France: Dani and Les Fatals Picards to perform at Le Schmoul 2018 festival

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Music festival Le Schmoul in Bain-de-Bretagne delivers a bit of Eurovision with Dani and Les Fatals Picards.

Les Schmoul is an annual music festival in Bain-de-Bretagne, between Rennes and Nantes, Ille-et-Vilaine. The 17th edition of Le Schmoul will take place on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 January 2018 in the festival hall of Bain-de-Bretagne, featuring some six hours of performances each evening.

Eurovision comes to the festival!

The line-up of the festival features a hint of Eurovision: French star Dani (Eurovision 1974, withdrawn) and Les Fatals Picards (Eurovision 2007) will take to the stage.

For Dani, who has worked with famous singer-songwriters such as Étienne Daho and the late Serge Gainsbourg, Les Schmoul will mark the start of her new tour.

Les Fatals Picards will bring their usual up-beat style on the stage, an energetic and humorous mix of punk rock, reggae and ska.

Other artists and bands that will perform at Les Schmoul include Burning Heads, local newcomers Deep Side, Myra Peaks and Albatross, Big Bro (Bertrand Le Goff), Leska, The Legendary Tigerman, Ko Ko Mo, Équipe De Foot, Bertrand Burgalat, La Poison and LPLPO.

Festival Le Schmoul 2018 will be held on Friday 26 January and Saturday 27 January in Bain-de Bretagne, France.

For the schedule, ticket prices and information, please visit the festival’s website or Facebook-page.

About Dani

Dani (born Danièle Graule, Castres, 1944, French father, Catalan mother) is a French singer and actress.

Rising to fame in the 196o’s and 1970’s, Dani became a popular figure in the Parisian nightlife and was a muse for many photographers due to her androgynous, striking looks.

Dani was all set to represent France at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, the United Kingdom, with the song La vie à 25 ans (“Life at the age of 25”, written by Christine Fontane), but unfortunately France’s president Georges Pompidou passed away in the week of the contest, ushering in a period of public mourning, and leading to Dani’s withdrawal from the actual contest.

Despite this, La vie à 25 ans became a hit song. The English version, That old familiar feeling, has lyrics by Lynsey de Paul, who herself participated in Eurovision 1977 together with Mike Moran.

In 1975 Dani participated in the French selection for Eurovision again, with the song Comme un boomerang, especially written by Serge Gainsbourg, yet the jury considered the song too risky. Years later, Dani and Étienne Daho still had a hit with the song as a duet.

About Les Fatals Picards

Les Fatals Picards is a French band, known for their mix of pop, punk rock, reggae and ska. Their lyrics are often humorous or satirical, yet also touch deeper levels of social concerns.

Les Fatals Picards represented France at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, Finland. With their entry L’amour à la française, sung in a mixture of French and English (“Franglais”), they reached the 22nd place in the Grand Final, earning 19 points.

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