Bois de Vincennes, Paris
10 - 11 June
Back for its fifth year, We Love Green Festival relocated to the picturesque Bois de Vincennes in the heart of Paris for two days of impressively varied bookings. The eco-minded event is kind of your average UK festival, if your average UK festival was organised by people who love the environment and attended by people who have no problem throwing a cup of sawdust into the 100% recyclable toilet after they’ve used the facilities instead of men with bindis from Essex.
Saturday boasted a line-up including two big names: first lady of Atlanta’s Awful Records, Abra, and a predictably sensational sunset performance from Solange, who managed to stun both visually and artistically despite losing her luggage and planned stage outfit. Jon Hopkins played a signature crowd-pleasing dark and heavy set in the dance tent, while Ed Banger royalty Justice were pulled in last minute to play the headline slot after A Tribe Called Quest cancelled their European tour dates following Q-Tip’s shoulder injury. Needless to say, Justice went down a treat in their home country, even though they forwent playing D.A.N.C.E and chose to end the night with a bizarre electro-rock-medley.
Sunday carried on where Saturday had left off, with a 31-degree heatwave helping things along nicely. Action Bronson – the fake, white Ghostface Killah and Vice TV star – did his thing and didn’t disappoint the big crowd that had gathered to see him. Straight after, Dr Dre protégé Anderson .Paak and his band The Free Nationals played the rowdiest set of the festival, with their funky neosoul instigating in the happiest moshpit I’ve ever seen.
Overseas festivals will always have an advantage over their UK counterparts due to their superior weather conditions: for me anyway, two days of glorious sunshine in 14 acres of Parisian park will always beat an overcast Field Day with a high chance of drizzle. Did I mention there is champagne on tap for almost the same price as beer?