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January 7 - February 17
The annual Winter Sales, aka Les Soldes, take place beginning midnight in shops throughout France, particularly on clothing.

Through February 15
Skate on the Eiffel Tower! There is an ice skating rink on the first level of the Eiffel Tower, free for those who already have a ticket for the Tower, open daily 10:30am-10:30pm. Skip the line by taking the stairs, it will help you warm up, too! Skates size 25-47 (EU), gloves are required. 

Through February 15
At the Place de la Concorde is the Grande Roue Ferris Wheel. Each enclosed "car" holds six people. €10 for adult, €5 for kids under 10, open daily 11am-midnight (Fri-Sat until 1am).  

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Aug282009

Rock-en-Seine 2009 Preview

The weather is a gorgeous 70°F, sunny with a cool breeze, not a heat wave nor rain cloud in sight. It doesn't get any better than that for the 7th annual Rock-en-Seine festival, which starts today at 3pm. Not only is this one of the biggest rock festivals in France -- 47 bands in 3 days on 3 stages, with over 75,000 attendees -- it takes place in a magnificent setting on the edge of Paris (just across the Seine from the metro station Pont de Saint-Cloud), in the historic park of the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud.

 

This year's bands (*only concert in France):

Friday 28th August

OASIS (UK)
AMY MACDONALD (UK)
VAMPIRE WEEKEND * (US)
BLOC PARTY (UK)
MADNESS *(UK)
YEAH YEAH YEAHS (US)
VITALIC (FR)
KEANE (UK)
JUST JACK * (UK)
ASHER ROTH (US) *
PASSION PIT (US)
BILL CALAHAN (US)
JAMES HUNTER (UK)
THE TATIANAS (FR)
OCEANA (BERLIN)
GUSH (FR)

Saturday the 29th

FAITH NO MORE * (US)
THE OFFSPRING (US)
BIRDY NAM NAM (FR)
THE HORRORS (UK)
YANN TIERSEN (FR)
CALVIN HARRIS * (UK)
SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS (US)
EBONY BONES (UK)
NOISETTES (UK)
KITTY DAISY AND LEWIS * (UK)
DANANANANAYCROYD (UK)
BILLY TALENT (CANADA)
THE ASTEROIDS GALAXY TOUR (DENMARK)
JILL IS LUCKY (FR)
ZONE LIBRE VS CAZEY AND B.JAMES (FR)
CHEVEU (FR)

Sunday the 30th

THE PRODIGY (UK)
MGMT * (US)
KLAXONS (UK)
MACY GRAY * (US)
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL * (US)
SLIIMY (FR)
METRIC (CANADA)
PATRICK WOLF * (UK)
ROBIN McKELLE (US)
LES PETITS POIS * (see below)
SAMMY DECOSTER (FR)
BAABA MAAL * (SENEGAL)
LILLY WOOD & THE PRICK (FR)
HINDI ZAHRA (FR)
VETO (DENMARK)

The worst-kept secret of this year's Rock-en-Seine is that "Les Petits Pois" are actually Them Crooked Vultures, made up of Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Joshua Homme (QOTSA, Eagles of Death Metal), and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).

In addition to the bands, there are also "rock" themed art exhibitions, the usual array of food, drink and souvenir stands, and a special tent for kids (far from the noise).

As usual, no cameras, recorders or alcohol can be brought into the festival (you can buy plenty there). Make sure you have cash before you arrive, as there are no cash machines in or near the park (and the ones around the metro station will surely be emptied out in no time), and no credit cards are accepted for payment.

As of today,Friday tickets and three-day passes are sold out, but tickets for Saturday and Sunday are still available.

Stay tuned for photos and reports from the field!

See my photo essays of the last three Rock-en-Seine festivals:

Rock-en-Seine 2006

Rock-en-Seine 2007

Rock-en-Seine 2008 and here

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