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I Spy: The Very Important Cannes Celeb-Spotting Guide



It’s no big secret that Cannes Lions has become something of a celeb magnet, so here’s our guide to a bit of shameless rubbernecking

I Spy: The Very Important Cannes Celeb-Spotting Guide
With A-list celebrities infiltrating the Cannes Lions speaker line up in recent years, there have been groans from some quarters about a dip in focus on creativity and advertising. But, and let’s be honest with ourselves here people, who doesn’t love a good celebrity spot? We certainly can't. From our vantage point in our London HQ, LBB-ers can get quite unashamedly excited at the most obscure, Z-list spot. And even though Kim and Kanye sadly probably won’t be hanging on any yachts this year, thanks to the Daily Mail’s decision to stay away from Cannes in 2017, the line up is still awash with big names from a heap of industries. So where to find ‘em? And who to look out for? Well, we’ve listed the time, date and locations of each of the below’s official seminars. But in reality your best shot of boosting your Insta-likes with a showbizzy selfie is at sea on an exclusive yacht jaunt, at the Colombe d’Or… or somewhere far, far away from the great unwashed (yes, adland, that would be you lot).

1. Sir Ian McKellen

Catch Gandalf himself on Wednesday 21st, 13:00 - 13:45, in the Lumiere Theatre. He’s also on the Facebook Beach later that day at 15:00 - 15:30. Let’s hope he lets you pass! Words cannot convey just how excited we are about accidentally bumping into Sir Ian and becoming the third best friend to him and Patrick Stewart. It's going to happen, right?

2. Ellie Goulding

Universal Music Group have a bunch of big names in Cannes, and one of them is Ellie Goulding. She’ll be speaking in the Havas Café with none other than Halle Berry on Wednesday 21st, 14:00 - 15:00. She’ll then be on The Terrace the same day, 16:00 - 16:45. (We’re hearing, on the DL that some of Universal’s stars might also make an appearance at the Deluxe yacht party).

3. Halle Berry

As mentioned above, Halle will be chatting with Ellie in the Havas Café. She’ll also be bringing a Storm to the Inspiration Stage on Tuesday 20th, 10:00 - 10:45. 

4. Wyclef Jean

This Perfect Gentleman will be on The Terrace on Thursday 22nd, 16:00 - 16:45. That is providing he’s not Gone ’Til November.

5. Sheryl Sandberg

Catch Facebook’s esteemed COO on Wednesday 21st, 14:00 - 14:45 in Lumiere Theatre, on the Facebook Beach at 17:00 - 17:45 the same day, AND on Thursday at 13:00 - 13:45 back in Lumiere. 

6. Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss, aka Peggy Olson, copywriter extraordinaire and all-round badass from Mad Men, is speaking in Salon Côte, in the Carlton, on Tuesday 20th at 17:00 - 18:00. 

7. Nick Jonas

This Lovebug will be on The Terrace on Wednesday 21st, 14:00 - 14:45. 

8. Karlie Kloss

Supermodel and founder of Kode With Klossy will be in Lumiere on Monday 19th, 11:00 - 11:45. 

9. Demi Lovato

Let It Go with Demi Lovato in Lumiere on Monday 19th, 15:00 - 15:45. 

10. Dame Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren needs no introduction or poorly written pun. Catch her in Lumiere on Wednesday 21st, 12:00 - 12:45. 

11. A$AP Rocky

Drop L$D with A$AP on The Terrace on Wednesday 21st, 15:00 - 15:45. 

12. Mena Suvari

No teenage dirtbags allowed: this American Beauty will be on the Inspiration Stage at 11:00 - 11:45 on Wednesday 21st. 

13. Run the Jewels

El-P and Killer Mike, aka Run The Jewels, will be on The Terrace, 15:00 - 15:45, on Thursday 22nd. 

14. Pussy Riot

Anti-Putin punk rockers are the stars of this year’s Grey Music Seminar. Thursday 22 June, 15:00 - 15:45, Lumiere Theatre. (And if that's not enough alt energy for you, 80s punk-funk NY dream team ESG will be playing at the Sizzer party...)

15. Simon Le Bon

Save A Prayer for Wild Boy Simon Le Bon, who’ll be braving Debussy on Saturday 17th at 11:00 - 11:45. 


Yes he is. He’s back in Cannes, Monday 19th, 15:00 - 15:45, Inspiration Stage. We’ve caught him at smaller Cannes Fringe events and we reckon he might surprise you more than the usual sleb turn at the Palais.

17. Armin van Buuren

Dutch trance legend Armin van Buuren takes to the Inspiration Stage on Thursday 22nd, 16:00 - 16:45. 

18. Paul ‘HHH’ Levesque 

Wrestler Paul ‘HHH’ Levesque will be laying the Smackdown on The Terrace on Thursday 22nd, 14:00 - 14:45. Last year WWE brought John Cena and there were selfies all round when he turned up at the Speaker’s Corner... and wrestlers are like Pokemon. Gotta catch 'em all.

19. Stephanie McMahon

Keeping him on the ropes will be WWE Chief Brand Officer (and wife) Stephanie McMahon.

20. Steven Gerrard

The Liverpool FC legend will be inspiring on the Inspiration Stage on Thursday 22nd, 17:00 - 17:45. 

21. Casey Neistat

Arguably the most successful vlogger of the YouTube era is in The Forum on Monday 19th, 14:00 - 14:45. 

22. Dita Von Teese

Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese hits the Inspiration Stage on Monday 19th, 16:00 - 16:45. 

23. Mario Testino

Give it your best pout for Mario Testino in Lumiere, Tuesday 20th at 11:00 - 11:45.

24. Lang Lang

Pianist, educator, philanthropist, United Nations ambassador - Lang Lang is a true force. He’s in The Forum on Tuesday 20th at 11:00 - 11:45. 

25. Ryan Tedder

OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedders will be Counting Stars on the Inspiration Stage on Wednesday 21st, 17:00 - 17:45. 

26. Reggie Yates

Catch the BBC presenter and documentary maker in The Forum on Monday 19th, 16:00 - 16:45. 

27. Edith Bowman

Fellow BBC stalwart Edith Bowman will be joining the aforementioned Simon Le Bon in Debussy on Saturday 17th at 11:00 - 11:45. And she's no stranger to the ad industry, popping up in commercial voice overs and hosting the UK Creative Circle awards every year.

28. Ryan Seacrest

You’ve two opportunities to see this member of US TV royalty. Tuesday 20th in Lumiere at 12:00 - 12:45 and Wednesday 21st on the Inspiration Stage at 13:00 - 13:45. 

29. Martin Campbell

And last but not least we have James Bond director Martin Campbell. Thursday 22 June, 13:00 - 13:45, The Terrace.

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LBB Editorial, Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:38:49 GMT