Paris music festivals: 2016 guide
Planners, sunscreen and earplugs at the ready – festival season’s finally here.
The 20 best Paris songs
The sound of Paris, distilled into twenty songs.
Record stores in Paris
Track down obscure releases new and old at one of the city’s many specialist stores.
Jazz and world in Paris
From swing to avant-garde be-bop, West African blues to Moroccan pop, hot new talent to big visiting names.
Paris clubbing collectives
Find out why Paris is becoming a cult destination for electro-techno scenesters.
The best music venues in Paris
Live music bars
Where to catch great live sounds in the French capital.
Jazz clubs and bars
In the city that owned the jazz age, it would be rude not to.
Music, film and digital art
From cutting-edge cinema retrospectives to boundary-pushing digital art.
Where to party like it's the Années Folles
Where to boogie the night away.
What’s on at...
Any self-respecting Parisian keeps their distance from the soulless stretch of development that surrounds the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, with one exception: Les Frigos ('The Refrigerator'), a former storage depot for refrigerated railway wagons, no less. Once the facility had been shut down and the refrigeration turned off, it wasn't long before destitute artists began to squat inside. By 1996, they'd also colonised its underground vaults; today, Les Voûtes has become an unlikely venue for concerts, exhibitions, and a whole lot of multidisciplinary artistic happenings. All in all, a great place to 'chill'.
For want of a 'proper' concert venue, the Mu collective puts on its monthly music nights in its very own garage, where its members saw planks of wood and generally busy themselves with their artistic projects by day. The result is 'garage music' in a new sense of the term: an eclectic programme of rock and electro gigs set in a venue that's at once homely and very, very hipster.