Nearly one year ago, So Frenchy So Chic indulged all our pandemic-induced cravings for togetherness and escape with the annual Bastille Day Soirée. North Melbourne Meat Market’s look was reimagined with a distinctly Parisian look. Mirror balls hung from the ceiling, and traditional French delicacies were on offer. It aimed to tap into the feeling of freedom felt by those in France in the ’60s, as a bit of a departure from the traditional Bastille Day celebrations.
On July 14, the Bastille Day Soirée is back, and promises to be another night to be remembered. In celebration of La Fête Nationale, the mirror balls, the looks and the dancing have returned, as have dinner favorites from the likes of Hotel Gitan, Frederic, and Milk The Cow, who have designed a bistronomy menu of French delicacies. Pre-ordering is recommended.
Also returning in time for 2022’s celebrations is Ye-Ye 2.0, an annual record of 60s French music which aims to bridge the French-Australian cultural bond, combining jaunty melodies with heavier lyrics to create its irresistible and quintessential French appeal.
Produced by Aria Award-nominated producer Alice Ivy, and mixed by one of Australia’s most in-demand engineers, John Castle, Ye-Ye 2.0 features some of the brightest and boldest names in Australian music, with artists like Odette, Ngaiire, Woodes, Elizabeth, Julia Wallace, Ali Barter, Montaigne and Ainslie Wills.
Ye-Ye 2.0 EP003, the third and final instillation of the series, features proud First Nations woman and R&B star Kee’Ann, with her soulful and husky interpretation of Claude Francois’ ‘If I Had A Hammer’; one of Australia’s most thrilling and revealing new pop artists Gretta Ray, with her toe-tapping rendition of Sylvie Vartan’s ‘Tous Mes Copains’ (All My Friends); and a heartfelt original collaboration between Australian singer-songwriter Nadéah and 14-year-old psychiatric ward inpatient Océane Payet, a song exploring life as an inpatient juxtaposed with an upbeat melody, creating an incredible anthem of hope.
Ye-Ye 2.0 EP003 culminates in an exciting release of Sonny Bono’s ‘Bang Bang’ by multilingual singer-songwriter Tina Arena, the first Australian to be awarded a knighthood by the French National Order of National Merit for her contributions to French culture.
So, whether you don your sequins, your, your lace, or your widest bell-bottoms, make sure you’re dressed to the nines for an adult-only discotheque filled with decadence, delicacy and dance.
This year’s So Frenchy So Chic Bastille Soirée is on Saturday July 9, 5pm – 11pm at North Melbourne Meat Market. Tickets $ 49 each; $ 139 for VIP tickets (booked in groups of 10 or 15). More details and tickets here.
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