Bonjour everyone! :ooking for the best music festivals in Paris!? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Paris is truly one of the world’s greatest cities, and the French capital sure knows how to put on a show to outdo the rest of us.
When you’re done eating croissants, taking in the many famous sights and falling in love with the City of Lights, the Paris music festival scene is your next port of call.
No matter what genre you’re into, you can bet your ass there’s a music festival in Paris perfect for you. And with many held in stunning and unique venues (Disneyland Paris, anyone?), this is one list you have to make time for.
So whether you’re living in Paris, or just a tourist looking for their next international festival, this list has got you covered to make your summer trip much more memorable!
So without further ado, check out what I think are…
1) Solidays Festival
Where: Paris Longchamp
“Solidays is a French music festival committed to the fight against AIDS and campaigning for equality and youth engagement, doing so through a showcasing over 80 concerts across its June weekend. Music fans can expect a diverse mix of performances – think David Guetta, Mura Masa and Shaka Ponk – alongside a lineup of undiscovered gems waiting to become your next favourite artist. Good days ahead for solidarity in music!”
2) We Love Green
Where: Bois de Vincennes, Paris
Genre: Electronic / Alternative
“When it comes to considering its ecological footprint, few festivals compete with Paris’ We Love Green Festival. As its name suggests, the festival emphasises its dedication to its environmental responsibility, from its innovative take on eco-toilets to its scarce use of plastic to discussions and workshops on sustainable living. In addition to its progressive ethics, We Love Green reliably boasts lineups impressive enough to match its more well known European peers; previous years have seen the likes of Justice, Migos, Solange, LCD Soundsystem, Foals and Lorde. This combination of alternative thinking and billing makes We Love Green one of the highlights of the French festival scene.”
3) Marvellous Island Festival
Where: Plage de Torcy, Paris
Genre: Electronic / House / Techno
“Held annually on the Plage de Torcy in the east side of Paris, Marvellous Island offers a festival experience like no other. Bringing a consistently impressive lineup of techno and house each summer, the festival’s waterside location is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
As well as its strong billing, Marvellous Island is renowned for its creativity and magical visual allure, imaginatively designing and decorating its site and stages to visualise the festival’s enchanting theme.”
4) Villette Sonique
When: June 6-9, 2019
Where: Parc de la Villette, Paris
Genre: Electronic / Experimental
“You know summer is on its way when Villette Sonique arrives at the end of May and the Parc de la Villette is transformed into a festival-lover’s paradise. If you’re into rock, electronic and experimental sounds then you’re in for a treat, with names like Marquis de Sade, Mogwai, Jon Hopkins and John Maus taking to the stage. What makes this fest even more insane is that during the day it’s totally free! Head to this huge 5-day extravaganza on the edge of Paris’ city centre to listen to epic music and discover new artists you can’t believe you never knew…”
5) Rock en Seine
Where: Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, Paris
“Held each summer in the western reaches of Paris, Rock en Seine is huge music festival that has become one of the biggest in France since the very first edition early this century. Despite its name, the festival is not strictly bound to rock music (although you can expect to see giants of the scene on the lineup) with performers coming together from a diverse mix of styles: indie, alternative, pop, rock, hip hop, electronic music and more.
Across three days in Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, a beautiful historic parkland, there will be performances from not just the international superstars who top the bill, but an exciting mix of rising stars and new talent from across the globe
6) Lollapalooza Paris
When: July 20-21, 2019
Where: Hippodrome de Longchamp, Paris
“Lollapalooza Paris is a huge multi-genre music festival held in the capital city of France which forms part of the famous global festival family. As with all Lollapalooza festivals across the globe, the Parisian version boasts a lineup of global superstars from a diverse mix of genres.
That means you’re just as likely to see modern rap icons as rock veterans topping the bill, with superstar DJs and pop favourites spread across the programme across the weekend. After two editions, the festival is looking to really stamp its mark on the French festival scene for years to come.”
7) FNAC Live
Where: Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, Paris
“The festival Fnac Live takes place on the forecourt of the City Hall with a series of free concerts that each year gathers almost 100,000 spectators. Now a main staple of the Parisian summer season, this event offers 3 days of concerts featuring thirty or so artists, with a range of musical repertoires.”
8) Peacock Society Festival
Where: Parc Floral, Paris
Genre: Electronic / House / Techno
“Held at the beginning of each summer in the southeast of Paris, The Peacock Society Festival is one of the French capital’s most famous electronic music festivals.
The two-day party takes place an impressive warehouse-style venue in the Parc Floral, and the festival’s lineup is comprised of favorites from the house and techno underground: from Detroit and Berlin veterans to ascendent stars of the worldwide scene. If that wasn’t enough, there will also be a closing party on Sunday to see out the weekend properly, if you needed an excuse.”
9) Paris Hip Hop Festival
When: June / July
“An incredible gathering of almost 400 artists with a broad programme that includes African artists, workshops, exhibitions, films, graffiti jams, and block parties. Previous lineups have included Cut Killer, Kool G Rap and Sofiane – but the festival isn’t just about music. Past years have also seen dance shows and dance-offs, exhibitions, film screenings, open-air block parties, street art and graffiti jams.”
10) Electroland Festival
Where: Disneyland Paris
Genre: Electronic / EDM
“Electroland is an electronic music festival that takes place within the Walt Disney Studios® Park. For two spectacular days the festival welcomes a lineup of world-renowned dance music superstars to the famously magical Disneyland® Paris setting. With huge sound systems and an incredible light-show, transforming the iconic Hollywood Tower Hotel into the focal point of the festival, Electroland offers a unique opportunity to party in a setting usually reserved for making children’s dreams come true.”
11) Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
Where: Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris
Genre: Electronic / Indie
“Pitchfork Music Festival Paris is the French capital’s edition of the global music festival series. Every November thousands of music fans gather en masse in the 19th arrondissement of a crispy and autumnal Paris, filling the palatial Grande Halle de la Villette for three nights. Though it used to be a massive abatorie, now it plays host to some of this city’s biggest cultural events, and Pitchfork Music Festival Paris is no exception. Over the years the festival has reflected the biggest names in indie (Bon Iver, The War On Drugs, The National etc.) and the scene’s most inspiring new talent, as well as representing its own French identity with a picking of national treasures.”
12) Download Festival Paris
When: June (Future Dates unannounced)
Where: Brétigny Base 217
Genre: Rock / Punk / Metal
“Download Festival Paris is a rock, punk and metal festival held in the French capital. A spin-off from the legendary British festival, the French satellite celebrates its third edition in 2018, once again bringing an impressive lineup of rock icons to the city. As the newest addition to the Download family, the Parisian edition is slightly more humble in size than its British sibling, but it doesn’t pull any punches in its commitment to spectacular staging and production, incredible lineups and a full-throttle weekend of heavy hitting rock.”
13) LaPlage de Glazart
When: June – August (summer season)
Where: Porte de la Villette, Paris
Genre: Techno / Electronic / Dubstep / Trance
“Set on a man-made beach with sunbeds, deckchairs, food trucks and petanque tournaments on everyday throughout the summer months, LaPlage de Glazart is a music festival with a beachy twist! Summer vibes will be filling the Porte de la Villette with FREE rock and folk concerts being held every Wednesday and a club filling the outside space from Thursday to Saturday nights with techno, trance and dubstep tunes. Wondering who to expect? Corine, Mandar, Tom Trago, The Chiva Gantiva, Lazare Hoche and Artefakt will all be hitting the stage.”
14) Festival des Vieilles Charrues
Where: Carhaix, France
“Les Vieilles Charrues is a huge multi-genre music festival in Carhaix, France. One of the country’s biggest and best-loved, the festival regularly boasts lineups packed with both national and global music icons from a diverse range of genres. Whether that’s modern dance music megastars, rock giants, veteran performers or exciting new talent, the festival’s four day program has something for all 200000+ music fans who make the journey to France’s northwestern corner.”
15) Fête de la Musique
When: June 21st (annually)
Where: Various locations across Paris
“The Fête de la Musique, also known as Music Day, Make Music Day or World Music Day, is an annual music celebration that takes place on 21 June. On Music Day the citizens of a city or country are allowed and urged to play music outside in their neighborhoods or in public spaces and parks. Free concerts are also organized, where musicians play for fun and not for payment.”
16) Afropunk Fest Paris
Where: Various venues, Paris
Genre: Afrobeat / Various
“AFROPUNK FEST Paris is a music festival, part of the global network of diverse cultural showcases that celebrate the art, music and identity of black communities across the world. For the French satellite, as with the numerous other events, the lineup spans eclectic musical offerings that cover jazz, soul, hip hop, reggae, Afrobeats, pop, rock and more. And the festival also promotes messages of tolerance and inclusivity, alongside its celebration of artistic expression.”
17) La Défense Jazz Festival
When: June / July
Where: Parvis de la Défense, Paris
“The forecourt at the Ile-de-France business district is transformed into an open-air concert hall on the occasion of its famous jazz festival. For 40 years now, prestigious artists such as Stacey Kent, Erik Truffaz, and Lionel Belmondo have performed here and this year’s line-up has many beautiful moments in store, with notably the participation of Bootsy Collins, Chinese Man, Alsarah & The Nubatones or ALA.NI. Free and quality entertainment to listen to at lunchtime or in the evening.”
18) Les Nuits de l’Alligator
When: January / February
“In 2006, we launched the Nights of the Alligator dreaming to play RL Burnside, this pure electric bluesman from Mississippi who, on stage, put the block to all rock bands. Unfortunately, RL Burnside died a few months before the first edition of Alligator Nights. Since then, we have caught up as we could, we did the best, by programming each year the best of blues in the broadest sense, the musicians who have seized the spirit, who blow on his embers, who want to make him a party and give a hot shot to the public. Blues yes, but also rock, folk, soul and why not a flow hip-hop on occasion. As often as possible, discoveries, open. Throughout the editions and the cities it crosses, the festival Les Nuits de l’Alligator has become a real rendez-vous, where a public of faithful is found without necessarily knowing the programmed artists (it must be said that we know them sometimes hardly ourselves, we just feel that it will stick).”
19) Paris Summer Jam
Where: Paris La Defense Arena
“Paris Summer Jam is a brand new hip-hop party for the French capital, taking place for the first time this summer in the western suburbs of the city. Bringing together stars of the scene from both sides of the Atlantic, the one-day festival is a chance to see a lineup of the best in the business. And who better to top the bill than the greatest rapper in the world right now, Kung-Fu Kenny himself, Kendrick Lamar. 2018 sees Compton’s finest travelling worldwide with his DAMN. tour, as well as headlining festivals across the globe, firmly cementing his place at the top of the rap game. He will be joined in the newly built U Arena by recently revived trio and party playlist favourites N.E.R.D and French hip-hop veterans IAM, among others.”
Am I Missing Any Epic Music Festivals in Paris…?
The “City of Lights” already has an unbelievably stacked list of summer music festivals, but maybe I missed a couple really awesome events! I’m planning on spending a lot more time in Paris in the coming years, so please do send me any other festivals you think I should be adding to this list!
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