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Music and nightlife in Paris this summer

Want to shake your stuff by the Seine or catch the cream of the music scene? Here are clubs, gigs, soirées and festivals galore
By Time Out editors |

Though you'd be right in thinking that most Parisians get the hell out of town in summer, that doesn't dampen the local enthusiasm for as much al fresco music, drinking and dancing as possible. Festivals flourish in parks and warehouses, while enterprising clubbing collectives are creating an international stir – so grab your best festival gear and move to the rhythms of Paris in summer.

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Music, Music festivals

We Love Green 2017

Get stuck into the summer by having a boogie at the We Love Green Festival with its internationally renowned line up. 

Music, Music festivals

Rock en Seine 2017

The city’s premier annual rock festival, Rock en Seine has been held in the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud every last weekend in August since 2003. For the best experience, buy a three-day pass and camp in the historic park grounds, which include Marie Antoinette’s rose garden...

Music, Dance and electronic

Macki Music Festival 2017

The brainchild of two kingpins of the Parisian party scene, DJ Mamie's collective and the label Cracki, Macki combines a quality line-up with the novelty value of a brand new venue...

Music, Folk, country and blues

Party in the park with Paris Jazz Festival

The Paris Jazz Festival is one of the favourite summer destinations for overheated Parisians. From mid-June until the end of July, two jazz groups play every Saturday and Sunday in the big open hall of the Parc Floral de Vincennes. The free festival (you only pay entry to the park) makes for a brilliant summer outing...

Music, Music festivals

Preen at the Peacock Society 2017

This techno, house and electro festival manages to cram an absolutely stonking line-up of more than 30 international DJs into its two days. Break out your shutter shades, your crowns of flowers and your rolling baccy – it's time to party in the Parc Floral...


Celebrate with LGBTQ+ collectives

The creative energy of the clubbing collectives ruling Paris’s nightlife scene has to be seen to be believed; it's fast becoming a European alternative clubbing capital in its own right. And LGBTQ+ voices are particularly strong here, proving that gay life in Paris is about much more than just the Marais...

Music, Jazz

Get groovy at Jazz à la Villette festival 2017

The Jazz à la Villette festival is one of the most hotly anticipated events of the back-to-school season for musically-minded Parisians. Every concert is unique, a meeting between different artists: jazz, funk, hip-hop, blues and world...


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