Ireland renowned for its beauty, Guinness and craic, but surf?

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With 3172 kilometers of exposed coastline, Ireland is a surfer’s paradise. And, there are few better places to head out than on the Dingle peninsula. With three coastlines all within 30 mins of each other, Dingle has something for everyone whether you’re a beginner or an expert.  
Have a look at our available properties for your surf break here
Ex-professional windsurfer and ISA Senior Windsurfing Instructor Jamie Knox, has been teaching surfing and windsurfing in Dingle for well over 20 years. His watersports school is recognised by the Irish Surfing Association and the Irish Sailing Association, and his highly qualified, experienced and knowledgeable team offer surfing, windsurfing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding lessons.

Life@StayYNA spoke with Jeremy Owen, Manager at Jamie Knox.Jamie Knox Watersports has been around here for some time?
“Weve been offering watersport tuition for well over 25 years, Jamie fell in love with the area, and it’s wind and waves in the late 80’s and never looked back.”
What makes Dingle so good for watersports – particularly at this time of year?
“Autumn wind and waves can be awesome and the water is still pretty warm”
Wheres your favourite place to surf/windsurf in Dingle?
“Brandon Bay on the north side of the peninsula has lots of great spots that work in different swell and wind directions.”
Are the waters of Dingle safe for children to do watersports in at this time of the year?
“You always need to be careful around the sea as it can change very quickly, we’d suggest seeking a sheltered beach with no waves if you want to swim. if in doubt ask a local or pop into our surf shop on the maharees and ask.”
What do you and Jamie enjoy about teaching?
“Just seeing people achieve something new and the smiles, they always seems to end up smiling in the end”
What do you like to do afterwards? Do you go for a beer or something to eat?
“The Green Room (just past the surf shop) is a great place for an apres windsurf/surf drink, Spillanes on the Maharees is a great spot for a bite to eat and Dingle has loads of great bars and restaurants to cater for all tastes and budgets.”

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Take a look at some of the fantastic properties we have to rent for your surf season..

Ard Na Mara

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Little Liss Cottage

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Wine Strand House

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Seascape

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Endless Sands

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Salone House

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DINGLE FOOD FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS 2018

Dingle-dweller Deanna O’Connor on the foodie highlight of the year in Dingle (in fact in all of Ireland!)

You weren’t in Dingle for the first weekend in October? You were missing out! It’s the time of year for the annual Dingle Food Festival—and considering that Dingle bears the title of top foodie town in all the land, it’s quite an event.

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I wish the technology for Smell-O-Vision was invented because it would be the best way to give you a sense of the festival. Driving into the town the first place I passed was the Fish Shop, which was serving seafood barbecue and a chowder for their Festival Food Trail dishes, priced at 2 tokens for the barbecue and 1 token for the chowder. But I couldn’t stop, firstly because there was no parking (your best bet is to park out of town and take the shuttle bus in) and secondly because the Food Trail tokens are the official currency and I needed to get down to HQ to buy my book of tokens before I could start!

There is so much choice to taste. A popular favourite every year are the kangaroo skewers, but if like me, you couldn’t bring yourself to eat poor Skippy, then there is everything from a huge choice of seafood, delicious local oysters, vegetarian options, raclette…the best thing to do is follow your nose!

 

Every year, food experts descend on the town a few days in advance of the Festival to judge the national food produce awards (Blas na hEireann – Taste of Ireland). You’ll know winning products as you’ll see the medal on emblazoned on their packaging.

There is also a series of talks and panel discussions, which, if you’re in the food industry, are a must-see. Along with talks on pitching, selling and financial planning, this year’s speakers included Aoife McElwain, author of Slow at Work, with an inspiring talk about mindfulness, which made a big impression on some of those entrepreneurs who were burning the candle at both ends.

Before the madness of the festival took over the town, I grabbed a quiet corner for a chat with Dee Laffan, a renowned food journalist and editor of foodandwine.ie, who was one of the judges for Blas, about why she loves to visit the Dingle Food Festival every year.

The Sights and Smells

The Food Trail is one of the highlights of the Festival, taking place across the town between 1pm and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. The books of tickets for the Food Trail are available from the Festival HQ on Main St, beside Geaneys pub, priced at €20 for a book of 9 tickets (each ticket is worth €2 and the final €2 goes towards the cost of running the festival). The book of tickets which will allow you a tasting plate or cocktail in each of the participating establishments and street stalls—luckily the sun seems to know to come out for the Food Festival so you can wander the streets and enjoy the music and street performances.


Family Fun with Fungie – free trip with every half term booking!

*Free tickets to see Fungie the Dingle Dolphin for a family of four when you book 5 nights or more in Dingle with us. Offer available for bookings for stays until 4th November.  Email enquiries@stayyna.com after booking to claim your tickets. Have a look at our available properties here.

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Treat the kids to an action packed holiday filled with exciting activities and attractions this half term. Whatever the weather, rain or shine, Dingle has you covered for a family friendly getaway. 

Shell Collecting in Brandon Bay

Situated on the northern side of the peninsula, Brandon Bay, has a number of beaches popular with swimmers, surfers and shell collectors alike. It’s officially Ireland’s longest unbroken beach at 17km. Even on a chilly day it’s worth a visit to watch the kid’s faces light up as they find Anemones, fish fossils an huge crab shells. Don’t forget a bag to bring home your treasures!

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Dingle Outdoor Play Park

Opened in 2017 the Dingle Play Park is a fantastic place to let the kids burn off some energy. It features a nautical travel theme and rubberised flooring. The play ground is very friendly with locals and tourists enjoying the craic as the little ones kick up their heels!

Famine Cottages & Animal Petting

The Famine Cottages were built in the mid nineteenth century and originally housed the Long and then the Kavanagh family in Fán, Ventry County Kerry. The family lived in this house during one of the worst famines to strike Western Europe – The Great Irish Famine. The largest of the cottages was inhabited up until the 1950’s when the last of the Kavanaghs (Tomás Ó Cíobháin) left the cottage. The cottage has been preserved in its original format and stepping inside the house will give the visitor the true experience of the environment the local people had to live in during famine times.
Look out of the Beehive hut at the back or the larger cottage. The farm is also home to some super friendly animals who will come up for a head scratch!famine-cottageexplorers-world

Indoor Climbing Wall & Soft Play

With it’s HUGE soft play area and one of Ireland’s best indoor climbing walls this is the perfect place to take the children on a rainy day. The indoor climbing wall soars up to 12.5 meters high and allows rock climbing of all levels.  Explorer’s World cater for complete beginners up to expert climbers.

Pony Trekking

Feel the wind in your hair as you you to ride on the magnificent Dingle Peninsula, a haven for beach riding and mountain trekking.
Dingle Horse Riding was founded in 1989 as a small, family-run business based in Dunquin on the Dingle Peninsula. The idea was to cater to those people who wanted to see the area on horseback rather than by car, bus, bicycle, or on foot.
By 1998, the operation had outgrown its base in Dunquin, and purpose-designed stables were built in Ballinaboula, just a mile outside of Dingle town. The move enabled the further expansion of the business, and once settled into its new base of operations, it grew from strength to strength, building on its good reputation. Now, 25 years later, Dingle Horse Riding is one of the most popular destinations for horse riding holidays in Ireland, offering inclusive, residential, and post-to-post equestrian adventures.

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Paddle Boarding

Surfs up, dudes! Billabong & Irish Surf Association approved, Dingle Surf School runs daily lessons for adults and children leaving Dingle at 9:30 (and 13:00 peak season) over the breathtaking Conair Pass in their free surf bus – ALL year round. If you can already hold your own on a board, then they can offer the best daily rates on surf equipment for hire.

Fungie The Dolphin

See the fabulous, Fungie, the Dingle Dolphin for free with our fantastic half term offer! Free tickets available for a family of four when you book five nights or more in Dingle with us. Offer available for bookings for stays until 4th November.

Gen up on all the Fungie Facts here!

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FAMILY FUN WITH FUNGIE!

Spot Dingles Darling Dolphin with a free trip with every half term booking!

Take a look at some of the fantastic properties we have to rent….

Ballydavid Sands

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Seascape

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Hilltop

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The Break

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Wine Strand Beach House

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Ard Na Mara

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Top 3 Seafood Dinners in Dingle

Dingle-dweller Deanna O’Connor on where to go in search of Dingle’s finest fish dishes.

Every time I think of the phrase ‘seafood dinner’ I have a little laugh to myself because it reminds me of the fight scene in Anchorman, where Champ goads Ron Burgundy saying, “I will smash your face into a car windshield, and then take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out for a nice seafood dinner and never call her again.”

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I do love a nice seafood dinner—partly because it’s not something I don’t often cook at home because I hate when the house smells fishy, and partly because when you’re eating out, a light seafood course leaves plenty of room for dessert! 

Ireland’s Atlantic coast provides a wealth of wonderful seafood and the restaurants in Dingle are serving up the freshest catch daily from local fishing trawlers and Kerry fishermen, so it really is a seafood lover’s paradise.

Sheehy’s Anchor Down

For the best value, I’m a big fan of Sheehy’s Anchor Down (3 The Colony, Dingle, Phone: +353 66 915 1545). Before getting into the restaurant business the Sheehy family were already running a fish shop, so you know they’ve got the best supply in town!

Of course the menu may vary depending on the catch but to give you an idea of the treats in store, recent mouth-watering specials have included John Dory in almond butter served with asparagus, potatoes and salad, and my personal drool-inducing favourite, a seafood platter featuring monkfish, salmon, plaice and scallops.

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Doyles

Ask any Dingle native what their favourite restaurant is, and there is a strong chance they will say Doyles on John Street. Run by chef and proprietor Sean Roche, Doyles is a must-visit for the seafood lover, and while there are a few main course options for those who aren’t fish fans, seafood is really a strong focus of the menu here. From Black Sole on the bone to seafood linguine and Spanish-style fish stew, all the classic favourites are there. For something a little different, I love the flavour combination of the Duo of Scallops & Organic Pork, a delicious take on the surf ’n’ turf concept with seared Atlantic scallops, crispy pork belly and black pudding. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

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Out of the Blue

Ask me what my favourite seafood dinner in Dingle is, and it’s probably Out of the Blue. It might look a bit like a shack from the outside, but all the foodies (and a few celebs) that pass through town flock here. It has a strict ‘No chips, and nothing frozen’ policy and serves up delicious and innovative dishes. I love the zing of home-cured & smoked salmon with pickled ginger and grapefruit for a refreshing starter, to get my taste buds’ attention and gear up for the gluttony ahead!

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But we can’t just leave it there…

Those might be the best when it comes to sit down dinners and slap up grub, but there’s a new kid on the block which is perfect if you want to grab a quick bite. Newly opened, The Fish Box, on Green Street, serves up the freshest of fish from their very own fishing trawler Cú Na Mara.

For an all-out treat try their eponymous ‘The Fish Box’—deep-fried prawns, monkfish, fish of the day and calamari with homemade chips, tartar sauce and sweet chilli jam; priced at €14 takeaway or €16 to eat in, it’s a classy take on takeaway.

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TAKE THE MEMORIES HOME

If you’ve loved your dinners out in Dingle, famed as Ireland’s No 1 foodie town, then make sure you pick up the Dingle Dinners cookbook before you leave, so you can recreate some of the favourite food of Dingle chefs at home.

Here, Stella Doyle, founder of Doyle’s, shares one of her favourite seafood dishes to cook:

Pasta with Dingle Bay Prawns in White Wine and Saffron Sauce

Serves 6

600g / 1lb 5oz linguine


200ml / 7fl oz / ¾ cup + 4 tsp white wine


pinch of saffron


75g / 2 ½ oz / 5 tbsp butter


600g / 1lb 5oz Dingle Bay prawns


2 garlic cloves, crushed


60ml / 2fl oz / ¼ cup cream (optional)


squeeze of lemon juice


salt and freshly ground black pepper


2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

METHOD

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente.

Steep saffron in white wine.

Heat a knob of butter in a large pan, let sizzle, add prawns and fry until they change colour, 1–2 minutes. Take prawns out and set aside.

Add the garlic, sizzle but do not brown – about 30 seconds. Add the wine with saffron, bring to the boil and let reduce by half. Add the rest of the butter and cream, if using, a squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Add back the prawns and reheat, add the parsley, toss into the pasta.

Dingle Dinners – From the Chefs of Ireland’s #1 Foodie Town compiled and edited by Trevis L. Gleason, published by The Collins Press, price €24.99. It is available from all good bookshops and online from www.collinspress.ie

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If you fancy a slap up Seafood supper in Dingle, take a look at some of the super properties we have available to rent. 

 

Hilltop

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The Break

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SEPTEMBER BY THE SEA

Dingle-dweller Deanna O’Connor chats to Pádraig Murphy of Murphy’s Bar on Brandon Pier about his favourite things to do this month…

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The summer months are a buzz of activity on the Dingle Peninsula, but September is a great time to visit, when things quieten down a little, and you get the traditional good weather that always seems to kick in the week the kids go back to school.
Murphy’s Bar in Brandon sits right on the pier, looking out to sea, and their outdoor tables are a great place to while away a sunny afternoon, with a pint of the black stuff and a delicious crab sandwich. The bar has been in the family for five generations, since the 1890s and is now run by Pádraig Murphy. The local man lets us in on some of his favourite things and insider tips.
My favourite thing about this time of year:
“I love September, less crowds and less traffic. The days are still long enough and some of September can be lovely weather too. People in bars and restaurants have more time to interact too, which is definitely a plus.”
My favourite ‘by the sea’ activity:
“Paddle boarding—I love getting out on the water here in Brandon and looking up at the mountains.”
Insider tip:
“My top tip around here is to bring walking boots and rain gear! There’s something for everyone, from Mount Brandon to Sás Creek Loop and even the beautiful valleys of Loch a’Duin and Macha na Bo.”

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Favourite place for a swim:

“Cappagh Beach at high tide is great for a swim. It’s also fab at dawn if you have an eye for photography.”

Best beach for a walk:

“Fermoyle is a beautiful long sandy beach, but it’s north facing so bring a windbreaker!”

Best view:

“The top of Mount Brandon is a challenge but if you get the right day with good visibility you can see to Galway and Mayo. It’s spectacular.”

For more see murphysbarbrandon.com

 

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

StayYNA’s Amanda says, “My favourite thing in the world is to eat one of the famous crab on brown bread open sandwiches, at Murphy’s Bar, whilst watching all the activity on Brandon Pier and taking in the view. (They even made me a packed lunch for the plane!) Then go for a walk on Brandon beach—it goes on for miles and we collected the most incredible anemone shells.”

 

GET ACTIVE

From your base near Brandon Pier there are lots of fun activities to try, and the mild September weather is still pleasant for water sports.

  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Ed and Oona at Wild Sup Tours will have even the most nervous beginner confidently paddling away in no time. With the attraction of dolphin-spotting off Brandon Head, you’ll have plenty of motivation! wildsuptours.com
  • Surfing: Jamie Knox Watersports operates out of the Maharees in stunning Brandon Bay – I dare anyone to watch the inspiring video on his website and not have the urge to don a wetsuit afterwards. jamieknox.com
  • Horseriding: There is nothing in the world quite like the feeling freedom of galloping along a sandy beach. O’Connor’s Horse Riding Maharees offer a selection of one- and two-hour beach ride experiences, although galloping is not guaranteed—go for the evening session dedicated to experienced riders if you want more than an ambling pace. beachhorseriding.com

 

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MIND THE GAPS!!

Considering an Autumn break to the shores of Dingle? Take a look at some of the cosy properties we have to rent.

 

Wine Strand

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Endless Sands

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Sands Cottage

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Seascape

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Stradbally Cottage

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Open For Business; TRIPSTER

As anyone who visits Dingle knows, it’s a haven for arts, crafts and independent shops. And, just when we thought the shopping couldn’t get any better, TRIPSER opened selling stunning travel retro Irish posters. Life@StayYNA talks to PAULA FARRELLY the creative force behind behind Tripster.

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So, how did this all start?

“I have been a collector of travel posters since spending some time in the south of France in my early twenties. Then when I first came to Dingle I opened an antique shop and one of my best sellers were retro travel posters which Paul Henry was commissioned to design. Earlier this year I decided to do a selection of retro travel posters inspired by places I’ve been and iconic areas where I live.”

 

 

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Are the posters all designed by you?
“All the designs are original work. They begin as hand sketches which are then developed into digital artwork.”
Why now? Why have you opened the shop now?
People of all ages are travelling a lot more and want to bring something home that will remind them of good times, memories with family and friends. Travel posters also make a good visual impact in your home as they are quite colourful and stylised.
Have you been busy since opening?
Its been really busy since I opened and the feedback has been huge.
TRIPSTER is located upr. Green Street
Website coming soon but if you’d like to get in touch with Paula you can contact here on
irishtravelposters@gmail.com.

Win! Win! Win!

We’re giving one lucky reader a chance to win one of Paula’s stunning travel posters. All you have to do is email in a picture of your favourite place that you’ve travelled to and we’ll pick a random winner!

 enquiries@stayyna.com use Poster Competition as the subject line

T&C’s apply. Entries to be received by 21st September.

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If you fancy spending a few days shopping in Dingle take a look at some of the fantastic properties we have for rent! 

Mountain View

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Wine Strand

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The Break

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Fungie, The DIngle Dolphin

With the sun dancing off the blue water of the bay, we thought it was a perfect day to jump aboard one of the local boats and take a trip out to see the legendary, Dingle Dolphin, Fungie!

Fungie Facts!

Fungie is a fully grown, middle aged, male bottlenose dolphin.

He is about 13 feet in length and weighs around 250kgs

He is estimated be under 40 years old and could have a lifespan of 50 to 60 years.

Celebrities, including Pierce Brosnan, Mary Black and Jean Kennedy-Smith, have come to see Fungie.

According to locals he was first seen in the harbour in 1983.

He regularly escorts boats entering and leaving the harbour and loves to play with small boats/ribs and sailing dinghies.

 

 


Why The Stars Choose Ibiza

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For decades celebrities have been flocking to the The White Isle, and it’s not difficult to see why. The island is host to pristine beaches, high end restaurants and legendary nightlife.

 

Back in the 1950’s Ibiza was the playground of Hollywood’s finest, Errol Flynn would moor his yacht on the waterfront and head into The Old Town, where he was a regular. In the 1960’s Elizabeth Taylor and Ursula Andress used to grace the sunkissed beaches, and Terry Thomas, Denholm Elliot and Leslie Phillips held infamous parties in the hills of Santa Eulalia. In the 1970’s The Bee gees bought Casa Isabella, a beautiful property in San Antonio. Today, Ibiza is as much a celebrity haunt as it’s ever been with A-listers such as Kate Moss, P-Diddy and Christiano Ronaldo sailing in for a summer break.

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The reasons for such an influx of the rich and famous are the same now as they were in the 1950’s; the stunning scenery, secluded cloves with their white sandy beaches, the exclusive nightlife and the ability to escape the paparazzi.

So if you fancy a little star spotting this summer, why not take a look at the incredible properties we have available, including the aforementioned Casa Isabella, former home of the Bee Gees.

 

Casa Vista

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Villa Can Felix

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Dime On Festival, Nice 2018.

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Now in it’s fourth year, Dime on Fest was started in 2015 by Producer and Co founder of Dime On Records, Medi. 

DIME ON FEST is a unique musical experience.

During a non-stop show, the singers join each other on stage, one after the other, and are all backed up by the one and only house band.

Here’s a round up of this year’s headliners!

Charlie Winston

Charlie Winston (born September 14, 1978) is an English indie and folk singer, songwriter and musician.
Charlie Winston played bass guitar for his brother Tom Baxter, appearing on Baxter’s Feather and Stone album. As well as touring with Tom, much of Charlie’s early career saw him composing music for, and performing in, London-based contemporary theatre productions. Charlie then moved to France where he had come to the attention of record label Atmosphériques who introduced him to Mark Plati (David Bowie, The Cure, Louise Attaque) with whom Charlie recorded his second album ‘Hobo’.
The first single from Charlie’s upcoming fifth album was released on 8 June 2018. It’s called The Weekend. The album, entitled Square 1, is set for release on 28 September 2018.

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Madame Monsieur

Madame Monsieur, husband-and-wife vocalist Émilie Satt and producer Jean-Karl Lucas, were selected to represent France in Euorvision 2018 following their national selection process “Destination Eurovision”.
In April 2018 their released their debut studio album ”Vu d’ici” a French pop album that borders on urban music. The album features 14 tracks, including the full version of their Eurovision song “Mercy”. Madame Monsieur are currently touring France.

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Joyce Jonathan

Singer Songwriter, Joyce Jonathan, was one of France’s first major internet successes. In 2007, at the age of just 16 she began posting her songs on MySpace. After being launched on the website, My Major Company, Joyce Jonathan was able to fund her first album, “Sur mes gardes”. Less than a year after, the album was certified platinum. On 23 January 2011 she received the NRJ Music Awards of the Francophone Breakthrough of the Year. On 4 May 2018, Joyce Jonathan released her single On, which will be a track of an album set to be released soon in 2018.

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Dime On Fest is held on Aug 04th in the exceptional setting of the Théâtre de Verdure in Nice. If you’re thinking of joining the party take a look at the properties we have available.

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Jazz Festival Nice 2018 – Life@STAYYNA Interviews Jazz Singer & Nice Resident Julie Follis

Here are Life@STAYYNA we’re Jazz hands at the ready for the Nice Jazz Festival, 16th – 21st July 2018.

 

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The first festival back in 1948, was the first Jazz festival of its kind in the world and it started right here in Nice! The inaugural festival was headlined by Louis Armstrong along with other big names, Claude Lutter, Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt.

 

The Nice jazz Festival continues attracts big names with this year’s line up including Kimberose, Aloe Blacc, Gregory Porter and the Kyle Eastwood Quintet. The festival is held in the Theatre De Verdure in Place Massena where there are two stages. Last year’s festival attracted around 43,000 people over the duration, an all time high.

 

Ahead of the festival Life@STAYYNA interviewed jazz singer and Nice resident, Julie Follis.

Tell us about your musical career? How did it all start?

I came to Nice in my mid twenties working on boats. I started singing with a street band, Contreband and soon after gave up my day job! I then got involved with The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band. Danny Fitzgerald became my mentor and I spent a long time travelling around the States and Paris with them. It was through Danny that I struck up a relationship with Madeleine Peyroux – she’d joined The Lost Wandering as a run away teenager. I joined Madeleine on her UK tour as her support act.

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How did you get involved with the Jazz festival

 

While I was singing with Contreband we were invited by the Mayor of Nice to participate in the Jazz Off. The Jazz off is held in conjunction with The Nice Jazz Festival and aims to showcase the best of local bands.

 

How did it feel to be part of such a historic festival?

 

It was a huge honour to be asked by the Mayor and to be a part of what is an amazing event. It was also absolutely crazy – we did 15 gigs in 9 days!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the festival?

On Monday 16th Gregory Porter is performing a tribute to Nat King Cole accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique of the Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, which will be amazing. I’m also really looking forward to seeing Kyle Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood, who is an incredible Bass player.

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MIND THE GAPS!

If you’re thinking of heading to Nice Jazz festival, check out the fantastic properties we have available to rent!

Marjolaine

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Monroe

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Adriana

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Francoise

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Eve

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Villa Estelle

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