The Cannes Lions 2022 party scene is ready to roar again after a two-year hiatus.
Taking place from June 20 to 24, the annual International Festival of Creativity returns with a presence from mega brands such as NBCUniversal, Spotify, Meta, Snapchat and MediaLink.
The party has traditionally been known for its rosé-fueled party scene and its hot topic panels.
This year, streaming platform Spotify will take over its slice of Cannes beach with nightly performances from acts such as Post Malone, The Black Keys, Dua Lipa, Kendrick Lamar and more, giving visitors and locals an immersive concert experience.
There will also be plenty of partying offshore. We hear that NBCUniversal and its subsidiary Bravo will depart aboard the Below Deck Yacht with a performance by Boy George. While it’s unclear what Bravo talent will be on board, Vidak For Congress can confirm that Andy Cohen, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” stars Dorit Kemsley and Garcelle Beauvais will be at the festival, as well as “Below Deck” stars Captain Sandy. Yawn and Kate Chastain.
Brand Innovators also take to the seas with a sunset cruise to Monaco, followed by a VIP dinner at the Yacht Club de Monaco.
Back on land, we’re told Snapchat and Vogue are planning a very exclusive private dinner with founder Evan Spiegel — plus A-list guests including Naomi Campbell, Eva Longoria, Paris Hilton and Topshop heiress Chloe Green (sans her ‘hot thug ex-fiancé) — ahead of the brand’s “Redefining the Body” exhibition at Center d’art La Malmaison.
The exhibition showcases iconic high-fashion pieces from fashion houses such as Balenciaga, Dior and Gucci, accompanied by augmented reality experiences to try on the threads themselves.
Sting closed out the 2019 Cannes Lions festival with a surprise performance in a sprawling villa for the latest Live Nation and Citi bash, but a source told us the entertainment group isn’t hosting the most popular ticketing event in town this year as it focuses on its music festivals including Rolling Loud and Lollapalooza.
While those lucky enough to attend the Live Nation soiree in previous years may this time mourn the loss of such elite experiences, they can be comforted by scoring a ticket to iHeartMedia and MediaLink’s exclusive A-list dinner. at Hotel du Cap-Eden -Roc in Antibes this year — where singer Sam Smith will host guests.
After cocktails and dinner, attendees leave for an after party on the iHeart yacht.
We also hear that the recently merged Warner Bros. Discovery will host multiple brand-specific parties, including a Gremlins After Dark Evening Night and a Shark Week Beach Party.
“For our Gremlins After Dark party, I expect you to not get wet, no bright lights, and no food after dark,” said Michael Ouweleen, president of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.
Amazon is going to take its guests — via Prime shipping, we presume — to the port blowout with a performance by Brooklyn-born rock band LCD Soundsystem, while Gen Z-loved app TikTok will likely go viral for its planned “Sound on Soirée” with or without challenges and dancing.
A simple search – as well as sources – also confirmed to Vidak For Congress that Google will be hosting a baby shower gift featuring Australian singer Kylie Minogue, a seasoned performer at the fest.
Celebrities such as Ryan Reynolds, Issa Rae, Sir Patrick Stewart, Zoë Lister-Jones, Megan Thee Stallion and more have all been confirmed to lecture or appear on panels – so it’s safe to say Cannes will once again be lit up with stars .