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Fête de la Musique 2016

Paris celebrates the summer solstice with a day of free gigs all over the city on June 21 2016

© Fête de la Musique 2016

When? June 21 2016 
What? A night of free gigs around Paris to celebrate the summer solstice
Where? Various venues around Paris

Free gigs, encompassing all music genres, take place across the country and around the world as part of this festival for the summer solstice on June 21 2016. The annual Parisian festivities for the Fête de la Musique are particularly special, with concerts taking place in theatres, bars, on street corners, in parks and even on balconies. In the past some musicians have even been known to serenade folks while teetering on the edge of their apartment windows.

As ever, to really get the most of all the planned and pop-up gigs, you can buy a €3 ticket granting you unlimited travel on public transport from 5pm on June 21 until 7am on June 22.

A complete list of official concerts is available on the Fête de la Musique 2016 website, but you can check out our pick of the best below.

Recommended: All upcoming gigs in Paris

The best concerts at Fête de la Musique 2016

Electrosound: du Lab au Dancefloor

When? June 21-22, 11pm-7am 
Where? Rex Club 
Genre: Electro
Line-up: Acid Washed, Gez Varley (LFO, G-Man), Andrew Claristidge, Christine Webster, Christian Zanési, Jean-Yves Leloup...
Price: Free until 1am, then €8 on the door

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Hotel Radio Paris

When? June 21, 5pm-12mid
Where?
22 rue Muller (18th arrondissement)
Genre: 
Electro, Electro-pop 
Line-up: 
Olivier Zeitoun, Maxim Maillet, France 80, GLXY.P, Djanything2mp3, Casual Gabberz... 
Price: 
Free 

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Festival 36h Saint Eustache

When? June 20, 4.30pm-4am; June 21, 10.15am-2am
Where? Eglise Saint-Eustache (1st arrondissement)
Genre: Indie folk, Rock, Electro, Organ music
Line-up: Murcof X Wagner, Mermonte, Melissa Laveaux, Ricky Hollwod Francois Ier, Messe, Kama Vida, Refuge... 
Price: Free

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