A year of hopes
For Nicola Sirkis (singer) and Dominique Nicolas (guitarist-composer), all begins in may, when the two friends create the band. The first songs are written in four months. Also four months to thoroughly regulate the details of the first gig.
And four months again to set up one of the most famous pop band that France has ever known.
The Rose Bonbon, a famous Parisian club of the 80’s, is immediately charmed. For the occasion, Dimitri Bodianski and Stephan Sirkis (Nicola’s brother), join the band. Indochine signs its first deal with the only label that keeps Indochine as name of the band.
Françoise and Dizzidence Politk are recorded at Hateville Studio. Music critics are more seduced than radios or TV.
Release of the first album, L'Aventurier
Indochine performs as opening band for Taxi Girl (France and Europe). Following this surprising success, the Taxi Girl manager became anxious, and decides to cancel Indochine on the rest of the tour.
L’Aventurier is released on november 15.
The single L’Aventurier becomes 1983′s summer hit. 250 000 copies of the album are sold. Press gives a warmfull feedback and compliments the band for its technological innovation. Indochine becomes popular and young new wave audience is seduced.
Indochine was offered a Bus d’acier (1983), then goes back to studio to record the second album.
Le Péril Jaune
The receipt remains the same : texts-scénari + exotic synthetizer + Shadows type guitars + special rhythmic.
The Péril Jaune album reaches 225 000 copies, with Kao Bang and Miss Paramount as singles.
Indochine grows in popularity and is now supported by numerous fans, to which Nicola, Dominique, Stephan and Dimitri are very grateful.
Indochine performs in France and triumphs in Scandinavia.
All generations are singing 3e Sexe, Canary Bay, Trois Nuits par Semaine and Salômbo.
Indochine imposes its style, and irritate some… No matter what, plebiscism remains frank and massive.
750 000 copies of 3, Indochine’s 3rd album, are sold through Europe. Serge Gainsbourg directs the video of Tes Yeux Noirs.
The band is ready for its first Zénith (Paris).
Indochine au Zénith
Indochine celebrates its 5th birthday by performing at Paris Zénith. 350 000 copies of the show (CD and video) are sold.
Indochine goes back in studio and composes 7000 Danses.
As Miraval studio was also the place where The Cure recorded before, some rock critics, obviously irritated by Indochine’s breakthrough, are comparing the two bands.
7 000 Danses is a success, 320 000 copies are sold.
Canada and Peru
Indochine performs in front of 5000 in France (4 Zéniths, Paris), 5 000 in Montréal, Canada, and 45 000 fans in Lima, Peru !
Dimitri leaves the band
Dimitri leaves Indo. The quartet becomes trio. But the band is always on the run, Nicola, Dominique and Stephan go back in studio from july to november.
200 000 fans buy the new album, called Le Baiser. The song Des Fleurs pour Salinger becomes a hit. At the end of the eighties, Indochine remains one of the most popular bands in France.
The Birthday Album
The Indo-Mania goes beyond Europe (600 000 copies of The Birthday Album are sold). At the back of the album, a picture of two young fans, as a tribute to the public.
After 4 years without any live performance, the band reunites with the public on the Birthday Tour (+ 1 Olympia), sold-out.
Un Jour Dans Notre Vie
Times goes by, and Indochine goes back to Miraval studio.
A new album is recorded, Un Jour dans notre Vie, but the last won’t be as successful as the others.
Indochine performs in front of 5 000 at Spa Festival (Belgium). The show is recorded, Radio Indochine.
the band begins to doubts, future is compromised.
Dominique decides to leave the band. Fans write to Nicola and Stéphane to show their support. Indochine has to go on, with a new guitarist.
By the end of 1995
Indochine signs with the label BMG, for three albums.
Unita & Wax
The best-of Unita is released, The artwork cover is a young fan, representing the new public generation.
In spite of an effective brit-pop calibration and an undeniable quality, Wax, the new album, is ignored by medias.
The Wax Tour is a success. On May 11, the show in Brussels is recorded, named Indo Live (available in Digital, CD and DVD).
Indochine’s new tour, The Live Tour, is a huge success.
French bands sells usually less than 300 000 copies of a CD, Indochine do more.
The band’s got a future. A new album is on its way. Maquettes are ready at the end of the year, It is announced to be a hit.
Stephan passes away as the recording of Dancetaria has just started.
Has the band to continue or not ? choices have to be made. Nicola decides to continue. Stephans’ last compositions testify his talent forever.
Dancetaria‘s painful work is over, the album is released on august to avoid sad media coverages.
The 99 Tour is the most emotive one. For the first time of its history, the band performs new songs on stage. The public reaction is incredibly good, Dancetaria compositions proves the potential of the band. The tour ends on june 24 in Paris (Olympia, sold-out for months).
Dancetaria is finally released and hits directly the 14th place of the french charts. It is certainly one of the most popular album of the band. Produced by Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Garbage), with modern and innovative sounds emphasizing strong compositions.
The band hit the road again, Dancetaria songs are also impressive when performed live. Again, the tour is a success, sublimated by two shows : Brussels (Forest National, 9 000) and Paris (Zénith, 6 000).
On february 27, a concert in honour of Stephane is scheduled. 500 fans are invited (La Maroquinerie, Paris).
The Dancetaria Tour continues. Indochine performs at Solidays (30 000), Bobital (15 000), and Colmar (10 000).
On august 12, at Les Arènes de Nimes, with Placebo.
The Nuits Intimes Tour tour begins in october.
The acoustic album Nuits Intimes is released.
Indochine perform at La Cigale (Paris) for 3 acoustic shows.
The band returns to the studio, working on the future album.
Nicola and oLi ask Year Scott, Camille Laurens, Mickey 3D, Gerard Manset, Jean-Louis Murat and Melissa Auf Der Maur to work on the project.
Pauline, 8 years old, is also singing on the song J’ai Demandé à la Lune.
Indochine celebrates its 20th birthday. The band offers songs to download for free on indo.fr.
On february 21, a private show takes place at the Elysée-Montmartre (Paris). Songs from the upcoming album are performed.
The Paradize Tour is unveiled. On the same time, the first single of the album, J’ai demandé à la Lune, is a success (+1 million copies sold).
Paradize, the album, released some months later, is just as successful.
The tour begins. The band is also touring abroad : Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Canada.
The Paradize Tour, Act I + II is a huge success. With more than 50 sold-out gigs, 2002 sounds very live.
First show at Bercy
Indochine welcomes some rewards : Best French Act at the MTV’s Europe Music Awards, Album of the year (NRJ Music Awards), Best pop album of the year (Victoires de la Musique).
The Paradize Tour, Acte III ends on june 3, 2003 at Bercy (Paris).
On summer, Nicola inaugurates the X-Festival, first independant and itinerant European festival.
For the first edition, Indochine is joined by Aqme, Dolly, Hoggboy, LTNO, M.A.S.S., Mass Hysteria, Mickey 3D, Scala, Venus, Wampas.
The following editions of the festival are planned for 2005 and 2007.
Indochine spends 3 months in studio, working on the future Paradize Tour DVD/CD.
In January, the album 3.6.3 (for June 3, 2003) is released. For the first time in Indochine history, an album reaches immediately the top of the charts.
Two months later, the Paradize Show DVD is released.
Two shows are given on the same day (january 24) : in Brussels (Ancienne Belgique, 6pm), and Paris (Le Grand Rex, 11pm).
Indochine begins to work on the new album.
Alice & June
Paradize goes diamond, Paradize Show (DVD) triple platinum, 3.6.3 double gold and L’Intégrale des Clips (DVD) triple platinum !
Indochine and Sony/BMG are signing a new discographic agreement.
The concept of the Indo Reporters is created (2 fans are chosen on each concert, and share their feelings through reports, posted on indo.fr).
A press conference is held on september 27 at the Eiffel Tower. The single Alice & June tops the charts in France and Belgium, and goes gold. Nicola’s book, Les Mauvaises Nouvelles, is released for the second time.
On December 19, Alice & June, Indochine’s new album, is released. Recorded in Brussels, London and France, A&J gathers 21 songs, co-written by Nicola Sirkis and produced by oLi dE SaT. Mixed by Dave Bascombe (Depeche Mode), Paul Kendall (Smashing Pumpkins, NIN, Jesus & Mary Chain) and oLi. Three secret concerts (sold-out in few minutes) are given at the end of december in Reims, Paris and Brussels.
Alice & June tops CD and DVD charts in France. Tickets are also #1 sales.
On February 17, Indochine is offered a Carte Blanche at the Fnac des Ternes (Paris).
Rehearsals for the upcoming Alice & June Tour begin.
Un Flirt Sans Fin, an exclusive documentary is scheduled on TV.
Alice & June Tour, Indochine’s longest tour so far, starts in Montpellier on march 6. So popular that new shows (including 2 Paris Bercy concerts) are added shortly after.
Indochine is now 25 years old. 2 exceptional concerts are held at the Opera House of Hanoi, Vietnam, named 6.6.6 (june 6, 2006). The band performs with the Hanoi philarmonic orchestra. A live album (CD and DVD) will be released some months later.
On June, Indochine also perform at Montreal’s Francofolies (2 concerts).
The band appears on some festivals : Lyon’s Nuits de Fourvières, La Rochelle’s Francofolies , Paléo and Bobital, in front of +50 000 people.
End of the year
From october to december, the Alice & June Tour triumphs in France, Belgium and Switzerland. The third Bercy is scheduled on may 2007.
Alice & June Tour
Hanoi CD and DVD are released on february 19. It reaches #1 charts in France.
Indochine join the Sidaction and Make Some Noise for Darfur campaign.
The Alice & June Tour resumes in Belgium (Brussels Forest national) on march 2.
After having gathered more than 600 000 fans, the tour ends in Paris (Bercy) on may 19, with a memorable show with the philharmonic orchestra of Hanoi.
The magic continues one last time with Le Dernier Petit Tour d’Alice & June (5 intimate gigs, in small venues).
Alice & June Tour (CD and DVD) is released on December 3. On its first selling week, the live tops the charts : #2 in France and #1 in Belgium, and goes triple platinum.
A new album on the way
Indochine is working on the upcoming album. Nicola and oLi are composing, with Boris, Matu, Marco and Mr. Shoes.
The band covers Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round, for Reporters Sans Frontières.
A press conference is held in Paris (Collège des Bernardins) to introduce the upcoming album, but also the tour to come, including a giant show, at the Stade de France (Paris).
The first single of the album, Little Dolls is released.
La République des Meteors
Indochine is recording a live session for Apple’s iTunes on january 10.
The name of the upcoming album is unveiled : La République des Meteors.
The videoclip of Little Dolls is broadcasted on TV.
La République des Meteors is released on march 9.
Play Boy, the second single of the album is unveiled on indo.fr.
On june 26, Indochine performs at L’Olympia.
The band flies to Canada, to perform to Le Festival International de Québec, on july 14.
La République des Meteors 3rd single, Le Lac, is broadcasted on radio. The video is unveiled on september 18.
The Meteor Tour starts on october 6. A show in Paris (Bercy) is scheduled for the next year.
Putain de Stade
The video of Un Ange à ma Table is shot. It is unveiled on indo.fr on january 30.
Indochine’s Meteor Tour Acte II restarts in Rouen on march 5, and ends on april 19 inBrussels.
At the beginning of the month, RollingStone magazine released a special issue, called Dans les backstages du Meteor Tour.
On June 21, the live Le Meteor sur Bruxelles is released (Digital only).
The giant show at the Stade de France (aka Putain de Stade) gathers more than 80 000 people, on june 26.
Indochine performs on four festivals : Les Vieilles Charrues, Musilac, Paléo and La Foire aux Vins.
On august 17, the video of Le Dernier Jour is released.
On september 2, Indochine is the last band to perform at La Maison de la Radio’s Studio 104, in Paris, before its closure.
The Meteor Tour ends in Paris Bercy on september 15. Melissa Auf der Maur joins the band on stage for the song Le Grand Secret.
Two books are released : Les Petites Notes du Meteor Tour and Indochine, Le Livre.
The band is working on the Putain de Stade CD/DVD.
On december 8, Indochine announces 6 last shows for january 2011 : the Meteor Club tour.
Les Victoires de la Musique
On january 17, Putain de Stade, the live at the Stade de France, is released (CD, DVD, BLU-RAY and Digital). It reaches the top DVD/CD sales in France, Belgium and Switzerland.
During Les Victoires de la Musique, an Award of Honour is offered to the band.
The DVD Putain de Stade becomes double platinum.
Following the Tsunami in Japan, the band releases a non-profit single of Un Ange à ma Table (duet with the japanese singer Amwe). The collected sums are transferred in integrality to the Red Cross.
On june 11, Nicola and oLi take part in the retrospective of Indochine’s videos in Divonne-les Bains (Festival du Clip).
On september 29, several announcements are made : the release of the Paradize +10 album for the next year, a future album and a tour. The new indo.fr is unveiled.
On november 23, the band unveils the Paradize +10 shows : 2 concerts in Paris (Le Zénith) on february 1+2, 2012. Songs from the album Paradize will be performed.
On december 10, exclusive live performances + 1 interview of Nicola are posted on the Figaro newspaper.
On February 1+2, the band performs at the Zénith (Paris, sold-out) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the album Paradize.
On November 15th the single Memoria is released on iTunes, Amazon…. On the same day, the band announces the release date of the upcoming album (february 11th, 2013) and the name of the tour to come, The Black City Tour.
On november 27th, the name of the upcoming album is unveiled : Black City Parade.
As almost BCT shows are sold-out, new concerts are added on december 10th.
Memoria, the video, is broadcasted on TV.
Black City Parade
Indochine performs live at France 2′s Taratata on january 16. Following the success of the tour (+200 000 tickets sold), new shows are added.
The album Black City Parade is released on february 11. It reaches the top of the charts in France, Belgium and western Switzerland.
The Black City Tour 1 starts in Nancy.
Black City Parade becomes platinum in France and gold in Belgium.
College Boy is announced as second single of the album.
On april 3, a press conference is held in Brussels. Indochine announces a new giant show at the Stade de France, for june 2014 + a new serie of concerts added.
The video of College Boy, directed by Xavier Dolan, is released on may 2. At the end of the month, Indo flies to Quebec to perform in Montreal (Centre Bell).
On june 3, tickets for le Stade de France are on sale (teaser). On 24/9, Black City Parade – le film, a documentary on the creation of the album is released (DVD/Blu-Ray/VOD). The Premiere of the projection is held in Paris’ Le Grand Rex, on june 23, with the band, followed by a surprise live performance in the street, in front of the theatre (teaser / photos).
Indochine is the #1 ticket sellers in France and Belgium for the Black City Tour and the show at the Stade de France, also #1 sales of DVD for Black City Parade – le film.
On july 8, Indochine performs in Arras (Main Square Festival) on july 8.
On october 20, on TF1’s evening news edition, Nicola announces a 2nd show for the Stade de France (june 28, 2014). Some days after, the first Stade de France (june 27, 2014), is sold-out.
The Black City Tour 2 restarts in Amnéville on october 11.
The EP Black City Parade is released on november 4 (Digital / CD / Vinyl).
Black City Concerts at the Stade de France
On january 14, Black City Parade is named among the best rock albums of the year at Les Victoires de la Musique.
On january 17, Belfast is announced as next single of the album.
Following the devastations made by the typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the band decides to set up a non-profit action called Help for the Philippines, by selling exclusive t-shirts, raising the sum of 8 425€ for the victims.
On february 14, Indochine performs College Boy at Les Victoires de la Musique.
The band announces its participation on some summer fests (Carhaix’s Vieilles Charrues, Colmar’s Foire Aux Vins and Argelès’ Déferlantes).
On february 21, the video of Belfast is released.
On feb 28, Nicola and oLi inaugurate the Indochine Studio in Virgin Radio (Paris).
The Black City Tour 3 starts in Brussels (Palais 12) on march 12.
On march 28, a free show takes place in Paris (La Cigale).
From then on, the band is entirely devoted to the 2 gigs at the Stade de France, many rendez-vous are held with the different protagonists.
On may 5+6, the video of Traffic Girl is shot, a new mix of the single is also announced for may 19 (iTunes exclusive).
On may 12, the band announces a new gig, at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, for july 14, 2014.
On may 13, a new teaser for the Stade de France is unveiled, called #EuhC’estADire ?.
On may 17, the band flies to Cannes for the Festival, and performs Traffic Girl + Black City Club on Canal+’s Le Grand Journal TV show.
On june 23, the Black City Box is released (limited ed. Digipack, with the BCP album + remixes, BCP The Movie, videos and unreleased contents).
On june 25, Nicola took part at TF1’s Qui Veut Gagner des Millions ?, with Claire Chazal, the duet raise the sum of 48 000 € for the association Le Refuge.
On june 27+28, Indochine performs at Le Stade de France in front of +120 000 people (pics + videos).
On july 7, the band performs at Argelès Les Déferlantes, then in London (Shepherd’s Bush Empire, on july 14, first show in UK). 2 songs are performed live for the first time : Lips Like Sugar from Echo and the Bunnymen and I Wanna Be Adored, from The Stone Roses. The London show ends with Dizzidence Politik (pics and videos).
From the end of august, a webserie on Le Stade de France is unveiled on indo.fr.
On September 19, Indochine is being offered a double platinum disc for Black City Parade. On the same day, the label Indochine Records is unveiled.
The band works on the upcoming CD/DVD of the Black City Tour.
On november 26 + 27, 2 BCT Premieres are held in theaters with the band (Mons and Paris. Replay).
On december 1, the BCT is released (CD/DVD, BLU-RAY and Collector box). Indochine is offered a reward for The most spectacular tour of the year (Le Parisien newspaper).
On december 18, the show at the Stade de France is broadcasted on TV (France 2).
Europe City Club tour
From april 4 to 18, Indochine performs sold-out in 8 european cities : L’Europe City Club Tour : Barcelona (Apolo, photos & videos), Milan (Fabrique, photos & videos), Berlin (Postbahnhof, photos & videos), Copenhague (Lille Vega, photos & videos), Stockholm (Nalen, photos & videos), Oslo (John Dee, photos & videos), Anvers (Trix , photos & videos) and Amsterdam (Paradiso Noord, photos & videos).
On april 18, Indochine announces the reissue in Vinyls of the albums L’Aventurier, Le Péril Jaune and 3. Later this year, also reissues for 7000 Danses, Le Baiser, Un Jour Dans Notre Vie, Wax, Dancetaria and Paradize.
On July 10, Indochine joins the streaming platform Tidal.
On october 20, Indochine performs at Tidal’s X: 10/20 charity concert, in New-York (pics).
On december 4, the live performance at the Stade de France, Black City Concerts, is released.
An exclusive screening with oLi and Nicola is held in Mons, Belgium, on the night before. Indochine also unveils an unique and exceptional concert in Paris (Le Trianon) on december 9 (video).
On march 4, Indochine’s Black City Tour is broadcasted on TV (D17).
On april 15, the albums Wax, Dancetaria and Paradize are reissued (Vinyls). A new website is created, Indochinerecords.com.
On may 20, Indochine performs in Saint-Laurent-de-Cuves (Papillons De Nuit fest., photos).
On june 24, Alice & June, La République Des Meteors and Hanoi are reissued (Vinyls).
On july 6, the band performs in Liège (Festival des Ardentes, photos/videos).
On july 7, Indochine’s Road Tour Film, a documentary on the Europe City Club Tour (2015), is released on Tidal.
On july 15, Indochine performs in Carcassonne (photos/videos), then Sion Sous Les Etoiles (july 18, photos/videos), Poupet (july 22, photos/videos), La Fête Du Bruit (august 12, photos/videos) and Cabaret Vert (august 25, photos/videos).
The band is fully concentrated on the upcoming album.
Indochine’s Black City Concerts (Stade de France 2014 shows) is broadcasted on TV (France 2).
The band is working on the new album.
Indochine supports The Hummingbirds Project in a charity auction, by selling an acoustic guitar belonging to Nicola, with the band signatures, for the benefit of terrorist victims associations and funding of civic and solidary projects.
On june 21, tickets for the 13 Tour are on sale. The day after, more than 100.000 are already sold, huge success ! many concerts are sold-out.
On the same day, Nicola posts the following message :
Hi everyone !
I wanted to heartily thank you for the greeting you reserved to « La vie est belle » and to the 13 tour. You are always by our sides and it gaves us a lot of emotion and it is also very impressive. Marc, oLi, Boris, Ludwig and I can’t wait to make you discover this 13th album, and to meet you on the roads. It is really close now.
For more than 900 days we have been working and thinking about this, probably like we never had, the album will occur this 8 of September. 13 tracks, and 2 more, that to say, 15 new bewitching songs. Within a few weeks, I will come back here, to describe you the tenor. For the moment, we already are preparing this new tour. Without unveiling everything, we can already tell you that we have been working on something rare and even more impressive than on BCT.
You all know our loyalty and ethics regarding the tickets’ price, and it won’t change.
However, what changes today, is that we had to implement two rate, one for the standing area and another one for the bench, and numbered places for these last one.
It is a method that we’ve never experienced before, but there are some reasons for that.
First of all, our period has changed, unfortunately, and not in the good sense. For security reasons, frisking, etc, there is no way we can live 7000 people each evening waiting too long in front of the concert hall.
Therefore, there will be several waiting line and no need to come up so early to access to the show. This will permit us to manage you safely.
We received a lot of demands from you on that point. On how can you manage to come to the show without stress and within the certitude of having your spot.
You know that we always refused the outbidding and money selection for our shows. Namely, the more you pay, the more advantages you have (corner vip, early entrance). It is not our way to conceive, what should be a concert. It is a moment, a space of freedom, of shared emotions, and of strong fraternity, like this world don’t give us much now. So this system won’t be applied to the 13 tour.
On the other hand, we decided to create a special zone (the 13th zone) where more than 400 of you from the standing area , each night will be chosen randomly (on each sold ticket of the pit a special code has been print ) and will be place really close to the stage, (not to say, on the stage…). It will be a kind of lottery where everyone will have his right, his occasion, not to say chance.
But be careful, even those who won’t be chosen, wherever you will be, you won’t be forgot or injured. At the time, I’m writing, all the websites, which sell tickets for this tour are saturated.
Thanks to all. Be patient, we are coming.
Respects to all of you
Love live love
On augsut 18, the video of La Vie Est Belle (dir. Asia Argento) is released.
On august 24, Indochine begins promoting 13 (replays).
On september 8, the album 13 is released.
Following the release of 13, an exceptional exhibit takes place in Paris (Galerie Rabouan Moussion, 11 rue Pastourelle 9/9-23). Pictures from Erwin Olaf (photographer of the album cover), and a making-of from the shooting are highlighted.
On september 13, Indochine performs 2 live performances on TMC‘s Le Quotidien show : the song 2033, + a 30min exclusive set, broadcasted after the show.
On september 14, a secret gig is held in Brussels (Bruxelles-Midi station). Célie (who won a contest some days before), is performing with the band.
13 goes gold in Belgium in one week. It reaches also #1 sales.
Two weeks after its release, 13 goes platinum, with more than 100.000 copies sold !
On october 26, Indochine performs the Concert Alcaline in Paris (Le Trianon).
On november 4, Indochine attends the TV show NRJ Music Awards in Cannes. The band performs La Vie Est Belle, and is also offered an Award of Honour.
On novembre 23, new concerts are unveiled : an open-air show with guests at Nancy’s Zénith (june 23, 2018).
4 shows on summer fests : Festival 13 Tour, and 9 more concerts added to the tour : 13 Tour, 2ème Vague (fall 2018). Tickets on indo.fr, Fnacspectacles.com, Myticket.fr, Ticketmaster.com, Accorhotelsarena.com + Fnac, Carrefour, Auchan, Leclerc, Magasins U, Cultura, Cora, Digitick), and fest. websites.
06/28/18, Marmande – Garorock
07/07/18, Saint-Nolff / Vannes – Fête du Bruit
07/14/18, Aix-les-Bains – Musilac
07/27/18, Colmar – Foire aux Vins
11/01/18, Rouen – Zénith
11/08/18, Toulouse – Zénith
11/10/18, Bordeaux – Métropole Arena
11/17/18, Paris – AccorHotels Arena
11/21/18, Dijon – Zénith
11/24/18, Nantes – Zénith
12/01/18, Strasbourg – Zénith
12/05/18, Lille – Zénith
12/08/18, Lyon – Halle Tony Garnier
On december 12, shooting of the video Un Eté Français (La Défense, Paris).
On december 16, the band is offered a double platinum for 13, for more than 200.000 copies sold !
On january 12, the teaser of the video Un Eté Français is unveiled.
At the end of the month, Gloria and Station 13 (from the Alcaline concert) are named videos of the week.
On February 4, Karma Girls (Alcaline concert) is also featuring as video of the week.
On February 9, Indochine’s new single, Un Eté Français, is released (Digital, CD Digisleeve, Vinyl and Audio Tape. More
Indochine’s 13 Tour starts on february 10 in Epernay (photos).
On february 11, as the 4 AccorHotels Arena (Paris) are sold-out, a new one is added, on november 16 !
On February 23, Indochine unveils its new music video, Un Eté Français (directors Clément Chabault & Nicola Sirkis).
On march 17, after the concert in Brussels Palais 12, Sony Music belgium offered the band a platinum disc for the album 13.
Mid-April, Asia and Nicola are in Roma, to record the italian version of Gloria.
13 goes platinum, with more than 300.000 copies sold in France !
On may 25, Indochine gives a press conference. New concerts are unveiled :
– Brussels, Palais 12 (11/4)
– Paris, AccorHotels Arena (11/14)
– Nantes, Le Zénith (11/23)
– Clermont-Ferrand, Le Zénith (12/11)
June 15, release of the Maxi Single Station 13, available in Digital and collector editions : CD (Digisleeve), Vinyl (+ flag Station 13) and Audio tape
On june 20, Indochine gives an intimate concert in front of 100 people (RTL‘s Grand Studio – replay).
At the end of the concert, Nicola unveils a very last show for the tour : Amnéville, on December 21 (tickets).
On june 24, Nicola gives an interview to Laurent Delahousse’s 20h30 Le Dimanche. Station 13 (acoustic version) is performed (replay).
The video of Gloria (french + italian versions, featuring Asia Argento) is shot during the night of june 24.
On june 28, Indochine begins its Festival 13 Tour. First show in Marmande (GaroRock – photos).
The band also performs at : La Fête du Bruit (july 7 – photos), Festival de Nîmes (july 13 – photos), Musilac (july 14 – photos), Paléo Festival (july 22 – photos) & Colmar’s Foire aux Vins (july 27 – photos).
July 19 : release of the Station 13 video, directed by Bouha Kazmi. Exclusively screened on the CGR theaters from july 11 to 17, then on Tidal (july 18+19). On YouTube, from july 20.
Nicola écrit et enregistre un titre, Sophie et Souris, pour l’exposition Souris Calle, de Sophie Calle, pour une exposition à la Galerie Perrotin, en octobre.
September 13 : release of the single & music video of Song For A Dream, directed by Cristián Jiménez.
On the same day, Nicola is interviewed on RTL radio (Stéphane Bern’s A La Bonne Heure), Replay.
On october 5, Nicola poses for the legendary studio Harcourt.
On october 11, 2 new reissues of Indochine’s 13 (limited ed.) are unveiled (more).
On october 12, Nicola, oLi and Boris are the guests of Emilie Mazoyer’s Musique !, on Europe 1 radio (replay).
On october 13 : new tickets for Indochine’s 13 Tour 2ème Vague are sold in order to fight the black market (more).
On october 20, Station 13 (video directed by Bouha Kazmi), wins several Awards in Ibiza’s Festival du Clip. Others will come after.
Indochine’s 13 Tour, 2ème Vague continues in Rouen’s Zénith, on november 1rst (photo/videos).
The Maxi Single of Song for a Dream (CD, Audio tape and Vinyl) will be released on december 7 (available to pre-orders).
On november 12, Nicola is the guest of Yann Barthès’s Quotidien, on TMC TV (Replay).
On november 14, 16 and 17, Indochine performs in Paris AccorHotels Arena, all sold-out. (11/14, photos/videos). The 16/11 gig is broadcasted live on TMC and RTL2 (Photos/videos), 11/17 (Photos/videos).
On november 16, release of the 2 reissues of the album 13. More
On november 17, after the last gig in Paris, Nicola is given his 2 portraits by Harcourt.
On november 28, Indochine performs an acoustic session for RFM, following the radio’s studios grand opening (replay).
On december 7, release of the Maxi Single of Song For A Dream (CD, audio tape and Vinyl, including an exclusive flag). More.
On december 10, Nicola is rewarded with Sacem’s Grand Prize for French Song (creator-performer). Replay.
On december 13, Nicola is interviewed on CliqueTV (replay).
400.000 copies of 13 are sold !
On december 20, Indochine is given the W9 d’Or award, for the best tour of the year.
On december 23, L’Etoile du Parisien (best tour of the year) is given to the band (replay).
La Dernière Vague
From January 22, some mysterious numbers are posted on our websites…
On January 24, the mysterious event is finally unveiled : La Dernière Vague. Indochine will perform at Lille’s Pierre Mauroy stadium, on june 22, 2019 !
January 29, the music video of Gloria (italian) feat. Asia Argento, is posted on our websites.
La Dernière Vague : Following the huge success of the event (June 22 gig sold-out in a few hours), one more show is added on June 23, also sold-out very quickly ! In order to fight the black market, 500 tickets will be sold (for each show) a few weeks before the gigs.
On January 31, Nicola is the guest of France 5‘s C à Vous.
At the end of the show, Nicola and oLi perform Song For A Dream.
February 22 : 13 (Digifile ed. at lower price) is released. More.
March 8 : Karma Girls is announced as Indochine’s new Single from 13 (march 13 on radio).
Kimono dans l’ambulance, a short film from 13, written and directed by Nicola, is screened exclusively on the CGR cinemas, from march 20 to march 26. More.
Karma Girls (lyrics video) is released.
Fnac exclusive : on april 12, release of the colored Vinyls of the albums Alice&June, Hanoi, La République des Meteors, Black City Parade and 13 (limited copies), only on Fnac.com + Fnac stores.
April 22 : Nicola is the guest of France2‘s Stupéfiant ! program.
Karma Girls, Indochine’s new Maxi Single from 13, is released on June 14 (Digital, Digsleeve CD, Vinyl – with 1 exclusive flag – and Audio Tape). More
On June 18, a big news is unveiled, the last show of Indochine’s La Dernière Vague will be livestreamed on YouTube. Rendez-vous Sunday june 23 at 8.45 PM !
La Dernière Vague : on June 22, for Nicola’s birthday, la Musique de la Garde Républicaine come on stage to perform some acoustic songs wit us (J’Ai Demandé à la Lune, Salômbo, Justine, La Chevauchée des Champs de Blé and 3ème Sexe).
Then the song Electrastar, with Lou. Théa come also on stage to offer a bouquet of flowers to her father.
The Maxi Single of Karma Girls hits the top Singles + downloads sells. Available here (Digital, CD Digisleeve, Vinyl (+ exclusive flag) and Audio tape.
Kimono Dans L’Ambulance, a short-film written and directed by Nicola, featuring Béatrice Dalle, Diane Rouxel, Patrick Pelloux and Benoît David, is released June 26 (previewed on Allociné.fr June 25).
The Music Video of Karma Girls, directed by Nicola + shot June 22 and 23 at Lille’s Pierre Mauroy Stadium, is released July 13 (previewed July 12 on Le Parisien.fr).
On 9/8, the following video is posted on our websites <3
On September 13, the music video of Gloria is released. Featuring Asia Argento, the video is directed by Nicola.
October 9, Nicola goes to Lille, to support La Voix du Nord’s action weeks, against school bullying. On this occasion, he met Jonathan Destin.
October 31, Karma ArMy ReMiX, an exclusive track by oLi dE SaT, is released.
November 16, Nicola meet Erwin Olaf in Berlin.
December 13, the double white Vinyl (limited edition) of 13 is released. More.
December 17 : Les Divisions De La Joie are released on YouTube, including the Dancetaria Tour at Le Zénith de Paris (1999), Le Stef Concert (La Maroquinerie, 2000), 3 acoustic songs (Le Botanique, 2000) and 2 music videos (Juste Toi & Moi and Stef II).
#INDO40: Singles Collections
On February 13, at Les Étoiles Nordistes 2020 ceremony, Nicola was given the special award l’étoile d’honneur by La Voix du Nord. Nicola dedicated his award to Jonathan Destin also present that evening.
On March 2, a special live performance is unveiled : a special gig will be performed on march 7, to celebrate La Cooperative de Mai‘s 20th birthday. The event is sold-out in a few minutes.
COVID-19 : on March 15, Nicola posts this message :
We are strong and we will stay like that… always take advantage of these moments to listen, talk and also look after each other… and live and above all help those who need it. We will find ourselves even stronger.
From March 17 : in a period of containment, we are asking fans to share their cover song (playlist).
On March 22, we post the following message :
For all the medical staff mobilized 24/24, for the Police, truck drivers, and all those who are currently working, and for all of us, confined to help them… We are strong. Let’s all stand together…
Today, from 12, until March 30th, we’ll post an exceptional broadcast of the Live performance in Lille (June 23, 2019).
March 30 :
On April 21st, we share the Black City Concerts (Stade de France, 2014) on YouTube.
May 14 :
May 19 :
May 20 :
May 26, 2020 / Live / 12pm CET.
May 25 :
– #INDO40 –
May 26 : We are unveiling several important news during a live event at Le Stade de France !
I. Central Tour
May 29, 2021 – Bordeaux (Matmut Atlantique)
June 5, 2021 – Marseille (Orange Vélodrome)
June 19, 2021 – Paris (Stade de France)
June 26, 2021 – Lyon (Groupama Stadium)
July 3, 2021 – Lille (Stade Pierre Mauroy)
Featuring an unique central staging that will allow a closeness, intimacy and an unprecedented communion with the public, while being in a huge place and, as always, with the ethics of the group concerning the policy of the most affordable tickets prices for this kind of concert. Following the current situation, we are going to reserve a quota of seats per stadium to invite people whose professions (nurse, postal workers, truck drivers, etc.) have helped the country to live these hard times.
> Tickets on sale September 29, 2020.
II. Nos Célébrations : Brand new Single (Digital + Maxi Single), now available !
III. Indochine’s Singles Collection (2 volumes) :
Singles Collection (2001-2021)
In stores August 28 : Standard (2 CD), Deluxe (3 CD), Audio tapes and 12″.
Singles Collection (1981-2001)
In stores November 27. More news to come.
On June 20, the band performs at the top of the tour Montparnasse (Paris), for Virgin radio.
Photo by Stéphane Ridard.
The video of Nos Célébrations is released on June 25.
RIFFX radio survey (June 2020) : Indochine is named #2 favorite band by French people + #2 band played on radio. Nos Célébrations is #8 (general airplay) + #1 song played on adult radios.
July 10 : we are announcing the opening of a pop-up store (INDO40, Le Shop), from August 28 to 31, in Paris (JOYCE Gallery, jardins du Palais Royal). More.
Following the announcement of the Singles Collections releases, we are updating every week one restored music video in HD !
Indochine is the most played french band on radios. Nos Célébrations is #7 (general airplay) + #1 song played on adult radios.
On August 27th, during the grand opening of the Shop (Joyce gallery, Paris), a diamond disc is given to the group for the 500,000 copies of 13!
The next day, Indochine welcome the first customers at the Shop !
August 28th is also the release date of the Singles Collection (2001-2021), available on Digital, CD, Vinyl and audio tape. Find out more.
September 2, Nicola is on France 5‘s C à Vous TV show, oLi joins him on stage for an exclusive version of Nos Célébrations.
On September 17, Nicola is given a gold disc for Singles Collection (2001-2021), for more than 70,000 copies sold!
On September 29th, opening of the Central Tour ticket office (earlier on Indo.fr and France Billet network). Book your tickets here!
1st day of presale and general sale: + 270,000 tickets sold! Paris (Stade de France) and Lille (Pierre Mauroy Stadium) are already sold-out!
On September 29th, we are performing live for NRJ (exclusive concert), at La Seine Musicale (tickets by invitation). Replay :
At the end of the month, Singles Collection (2001-2021) is Platinum Disc with over 110,000 sales! Thank you all!
November 9th, we are unveiling a release date for our Singles Collection (1981-2001): December 11th ! (+ available for pre-order).
November 18th, we are recording a live performance for the upcoming France 2‘s Taratata TV show.
November 25th, we are unveiling our new Single: 3SEX, featuring Christine And The Queens! 3SEX is taken from Singles Collection (1981-2001). More.
November 26th, Nicola announces a new (and last) concert for our upcoming Central Tour! The gig will take place in Lille (Stade Pierre Mauroy), on July 4, 2020. Tickets on sale December 4, 2020.
December 4th, opening of the Ticket office for Lille 2 (Stade Pierre Mauroy, July 4th, 2021). More.
100 tickets (50×2) are offered to people who are working during the 2nd lockdown. More.
On December 5, we receive an Honor Award for our career at the NRJ Music Awards!
December 11, release day of our Singles Collection (1981-2001)! More.
On December 12, we are performing live on France 2s’ Taratata. Watch Nos Célébrations, J’Ai Demandé à la Lune (ft. Mickey 3D), Pars (J. Higelin) by Nicola, and a short-concert (Popstitute, 3e Sexe, L’Aventurier, College Boy, Song For A Dream, Un Eté Français and Alice & June).
Singles Collection (1981-2001) hits #1 top album charts few days after its release, then gold record in 1 week (+ #1 charts in Belgium), and gets platinum in less than 3 weeks !
December 21st, Nos Célébrations is named Video of the Year (Pure Charts).
Nos Célébrations is the first French song of 2020 on radio (SNEP ranking).
FebruaryMore than 300.000 copies of the Singles Collections (Singles Collection 1981-2001 and Singles Collection 2001-2021) are sold !February 12, we are performing in Paris’ Espace Niemeyer, for RTL2 radio (Concert Très Très Privé) (replay).February 22, we are performing an unplugged gig, with a string quartet, RFM’s Session VIP (to be broadcast on RFM radio in a few weeks).
Feb. 25, Nicola posts the following message :
Hello to all of you,
Just some words to all you, who are waiting for the Central Tour (Bordeaux, Marseille, Lyon, Paris and Lille), to the 350,000 who have booked their tix and who are as excited as us to be there.
We are working hard to ensure that these concerts are still planned, and I wanted to tell you that we haven’t received at this time any instructions from the authorities to postpone these shows.
The Central Tour is therefore, until further informations, still being scheduled as expected… We have a wonderful hope that we will be able to meet you again in a few months to celebrate our lives and dreams together…
We have been asked, precisely, to prove, with all the actors of the cultural and scientific sectors facing this pandemic, that concerts can take place this summer… We will keep you informed as soon as possible.
To all of you who have booked trains and hotels for the Central Tour, we will be able to officially certify, in mid-April and depending on the evolution of the situation in France, whether these concerts will take place in 2021 or not…
Take care of yourself as we will take care of you.
The dream will continue,
On March 17, we are giving an interview for Amazon Music Sessions on Twitch.
On April 6, we are announcing the postponement of the Central Tour.
Here are the new concerts for the Central Tour in 2022 :
– Paris, Stade de France, May 21, 2022.
– Bordeaux, Matmut Atlantique, June 4, 2022.
– Marseille, Orange Vélodrome, June 11, 2022.
– Lyon, Groupama Stadium, June 25, 2022.
– Lille, Stade Pierre Mauroy, July, 2+3, 2022.
On April 13, we are doing a Facebook Live.
On April 19, we are announcing the release of Indochine, the official book, by Nicola Sirkis and Rafaelle Hirsch-Doran for September 30th (Les Editions du Seuil). Pre-orders available on Fnac.com, Amazon.fr and more).
On May 10, broadcast of the acoustic concert with a string quartet (recorded in February) on radio RFM. Here are some live performances from the gig :
From May 18, the puppet from the video Les Tzars is exhibited at Lyon’s Cinema & Miniature Museum, until the Central Tour gig at the Groupama Stadium (June 25th 2022)! Thank you Dan Ohlmann, director of the museum, who repaired it.Singles Collection (2001-2021) is certified Double Platinum by SNEP, for more than 200.000 copies sold! Thank you all!
On May 29th, we are performing live for France’s first experimental test concert, named Ambition Live Again, in Paris Accor Arena. This event aims to mark the hope of new days and to prove that music and stand-up concerts must go on as soon as possible in safety for the public, as well as for all the artists, the technicians and the concert organizers, who have all been at a standstill since the beginning of the pandemic.
Ambition Live Againwe release the following statement on July 8:
The results have been released this morning: There is NO risk of superinfection to attend an indoor concert, standing without distancing but with a sanitary protocol. Indochine would like to thank the 8,000 participants who volunteered for this test concert, despite the complicated and sometimes unfair route to get there. The group also thanks all the volunteers, nurses and others who made sure that everything went well. Thank you Etienne de Crécy and the sincere donors. Because of you, this experience will perhaps change the deal, hoping that the public will always be the priority for the “professionals” of the profession… And for the 2.500 people who could not attend the concert but who participated from home, rendez-vous in May 2022…
September 5: A new teaser for the upcoming Central Tour is unveiled!
A 360° central screen, the biggest ever made (+2000 m²), and specially designed for the stadiums of the tour !
The shows in Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon and Lille 1 are sold out! Please note that new tickets will be sold around Christmas + 1 month before the shows in order to fight the black market. Do not buy your tickets on unofficial networks at prohibitive prices.
Indochine’s Central Tour :
– Paris, Stade de France : Saturday, May 21, 2022 / SOLD OUT
– Bordeaux, Matmut Atlantique : Saturday June 4, 2022 / SOLD OUT
– Marseille, Orange Vélodrome : Saturday June 11, 2022
– Lyon, Groupama Stadium : Saturday June 25, 2022 / SOLD OUT
– Lille, Stade Pierre Mauroy : Saturday July 2, 2022 / SOLD OUT + Sunday July 3, 2022
We announce our #LIVE40 special event on September 13:
On September 29th, we celebrate our 40th birthday by broadcasting on YouTube an acoustic concert, with a string quartet! The livestream is followed with an Afterparty (Q&A) featuring Nicola and oLi!
Indochine’s 40th birthday official book, by Nicola and Rafaëlle Hirsch-Doran, is released on September 30! More
As of October 1, 400.000 copies of Singles Collections are sold! Thank you all!
On November 8, we request testimonies concerning harassment and LGBT+phobias in order to be broadcast during the Central Tour.
On December 3, new tickets for sold-out Central Tour concerts are sold in order to fight the black market.
On December 24, the full #LIVE40 acoustic concert is posted on our socials.
On January 11, we are recording a special version of College Boy, ft. Philippe Jaroussky + a symphonic orchestra, for Symphonie Pour La Vie (France 3), in aid of the Pièces Jaunes and Fondation des Hôpitaux (Replay from 00:37:10).
On February 6, Nicola is the secret guest of Olivier Rousteing on France 2‘s 20H30, le Dimanche (Replay).
On February 7, a new teaser is unveiled for the Central Tour.
On February 25, the supporting bands for the upcoming Central Tour are unveiled:
On March 8th, we are performing Electrastar for a special TV show called United for Ukraine (France 2). In order to face the humanitarian needs and to help the Ukrainian people, as well as all the populations affected by the conflict, you can make a donation to the French Red Cross, or by sending “DON” to 92 200.
On March 21st, Nicola and oLi are in Marseille to take part on a meeting about school bullying organized by the newspaper La Provence.
On April 21, one month before the beginning of the Central Tour, a very last resale of tickets for sold-out shows is made in order to fight the black market.
On April 26, Black City Parade – The Movie is released on Prime Video.