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Swing in Mirepoix

A festival of conviviality

Swing à Mirepoix is 3 days of Jazz, Swing and good humor in the heart of the medieval city! During the Easter weekend, this festival kicks off the calendar of events with a rich program of “IN” and “OFF” concerts to get all generations moving. Popular, festive and cultural, with great international artists on stage, this is an event not to be missed!

Spotlight on

the 2024 edition

The 27th edition of Swing is set toinnovate! Concerts will take place exclusively in the Mirepoix market hall , for the comfort of the audience and to showcase the heart of the bastide. The space, equipped with hermetically sealed marquees, has been expanded to accommodate all the festival’s concerts. During the 4 days of festivities, the square will be animated from 11:00 to 23:00 non-stop. Food and drink will be provided by the steamer buvette (drinks, grilled meats and fish)! The entire OFF program will be open to the public, with local and regional groups performing under the covered market or strolling around the square to set the city alight! In the evening, the IN headliners will take to the stage…

Focus on IN

This year’s line-up is nothing short of exceptional. Four groups take you on a musical journey of a lifetime: 🎶 FRIDAY MARCH 29, 9:00 PM: NOUGARO FAIT SON CINEMA BY THE NouS GROUP Since 2014, the NouS group has been paying tribute to Claude Nougaro, taking care not to distort his works. NOUGARO FAIT SON CINEMA focuses on Nougaro’s life since his debut in 1962, adding little-known elements validated by his family. 1h45 long, the show features 27 songs, including 2 medleys, an acoustic section and surprises that will move the audience. On stage, the 4 accomplices give it their all: a group that creates a real dynamic! It’s made up of “kids” who love each other, but who also work hard. “Music is something you share!” 🎶 SATURDAY, MARCH 30 AT 9:00 PM: JERRY THE KILLER – ULF SANDSTROEM Ulf Sandstrom, the talented pianist-singer and leader of a major Swedish band specializing in Boogie Woogie, stands out for his charisma, infectious energy and polyglot talent. On stage, accompanied by an exceptional team including guitarist Francky Gumbo and an experienced rhythm section, he captivates European audiences with his passionate tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis, one of the pioneers of rock’n’roll. The show’s repertoire, including iconic 50s tracks such as “Great Balls of Fire”, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Breathless”, sets audiences ablaze as did Jerry Lee Lewis, aptly nicknamed “The Killer”! 🎶 SUNDAY, MARCH 31 AT 9:00 PM: ELEANORA, THE EARLY YEARS OF BILLIE HOLIDAY – NICOLLE ROCHELLE & HOT SUGAR BAND Eleanora, The Early Years of Billie Holiday is a vibrant tribute to the most radiant years of Billie Holiday’s life, as she emerged from a dark childhood to become an immense artist. Led by Nicolle Rochelle, a passionate specialist in this repertoire, the performance oscillates between respectful homage and personal interpretation. The Hot Sugar Band, made up of some of the finest musicians on the French swing and jazz scene, revisit the original arrangements and create new versions of Billie Holiday’s iconic songs. Nicolle Rochelle, also an American actress and dancer, known for her role as Josephine Baker in Paris, joins forces with the Hot Sugar Band to shed a sunny light on this crucial period in the legendary singer’s life. Based in Paris, the Hot Sugar Band is one of the most in-demand groups in the swing world, having performed over 350 concerts in the last five years, in more than 50 countries worldwide. 🎶 MONDAY, APRIL 01 AT 6:00 PM: SYMMETRIC, NICOLAS GARDEL & BAPTISTE HERBIN Saxophonist Baptiste Herbin and trumpeter Nicolas Gardel, two protagonists of the French and international jazz scene, join forces on a joint project blending their diverse influences! Joined by pianist Laurent Coulondre and drummer Yoann Serra, the four virtuosos express their personalities in an uncomplicated lyricism! RESERVE YOUR TICKETS ONLINE NOW!

The soul of the festival

The Swing association

Swing à Mirepoix is first and foremost a collective effort, driven by a team of passionate volunteers, some of whom have been with us since the very beginning of the adventure! Founded in 1996 by the Association du Swing, the festival’s objectives have remained unchanged: to share its love of jazz, swing and festivities… and to make it a key event in the Ariège region. First carried at arm’s length by president Vincent Lampasona, then taken over by Alain Baby, Bernard Garcia has been president since last year. Surrounded by 30 friends and volunteers, he hopes to welcome up to 300 spectators for the IN 2023 edition, and is already looking ahead to the future, dreaming of making Swing the little ” Marciac of Ariège”.

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