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Four of France's finest painted London red, white and blue (the French kind) in the first 'Testing 1 to 3: The Bureau Export Session' at ILMC in March
By IQ on 02 May 2017
Four of France’s most hotly tipped young acts played a special showcase, hosted by French export office Bureau Export, at the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) in London in March.
The first ‘Testing 1 to 3: The Bureau Export Session’ transformed Bodo’s Schloss (350-cap.), next to the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, into a little piece of France on this side of La Manche, bringing together the best of emerging French talent with a selection of wines and cheeses.
The four acts – Sônge, Juveniles, DBFC and Bantam Lyons – then went on to play the first of Bureau Export’s new Oui Love London club nights the next day.
Sônge, “with her sci-fi-tinged look and futurist R&B sound”, was the “most striking performer” at the showcase, reckons Bureau Export, winning over ILMC delegates with her blend of “hooky pop and accessible experimentation”.
Bantam Lyons, meanwhile, performed “intense sets” at both ILMC and the Oui Love event, showcasing their brand of (in the words of Mojo) “’80s bedsit goth angst married to ramming-speed drumming, torn-edges guitar and a voice of Gallic gut-ache beauty”, while Juveniles’ (pictured above) elegant disco-pop similarly “went down a treat” at both events.
Psychedelic electro-rockers DBFC – a favourite at The Great Escape 2016 – wrapped up the event, “rounding out the showcase beautifully” as they prepare for the June release of debut album Jenks.
Bureau Export’s London director, Sylvain Thollon, comments: “Bureau Export was delighted to participate in the first ever daytime showcase during ILMC. It was a great platform for the four chosen artists, Sônge, Bantam Lyons, DBFC and Juveniles, to impress international professionals on 8 March before going on to inaugurate the Oui Love nights at Birthdays on the 9th.”
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