Unmissable Summer Music Festivals in the South of France in 2018

Music fans and holidaymakers are spoilt for choice when it comes to music events in the South of France. With balmy nights and an idyllic natural setting, the French Riviera showcases some of the best festivals and concerts in Europe. The eclectic range of events features everything from hip-hop (including Jay-Z and Beyoncé) to classical. Here are the highlights:

Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival, 6th July to 18th August, Monte-Carlo

Monaco’s Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival is based around formal dinner galas with performances by the world’s finest singers. In the past, Lenny Kravitz and Lady Gaga have taken to the stage, but this year Rita Ora is among the headline acts, performing on Tuesday 7th August. She is joined by Seal, Tom Jones, Il Volo, Santana and Grace Jones. The Salle des Etoiles and the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo are the perfect venues for these high-profile concerts, and they are easy to reach from Nice Côte d’Azur airport with a helicopter transfer from Nice to Monaco in just seven minutes!

Nice Jazz Festival, 17th to 21st July, Nice

Nice Jazz Festival has hosted an illustrious list of musicians since it was established in 1948. Back then, Louis Armstrong and his All Stars headlined the inaugural event and guaranteed its rise to become the premier jazz festival on the French Riviera. This year, the open-air music festival held in the heart of Nice celebrates its 70th anniversary and will welcome Gregory Porter, Massive Attack, Jack Johnson, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man and Camille Bertault among a long list of highly renowned artists. A mix of traditional jazz and modern funk will fill Place Massena.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Concert, 17th July, Nice
In undoubtedly the biggest concert of the summer, music’s power-duo Beyoncé and Jay-Z are bringing some megastar glamour to Nice. Frequent visitors to the area on a superyacht, this time they will step onto dry land and perform at Nice’s Allianz Riviera stadium as part of their ‘On the Run II’ tour.

Jazz à Juan, 12th to 22nd July, Juan-les-Pins

The Cote d’Azur positively reverberates with the smooth sounds of jazz this summer. Besides making a beeline for Nice, jazz fans make sure they stop by Juan-les-Pins every July when Jazz à Juan takes place. The festival is one of the oldest jazz events in Europe and has been known to launch the international careers of its performers. Famous names such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Carlos Santana have all graced the beachfront stage at Jazz a Juan. It offers a packed program of every kind of jazz and this year’s diverse line-up includes Norah Jones, Lenny Kravitz and Carla Bruni.

Festival Les Grimaldines, 17th July to 7th August, Gulf of Saint-Tropez
A world music festival that takes place over four Tuesdays from July 17th to August 7th, Les Grimaldines attracts thousands of music lovers to pretty Grimaud Village and the steps of its medieval castle. It’s a delightful musical world tour in a month. This year’s line-up includes Imany, Sinclair, Jehro and Michel Fugain.

Menton Music Festival, 28th July to 11th August, Menton
The Menton Music Festival is another well-established event on the French Riviera. This year it celebrates its 69th edition and is one of the oldest and most important classical festivals in Europe. Concerts are scheduled to take place at Parvis de la Basilique Saint-Michel Archange and other venues around the pretty seaside town. This year, the organizers have arranged for a violin masterclass taught by three outstanding and acclaimed violinists: Sayaka Shoji, Boris Garlitsky and Liana Tretiakova. The program has diversified so that relatively unknown classical musicians get the chance to shine along with big-name artists. Subsequently, Menton Music Festival will appeal to both long-time fans of classical music and newcomers.



Monte-Carlo Television Festival: Golden Nymph Awards

After a week full of star-studded events the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, and under the Honorary Presidency of Prince Albert II of Monaco, has rewarded talented professionals associated with some of the most successful programs.

Best Drama TV Series : La Casa De Papel
Outstanding Actress : Lynn Van Royen
Outstanding Actor : Johannes Lassen
Best Action & Science Fiction TV Series : Scorpion
Best Crime TV Series : Lethal Weapon
Best Telenovelas - Soap Operas : The Bold And The Beautiful
Prince Rainier III Special Prize : A Plastic Whale
Prince Rainier III Special Prize : Forest Blind
AMADE Prize : ISIS Next Generation / Les Enfants Perdus Du Califat
International Committee of the Red Cross Prize : Goodbye Aleppo
SIGNIS Prize : Benede / Der Polizist, Der Mord Und Das Kind
Monaco Red Cross Prize : The Power Of Silence / Pau, La Força D'Un Silenci
PeaceJam Prize : The Divine Order / Die Göttliche Ordnung
PeaceJam Prize : White Right: Meeting The Enemy

For more information about the Monte-Carlo Television Festival click here.

Longines Show Jumping Tour in Monaco: What to expect

Monte-Carlo’s spectacular Port d’Hercules will play host to the 2018 Longines Global Champions Tour season later this month. From the 28th-30th June Monaco will be filled to the brim with show jumping enthusiasts, all there to enjoy a three-day spectacle filled with explosive performances from the best international riders and horses.

But what exactly is all the fuss about, what should you expect, and where should you stay? Below find out everything you need to know about the Monaco leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.

What is the Longines Global Champions Tour?
The Longines Tour runs over 17 exciting global destinations and, for spectators, is a unique opportunity to watch elite equestrian jumping. It brings together the world’s top show jumpers - including Olympic, World and Continental Champions - to compete for the Tour-winning title of Champion of Champions (as well as the large pot of prize money!) The stakes are high and the contest is fierce.

Founded by former Olympic showjumper Jan Tops, Longines is a favourite among celebrity equestrian enthusiasts such as Bruce Springsteen and Bill Gates, with excellent VIP hospitality available across all destinations.

What are the expected highlights?
The Monaco leg of the Tour always holds high prestige, positioned within the iconic former Formula 1 race track and watched over by the extraordinary superyachts that line Port d’Hercules.

The start of June saw the Tour hit Cannes, where Peder Fredricson of Sweden surprised us all by beating world number one-ranked Harrie Smolders to victory. Meanwhile, 2011/2012 Champions tour winner Edwina Tops-Alexander of Australia finished down the field in 19th place. With so many shocking lead-switches in occurrence, we expect Monaco will see the favourites attempt to up their game in order to take back the throne.

The action heads to Cascals in Portugal from the 14-16th June before reaching Monaco at the end of the month.

Where are the best places to stay during the Monaco jumping contest?
One thing Monte-Carlo is not short of is luxurious places to stay. From glamourous hotels to private villas close to Monaco, there is something to suit every requirement. For those who want to stay in the heart of the equestrian action try the Fairmont Monte Carlo, a prestigious four-star resort offering rooftop views over the principality, or the Hotel de Paris, a so-called ‘temple of gastronomy’ with its 3-Michelin-star Le Louis XV restaurant.

For those who prefer a slightly more secluded spot, the best place to stay during Monte-Carlo’s jumping competition is a villa. This is also a more ideal option for large groups, as rentals can range from 3-12+ bedrooms, and tend to include a private pool and other amenities as a bonus. Stay only a short drive away from excitement of the Champions Tour, whilst enjoying peace and quiet at your leisure.

However you choose to experience it, we hope you have a blast! We can’t wait to see what the 2018 Longines Global Champions Tour in Monaco has in store.

Monte-Carlo Fashion Week: Meaningful Fashion

In spring, the glamorous Principality of Monaco hosted the Monte-Carlo Fashion Week in its sixth edition from May 16 to the 20, 2018.

A gala dinner and awards ceremony was held at the Yacht Club of Monaco which launched the event and rewarded leading figures and institutions in their respective industries including: Businessman Flavio Briatore, Founder of the Fashion Film Festival Milano Constanza Cavalli Etro, Photographer German Larkin, Italian brand Maison Etro and the Monégasque brand Banana Moon, Educational institution Istituto Marangoni, and Indian-International designer Rahul Mishra, who later inaugurated the catwalk with his Spring/Summer 2019 collection.

Acknowledging the importance of global fashion business, round table discussions and presentations were held at the Café de Paris with experts sharing their know-how on market trends and professional advice in the industry. Sustainable fashion and responsible luxury was a topic that we particularly enjoyed.

The next days were full of fashion collections of designers from all around the world reflecting the international identity of Monaco and the contemporary fashion industry. More than 30 designers from 10 countries showcased their works to a crowd of elite clients, global media and fashion lovers.

Clothes and accessories celebrated the individuality of artists and were selected to satisfy the diverse styles of women of today. From the ready-to-wear and capsule to resort and beachwear collections, it was a tour around the world under one roof. All the pieces fitted the values of this year’s edition: Young, Talented, International, Emerging, Sustainable, Innovative, and Glamorous.

A highlight of the show was the collection of Federica Nardoni Spinetta, President and Founder of the Chambre Monegasque de la Mode and Designer of Beach & Cashmere Monaco. She used her platform to send out a significant message: Save The Ocean. And it was the right place to do so in Monaco, a country renowned for marine protection, to raise awareness to an environmental crisis. “We love our ocean and we have to save it from pollution,” commented Federica.

About MCFW:
The Monte-Carlo Fashion Week is organized since 2013 by the Chambre Monégasque de la Mode (CMM), with the continuous support of the Government, the City Hall and the Tourism Office of the Principality of Monaco. Firmly believing in social responsibility, the Monte-Carlo Fashion Week supports the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation to raise public awareness about the dangers of water and teach children to swim while learning safety measures.

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Amber Lounge Celebrates Crystal Anniversary At The Monaco Grand Prix

The iconic events brand Amber Lounge could not have chosen a more symbolic setting in which to celebrate its extraordinary jubilee. For the past 15 years it has enjoyed a genuine romance with the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The love story began in 2003 when Sonia Irvine, sister of Eddie Irvine, ex Ferrari and Jaguar driver decided to organize a party for Formula‘s family and their friends, away from the preying eyes of media. Ever since, through following the world's most fascinating motorsport around the globe, Amber Lounge has become the place-to-be over a grand prix weekend be it to network or just let your hair down it all happens at Amber Lounge.

Whether in Monaco, Singapore or Abu Dhabi, Amber Lounge is present at the most prestigious dates in the F1 race calendar. It was therefore natural that it should blow out the candles on its 15th birthday cake just metres away from the famous Monte Carlo racetrack, where it all started.

A true icon of the Monaco Grand Prix, the Amber Lounge after party is all set to celebrate its crystal age with a bang. Over three unforgettable nights the elusive nightclub will host exceptional live performances in a fully revamped interior.

Kicking off on Friday 25th May with the U*NITE charity fashion after party, Amber Lounge will welcome A-list celebrities including friends of the company. From the warm reception on arrival to the international bands, DJs and dancers all in attendance, Saturday Extravaganza and Sunday F1 Driver Post Race Party nights will attest that the club’s 15 year anniversary is a roaring testimonial to its well-deserved success.

If you are yet to sample the delights of Amber Lounge Dining, a contemporary waterfront setting and majestic atmosphere, make sure you start your night on a perfect note.

There is no better place to watch the Monaco GP than onboard the Amber Lounge Celebrity superyacht berthed trackside in Port Hercule. Celebrities and VIP guests will experience the unparalleled exhilaration of the world famous race in protected privacy from the heart of the iconic circuit.

Their exclusive tri-deck is set to welcome well-known personalities including three F1 drivers: Stoffel Vandoorne, Esteban Ocon and Marcus Ericsson, in its enchanting surroundings. The Amber Lounge Celebrity Yacht is undeniably the spot to feel the thrill of the competition, as the world’s best drivers fight for the F1 podium finish, while indulging in splendid dining and unlimited champagne.

Since its launch in 1962, Vicedomini has been dressing Europe’s elite in elegant signature gowns and dresses. Today, under the creative direction of Alessandra Vicedomini, the maison has shifted gear, positioning at the forefront of Italian fashion and providing a bespoke atelier service, in both Milan and Geneva.

Petra Nemcova, Paris Hilton, Victoria Silvstedt and Nicole Banderas are just a few of the celebrities Vicedomini counts among its ambassadors spreading the trend of a revolutionary knitwear with a strong appeal to globetrotter women and jet-set élite. The most sophisticate easy-to-travel pieces, taking you from morning to evening, are now recognized worldwide thanks to their unique versatility. Vicedomini will take centre stage at the Amber Lounge Fashion Show, showcasing the best designs from the Couture collections, including some exclusive pieces especially created for the occasion.

On headlining the Amber Lounge Fashion Show, Alessandra Vicedomini says: “This fashion show is a dazzling challenge for me, and it will certainly stand out as a creative performance in our brand history, thanks to the breathtaking setting the Amber Lounge has created for us, and to the dynamic Grand Prix atmosphere. I am working with my team to create a capsule collection that will reflect a perfect combination between our knitwear purism, and the aristocratic glamour around, with a touch of interesting sparkle!”

During the Fashion Show the celebrity and motorsport worlds will gather for a charity auction in aid of Jackie Stewart’s, Race Against Dementia foundation, an association dedicated to raising money to fund breakthrough and innovative dementia research. This is always one of the highlights of the weekend, and one of the most eagerly anticipated events. Deeply committed to various charitable causes, Amber Lounge is proud to support this exceptional organization for the second consecutive year.

A few years ago, as the legendary Grand Prix after-party followed Formula 1 to celebrate the return of F1 to Mexico after 23 years, it received an exceptionally warm welcome by Mexico City. “We soon discovered there was much more to Mexico City than I had imagined before my first visit. The city blew me away with their warm hospitality and the level of service, and I've experienced the very best. I am beyond delighted to continue partnership with CDMX Mexico City, to promote together this magnificent luxury travel destination” – said Sonia Irvine, Founder and CEO of Amber Lounge.

Mexico City is cosmopolitan and sophisticated, punctuated by a thriving arts scene, luxury hotels, and some of world’s finest high-end dining experiences. That is why Amber Lounge Monaco is proud to present this re-enlivened holiday hotspot as this year’s Luxury Destination Partner.

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