Paléo Festival Nyon
It started in 1976 as the ‘First Folk Festival’ with 1,800 attending over the event’s three days.
Now the Paleo Festival Nyon is a six-day event, with over 250 shows across seven stages, entertaining around 230,000 visitors.
One of Europe’s most important musical events, it offers a truly eclectic range of acts.
The Paleo festival supports and promotes new talents alongside established stars and shines a light on less well-known musical styles.
Switzerland’s largest open-air festival, its values are set in a charter with environmental protection, social responsibility, and a terrific spirit of respect for all involved being guiding principles.
The local and international acts perform across seven areas:
Main Stage – the festival’s major musical acts
Arches – all styles of music
Dome – world music stage.
Détour – urban music and emerging artists
Club Tent – new and emerging talents
La Ruche – street theatre and circus acts
L’Escale – cultural animations and acoustic concerts
Things to do and places to stay
A picturesque town overlooking Lake Geneva, Nyon is a lovely place to spend some time.
Historic sites highlight the region’s Celtic and Roman past, and the old town dates back to the 13th century.
Surrounded by lakes and delightful countryside full of vineyards, it’s a lovely spot for hiking and water sports.
Camping is the best option for festival visitors, and various options are available.
Festival ticket and pass holders have access to the Paléo Campsite.
For a campsite experience with more comfort, Paléo offers the unique onsite Pal’Asse for an additional charge.
Campervans can stay in a dedicated area, and there is also a charge for this.
Base Nyon is an apart-hotel located near the Nyon train station.
It’s a modern and well-equipped accommodation offering views of Lake Geneva and the French Alps.
Due to the popularity of the Paléo Festival Nyon, nearby accommodation is usually booked well in advance.
You might want to look further at Geneva, Lausanne, and Morges.
How to get there
The Paléo Festival Nyon takes place on the 84-hectare Asse site above Nyon.
Nyon is located between Geneva and Lausanne, near the lovely Léman Lake.
Public transport is readily available, and most regions in western Switzerland offer special Paléo fares.
It will take about 30 minutes to walk to the festival site from the Nyon train station or town centre.
Biking is also encouraged, and there are special parking zones for bicycles.
Onsite car parking is also available, and the festival organisers suggest car-sharing.