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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

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.

Find out why Paris is a new electro-techno capital

Paris’s nightlife scene is now ruled by independent 'collectives' – gangs of creative and enterprising young people determined to make their mark – each with its own vision, personality and musical agenda...

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Rock on at Rock en Seine

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...

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Pack in Macki Music Festival

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...

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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...

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Preen at Peacock Society Festival

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...

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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...

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See summer take a bow at Jazz à la Villette festival

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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