Music and nightlife in Paris this summer

Want to shake your stuff by the Seine or catch the cream of the music scene? We've got clubs, gigs, soirées and festivals galore



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Have a night on the tiles at Festival FNAC Live

Every year, powerhouse music retailer FNAC brings a selection of artists to a stage outside the Hôtel de Ville for four nights of great music. The festival's fourth outing doubles up as a commemoration of the retailer's 60th birthday, and promises a bumper lineup – even bumper-er than previous years, that is – to celebrate. Smaller concerts are held at a more intimate venue at the Salon des Arcades. For more information, click here. Tickets are free but you’ll need to be smart about getting them – they're available from FNAC outlets from July 17...


Rock on at Rock en Seine

The city’s premier annual rock festival, Rock en Seine has been held in the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud every last weekend in August since 2003. This year’s line-up includes Alt-J, Tame Impala, Laura Mvula, Nine Inch Nails, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. For the best experience, buy a three-day pass and camp in the historic park grounds, which include Marie Antoinette’s rose garden.


Pack in Macki Music Festival

The first ever instalment of the Macki Music Festival looks set to be one of the summer's unmissable events. The brainchild of two kingpins of the Parisian party scene, DJ Mamie's collective and the label Cracki, the festival combines a quality line-up with the novelty value of a brand new venue. Given the organisers, we'd have expected an electro-heavy line-up, but au contraire: the programme takes in the likes of house DJs Jay Daniel and Kyle Hall, as well as Isaac Delusion's pop beats and the legendary hip-hop strains of Lords of the Underground and rap prodigy...


Discover offbeat hits at these alternative music venues

Read on for our guide to the quirkiest concert venues in Paris, from far-flung churches to converted funeral parlours...


Swing along to Les Siestes Electroniques

Inaugurated in Toulouse and a regular fixture of the Parisian summer schedule since 2011, Les Siestes Electroniques – 'Electronic naps' – is far from the torpid affair that its name suggests. The concept is simple, yet strikingly fresh: upcoming DJ talent eschews the big summer hits in favour of sets that draw on the audio archives of the Musée du Quai Branly – in whose leafy gardens the festival is set. The result is an innovative programme of world music-inspired electro, carefully curated to shake your mind as well as move your feet. Oh yeah, and it's all free...


Just jam at Jazz à la Villette

The Jazz à la Villette festival is one of the most hotly anticipated events of the back-to-school season for musically-minded Parisians. Every concert is unique, a meeting between different artists: jazz, funk, hip-hop, blues and world. It's brilliantly orchestrated 21st-century jazz, mixed with rhythms and instruments from around the world. Given that past years have seen performances from the likes of Seun Kuti, Gregory Porter and Bryan Ferry, our breath couldn't be more bated...


Discover the summer beach at Le Glaz'art

This converted coach station is a temple of drum ‘n’ bass, jungle and dubstep, but it’s not all one note. You can shake your stuff to minimal techno and house beats, but also to groove, soul and rock concerts. It’s a lovely venue, with a concert stage and a bar with comfy sofas – it’s just a shame it’s lost in the depths of the 19th arrondissement, but that does mean that it draws an authentic underground crowd. There’s no Parisian hype here, but rather techno partygoers (‘teuffeurs’) out for the sound and nothing but the sound..

  1. 7-15 avenue de la Porte de la Villette, 19e
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Preen at Peacock Society Festival

This techno, house and electro festival manages to cram an absolutely stonking line-up of more than 30 international DJs into its two days. Richie Hawtin and Paul Kalkbrenner head the bill, with James Blake, Kerri Chandler, Darkside (that's Nicolas Jaar's band to househeads) and a whole roster of talent providing the backup. Break out your shutter shades, your crowns of flowers and your rolling baccy – it's time to party in the Parc Floral...


Ferris Bueller at Festival Days Off

For the fifth year running, Days Off curates a fantastic range of pop, rock, folk and electro in two of the city's best acoustic venues, Cité de la Musique and Salle Pleyel. Some major acts taking part this year include Rufus Wainwright, Damon Albarn and Chilly Gonzales (something of a festival regular) – worth taking a day off for...


Have a change of scene with some alternative clubbing

Read on for our guide to the most unusual clubbing experiences Paris has to offer...

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