RadioHead play Nîmes
The arènes de Nîmes is best known for its Roman architecture and passionate corridas but in July the ancient amphitheatre will be rocking to the beats of the famous group Radiohead. Formed in the late eighties in Abingdon, Oxfordshire the British band are best known for their hits A Wolf At the Door, Lucky and I Will. With many international tours under their belt, L&P Sun ask group manager Chris Hufford what his impressions are of performing to a southern French audience:
What inspires you to keep the band to continue touring after so many years?
It's the band and their creativity. They continue to ﬁnd new and amazingly creative ways of producing and presenting their music on record and live.
With so many past successes, how do you manage to remain at the top?
As above... it's the band not me. There is always a market for brilliantly creative music that touches people.
Radiohead have already performed concerts in the arènes de Nîmes in summer 2008, what is it that you like about this venue?
It's a really beautiful setting and the audience are always fantastic.
How does performing to a French audience differ from playing to an English one?
Audiences in every country seem to have different characteristics. I love French audiences... they are hugely enthusiastic but also knowledgable and respectful.
The concerts don’t only rely on music, you also have strong visuals. Can you tell us about what kind of show we can expect to see in Nîmes?
It's hard to explain but is a progression from the visuals we had on the last tour a few years back... a treat of an experience!!
The latest album came out last year. There are rumours that you are going to bring out a new album this year. Can you tell us more?
We haven't time to record and release a new album this year because of the touring commitments but there's some great new material coming and I am sure they will be playing some new songs at the show.
We know you like the Gard very much, what do you particularly like about this part of the world?
Peace & tranquillity
If there was 3 things not to change in the area, what would they be?
Peace, tranquility and everywhere closing for lunch :-)
Radiohead play les arènes de Nîmes 10th - 11th July www.radiohead.com
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The sun is out, bank holidays are in, we all want to go and explore, although this can sometimes be ruined by the dreaded mistral (p14). But let’s not spoil things. How about a visit to St Jean du Fos (p20) or if you’re feeling more urban, a nice shopping day in Avignon with a healthy tea break (p23) or a visit to an art gallery in Nîmes? (p17) If you’re feeling extra energetic like me, how about entering the Pont du Gard race on 30 June to raise money for a fantastic local charity? Also in this issue, the remarkable story of a simulated space mission by Claire (p18) and a very funny article by Bernice on her pathological inability (or so she says) to learn languages (p22).