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September 29, 2020
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Nouvelle Vague in concert tonight

The French band will perform at the Palace Hall, as part of a series of concerts entitled Fusion Nights (the first in the series was October’s Herbie Hancock’s perfor­man­ce).Tickets are still available tonight at the Palace Hall box-office for prices ranging from RON 65 to 185.


Nouvelle Vague is a project initialized by Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux. The latter was involved in many French pop acts all through the nineties and started working with Collin in 1998. Nouvelle Vague started as a concept to revisit a number of the creators’ favourite tracks from early eighties from artists such as The Joy Division and Depeche Mode. Their idea was to forget the initial punk or new wave background of each song, keep simple fundamental melodic line relying mainly on chords and work with young singers who never heard the original versions, thus make the quality of original song writing happen in a completely different way.


Members, former members and contributors include many French artists who are now very well known on their own and considered part of what is now called the ‘Renewal of French chanson’: Camille Dalmais, Phoebe Killdeer, Mélanie Pain, Marina Céleste and Gerald Toto. On their first album, Nouvelle Vague, the group resurrected classics from the new wave music era. The band has sold over 500,000 copies of their first two albums but the most successful up to date is Nouvelle Vague 3, featuring a track in collaboration with Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore. In 2010, the band launched a Best Of album.

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