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Posted: Wed Oct 16 2013
Easily one of Paris's finest venues, the lovely, horseshoe-shaped theatre La Cigale is linked to more cosy venue La Boule Noire, good for catching cult-ish visiting indie and rock acts. It was established in 1887, where the Boule Noire’s dance hall once stood, and quickly became the place to see vaudeville, variety and cabaret shows. In the 1940’s, la Cigale took a complete change of direction and became a cinema specialising in kung-fu films and, later, X-rated movies. It wasn’t until 1987 that the place finally found its niche as a live music café, when it was redecorated and reopened with the help of designer Philippe Starck and pop-rock group Rita Mitsouko. Bookers make room for French acts alongside the visitors and the place has hosted The Inrockuptibles festival for over 20 years.
What's on at La Cigale
Pop, Electro, Folk
Six years is a long time in pop music. Until Baxter Dury, the reclusive genius of British pop music, emerged from the woodwork in 2011 with his first release in over half a decade, most had given him up for creatively dead. Luckily, 'Happy Soup' proved...
Pop and rock
Heading the lineup for this distinctly indie-flavoured night at La Cigale are The Orwells, five irreverent rascals from Chicago known more for their bolshie attitude than for their scintillating brand of garage rock. They've mucked around on the David...
Pop and rock
Brilliant, violent, wracked by fraternal infighting and adored by Sofia Coppola, The Jesus and Mary Chain simply aren't talked about as much as they should be. Ringleaders of the British shoegaze movement in the ’80s, the Scottish trio have proved as...