While Lou Doillon might be considered French pop royalty (daughter of Jane Birkin, half-sister of Charlotte Gainsbourg), the acclaim for her debut album, Places, has proven the former model is a seriously talented in her own right. The recent Best Female Artist winner at the French Grammys writes and sings heartfelt folk-pop about love, regret and obsession.
By now, Féfé probably needs no introduction to Australian world music audiences – the soulful troubadour was the clear crowd favourite of So Frenchy So Chic In The Park in 2012 and WOMADelaide in 2011. Whether he’s playing it cool or dancing up a storm, Féfé always seduces audiences with his sheer talent, undeniable charisma and unstoppable energy.
LILLY WOOD AND THE PRICK
The duo of Lilly Wood & the Prick already have a huge fan base, with their playful and intelligent pop seeing both of their albums go gold and win them the Best New Act award at the French Grammys. As instantly memorable and brilliant as their songs are, it’s their live presence that sets this pair apart, playing to over 600,000 fans at Olympia and the biggest French music festivals.
Making a triumphant return to the Australian stage after its knockout 2010 WOMADelaide gig is Babylon Circus, the 10-piece ska and rock band from Lyon. Singing in French and English, and mixing some raucous punk and swing into their epic sound, this energetic and theatrical group never fails to get people up and dancing – sometimes even on the stage.