Nice Jazz Festival quits Cimiez
After last year’s fall in attendance, Nice’s mayor Christian Estrosi has declared the Nice Jazz festival will move the historic site of Cimiez to around Place Massena from next year.
Update: here is the Nice jazz festival line-up 2011.
After falling attendance, 4,800 to 4,400 from 2007-2008, the mayor has pinned the blame on the high price of tickets (€30-€50). The solution? Nearly double the capacity of the festival from 5,000 places to over 9,500 and lower ticket prices. The two principal sites will be the arena in the Albert 1er gardens with a capacity of 3,000 and the gardens next to Place Massena itself which can accommodate 6,500.
According to Nice Matin, the square will be surrounded by a “cultural and artistic village”. Once the bus station has been demolished and turned into gardens, this will be another possible venue for the concerts.
Though swapping olive trees for palm trees may give it a different ambiance, the idea of widening the audience is in principle is a good one if a semblance of the relaxed ‘picnic’ atmosphere can be maintained at the new sites.
In the mean time, here is the line-up for the Nice Jazz Festival 2010.