Caravan Palace

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Caravan Palace
Caravan Palace at the Ottawa Bluesfest 2010
Caravan Palace at the 2010 Ottawa Bluesfest
Background information
Origin Paris, France
Genres Electro swing,[1] new wave
Years active 2008 (2008)–present
Labels Wagram, MVKA, Le Plan Recordings
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 debut 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 number 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 debut studio album.

On October 20, 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 albums charts. In Switzerland, the album reached number 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 February 24, 2009.[4]

On October 3, 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 March 5, 2012.

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

The band released the single "Comics" on June 22, 2015, and their second single "Lone Digger" on September 18, 2015.

The band's third studio album, <|°_°|>, was released on October 16, 2015.[6][7]

In 2015, they appeared on Later With Jools Holland [8] on October 27 and 30, and on the Jonathan Ross Show on October 31. Subsequently they appeared on Jools' Annual Hootenanny on Dec 31 2016/Jan 01 2017 singing a cover of Black Betty and Lone Digger.

They made a video for their track "Mighty" and previewed another song, "Wonderland", in a short promotional video.

Band members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details Charts
Caravan Palace 11 42 72
  • Released: March 5, 2012
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP
  • Label: Wagram
20 74 43
  • Released: October 16, 2015
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP
  • Label: Wagram
51 101 57

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPs
Title Album details
  • Released: 2011 (FR), February 27, 2012 (US)
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Wagram
  • Released: May 20, 2016
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Wagram


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Jolie Coquine" 2008 192 Caravan Palace
"Suzy" 2009
"Clash" 2012 Panic
"Rock It for Me"
"Comics" 2015 Robot Face (<I°_°I>)
"Lone Digger" 144

Additionally, they have two songs that are "off-album", Milkshake and Kleptomanie.


  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". F-Cat Productions. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Caravan Palace - Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ a b Caravan Palace page Retrieved 2012-08-16