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Top ten Paris gigs in April

Check out the cream of the capital’s gigs taking place this spring

Live music in Paris is about three big things this April: critically acclaimed hip-hop, dancehall mega-concerts, and soulful world music. You can view our top ten recommendations in the slideshow below.

This page will be updated as more events are confirmed.

Ed Sheeran
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Ed Sheeran

The carrot-topped chart maestro hits Paris, mixing up loop-pedalled acoustica, hip hop beats and out-and-out pop balladry for a swooning, shrieking audience. His tearjerking single ‘The A-Team’ catapulted him into the mainstream, his chart-busting 2011 debut album ‘+’ has kept him lodged there, and the Rick Rubin follow-up ‘X’ (‘multiply’) has made him an inescapable force on both sides of the Atlantic.

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AccorHotels Arena Thursday April 6 2017
Alsarah & the Nubatones
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Alsarah & the Nubatones

Sudanese singer-ethnomusicologist Alsarah and her band perform their buoyant, ear-bending "Nubian soul," a blend of contemporary and traditional music from Sudan and Egypt.

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Institut du Monde Arabe , 5th arrondissement Saturday April 8 2017
Run The Jewels
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Run The Jewels

‘Watch The Throne’? Pah. Ye and Hova may have the star quality, but when alternative hip hop superstars Killer Mike and El-P bring their collaborative project to Paris you’ll know what’s really up. Their sound is a genuine meeting of minds: El-P’s menacing, thrillingly textured, vintage-influenced beats are as spot-on as ever, and both men contribute classy, vicious bars throughout. This should be a big one.

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Elysée Montmartre , Montmartre Friday April 7 2017
Sting
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Sting

The Grammy Award-winning rock and pop singer-songwriter and bassist, who gained fame as a member of the chart-topping group The Police, performs in Paris's Olympia. Sting is famed for 'going long' so settle in for a long night of hits.

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Olympia , 9th arrondissement Wednesday April 12 2017
Emeli Sandé
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Emeli Sandé

The pop and soul singer-songwriter from Scotland and BRIT Award-winner performs in support of her album Long Live The Angels - this major-label pop star oozes class.

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Le Zénith , Parc de la Villette Wednesday April 12 2017
Isaiah Rashad
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Isaiah Rashad

Rashad, part of the same Top Dawg Entertainment crew that includes Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, makes nuanced R&B-soaked hip-hop on his debut LP, The Sun's Tirade. Like his excellent 2014 mixtape Cilvia Demo, its a heady, hazy collection of emotionally all-in verses.

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Le Trabendo , Parc de la Villette Thursday April 13 2017
Bob Dylan
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Bob Dylan

The highly-influential Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter, and now Nobel Prize winner, performs his iconic folk and blues songs, including Lay Lady Lay and Blowin' In The Wind.

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Le Zénith , Parc de la Villette Thursday April 20 2017
Sean Paul
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Sean Paul

Fix yourself up with the Jamaican reggae/dancehall superstar's salacious grooves and bum-shaking beats.

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Le Bataclan , 11th arrondissement Thursday April 20 2017
José James
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José James

The NYC-based vocalist combines the worlds of jazz, hip hop, soul and drumn'n'bass to provide a unique and truly captivating sound.

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New Morning , Château d'Eau Monday April 24 2017
Mariza
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Mariza

The statuesque, Mozambican-born Portuguese fadista returns to London. Her heart-wrenching mixture of fado, flamenco and jazz has won her several Latin Grammy nominations and legions of fans worldwide, but her latest album, ‘Fado Tradicional’, strips away everything but her intensely dramatic voice and a pared down guitar trio.

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Palais des Congrès , 17th arrondissement Saturday April 29 2017

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