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Hi all...

My partner and I are moving to Luzern in the new year and very excited about living in a new country.

We have been warned over and over and over again though of how "sterile" Switzerland can be...we are optimistic, but would appreciate any tips on making sure we sample the more lively aspects of the country.

I was particularly keen to know about music festivals -- I note there seem to be a lot of blues/jazz/classical festivals...but what are the best events for younger people? Not teenage festivals...but maybe reggae/roots aimed at 21-30 year olds??

Anything in particular that stands out or should we just keep our ears and eyes alert when we get there?

Obviously they don't need to be in Luzern...
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Welcome!

Check out the growing concert list here.
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Hey, the great news is you're only an hour or so (probably 1.5hrs) away from one of Europe's BEST music festivals, held at Belfort just over the border in France, called les Eurockéennes! I've made the treck from much further away and it's been well worth it.

Here's a link to last year's festival. The site will hopefully be updated with 2009 info soon:

http://www.eurockeennes.fr/
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Re: Music Festivals

The Blue Balls festival in Luzern is aimed at all ages, and is a Blues festival in the loosest sense of the word, you can party till the early hours of the morning.

There are quite a few festival in Switzerland, Open Air St Gallen is probably the largest, but keep an eye out in Summer, there are plenty of smaller ones going on. I'm not sure it's what you call reggae/roots though.

There are a couple of Soundsystems that do the rounds of the clubs in Luzern. Bar 59 hosts a few reggae nights, though it ranges from old skool to ragga, depending on who's doing it.
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Re: Music Festivals

Check out http://www.reggae.ch/

Not much going on at the moment . It's a bit too cold for the Jamaican artists to come to Europe at the moment.
There is a 2 day reggae festival in Phaffikon ZH in July. No artists announced as yet.

Luzern is beautiful. Good luck with the move.
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www.paleo.ch
www.montreuxjazz.com
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Hey, the great news is you're only an hour or so (probably 1.5hrs) away from one of Europe's BEST music festivals, held at Belfort just over the border in France, called les Eurockéennes! I've made the treck from much further away and it's been well worth it.

Here's a link to last year's festival. The site will hopefully be updated with 2009 info soon:

http://www.eurockeennes.fr/

Hey!

Just wondering if anybody knows when tickets and lineup usually start emerging for this festival...

And also, what kind of "crowd" is it...We're by no means snobs, but probably an intense grungy rock crowd wouldn't be our scene...prefer a slightly more stylish/chilled out vibe!
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It's definitely chilled. Check out the website for photos from years gone by and the lineups to see how good a mix of music it is. Last time I went, I saw everything from Marilyn Manson to Justice. Evil Nine played in a tent in the camping area! It is quite rock orientated on the main stage, but there are lots of stages, and best of all, you can get raclette baguettes. Mmmmmm...

I had an Aussie flag flying above my tent and not only did one girl wake me up mid-morning just to say 'hi' because she likes Australia, but people stopped in for chats whenever we weren't at the festival or crashed in our tents. We even went into town and had pizza with some crazy Dutch, followed by skinny dipping with them (or undies for most of us) in a lake nearby. The weather was very warm.

The website should also give you details of when the lineup will be announced and when tickets are on sale.
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Paleo is usually really good!
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Thanks mate!

So what festival is it like in Australia??

As raging disco-ers we were your Harbourlife / Field Day type...but toned it down more to Blues and Roots Festival at Byron and Woodford Folk.

Website doesn't seam to have details on lineup and ticket release...although I can't read French!
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Re: Music Festivals

Hey Neddles, Man what's this restricting us old geezers from your festivals. 21 to 30year olds. I'm nearly dead, but I was at the Dragon, chilling out last year. Hey, I know what you mean though, but you can mix the young with the old. Check this out.
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Oh please no offence intended....I have boogied plenty of times even with my old man at festivals! ha ha

Just put that there more as a guide of the type of festival, not a restriction on attendee age by any means!!

Still can't find anything on approximate release dates...
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Me and my friends go every year to the Greenfield festival in Interlaken. I would also recommend the St. Gallen open air but his has been mentioned already in this thread.
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Thanks mate!

So what festival is it like in Australia??

As raging disco-ers we were your Harbourlife / Field Day type...but toned it down more to Blues and Roots Festival at Byron and Woodford Folk.

Website doesn't seam to have details on lineup and ticket release...although I can't read French!
Okay, it looks like the lineup will be announced at the start of March, judging by something I just read on the forum for the festival. This thread will also interest you. It contains info on the rumoured lineups of lots of festivals:

http://www.eurockeennes.fr/forum/viewtopic.php?t=16557

I can't think of a festival it's like in Aus apart from a longer Big Day Out that starts and finishes later each day. But it's been years since I've lived in Aus so the festivals I went to have probably changed quite a lot anyway.

Re ticketing, we had a mate rock up after he bought a combi in Germany and just happened to be passing nearby. We got him a ticket on the first day for the whole weekend and he scammed some parking right outside the main entrance somehow. I think the French dude gave up trying to figure out if he was English from his accent or German from his number plates and just let him park there. Anyway, my point is that tickets are normally available for some time, and even if the festival does get sold out, you can always buy them at a reasonable price off someone near the gates of the camping (often not a tout).
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Ooohhh...Big Day Out...Bit too much of an intense bogan fest for me!
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As I said, it's been a long time since I've lived in Aus so I can't really compare a festival. It was the biggest vestival there when I was there. There was a dance tent, an up-coming artist tent and a main stage (well, two at BDO), plus a few extra stages. Crowd-wise, it's a European crowd so it's not at all like bogans!!
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