Since its creation in 2006, the Roxy Jam – now known as the Roxy Pro – has gained a great reputation on the French and European music scene, renowned for playing host to top artists in a laid-back atmosphere with a real beach vibe.
The free Roxy pro concert presented by o r a n g e will take place in the idyllic surroundings of the beach at Port Vieux in Biarritz , o n July 16th. this year, o r a n g e ‘ s line-up has a distinctly pop feel with artists including Lilly Wood & the Prick , The Sounds and Pendentif.
Lilly Wood & the Prick
This duo currently touring France, will be playing the first part of the Roxy Pro concert. On a stage that played host to The Do, Micky Green and the Plasticines last year, this folk/electro/pop pair will be the first big name performance of the evening. Lilly Wood & The Prick was born of a meeting between singer Nili Hadida and guitarist Benjamin Cotto, in a Parisian cafe back in 2006. They were soon joined by bassist Pierre Guimard and went on to become rising stars on the French music scene, even though they sing in English and draw their inspiration from Johnny Cash, Patti Smith and The Kills. A dreamy feel, tender melodies and poetic lyrics sung in an enchanting voice with a sultry soul style…Lilly Wood & The Prick came to the notice of a famous French fragrance house with their YouTube hit “This Is A Love Song”, and performed their first festival set at “Rock en Seine” in 2009, to wide acclaim.
They’ve blasted past the decade mark, released three acclaimed albums, and indisputably owned more than a thousand shows in over 25 countries. By now, people know: When it comes to sassy, confident, feel-good rock ’n’ roll Sweden’s The Sounds are the gold standard. Even as they’ve evolved markedly since their 2002breakthrough debut, Living In America, the Malmö based quintet has remained true to their New Wavesoul, delivering that perfect mix of sass and smarts, old and new, electric and electronic every time. While TheSounds’ last two albums – Dying To Say This To You(2006) and Crossing The Rubicon (2009) – were recorded Stateside with a handful of talented producers on board(including Jeff Saltzman, Mark Saunders, James Iha, and Adam Schlesinger), Something To Die For is one hundred percent The Sounds. Not only did the band produce the album themselves, but they wrote and recorded it in their very own studio over much of 2010. “We’ve been interested in electronic music from the beginning,” says Jesper Anderberg, keyboardist, guitarist and other main writer. Rounded out by bassist JohanBengtsson and drummer Fredrik Blond, The Sounds have always displayed a healthy respect for bombastic synthsand propulsive beats, but on Something To Die For, the feeling is bigger, broader and bolder. Of course, the same could be said about the band’s rocking side.
Warming up the stage and the crowd will be Pendentif, an up and coming young French outfit with a distinctive brand of melancholy pop and a new wave feel…Their dreamy tunes have already won over Catherine Ringer, who accompanied Pendentif on stage at the Rock School Barbey in Bordeaux in mid-April, before the talented songwriters went on to perform at the prestigious Printemps de Bourges festival. The Bordeaux band are ocean-lovers and so they’ll be right at home on the stage at Port Vieux for an evening of great music.