The days after…
After a one-off edition that was entirely out of the ordinary and took place amid a summer of uncertainty, Nuits Sonores is coming home to the springtime and gravitating back to its traditional place on the calendar: the delightful Ascension weekend, from Wednesday 25 to Sunday 29 May 2022.
In addition to its spring homecoming, this 19th edition also marks an important turning point in the history of the festival, as its framework, rhythm and programming are once more laid at the behest of its constant reinvention.
Nuits become Days
At the dawn of its third decade, the Nuits Sonores festival is, more than ever, alive, agile, organic and constantly questioning the shape of its existence and its concerns.
Already underway in 2019, Arty Farty’s desire to shake up the Nuits Sonores format was heightened by the health crisis in 2020 before being put to the test during the special edition in 2021. In 2022, Nuits Sonores will therefore further strengthen its daytime identity and programming over the course of four long days on the industrial site of the former Fagor-Brandt factories, a venue that has been synonymous with the festival since 2017.
Running from Wednesday to Saturday, the four Days present us with a new opportunity to rethink the layout of the site and to rebuild the festival experience around three very different stages: the main stage (for concerts and live sets), a second stage (for hybrid performances and 360° video projections), and a soundsystem serving as an urban dancefloor.
A night with…
And the Nuits Sonores revolution does not stop there. Because the new-look Days will of course turn into our Nuits, which will be held in a more intimate setting that is already familiar to our audiences: La Sucrière and Le Sucre. The venue will host one of the festival’s flagship programmes, co-curated by iconic artists from the electronic scene: and so A day with... becomes A night with..., featuring Lala &ce, Dj Harvey, Helena Hauff and Honey Dijon. Their universes, stories and artistic connections will all be showcased on the stages at Le Sucre and La Sucrière.
While it may have seriously undermined our cultural ecosystems, and particularly the independent ones, the period we have just gone through has also presented us with an opportunity: to come up with an event that is even better thought-out and more engaged, with its eyes firmly fixed on the artists, the scenes and the imaginations that will shape the world after.