Caribana Festival

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Country and Region SwitzerlandValais
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Crans, Valais, Switzerland
Festival Contact Information

Association Caribana
Grand Rue 22
1260 Nyon

Festival Description

It all started in 1990 when a group of friends decided to organize a musical event on a small part of Crans harbor. The 1st edition was completely free and was a big success. A Saturday in the tropical atmosphere… Caribana is born!

Caribana being friendly and warm, it quickly seduced and increasing number of people and therefore became to small and had to move to the current venue, “Ekbal”, in 1995. In 1997, Caribana festival takes a next step by putting up a second stage, innovating with blues music and setting up a shuttle service. In 2001, the number of spectators increases and reaches 18’500 visitors. In 2002, a new record was beaten and 20’000 visitors invaded the venue. In 2005, the festival innovates once again by setting up four evenings of concerts instead of three.

The human dimension of the festival as well as a place of meeting and discussion, Caribana is most of all a festive place where one can meet with friends and relax completely. The festival won two prices of the “”. The first price was won in 2006 for the best way of greeting spectators & the best organization. In 2007 the festival won for the second time the best organization price.

The festivals first concern is to privilege discoveries to put forward its knowledge of music and the quality of the program. It is often one step ahead of the music trend!

Festival Dates June 6 - 10, 2012
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Festival Events:

Artist feature 2012:
  • Lou Reed
    Performance — June 8, 2012
    • Hot off the incredible reception of his collaborative album LULU with Metallica, Lou Reed will embark on a “FROM VU TO LULU” European tour during Summer 2012. The tour will feature a 5-piece band, including Lou Reed, Tony ‘Thunder’ Smith (drums), Rob Wasserman (bass), Kevin Hearn (keyboards), and Aram Bajakian (guitar). Lou and band will perform material from Reed’s entire cannon of songs ranging from the Velvet Underground to his recent Metallica collaborative album LULU. The tour will start in Luxembourg on Wednesday, June 6 and will take in several other festivals, including Switzerland’s Caribana Festival, France’s Montereau Festival, Berlin’s Citadel Music Festival and Slovakia’s renowned Pohoda Festival. Lou will also perform several concerts in France, Holland, Belgium, and Denmark.
  • Lou Reed — Official Website
  • Lou Reed — Official Facebook!/LouReed
  • Lou Reed — Official Twitter!/search/lou%20reed


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