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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.

Your comprehensive guide to the best Paris music festivals

Festival Sons d’Hiver

Dates: January 29-February 21 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
Line-up:
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...
Tickets
:
Varies by concert (€14-€22)

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By: Time Out editors

Peacock Society Winter Festival

Dates: January 30 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...
Tickets:
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...
Tickets:
Weekend pass: €65

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Marvellous Island Festival

Dates: May 14-15 2016
Genres: House / Techno / Minimal
Venue(s): Torcy Beach
Line-up: Ellen Allien, Agoria, Art Department, Wankelmut, Damien, Nico Fanciulli, Monika Kruse, Paco Osuna, Cuartero, Anja Schneider...
Tickets:
2-day pass: €77

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Festival ManiFeste

Dates: June 2-July 2 2016
Genres: Contemporary classical / Experimental
Venue(s): IRCAM, Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet, the Centre Pompidou, Gaîté Lyrique, the Philharmonie de Paris
Line-up: Beat Furrer, Philippe Leroux, Rebecca Saunders, Mauro Lanza, Xavier Leroy, Salvatore Sciarrino, Francesco Filidei, James Wood, Laurent Durupt...
Tickets:
Varies by concert

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Weather Festival

Dates: June 3-5 2016
Genres: House / Techno / Minimal
Venue(s): Parc Floral de Vincennes
Line-up: Dixon, Richie Hawtin, Scuba, Venetian Snares (live), Marcel Dettmann, Ricardo Villalobos, Nina Kraviz, Actress (live), Ben Klock, Apollonia, Blawan...
Tickets:
3-day pass: 98

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AFROPUNK

Dates: June 3-5 2016
Genres: Pop / Rock / Electro / Hip-hop / Soul
Venue(s)Le Trianon
Line-up: Saul Williams, Angel Haze, Lizzo, Michael Kiwanuka, Sky and Ross from Morcheeba, Project Black Pantera, Cakes da Killa, Afrotonix, Samm Henshaw...
Tickets:
1-day pass: €25-€30
2-day pass: €40-€50

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We Love Green

Dates: June 4-5 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, Savages, Fetty Wap, James Blake, Holly Herndon, Girl Band, Mura Masa...
Tickets:
2-day pass: €66-€83 (it’s cheaper the earlier you buy)

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Download Festival Paris

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

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By: Huw Oliver

Paris Jazz Festival

Dates: June 11-July 31 2016
Genres: Jazz / World / Experimental
Venue(s): Parc Floral de Vincennes
Line-up: Sylvain Rifflet, Gauthier Toux Trio, Daniel Humair Quartet, Ivan Paduart Trio, Le Bruxelles Jazz Orchestra and David Linx playing ‘Brel’, Malted Milk and Toni Green, Omar Sosa with José Martin…
Tickets:
Varies by concert
Access to all events: €222 (adult), €11 (ages 7-25)

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Solidays Festival

Dates: June 24-26 2016
Genres: Pop / Rock / Electro / French 
Venue(s): Hippodrome de Longchamp
Line-up: Bloc Party, Angélique Kidjo, Oxmo Puccino, Boyz Noize, DJ Snake, Flume, Oxmo Puccino, Odesza, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, St Germain, M83, Mr Oizo, Cypress Hill…
Tickets:
3-day pass from 39

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Les Siestes Electroniques

Dates: June 26-July 17 2016
Genres: Electro / Experimental / Drone
Venue(s): The Musée du Quai Branly 
Line-up: Gaika, Isaac Delusion, Mr. Mitch, Voiski, Vacarme,  Kartell, La Souterraine, L’Ocelle Mare...
Tickets:
Free

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Days Off Festival

Dates: June 30-July 10 2016
Genres: Pop / Rock / French
Venue(s)Philharmonie de Paris
Line-up: Benjamin Clementine & the Heritage Orchestra, Mogwai’s ‘Atomic’, Max Richter’s ‘Memoryhouse’, Cat Power, Kurt Vile & the Violators, ANOHNI's ‘Hopelessness’, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufield, the Cinematic Orchestra...
Tickets:
Varies by concert

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By: Huw Oliver

Macki Music Festival

Dates: July 1-3 2016
Genres: Hip-hop / Soul / Funk / Disco / Techno / Electro
Venue(s): Parc de Carrières-sur-Seine 
Line-up
: Frànçois & the Atlas Mountains, Acid Arab, Tom Trago, Dan Shake, Mad Rey (live), Harvey Sutherland (live), Le Mellotron, Antal...
Tickets:
2-day pass: 43

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La Douve Blanche

Dates: July 2-3 2016
Genres: Techno / House / Electro-pop 
Venue(s): Château d’Egreville 
Line-up: Nzca Lines, Molecule, Bagarre, Jacques, Moi Je, Bloum, Divine Pilot, Kid Francescoli...
Tickets:
Weekend pass: €35

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By: Flora Hudson

Peacock Society Festival

Dates: July 13-17 2016
Genres: House / Techno / Minimal
Venue(s)Parc Floral de Vincennes
Line-up: Laurent Garnier, Sven Vath, Tama Sumo, DJ Shadow, Four Tet, Evian Christ, Mykki Blanco, Mumdance & Logos, John Talabot, Bicep, Function (live)...
Tickets:
1-day pass from €39
2-day pass from €65
3-day pass from €99

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Fnac Live

Dates: July 20-23 2016
Genres: Pop / Rock / Electro / French
Venue(s): In front of the Hôtel de Ville
Line-up: Lianne La Havas, Lilly Wood & the Prick, Sage, Hyphen Hyphen, Bachar Mal-Khalife, A-WA, Keren Ann, Jungle, Get Well Soon...
Tickets:
Free if you sign up in advance

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By: Time Out editors

Festival Classique au Vert

Dates: August 6-September 18 2016
Genres : Classical / Jazz 
Venue(s): The Parc Floral 
Line-up: The Amazing Keystone Big Band, Trio SR9, The Paris Chamber Orchestra, The Ile-de-France National Orchestra, Classique au Vert Orchestra...
Tickets:
Free 

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By: Flora Hudson

Rock en Seine

Dates: August 26-28 2016
Genre : Pop / Rock / Indie / Metal / Hip-hop
Venue(s): Domaine National de Saint-Cloud
Line-up: The Last Shadow Puppets, Massive Attack, Foals, Iggy Pop, Sigur Rós, Bring Me The Horizon, Two Door Cinema Club, Gregory Porter, Chvrches, Anderson Paak...
Tickets:
1-day pass: €49
3-day pass: 119

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Jazz à la Villette Festival

Dates: August 30-September 11
Genre: Jazz / Hip-hop / World
Venue(s): Cabaret Sauvage, Atelier du PlateauLa Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues, TrabendoLa Cité de la Musique, Grande Halle de la Villette
Line-up: Nas, David Murray Quartet feat. Saul Williams, Gogo Penguin, Erik Truffaz Quartet feat. Rokia Traoré, ‘A Tribute to Fela Kuti’ feat. Seun Kuti, Ibeyi, Talib Kweli and more, Laura Mvula...
Tickets:
Varies by concert

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Red Bull Music Academy Festival 2016

Dates: September 19-24 2016
Genre: Rap, Rock, Acid, Disco...
Venue(s): Red Bull Space, La Gaîté Lyrique, La Cigale, Villa Clara, Phono Museum, Chez Moune, La Carmen, Folie's Pigalle, Le Titan, La Boule Noire, Le Trabendo, Les Jardins d'Artois, Badaboum 
Line-up: Thurston Moore, Mykki Blanco, Paranoid London, Baris K, Jarvis Cocker DJ set, Optimo, Kowton b2b Tessela b2b Peverelist, Rap night presented by Oxmo Puccino...
Tickets:
Varies by concert

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By: Flora Hudson

Pitchfork Music Festival

Dates : October 27-29 2016 
Genres : Indie Rock / Electro / Experimental
Venue(s): Grande Halle de la Villette
Line-up: M.I.A, Moderat, Chet Faker, DJ Shadow, Bat For Lashes, Daphni, Minor Victories...
Tickets:
3-day pass: €110

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Transient festival

Dates: tbc
Genre(s): Techno / Minimal / IDM
Venue(s): tbc
Lineup: tbc
Tickets: tbc

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By: Huw Oliver

BBMIX festival

Dates: tbc
Genres: Rock / Experimental / Psychedelic
Venue(s): Carré Belle-feuille, Boulogne-Billancourt
Lineup: tbc
Tickets: tbc

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