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And Now for Something Completely Different: Vincent Girault Gives the Folks in Vallorcine an Earful

Percussion skills or shampoo commercial. You decide.

Big thanks to alert reader ‘Blackie’ Blackwood for sending this our way and livening up a Wednesday morning filled with bad news.

I’ll second Blackie’s advice to slip on the cans and turn this one up.

According to the info on YouTube: “Vincent is a French native musician. He has been building The Electronic Conspiracy (Electro Rock) as a drummer / music producer and plays drums with Neimo (Pop Rock) & Altess (Hardcore). He toured with Vegastar (Electro Pop) in 2008, and punctually appeared with Sophie Ellis Bextor, Robyn, Enrique Iglesias and Jenifer for some TV shows.”

Hammocks Without Borders – Ultra Sieste du Mont Blanc 2011

And if you’re wondering why anyone would choose to go through all that suffering when they could be kicking back in a hammock enjoying a lightly chilled rosé, then you need to check out … the Ultra Sieste du Mont Blanc

All the non-action starts today, Friday 26 August, 17:00, Les Gaillands. Bring a hammock, chaise longue, eats, drinks, games and a sense-of-humor.

Mo’ beta at

White Chamonix / Black Weekend

‘Nuff said.

The Black Bosses Telemark Weekend

2009 Boss des Bosses Photo: UpstairsChamonix

Boss des Bosses 17 March

Oh yeah, it’s that time of year again. The sun’s out, the snow’s softening up and the silly outfits are slowly but surely making their way from the back of the closet to the slopes. Must be time for the Boss des Bosses.

2010 is the 21st anniversary of Chamonix’s most important inter-resort, fancy dress, mogul rivalry and with last year’s crowd breaking all previous records, the 2010 edition should not be missed.

Teams of men and women skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers from Chamonix, Verbier, Meribel and Courchevel will be oiling up the knees and waxing up their shortest, skinniest skis in their attempt to unseat 2009 champion Zermatt. Local DJs will be banging out tunes and there’s always more than a few truly fantastic outfits on parade to keep everyone entertained.

The contest starts Wednesday, 17 March around that time and will finish when it’s over so don’t be late.

The Black Weekend 17-21 March

There’s not a whole lot you can say about The Black Weekend other than it’s pretty much everything you’d expect and more from the world’s coolest ski brand – skiing, partying, debauchery, repeat.

Check for a schedule of the weekend’s many festivities.

Otavalo Telemark Festival 19-21 March

Thankfully we’ll have a day to work off the hangover from the Boss des Bosses before the good crew at Otavalo kick off their Telemark Festival on the 19th and running through to the 21st. The event will be held at the top of LeTour’s Charamillon lift and will feature a free ski test with over 70 pairs of skis and boots to demo from K2, Zag and Movement as well as handmade skis by Rabbit on the Roof and Chamonix-based Homeski by Brotherwood.

For those who’ve been thinking their legs are just simply too strong for a girly sport like alpine skiing, or for anyone in need of brushing up on their drop knee technique, there will be instructors on hand giving free instruction.

And finally, there will also be a free telecross race held throughout the event and there’s rumors of some kind of fiesta going down at the refuge one night followed, no doubt, by a boozy midnight Chinese downhill.

Last but not least, those whose thighs have not yet burst into flames will leave Sunday morning with a wool-clad herd of other pinheads and ski via the Haute Route to the Telemark Festival Zermatt which will start on the 26th and ends when people can no longer walk.

Glastonbury It Ain’t … And That’s a Good Thing

Summer is fully upon us here in Chamonix and just because we’ve decided to sequester ourselves in at the far end of a lovely alpine valley doesn’t mean we have to forego some of the better things in life. Like summer music festivals, for instance. And while we may not be able to splash around in the mud with tens of thousands of other freaks right here in our own valley, there’s still plenty to choose from in and around the area. Listed below is just a sampling of what’s on offer.

43rd Montreux Jazz FestivalMontreux

3-18 July

Montreux, Switzerland

The mack daddy of summer festivals, in this area anyway, Montreux continues its tradition of top acts with Underworld, Mos Def, Herbie Hancock & Lang Lang, Black Eyed Peas, Klaxon, Lily Allen, Steve Winwood, Q-Tip, Grace Jones, Kool & The Gang, Madeleine Peyroux, The Swedish ACT All-Stars, Simian Mobile Disco among many, many, many others. Can’t afford to shell out €45 for a ticket? Then check out up-and-coming acts in the Montreux Jazz Café, the all-star DJs at the MDH Club or mellow house at Studio 41/Cocktail Garden, all of which are free. You can also take your party to the high seas on any of the Salsa, Brazil or Flamenco boats. There’s entirely too much to mention so just go to and have a poke around. Rest assured there’s something for all tastes and all budgets.


10-12 July

Aix Les Bains, France

Can’t get tickets for that Birdy Nam Nam show at Montreux Jazz Fest? Don’t let it ruin your summer because you’ve got a second chance to see them at Musilac in Aix les Bains which runs from 10-12 July. Other acts include Prodigy, Gossip, Ghinzu, The Pretenders, Keziah Jones, Franz Ferdinand, Duffy, The Kooks, The Dodoz and Coming Soon.


16-19 July

Bern, Switzerland

According to their website, “The Festival takes place on the wooded Gurten hilltop, a venue which is considered one of the most scenic in all of Switzerland.” Franz Ferdinand, Röyksopp, Tricky, Dropkick Murphys, Juliette Lewis, Travis, Friendly Fires, Bloc Party, Oasis, King of Leon are on the stages while a full lineup of DJs will be rockin the three, count ‘em, three, dance tents from 14:00 til 5:00 each day except Sunday when at 22:15 they kindly ask everyone to please go the fuck home already.

Paléo Festival NyonPaleo

21-26 July

Nyon, Switzerland

After more than 30 years of rockin’ summer nights it’s safe to say that Paléo Nyon has the festival thing wired pretty tight. To wit, ths year’s Paléo will include more than 120 concerts and 227,000 music freaks on 84 hectares of land. This year’s acts include Placebo, Kaiser Chiefs, The Prodigy, Franz Ferdinand, The Ting Tings, Moby, 2manydjs, Pete Doherty, TV On The Radio, Tracy Chapman and Santigold (who used to be Santogold before the copyright lawyers came a-knockin’). Paléo is run by a non-profit organization that is committed to offering quality, affordable music. Ticket sales are limited to 35,000 spectators per day with passes starting at just €30 per day.

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