The French scene seems to have really picked up in the last couple of years. With acts like Apollonia, clubs like Rex and now festivals like Tribe it seems the chic Gallic nation is back where it belongs – the top of the house tree. This ambitious new event takes place right in the centre of Pairs in the shadow of the romantic city’s most iconic attraction, Le Tour Eiffel. Located on a small industrial island, it is a nicely hidden away location right in the centre of town so is easy to get to and makes for a sprawling site with various tents as well as plenty of other extra-musical offerings.

The different tents all had different names including Fire Stage and Earth Stage. One was a long, high ceiling-ed warehouse that came alive with cool lights and lasers and managed to pull the crowd together instead of making everyone feel disconnected. It was here that Jamie Jones was on when we arrived and as usual the Hot Creations boss played deep, seductive modern house with creamy basslines and plenty of attractive vocals.


After him came a tougher and more paired down techno sound from Items & Things boss and Polish superstar Magda. Her dark disco energy kept people dancing whilst at the same time BPitch Control’s first lady, Ellen Allien, was doing her dark art house style techno to a crowd that lapped up every beat. She was followed by Cassy, the classically inclined house and techno selector famed for her sets at PBar, and the great sound system at the festival really did make for an excellent experience.

The fine weather across the weekend sure made this first ever Tribes Festival that bit more special. Baked in sun and with clear blue sky people from all of Europe milled about between stages soaking up the atmosphere of this great city. Other sets worth mentioning include DJ Koze, the weird German house and techno inventor who played a truly marvelous and magical set, and then Guy Gerber, fresh from his new Wisdom of the Glove season in Ibiza. His set was typically deep, serene and peppered with his own jams from his own Rumors label.

The highlights frankly kept on coming with pop dance dup Benoit & Sergio serving up a moody set of sultry electronics and warm basslines. Sven Vath, everyone’s favourite techno titan, then came correct with a big hitting selection of rollers, bangers, raved-up classics and cheeky curveballs and the crowds lapped up every beat. Paris, then, has a really great new gem in its crown and already we are looking forward to next year.

Words: Jasper Price

The Tribes