Various venues, June 6-9 2014
Paris can finally hold up its head next to Berlin, London and the other great electro capitals of Europe. Now in its second edition, Weather Festival is essentially a four-day house and techno blowout, featuring over 60 acts and held in 13 venues across Paris and Montreuil. The events are curated by DJs from major labels and underground collectives alike, and run the stylistic gamut from minimal techno to soulful nu-disco.
Friday night kicks off proceedings with a solid setlist headed by Mount Kimbie. The unconventional choice of venue is the Institut du Monde Arabe, better known for its seminars on Ottoman society than its cutting-edge house nights. But save yourselves for the centerpiece of the festival: a freewheeling 22-hour party that kicks off at noon on Saturday and runs through to Sunday morning. The mammoth programme will be held simultaneously across four stages, each themed around a season – for our money, the outdoor 'summer' stage, featuring Floating Points and Moodymann, will be the best.
Of course, a big rave without an afterparty is a bit like a mocktail – really, what's the point? Luckily there are four to choose from on the Monday, running from noon to 10pm. Most of the weekend's artists return for a closing set, so it's your chance to catch what you missed before.
The full programme is available here.