One of France's biggest festivals Rock en Seine returns to Paris this summer (26-28 August). To guide us through the acts playing the event which is staged in a park just outside the French capital François Missonnier, Rock En Festival Festival's Director. has made us a playlist of his personal picks from this year's bill.
La Femme – Sphynx "La Femme is surf rock! La Femme is the future of French song! A synth pop group, they sing of sexual identity, poetic intentions and bold shapes."
Editors – Life Is A Fear "Tom Smith has extraordinary vocals and we're very pleased to be hoisting the band this summer."
Peaches – I Mean Something (ft Feist) (pictured) "Emerging from the underground without compromise is a trait very few artists manage, yet it's one Merrill Nisker, alias Peaches, has! Musician, producer, filmmaker, activist her minimalist and provocative electroclash is supreme."
Soulwax – Much Against Everyone's Advice "Soulwax is the incarnation of the bubbly Belgian scene in the same time than an electro-rock melting pot which fund his golden age in the form of bootleg : named first 2 Many DJ’s, the band offered without a doubt the most amazing DJ sets of history."
Miike Snow – Genghis Khan "After picking up a Grammy for Britney Spears’s Toxic, the Swedish duo reinvented themselves as Miike Snow, so they could churn out gold for themselves. Miike Snow is the avatar of true pop geniuses."
Iggy Pop – Lust For Life "Since 10 January 2016, the Rock counts only one monument left: Iggy Pop is immortal, and if one day science has to contradict this, music will charge itself to oppose it an extraordinary career sprinkled with masterpieces. No science will be able to dissect Stooges mythical explosions and Raw Power."
Chvrches – Clearest Blue "Glasgow three-piece Chvrches are not only well-equipped for search engine listings, they also offer one of the best live shows that audiences have embraced in recent years, largely thanks to their rebellious, fully pumped synthpop, and to the spectacular energy of lead singer Lauren Mayberry."
Foals – Birch Tree "The consistent and sustained journey of Foals towards the summit of rock's pyramid shows no signs of slowing down as they've beautifully gone from strength to strength with each studio pit stop. The same is true of their live show which has taken the Oxford band from small indie clubs to the heights of the biggest stages."
Massive Attack – Ritual Spirit "Buried a hundred times, resurrected a hundred times: despite defections which might have signed the death warrant of any other project, in 2016 Massive Attack still command the most hypnotic bass lines of the modern era."
Breakbot – My Toy "Breakbot has established himself as the head of the disco-funk department nightclubs across France, as he crafts the unofficial soundtrack for bliss!"
For more, including the latest ticket news and full line-up, head to Rockenseine.com.