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Paris music festivals: 2015 guide

Discover the French capital's finest sounds and book ahead for the best Paris music festivals

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It might not quite have the international clout of London or Berlin, but Paris is no musical slouch: from the legendary jazz clubs to the thriving independent and underground music scenes, plus some seriously sharp record stores, there's everything here for the connoisseur.  In recent years, the number of music festivals has mushroomed too – both French outposts of international big hitters like Pitchfork, and cutting-edge homegrown treats like We Love Green and Weather Festival. Covering almost any genre you like, each one is well worth a look, and perhaps a trip if you're coming from abroad.

Keep up to speed with the Paris music festival calendar and book your tickets below. Think we've missed a great Paris music festival? Let us know in the comments.

Marvellous Island Festival

Dates: 8-10 May 2015
Genres: House / Techno / Minimal
Venue(s): Torcy Beach
Line-up: Adam Beyer, Ellen Allien, Monika Kruse, Marc Houle (live), Nick Curly, Deetron, Sasha Braemer, Adana Twins, Monkey Safari, Acid Pauli...
3-day pass: €99 
2-day pass: €77 
1-day pass: €42 

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Dates: 23-24 May 2015
Genres: Pop / Rock / Electro / Hip-hop / Soul
Venue(s) : Le Trianon
Line-up: Keziah Jones, Patrice, Lianne La Havas, Youth Man, Young Paris, Leon Bridges...
1-day pass: €25
2-day pass: €45

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We Love Green

Dates: 30-31 May 2015
Genres: Pop / Rock / Electro
Venue(s)Parc de Bagatelle
Line-up: Julian Casablancas, Christine and The Queens, Django Django, Joey Bada$$, Allah-Las, Siriusmodeselektor, Sophie, Ben UFO, Roman Flügel with Barnt, Ghost Culture... 
2-day pass: €66 
1-day pass: €38.50

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Festival ManiFeste

Dates: 2 June-2 July 2015
Genres: Contemporary classical / experimental
Venue(s): IRCAM, Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet, the Centre Pompidou, Gaîté Lyrique, the Philharmonie de Paris, etc.
Line-up: Philippe Hurel, Pierre Boulez, Guy Cassiers, Georgia Spiropoulos, Alberto Posadas, Michael Jarrell, etc.
Tickets: varies by concert

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Weather Festival

Dates: 4-8 June 2015
Genres: House / Techno / Minimal
Venue(s): Bois de Vincennes
Line-up: Adventice (DJ Deep & Romain Poncet), Cassy, Jeremy Underground, MCDE & Marcellus Pittman, Perbec, Ricardo Villalobos, S3A (live), Schwarzmann (live), Unforseen Alliance (live), Seven Davis Jr (live)...
Opening concert: €30 
Main event: €47 
Closing concert: €24

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Paris Hip Hop Festival

Dates : 19 June-6 July 2015
Genres: Hip Hop / Rap
Venue(s): Le Zénith, Le Trabendo, La maison des métallos, Les Étoiles, Le Hangar, La Gaîté Lyrique
Line-up: Wu-Tang Clan, La Cliqua, Big Sean, Azaria, G-Eazy, etc.
Tickets: varies by concert

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Paris Jazz Festival

Dates : 7 June-26 July 2015
Genres: Jazz / World / African / Experimental
Venue(s): Espace Delta
Line-up: Jason Moran, Tambours de Tokyo, Esther Rada, The Young Pilgrims, Stéphane Kerecki Quartet featuring John Taylor,
Tickets: Festival passes are €22, ticket are €6 per concert

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Solidays Festival

Dates: 26-28 June 2015
Genres: Pop / Rock / Electro / French 
Venue(s): Hippodrome de Longchamp
Line-up: Asaf Avidan, Moriarty, Brigitte, Caribou, Angus & Julia Stone, Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley, Zoufris Maracas, Rone, The Avener...
Tickets : 
3-day pass: €89 
1-day pass: €41 
Night pass: €31

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Days Off Festival

Dates : 1-10 July 2015
Genres: Pop / Rock / French
Venue(s)Philharmonie de Paris
Line-up: Ibeyi, Andrew Bird, Matthew E. White, Todd Terje & The Olsens, Moodoïd, Gaëtan Roussel...
Tickets: varies by concert (€20-€35)

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Peacock Society Festival

Dates: 10-11 July 2015
Genres: House / Techno / Minimal
Venue(s)Parc Floral de Vincennes
Line-up: Laurent Garnier, Dixon, Loco Dice, Nina Kraviz, Talaboman (John Talabot b2b Axel Boman), KiNK, Margaret Dygas, Kyle Hall, Leon Vynehall...
2-day pass: €72 
1-day pass: €44

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Fnac Live

Dates: 16-19 July 2015
Genres: Pop / Rock / Electro / French
Venue(s): l'Hôtel de Ville
Line-up: to be announced
Tickets: free

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Rock en Seine

Dates : 28-30 August 2015
Genre : Pop / Rock / Indie
Venue(s): Domaine National de Saint-Cloud
Line-up: Alt-J, Jungle, Tame impala, Fauve, Gramatik, Run the Jewels, Mark Lanegan Band, My Morning Jacket, Pond...
3-day pass: €119
1-day pass: €49 

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Macki Music Festival

Dates: 24-27 September 2015
Genres: Hip-hop / Soul / Funk / Disco / Techno / Electro
Venue(s): Parc de Carrières-sur-Seine 
:  GZA (Wu Tang-Clan), Nightmares On Wax (live), Tony Allen, Romare (live), SILK Rhodes, Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics, Genius of Time, Caandides, Chester Watson, SHUNGU, Syracuse, Bon Voyage, Ménage à Trois, Archipel, Trio Combo Brasil, Le Camion Bazar...
2-day pass: €50
1-day pass: €32

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Transient festival 2015

Dates: 5-8 November 2015.
Genre(s): Techno / Minimal / Glitch 
Venue(s): TBA
Lineup: Monolake, Richard Devine, Space Dimension Controller, Neil Landstrumm, Lucy, Akkord, Paskine, Julien Bayle, Trdlx...
Weekend pass: €39.99-€49.99

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Festival les inRocKs 2015

Dates: November 10-17
Genres: Rock / Folk / Soul
Venue(s): La Cigale, La Boule Noire
Lineup: Wolf Alice, Bo Ningen, John Grant, Tobias Jesso Jr, Son Lux, Låpsley, Emilie Nicolas, Formation, Ghost Culture, Jack Garrett, Son Lux, Alabama Shakes, Algiers...
1-day pass: €30.50.

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BBMIX festival 2015

Dates: 27-29 November
Genres: Rock / Experimental / Psychedelic
Venue(s): Carré Belle-feuille, Boulogne-Billancourt
Lineup: Half Japanese, Wire, Disappears, Last Ex, Sylvain Chapeau...
1-day pass: €12

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