Sunday, June 2, 2024

A Season On The Sea


If sailing and yacht shows are your passion, you’ve definitely come to the right part of France.

From yacht shows to regattas and races across the Mediterranean Sea, the sailing calendar is packed with exciting events over the next few months in the south of France and Monaco.

At the end of June, the Riviera will host a unique regatta called Les Voiles de l’Espoir, an event that occurs only once every two years.

This special regatta aims to involve children in remission from cancer and leukemia in the sport, with professional crews guiding them out on the waves.

The 2024 edition will take place from June 15th to June 22nd, with a scheduled stop in Monaco on June 19th.

In the height of summer, the Palermo-Monte Carlo regatta will set sail from the Gulf of Mondello on August 20th, making its way to the Principality via Porto Cervo. The winner's ceremony is scheduled in Monaco for August 25th. Registrations are still open; for information on how to participate and more details, please visit the event's website.

Later in the season, the 46th Cannes Royal Regattas will take place from September 23rd to 28th. This prestigious event has become one of the world’s premier classic sailing competitions, known for its professional participants and diverse range of categories. Sailors from around the globe, from novices to seasoned professionals, aspire to attend or compete in this regatta.

Down the coast, the annual Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez will be held from September 28th to October 6th. First organized in 1999 by the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, this event showcases a stunning mix of classic boats, some over a century old, and cutting-edge modern yachts. Approximately 250 vessels are expected to participate this year.

As part of a local tradition that attracts an international audience, there will be two major yacht shows this Autumn.

First is the Cannes Yacht Show, running from September 10th to 15th, featuring up to 700 yachts.

And of course, the
Monaco Yacht Show. This annual event in Port Hercule is scheduled for September 25th to 28th. MYS has established itself as one of the world's premier showcases of innovation and luxury craft, drawing significant international attention.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Pink Parade in Nice 2024: Celebrating Diversity and Pride


On June 23, 2024, the vibrant city of Nice will once again host the Pink Parade, a dynamic and colorful celebration dedicated to promoting LGBTQ+ rights, diversity, and inclusion. This annual event, set against the stunning backdrop of the French Riviera, draws thousands of participants and spectators from across the globe, uniting in a powerful demonstration of solidarity and pride.

A History of Advocacy and Celebration
The Pink Parade has its roots in the early 2000s, emerging as a grassroots initiative to raise awareness about LGBTQ+ issues in the region. Over the years, it has grown into one of the most significant Pride events in southern France, symbolizing both the progress made and the ongoing fight for equality.

Highlights of the 2024 Pink Parade

This year's Pink Parade promises to be a spectacular affair, featuring a range of activities designed to engage, educate, and entertain. The festivities will kick off with a colorful parade through the heart of Nice, where participants dressed in an array of costumes and waving rainbow flags will march in a joyful procession.

This year the parade route will start at the Port of Nice at “Place Île de Beauté” close to 4 pm and wind through some of Nice's most iconic streets such as around the port towards and down part of the famous Promenade des Anglais, offering a feast for the eyes and an opportunity for onlookers to join in the celebrations.

After the parade, everyone is welcome to gather at the open air, Théâtre de Verdure, situated between Place Masséna and the Promenade des Anglais for a wide range of free entertainment featuring renowned DJs and performers, the party will provide a space for revelers to dance the night away in a safe environment. And of course, the local nightclubs, bars, and restaurants will be extending that welcome for their own Pride celebratory events.

The Significance of the Pink Parade

The Pink Parade is more than just a festive event; it is a powerful statement of visibility and resilience. For many participants, it represents a rare opportunity to express their true selves openly and without fear. The event also serves as a reminder of the challenges that the LGBTQ+ community continues to face, both in France and around the world.

Community and Support
The success of the Pink Parade is a testament to the strength and solidarity of the LGBTQ+ community in Nice and the broader region. It is supported by numerous local organizations, volunteers, and sponsors, all of whom play a crucial role in making the event a reality. The inclusive nature of the parade invites everyone—regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity—to join in the celebration and stand in support of equality and human rights.

Looking Forward
As the Pink Parade in Nice prepares to take to the streets on June 23, the excitement and anticipation are palpable. This year’s event promises to be a memorable occasion, filled with joy, pride, and a shared commitment to a future where everyone can live freely and authentically.

Whether you’re a local resident, a visitor, or a member of the global LGBTQ+ community, the Pink Parade offers an inspiring and uplifting experience that underscores the importance of love, acceptance, and unity. Join the parade, celebrate diversity, and be part of this extraordinary movement towards a more inclusive world.

Happy Pride Everyone!

Vicious Pink Interview


This may be unusual, considering Gay French Riviera is supposed to be about everything LGBTQ related in the Cote d’Azur, but there is a couple of unexpected connections. Without question though, the 80s group, Vicious Pink has always been a hot favorite in the gay nightclub scene.

As many a longtime fan of the 80s band, Vicious Pink. One evening, playing around on one of my Instagram accounts, I took a clip from a vintage fashion show in Paris and paired it with their song, “I confess”.

Not long after I posted it with the hashtag #viciouspink, the singer Josephine Warden (Jose) of Vicious Pink noticed it. I was thrilled that she simply liked the post.

Over time, our online friendship grew, and I eventually discovered that a new Vicious Pink vinyl, aptly named "Unexpected," would be released in a limited edition by Minimal Wave Records on May 21, 2024.

From there, we connected, and I was fortunate enough to interview both Brian Moss and Jose Warden of Vicious Pink. We discussed their impact on the nightclub scene in the 80s, particularly within the LGBTQ community, as well as their future plans for music.

To jump right in, do you realize just how big of an impact your music has had in the gay community in the 80s and continues on to this day?

Jose: That is such a compliment, the music is always so much better in gay clubs! We started to realize very quickly that the gay crowd was behind us and as we started to play live shows and meet our audience, we knew that a lot of our support came from the gay community. I have always been a fervent supporter of LGBTQ rights and stand solidly at their side.

Your music stands out from the other high energy sounds back then. To friends and myself, it was also Jose’s vocals that helped make what was already forward-thinking music, into something that had a sense of sophistication and erotism. And people took notice, especially in the club scene. Is this something you recognized when first getting out there as well?

Jose: We knew we were different, and we knew that we wouldn’t appeal to everyone, but that was irrelevant, because we appealed to people like us. We were both great clubbers ourselves, so we were right in the midst of it. Good times.

To provide some history to readers. How did the two of you get together musically?

Brian: We met at an alternative night in Leeds 1979 at a pub called The Adelphi, where I was the DJ. We decided to start the band initially for a bit of fun. As we developed, we aimed for success in the clubs and alternative bars with DJ friendly mixes for night clubs, rather than radio friendly commercial hits. There was no internet then, the DJ’s and the night clubs were like the internet of the day, they got your sound out there.
Can you share the story behind the name "Vicious Pink"?

Jose: Me, Brian and Dave wrote some our favorite words down on pieces of paper, turned them upside down and shuffled them about. Then we each choose one of the pieces of paper. On my piece of paper, the word was Vicious, Dave's was Pink and Brian’s was Phenomena. We rearranged them on the floor, to read, ‘Vicious Pink Phenomena’.

And you both also provided backing vocals for Soft Cell at one point? How did that come together?

Jose: One night, Brian and I had gone to a bar in the center of Leeds called Amnesia, to watch my friend, the fabulous performance artist Marc Almond, perform with his new band, Soft Cell, which he had formed with Dave.

I think Anni Hogan was the DJ that night, which was pretty cool as there weren’t many female DJs at the time. About five minutes before Soft Cell were due on- stage Marc asked if we would do some backing vocals for him. “Tonight?”’

I asked, “I don’t know any of the lyrics?” Unperturbed, Marc rushed to the bar, grabbed a pen and a white serviette on which he wrote in big, black, capital letters ‘MISERY, COMPLAINTS, SELF PITY, INJUSTICE. CHIPS ON MY SHOULDER, CHIPS ON MY SHOULDER.’

“Just follow me”, he said.

And we did, all the way to New York, where three months later, in Media Sound Studios, Manhattan, I held onto the same serviette as we recorded, ‘Chips on My Shoulder’ and other songs for ‘Non- Stop Erotic Cabaret,’ Soft Cells debut album.

That’s amazing! What is your typical songwriting process like? Do you start with lyrics or music?

Brian: Usually, music first.

How do you approach production and the use of technology in your music?

Brian: When we started out there were no Music Technology courses, no Midi, it all had to be learned from scratch. That was probably a bonus in some ways, because I had to experiment with all the new equipment, so sometimes there would be a happy accident!

One example: I could sync my Roland BassLine TB303 to the Roland TR606 Drum Machine, via a 5-Pin Din lead, which looks like a Midi lead, but is wired differently. I could also trigger the Arpeggiator on my Roland Juno 60 by connecting a quarter inch jack lead from the TR606 to the Arpeggiator Clock-In on the Juno 60. Then program, for example a tom pattern in the desired rhythm, to send the pulse to trigger the Juno 60, then all 3 were in tempo sync.

This was used for ‘Fetish’, 8:15 To Nowhere and other songs. I also used this for live shows, so no need for tape backing tracks when in use.

I know you played in New York live at the Ritz in 1984. The 80s were such an individualistic and artistic time, especially in New York and London. Who and what were your influences then?

Brian: I loved Kraftwerk, YMO, DAF, Devo, Bowie, John Foxx and many more, but we always wanted to have our own sound, so we didn’t let the love of other artists creep into our music, plus the world already had those great artists.

Do you have any memorable stories from your various live performances?

Jose: We always took a 1960’s mannequin, who we called Lucy, to all our shows as a stage prop. I would dress her up in my clothing. We played The Crocs Club (later, Pink Toothbrush) in Rayleigh, Essex one night, and I dressed Lucy in a tiny black leather miniskirt and black lace top that I had worn the night before at a show in London. After the show, we said ‘hello’ to some people and had a few drinks as usual. When it came to do the loadout of our gear, we found Lucy, still onstage, naked, someone had actually stripped her and stolen my clothes!

How did it feel to achieve success in the 80s music scene?

Brian: We were amazed, because initially we really started Vicious Pink more as a project and mainly for fun. It's a strange feeling at first, just to see people dancing in clubs to our music. I remember going to Area in Manhattan one night and the dance floor was rammed as people danced to, ‘Cccan’t You See’.

What inspired your hit singles like "Cccan't You See" and "Fetish"?

Jose: Youth, lust, passion, sex, desire. We had just reached that age when these things are so much more important than anything else.

Do you realize just how big of a contribution you have made to the electronic music scene?

Brian: We realize it more now due to the feedback we get online and the global audience we can reach through the Internet.

Which of your songs are you most proud of, and why?

Brian: That’s a difficult one, it’s like asking which of the children you like best!
Jose: I’m proud of all of them but my favorite is, ‘Ask Me To Stay’. There is something about it that makes me want to sing along with it when I hear it.

For the audience reading this, what did you both do after you stopped recording in the 80s? People continued to love and desire your music, wanting more. Did it make you want to rethink things in how you produce music for the future?

Brian: I continued recording, writing and producing with Drug Free America into the late 90’s. Then I worked/collaborated with other bands and I didn’t stop writing music. 2003 - 2018 I worked touring with different bands around the UK and Europe doing TM, merch, driving and lots of other on-tour duties. Some of the bands: Bullet For My Valentine, Bring Me The Horizon, It Dies Today and many more and with different styles of music!

A few years ago people were quite excited and pleasantly surprised to see the elusive Jose back in view. It was like a firestorm on the internet about it all. What seemed to be the reasons to get back into the music industry, Jose? The fans are so excited you are back!

Jose: I stopped writing and performing completely, although I kept in touch with what was happening in the music world as I married a music lawyer, and a lot of friends were still in the business. I was only persuaded to come back to it by the wonderful Veronica Vasicka, founder of Minimal Wave records just before ‘West View’, the album she released two years ago.

How has the music industry changed since you first started, and how have you adapted to those changes?

Brian: Less CD sales, vinyl almost dying then making a comeback and now downloads, and streaming added to the mix. Yes, we’ve adapted very well to the internet age, it would have been nice to have it back when we started.
Your new LP, ‘Unexpected’, which I absolutely love, offers 10 tracks being released this week. How did you choose the songs for the LP?

Brian: I went through lots of reel to reel tapes and cassettes of our work, then together with the help of my DJ friends Jase Matthaus and Dee Shaw, did the digital rips at Jase’s studio. I then sent copies to Jose and between us we chose the 10 tracks.

My favorites are, So You Want to Love Me?, South Side, Not Your Kind of Girl, Night Drive. Each of the songs on the LP are unique and seem to display your musical experiences from over the years. Much of it I can see being played not only in the nightclubs but also as background in movies.

Brian: I can see that happening too. I hope so.

Are there any songs that stand out to you or are more personal on ‘Unexpected’ that you love?

Jose: It’s perpendicular for me because it takes me right back to the start of it all. It reminds me of our very early days when Brian, Dave and I used to just experiment with sounds and beats, before we even thought about introducing vocals.

What are the plans for Vicious Pink now?

Brian: New Vicious Pink remixes by Paul Dakeyne (Tin Man ‘18 Strings’ fame) to be released. New Vicious Pink songs in the pipeline and maybe some live shows.

What legacy do you hope Vicious Pink will leave in the music world?

Brian: I would like more people to discover us around our beautiful planet and that they continue dancing to and enjoying our music.
Jose: Dance!

In contact with Jose for the interview, she learned that I live in the French Riviera and mentioned she sometimes goes on holiday in the region. So I’m excited to hopefully meet up with her at some point this summer.

To purchase Vicious Pink’s new vinyl LP, ‘Unexpected’, click here:


A massive thank you to Vicious Pink for the interview!

Thursday, May 23, 2024

French Riviera Real Estate Options Twenty Two


With all of the excitement of the 77th Cannes Film Festival, it’s no wonder that the city makes for an attractive investment in real estate which can be a highly attractive proposition for numerous reasons:

1. Global Prestige: Cannes' famous film festival attracts global attention, maintaining demand for luxury accommodations.

2. Year-Round Tourism: Mediterranean climate, beaches, shopping, dining, and nightlife ensure high rental property occupancy.

3. Prime Location: Positioned on the French Riviera with stunning views and connectivity to Nice, Monaco, and Saint-Tropez.

4. Luxury Market: Known for high-end properties and lifestyle, attracting affluent buyers and renters.

5. Cultural and Recreational Amenities: Rich in cultural attractions and activities like yachting and golf, enhancing its appeal.

6. Strong Rental Market: Robust demand from tourists and business travelers provides reliable rental income.

7. Property Value Appreciation: Steady value growth due to limited prime coastal property and high demand.

8. Infrastructure and Accessibility: Modern infrastructure and proximity to Nice Airport ensure easy access.

9. Stable Market: The French real estate market, especially in Cannes, is stable and less volatile.

10. Quality of Life: High quality of life with natural beauty, cultural richness, and modern conveniences.

These factors collectively make Cannes a prime location for real estate investment, promising both strong returns and an appealing lifestyle.

With that, here are a few seaside properties on the market:

Price: 2,580,000 EUR

Living Area: 70 m2
Terrace: 10 m2
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2

Located in a prestigious building on the Croisette in Cannes. This splendid property of 70m2 is situated on a high floor.

It consists of a large living room facing south, opening onto a 10m2 terrace allowing you to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea with the beach directly across the street.

Spacious living room with an open-plan kitchen.
2 bedrooms en suite with shower room.
Completely renovated with top amenities.
1 garage and a cellar complete this property.


Price: 3,080,000 EUR

Living Area: 110 m2
Terrace: 11 m2
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3

Situated within a secure residence on the prestigious Croisette, this 110m2 T4 awaits your discovery on the 6th floor.

Its spacious layout encompasses a generous living area, incorporating a lounge, dining area, and open kitchen.

With three bedrooms and three shower rooms, comfort is paramount.

Step onto the 11m2 terrace to revel in panoramic sea views, enhancing the allure of this property.

Meticulously renovated with tasteful, high-quality materials, it exudes elegance.

An added convenience is the included garage.
This residence epitomizes the essence of an ideal location.


Price on Application

Living Area: 580 m2
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5

This luxurious duplex penthouse sits at the heart of the Croisette within a secure residence.

A rare gem in Cannes, it has been impeccably renovated by Pellerin, boasting 580m2 spread across two levels with panoramic views of the bay, Mediterranean, and Esterel mountains.

The first floor features a spacious living room, dining area, fully equipped kitchen, and 5 en suite bedrooms, including a lavish master suite.

Ascend to the upper floor to find a grand reception room with an open-plan kitchen overlooking the Mediterranean.

Additionally, a wellness area with Hammam, sauna, and indoor swimming pool adds to the allure of this exceptional property.

Outside, a magnificent 400m2 terrace beckons, offering unparalleled vistas and an ideal space for relaxation and entertainment.

Completing the package are multiple garages and a cellar, ensuring both convenience and luxury for its fortunate residents.

To explore these or other property choices, reach out to Experience The French Riviera for further details.