Nuits du Sud: two nights of eclectic music in Vence

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The 2023 edition of Nuits du Sud has been condensed from two weeks to two nights, but there’s still plenty to look forward to.  

The financial costs of hosting something as large and popular as Vence’s Nuits du Sud have risen in recent years, thus causing the municipality to make the difficult decision of reducing its signature festival’s programme from a fortnight of events to just two evenings.  

But the wonderful al fresco venue – the Grand Jardin – remains the same and so does the festival’s eclectic offerings, which will see artists from the reggae, hip hop, afrobeat and electro genres all perform beneath the open sky.  


The festival has been redubbed Nuits du Sud – La Paranthèse and though it may be shorter, it is still a marvellous chance to get to know a new generation of local artists, as well as to catch some established talent. 

Four completely different acts will get the party going from 7pm on 28th July: reggae Manudigital will open the festival, followed by cool dub artist Brain Damage, then African beats’ Mariaa Siga, and last but not least, pop-rap-afro singer Mas Kit. The final set will close at 12.30am.  

The next evening will see electro artists Pfel and Greem perform, then it will be the turn of eclectic Latin-pop duo Alligatorz, followed by Niçois rapper Adrï. The festival wraps up with Franco-British indie-pop rock singer Jude Todd.  


The event, which this year is completely free of charge for the public, is also offering some great side shows during the day, like pétanque and AI activities with La Maison de l’Intelligence Artificielle.  

From 7pm, food trucks will be set up in the “Garden of Delights”, and the chill space and kid’s corner will open. 

Nuits du Sud has a spirit rooted in the community, with more than 120 volunteers helping to make the festival a reality in conjunction with local businesses and institutions. It also has an eco-friendly vibe, with car-pooling and shuttle options. 

The festival will be taking place from 28th to 29th July. For more information and to hear clips of the artists set to play this summer, click here 


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Photo credit: Camille Dufosse / Nuits du Sud