Caravan Palace

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Caravan Palace
Caravan Palace at the Ottawa Bluesfest 2010
Caravan Palace at the Ottawa Bluesfest 2010.
Background information
Origin Paris, France
Genres Electro swing[1]
Years active 2005 (2005)–present
Labels Wagram
Members Zoé Colotis
Arnaud Vial
Hugues Payen
Camille Chapelière
Charles Delaporte
Antoine Toustou
Paul-Marie Barbier

Caravan Palace is a French electro swing band based in Paris. The band's influences include Django Reinhardt, Vitalic, Lionel Hampton, and Daft Punk.[1] The band released their début studio album, Caravan Palace, on the Wagram label in October 2008. The record charted in Switzerland, Belgium and France, where it reached a peak position of #11.[2]


The band formed as a three-piece. Loïc Barrouk took an interest in the project and booked the band a recording studio and a series of gigs. More performers were required for the live concerts and the other three current band members were found after searching on MySpace.[3]

The band became popular on the internet after releasing a number of demos and promo singles. From 2006 to 2007 they spent a year touring around France, and their first festival appearance came at the Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival in 2007.[3] Following this emergence, the group were signed by the Paris-based Wagram Music record label. They spent the next year recording material for their début studio album.

On 20 October 2008 the self-titled Caravan Palace was released, preceded by the single "Jolie Coquine".[1] The album received praise for its traditional jazz inclinations,[1] and placed in a number of European album charts. In Switzerland, the album reached #72 and in Belgium it achieved a position of #42. The album performed best in the band's native France where it attained a peak position of #11 in August 2009, and remained on the French albums chart for 68 consecutive weeks.[2] The band released their second official single, "Suzy", on 24 February 2009.[4]

On 3 October 2011, the band released an EP titled Clash, featuring two new songs and four remixes of them. The band's second album, Panic, was released on 5 March 2012.

In 2014, the band remixed Drake Bell's single "Bitchcraft".[5]

Band members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Charts Certification

2008 Caravan Palace 42 11 72
2012 Panic 20

Extended plays[edit]

  • Clash (2011)


  • "Jolie Coquine" (2008)
  • "Dragons" (2008)
  • "Suzy" (2009)
  • "Clash" (2012)
  • "Rock It For Me" (2012)
  • "Dramophone" (2012)


  1. ^ a b c d "Caravan Palace > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Caravan Palace - Caravan Palace". Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Caravan Palace Biography". Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  4. ^ "Suzy - Single". Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  5. ^ "Bitchcraft (Caravan Palace Remix) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 
  6. ^ Caravan Palace page Retrieved 2012-08-16