July 9, 2012

V4YS Concert Review - Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival, Sète, France - July2012

Back from sunny Sète with the head full of great sounds heard during the seventh edition of Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival ! 

Matthew Halsall Trio

For those not familiar with this event, it's a unique opportunity to see  a world-class line-up of artists during a 5-day window, ranging from the jazz world to the most futuristic electro sounds. 
A kind of condensed version of the outstanding Worldwide Radio Show Gilles has been hosting for years on the BBC airwaves...with the extra help of the sunshine, the already hot Mediterranean sea as well as the splendid former-fort-turned-theater of the lovely city of Sète !

Robert Glasper Experiment, Portico QuartetMatthew Halsall Trio, Tinariwen, Little Dragon, Electric Wire Hustle, Gang Colours, as well as a wide range of outstanding DJs like Four Tet, Lefto or Julio Bashmore to name just a few, the program was once again phenomenal and allowed the cosmopolitan audience to travel through a myriad of musical atmospheres.

Portico Quartet

As far as I'm concerned I'm still under the bewitching influence of the immensely creative DJ Set from Four Tet, the joyful and energetic gig from Little Dragon and the sweetness and spirituality of Matthew Halsall's trumpet.

Well you probably got it, this festival is an essential artistic experience opening the minds, warming the hearts, in a word it should almost be mandatory !

Electric Wire Hustle

Below a wonderful video from my friend Régis highlighting the spirit and atmosphere of the festival, then a few musical extracts I took from the likes of Gang Colours, Matthew Halsall, Tinariwen and Eletric Wire Hustle. Sorry for the unstable nature of the image, I hope it will nevertheless be enough to convince you to come to the 2013 edition !

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