What is Solidays?
by
Clara Zicaro

From the 22th to the 24th of June 2018, the Longchamp Racecourse in Paris was welcoming the well-known French festival called Solidays. It is organized by Soliarité Sida, a French HIV/AIDS awareness for youth. Since 1999, this engaged festival is held. The money collected is donated to organizations fighting against AIDS. It is especially focused on the African continent.

This week-end, for its 20th birthday, Solidays received 210,000 participants and more than 150 singers. Artists in this festival agree to perform with a reduced fee or for free as a sign of their solidarity.

A lot of concerts were gather in 5 different stages.
Have a look at the map and the planning!

Over the years, French and foreign artists have appeared at Solidays, such as DJ Snkae, Bigflo & Oli, Kungs, Vanessa Paradus, Synapson, David Guetta, Mac Miller, M83, Bénabar, Shaka Ponk, Diplo, Lily Allen, Louise Attaque, and Grand Corps Malade.

My favorite artists for Day 1: Jain

For the launching of her lastest EP Alright, the French pop star, Jain went to Solidays. She released her first EP Zanaka, in 2015. In this album, “Makeba” was talking about civil rights leader. It is an energic and engaged singer who is ready to make things move.

Her particularities:
Jain makes upbeat dance pop adding African rhythms, because she grew up there and then came back to France.
She favors one particular costume in her shows and in her album artwork – a simple black dress with a white Peter Pan collar – recalling the dress in the “American Gothic” painting.
The synth-playing singer was saying that ‘Music is all about travelling’, she succeeds to make us travel last Friday.

The best of Day 2: Her, Shaka Ponk

With his void and profound voice, Her and his group perform a modern soul. They choose this particular band name to defend the cause of women and feminism. Their song, Quite Like depicted the beauty and the female sweetness using the appearance of a young woman.

Solidays welcomes for the second time, the famous rock band called Shaka Ponk. With their animal rock tinted with a furious electro music, they set the stage on fire last Saturday!


For Day3: Two Door Cinema Club, Clara Luciani, The Kills, L’impératrice, Thérapie Taxi

Between pop, rock and electro music, The Two Door Cinema Club band has been created in 2007. The trio knows a success in 2012 with their album Beacon. In 2015, they try a different track: ’80s nostalgia with Gameshow. It is Irish a new indie pop outfit. The band curiously venturing into new genres, what make us travel through their songs.

Clara Luciani “uses poetry as a weapon and music as a fig” according to the Soliday official website. She was in the French rock band La Femme before becoming a solo artist. She is a composer-songwriter-player. In 2018, she published her first album Sainte-Victoire, which knows a positive reception from the press. With all her knowledge and collaborations Clara Luciani steps in the good direction in the music industry.

To announce the publication of their lastest album last year, Ash & Ice, The Kills went to perform at the Solidays. They are bringing in boombox beats with Brazilian and Afro-pop influences. This duo, thanks to this album is at its peak.

L’impératrice is a French pop and disco band created in 2012 in Paris. Their first EP is a homonym and has been published in 2012. This band is composed of 6 musicians who bring the “heat of the 70s, the sweetness of the synth and a tropical rhythm” according to the Solidays official website.

Thérapie Taxi (sometimes called Therapie TAXI) is a French band who mixes many musical styles such as pop, rock and rap. They are inspired by groups such as La Femme and Fauve. In March 2017, Thérapie Taxi publish an EP, then they perform in famous festivals, for instance Rock en Seine. In February 2018, the band releases their first album Hit Sale. Since this date, Thérapie Taxi is one of the nineteen artists to register a register a cover in Deezer.