One of the things I love to do while visiting a country is to discover their festivals! So let me offer you a list of the best music festival in Paris so that you can discover my city from another angle! If you like music and festivals of different genres, this article is for you!
Rock en Seine
My favourite music festival in Paris! I have been there 5 times and I have never been disappointed. It takes place at the end of August in the Park of St Cloud. In addition to internationally renowned artists, there are a lot of activities to do. You will dance to rock (as the name suggests) but also to pop, electronic and indie. There is something for every taste. Artists who played at Rock en Seine: Post Malone, Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Radiohead, MGMT, Arctic Monkeys, Sum 41, Flume…Read some review here.
Festival Fnac Live
My second favourite music festival in Paris, which is free! How good is that! At the beginning of July, you can attend free concerts for 3 days at the town hall square. I saw artists like Glass Animals, Foals, Møme and others… It’s really worth going there, but be careful, since it’s free there are a lot of people and the place fills up quickly. If you arrive late you won’t see anything. More Infos here.
We Love Green
We Love Green is a festival taking place in early June in the Bois de Vincennes. It’s an electro-pop music festival whose aim is to combine music and respect for the environment. I love the concept and the fact that during the festival, there are also areas for associations committed to the environment and a stage reserved for interventions on the ecological issues. On the musical program: Tame Impala, Tyler the Creator, Christine and the Queens, Diplo, Lorde, London Grammar…
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Fete de la Musique
The “Fete de la Musique” (literally “Music Party“) is every June 21st in Paris. Created by Jack Lang, former Minister of French culture, this event has become an international phenomenon over the years. It’s a massive event throughout France. There are free concerts and performances in the streets (most of the streets are closed to traffic) and in places of entertainment. I love going from place to place with my friends, it’s a great opportunity to party for free and seeing people everywhere in the streets is really a great feeling. If you are in Paris on June 21st, do not miss this event that locals love.
More info on the “Fete de la Musique”.
The Solidays festival is a multi-genre music event that takes place at the end of June at the Longchamp Racecourse. It’s organized by the charity for AIDS, which helps the people sick with AIDS and provides prevention to young people. Each year it brings together artists, activists and nearly 228,000 festival-goers for 3 days. In addition, you can also do merry-go-rounds and bungee jumping!
Some artists who went to Solidays: Macklemore, DJ Snake, David Guetta, Kungs, Angus and Julia Stone…
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The Peacock Society festival takes place in early July at the Paris floral park. It’s the festival of electronic cultures not to be missed in Paris. In addition to the exceptional lineup, the event takes place in a huge warehouse and two dancefloors, which guarantees you a crazy and engaging experience! There are also visual installations, art projects and many food trucks! Performed at The Peacock Society: Richie Hawtin, Darkside, Tale of Us, Brodinski, Carl Craig and a lot more …
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La Plage de Glazart
This open-air music festival has a great concept: fine sand, deckchairs and a large dance floor. La Plage de Glazart is the perfect summer festival where we attend concerts with our feet in the sand while in the heart of Paris! Offering types of music such as techno, house, metal, rock, trance and more, the festival is on weekends from June to September. More Infos.
These music festivals all take place during summer in Paris, because it’s the best season to party outdoors and enjoy concerts in the sun. If you are visiting Paris during summer, I strongly encourage you to go at least to one of these festivals (you have no excuse, there are free ones!) and mix with the locals. Who knows, you might make friends with people who have the same taste, who can help you discover Paris differently!