Huge numbers at Swiss music festival
26th July 2010
Almost a quarter of a million people attended the Paleo festival near the shores of Lake Geneva. It’s one of the biggest festivals in Europe, but few outside of Switzerland have even heard of it.
It is now in its 35th year and this summer 230,000 people were there. It’s more than the combined total of Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight.
It was headlined by the veterans Iggy and The Stooges, Motorhead and Crosby Stills & Nash.
170 bands played across its 6 stages.
It takes place just outside Nyon, round the lake from Geneva, with the Jura mountains as a backdrop.
Almost 90% of the crowd are local Swiss.
Of the foreigners many are the year long ski bums who live in the Swiss ski resorts and come down to see the bands.
PlanetSKI was there last year and for a look at what makes this festival so different then see here.
As it is Switzerland then there are the clean, flushing loos and highly organised camping as you’d expect; there are a few other reasons too.