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Paris music festivals: 2016 guide

Discover the French capital’s finest sounds and book ahead for the best Paris music festivals in 2016

Macki Music Festival 2015 – © Arthuro Peduzzi

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.

Festival Sons d’Hiver

Dates: 29 January-21 February 2016
Genres: Jazz / Blues / World
Venue(s): Various venues in Paris, Vitry-sur-Seine, VIncennes, Créteil, Choisy-le-Roi, Ivry-sur-Seine and Fontenay-sous-Bois
Raphaël Imbert, Tony Allen (in tribute to Art Blakey), Mulatu Astatke, Omar Sosa, Gustavo Ovalles Duo, Illtet, Tony Malaby's Tubacello, Fabrice Vieira Solo, Dee Alexander Trio...
Varies by concert (€14-€22)

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By: Time Out editors

Peacock Society Winter Festival

Dates: 30 January 2016
Genres: House / Techno / Minimal
Venue(s): Parc Floral de Vincennes
Line-up: Theo Parrish, Daphni, DJ Koze, Daniel Avery, Andrew Weatherall, Levon Vincent, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Danny Daze, Zombie Zombie (Live), Clara 3000...
1-day pass: €39.60

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Festival Chorus

Dates: April 1-10 2016
Genres: Hip-hop / R&B / Jazz / French
Venue(s): Various locations in the Hauts-de-Seine area
Line-up: Nekfeu, Stormzy, Little Simz, The Pharcyde, Georgio, Lou Doillon, Oxmo Puccino, S Pri Noir, Robert Glasper Experiment...
Weekend pass: €65

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Dates: 4-5 June 2016
Genres: Pop / Rock / Electro / Hip-hop / Soul
Venue(s)Le Trianon
Line-up: tbc
1-day pass: €25-€30
2-day pass: €40-€50

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We Love Green

Dates: 4-5 June 2016
Genres: Pop / Rock / Electro
Venue(s): Bois de Vincennes
Line-up: PJ Harvey, LCD Soundsystem, PNL, Hudson Mohawke (live), Floating Points (live), Âme, Amon Tobin, Hot Chip, AIR, Kelela, Diplo...
2-day pass: €66-€83 (it’s cheaper the earlier you buy)

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Download Festival Paris

Dates: 10-12 June 2016
Genres: Rock / Metal
Venue(s): Hippodrome de Longchamp
Line-up: Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Biffy Clyro, Deftones, Megadeth, Anthrax, Trivium, Gojira...
1-day pass: €66
3-day pass: €148.50
Camping: €8-€20

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By: Huw Oliver

Fnac Live

Dates: tbc
Genres: Pop / Rock / Electro / French
Venue(s): In front of the Hôtel de Ville
Line-up: tbc
Tickets: Free

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Macki Music Festival

Dates: tbc
Genres: Hip-hop / Soul / Funk / Disco / Techno / Electro
Venue(s): Parc de Carrières-sur-Seine 
: tbc
Tickets: tbc

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