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Iggy Pop fanned the flames of the Venoge Festival at its new ground on Wednesday night. He packed the audience, still showered with light rain.

From a distance, Iggy Pop looks like a bronze statue. He looks lithe, muscular, and tanned, with a long, muscular torso. In recent years, everything has loosened up a bit. The 75-year-old still wears blond hair, which falls slick to his shoulder. And we can only guess at his ocean blue eyes.

Iggy Pop launches the show in front of several thousand people with a slight delay. On the second lane, he throws his black leather on the floor. Codes are respected: the “Iguana” is back.

The last time we saw Iggy Pop in French-speaking Switzerland, he was dragged offstage during a concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2018. Broken tooth and bruised back after an accidental fall, “the Iguana” saluted in a coma, while its musicians continued to play the chords of “Real Wild Child”.

Wednesday night at the Venoge Festival, Iggy Pop performed his show and was unharmed. With him on stage, seven young musicians, including a woman on guitar, the single and wind instruments.

David Bowie’s Shadow

When he chants “I want to be your dog”, “Lust for life” and “The passenger”, part of the crowd freezes. These mythical songs awaken a part of the collective memory and the shadow of the Stooges and David Bowie floats in the air.

Iggy Pop also plays with age: he lies down on stage. We wonder if this is part of the show or if he felt bad. He gets up: we breathe.

Your whole attitude is a challenge to death. With the song “Death trip”, he has fun with her and calls to live even more intensely. Fist raised, he walks up and down the stage. He harangues the crowd and thanks them with “Fuck thanks!”.

Almost an hour and a half later, it ends in “Search and Destroy”. We would like more, but technicians are already entering the set to set the stage for Australian group Pendulum.

Venoge Festival’s Biggest Money

Arrived on Sunday and installed in a hotel on the Riviera, Iggy Pop, the biggest label of the 2022 edition of the Venoge Festival, will depart quickly enough to continue his European tour. He continues with concerts in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria and the United States.

Before him, The Last Internationale, a New York rock group committed to ecological and political issues – with the magnetic Delila Paz on vocals – and Seasick Steve, an American blues musician wearing the colors of “Peace and Love”, followed in the great stage.

The Venoge Festival lasts until Sunday with around fifty groups on three stages. Each day has its own style: rock on Wednesday, 1980 on Thursday with Alphaville, Madness, Kool & the Gang and Kid Creole, electro on Friday with Bob Sinclar, Don Diablo and Kungs and French music on Saturday with Calogero, Hoshi, Julien Clerc and even Klon.

The new camp at Penthaz, four times the size of the previous one, can accommodate 9,500 a night, compared to 6,000 at Penthalaz. It is located just a few steps from the Cinematheque Suisse Research and Archive Center. The Festival had to move, as residents near the demonstration complained about the noise.

Not “a second Paleo”

At the age of 26, Venoge Festival started out as a free village festival before turning more professional in its 20th edition. “We don’t dream of getting bigger,” its boss and programmer Greg Fischer tells Keystone-ATS. “Our goal is not to become a second Paleo,” adds spokesperson Gilles Wenger.

But the organizing committee, voluntary until now, may in the future be remunerated. “Given the size of the event, it is not excluded that this will change,” noted Greg Fischer.

After two years of stoppage linked to the pandemic, the artists, eager to go on tour again, were relatively easy to book, he continues: “on the other hand, it was very complicated on the infrastructure side”.

In question, the boom of demonstrations, which were resumed and the lack of employees, who left the event sector with the pandemic. “To finish setting up the big stage, we had to wait for the elements that were missing from Paléo and Gurten.”

There is no shortage of volunteers, even if some registrations were made at the last minute. Almost 450 of them work every night, in addition to around 150 technicians (sound, light, etc.) and others, who are paid.

In turn, festival-goers must leave their mark on the new terrain. This seems to be the case since Sunday is already “sold out” and Friday is about to be. Some of them, however, express a certain nostalgia: they liked their smaller, cheaper festival.

This article was automatically published. source: ats

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