At the end of 2021, festival founder Jean-Francois Ponthieux launched a new musical project.YEYE 2.0 sees Australia’s finest female-identifying artists interpreting the songs of theYEYE-a musical movement that emerged in France in the 1960s, drawing from British andAmerican rock, French chanson, and a host of other influences to create a fresh and distinctively French sound. YEYE 2.0 is being released as a series of EPs and at SFSC, twoof the project’s stars, Ali Barter and Nadeah, will perform these enchanting songs live.
Melbourne DJ and radio host Mike Gurrieri’s SFSC set will reflect his broad, superlative taste, spanning from ‘60s jazz and chanson through to ‘70s disco and soul, ‘80s boogie, ‘90s hip-hop and house, plus the latest French dance floor tunes. Alchemy aka DJ Frank Rodi was the creative force and namesake behind the SBS TV series Alchemy, which explored dance and electronic sounds from around the world and discovered many artists. He’s back for a SFSC performance in Sydney, spinning party tunes and French Touch classics. In both cities, festival founder Jean-Francois Ponthieux will make a rare appearance behind the decks alongside our star DJs for a special live radio set of French favourites new and old.
Up-and-comer Lili Alaska is a triple threat — a French-Australian singer, songwriter and producer who, at just 17 years old, has already released an EP and three singles. A stint living in Colorado, USA and road trip across the country instilled in her a love of Americana alongside her diet of pop music. She counts Lana del Rey, Blondie, Courtney Barnett and Nico among her inspirations and has worked with some of the finest songwriters in the country, including Lindy Morrison of the Go-Betweens and Sally Seltmann. We’re delighted to have this rising chanteuse open the festival this year. Lili Alaska is currently working on a first album with award winning producer Dean Tuza (Stella Donnelly, The Rubens, MOSSY) from Melbourne / NYC.
The beloved French-Nigerian singer/rapper Féfé is set to steal a new generation of hearts at SFSC 2022, supported by Melbourne funk heroes Cookin’ on 3 Burners. This pairing is a bona fide match made in heaven — Féfé’s sunshiney Afrobeats and hip-hop and velvet croon are perfectly suited to the silky smooth sounds of one of the best bands in the country (you might be familiar with their track “This Girl”, a worldwide smash remixed by French producer Kungs in 2016) and their set is sure to go down as easily as French champagne.
Co-founder and guitarist of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Birthday Party and The Boys Next Door, long-time producer, band member for PJ Harvey and soundtrack composer, the supremely talented Mick Harvey will bring the songs of French icon Serge Gainsbourg to So Frenchy So Chic this year. Supported by J.P. Shilo, Dan Luscombe, Glenn Lewis, Hugo Cran, a string section and Xanthe Waite, Harvey will perform songs from his four acclaimed albums of translated Gainsbourg songs in an ode to France’s best-loved musical provocateur.