Preview: Nouvelle Vague bring Bossa Nova vibes to Birmingham

Nouvelle Vague. Image: Julian Marshall

French band Nouvelle Vague, who, for the past decade has released a wealth of popular songs from the New Wave genre played in a Bossa Nova style, perform at Birmingham’s Town Hall on Monday 11 June.

Following the release of their last EP I Could Be Happy, the group led by musicians Olivier Libaux and Marc Collin have been on a US and UK tour over the past few months.

Bossa Nova is a type of music that mixes jazz and samba – made popular in Brazil throughout the 1950s. The word Bossa Nova literally translates to ‘New Wave’ which in French is Nouvelle Vague, giving the band their name and a description of their style(s).

The band’s repertoire includes tracks such as Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, Buzzcocks’ ‘Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve’), XTC’s ‘Making Plans for Nigel’ and Depeche Mode’s ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’.

Nouvelle Vague, whose members have included a number of acclaimed singers including Camille Dalmais, also perform versions of songs by The Rolling Stones, The Specials, Dead Kennedys and Public Image Ltd.

Support will be provided by Tim Keegan.

Tickets are available from the official Town Hall and Symphony Hall website.

Words: Dave Breeze

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