Charles Aznavour, Georges Moustaki. What do they have in common? They are exiles.
V-pop, imaginaires and Jacques Higelin
And even if it means going into exile, you might as well discover distant cultures in collaboration with the International mail . Vietnamese music is in the spotlight with the clip of the song Ghen Cô Vy. By combining a well-known melody of V-pop (Vietnamese pop) and instructions to prevent the coronavirus epidemic, a viral song is broadcast on television by the Vietnamese government. Judge by yourself.
Finally, Le Printemps de Bourges also allows designer Chloé Wary to shine all week. For the first, the artist revealed his vision of the “imaginary” festival. What escape a little more.
This evening, at 9 p.m. on France Inter, you can listen to the concert by Jacques Higelin given during the first edition of the Bourges Festival in 1977.