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Vive la Fête South American tour 2015

Vive la Fête will go down to South America for a series of concerts in October 2015. Make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to see them live in concert. Shows have been confirmed for Bogota and Cali (both Colombia), Lima (Peru), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Santiago (Chile) and Sao Paulo (Brazil). More details on venues will be available shortly – keep an eye on the tourdates section of this website or the Vive la Fête Facebook page. Meanwhile: clear your agendas and get ready to party!

Vive la Fete Chanel catwalk

Vive la Fête live on the catwalk for Chanel

Back in the early 2000’s Vive la Fête’s unique style and sexy music got the attention of some of the biggest names in the fashion world. Among them was Karl Lagerfeld, who asked the band to perform live at the catwalk during the presentation of his autumn – winter 2002/2003 collection.

Vive la Fête performed five songs during the 23 minute fashion show, all the while playing on a rotating platform in the middle of the catwalk. Surrounded by the most beautiful fashion models in the world, the band set the right atmosphere for the presentation of Lagerfeld’s new collection.

The set ended with a killer version of Attaque Surprise from the album with the same name. Lagerfeld came onstage to thank the models, the audience and the band.

Upcoming Vive la Fête DVD

This exclusive footage has been rarely seen. The full fashion show set is scheduled to be included on the upcoming DVD with rare Vive la Fête material which is due for later this year.

First-ever EP “Je Ne Veux Pas” now available in digital format!

Vive la Fete - Je ne veux pas

Je ne veux pas

It all started back in 1998 with the EP Je Ne Veux Pas. Els and Danny, freshly in love, recorded their mutual love for music, electronics, romance and catchy beats and shared it with the world. The CD quickly sold out and even though it was repressed a few years later, it has been unavailable for many years. The title track was re-recorded in 2000 for Vive La Fête‘s first full lenght album Attaque Surprise, but nothing beats the original version.

The entire Je Ne Veux Pas EP has now been made available in glorious digital format through Bandcamp. Download in your preferred format, either lossless or hi-quality mp3.

Vive la Fête at The Ball de la Rose in Monaco, 2002

After playing exclusive shows on the catwalk for Chanel in Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, New York and Las Vegas, Vive la Fête was invited to open The Ball de la Rose in Monaco in Match 17, 2002. Initiated by Karl Lagerfeld, for whom the band had played the catwalks shows, Vive la Fête opened the dance party, after concerts by Marianne Faithfull and The Ringo Starr Allstar Band.

For the opening dance, Princess Caroline of Monaco requested a cover version of the Rolling Stones classic ‘Angie’. With Mick Jagger present among the guests of the annual fundraising event, Vive la Fête played an impressive and sexy version of the song which set the mood for the rest of the evening. Being in the world of the rich and famous, Els changed the lyrics from ‘Angie’ to ‘Angel’, referring to the magic of The Ball de la Rose and host of the ball, Princess Caroline of Monaco, in particular.

Amateur footage of the Vive la Fête set at The Ball de la Rose recently surfaced from the vaults of Danny Mommens.

Danny Mommens solo as Hell6

Danny Mommens, guitarist for Vive la Fete, released a brand new ep with rock songs under the name Hell6. In a recent interview with Dutch music blog KindaMuzik (in Dutch) he told Hell6 is a Do-It-Yourself project in which he can ventilate his mind and emotions.

Danny Mommens recorded all tracks himself at his home studio in the south of Belgium. Without help form his Vive la Fete bandmates, there was no room for compromises. Musically, the project is heavily influenced by hardrock bands like Led Zepelin and AC/DC.

Danny Mommens about Hell6

“I wrote the lyrics first – they are the most important”, Mommens said. “I kept the music simple, it helps to get the message clear”. Personal frustrations are at the base of all sic tracks. “Some of the songs are directly targetted at certain people form my past. I won’t reveal any names, but I want them to know that I know where they live”. Besides personal grudges, Mommens is also concerned about animal rights and wellness. After seeying the documentary The Cove, about the way dolphin hunting is part of Japanese culture, he wrote a song about it to express his feelings on the subject.

Like Hell6 on Facebook to be the first to know about further developments!

Vive la Fete with Ex PornStar Cicciolina

On November 29, 2003 Els and Danny performed at the notorious Ex Pornstar party in Amsterdam. Vive la Fête shared the bill of this extravagant event with the legendary Cicciolina, aka Ilona Staller. Staller is famous for being both an e member of the Italian parliament and, literally, an ex-pornstar. After her carreer in the adult film industry, she went on to politics to put love on the political agenda.

At the Ex PornStar event, Cicciolina performed semi-live and sung a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes”. A partial video of her performance can be found on YouTube. The clip stops halfway, as the rest didn’t pass the YouTube guidelines. Look at her dress and imagine what could happen… (and yes, it did).

Earlier that day, Els and Danny, together with Cicciolina, went to a TV studio in Hilversum (the Netherlands) to perform a cover of Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’ on the – prerecorded – late night television show Barend & van Dorp. The idea was to have Cicciolina sing a duet with Vive la Fete, but in the end it was mainly Els singing and improvising, with Cicciolina attempting to remember the words of the verse. They decided to keep it by this unique, one-time collaboration and not repeat the act at the Ex PornStar party the same night.

Vive la Fete at Ex PornStar without Cicciolina

Highlight of the Ex Pornstar party was the performance of Els and Danny as Vive la Fete. Without their extended band, they took the stage as a duo and played five songs. All five tracks of their sizzling show are now available for the first time -and we put them on YouTube for your viewing and listening pleasure! So check it out:

  1. Tokyo
  2. Touche Pas
  3. Noir Desir
  4. Maquillage
  5. (encore:) AC

Vive la Fête with Tom Tom Club

In 2004, Vive la Fête performed at the 2nd anniversary party of record store La La Land music. The shop has always been very supportive of the band, and it made sense for Vive la Fête to play at this wild party. Special guests this night were Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads fame, also friends of the owners of La La Land Music. As a special treat, Danny performed Talking Heads’ classic Psycho Killer together with Chris and Tina, who co-wrote the song back in 1975. Exclusive video footage of this once in a lifetime performance was recently discovered and edited into this unique and super-rare video.