August is renowned as a dead month in the music industry calendar, as bands tour festivals the world over and major city music venues take a well-deserved summer break. But that doesn’t mean gig-hungry Parisians can’t still get their fill. Here’s our guide to the best Paris gigs happening this August.
This page will be updated as more events are confirmed.
When? August 5-September 17 2017
What? A series of free classical music concerts in the sunshine.
Where? In the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes, Classique au Vert returns to Paris this summer with another brilliant series of free open air concerts. Featuring classical music in many different guises, this year the series offers an awesomely diverse programme, ranging from the Orchestre de chambre de Toulouse to Geneva Camerata.
Where? Port de Loisirs Bobigny
When? 5-6 August
What? Following the knock out success of July's Macki Music Festival, the two DJ organisers are coming back for more with Macki Off. Its a free event set at Bobigny port but with ticketed party boats leaving the quay for a very generous €8. Be sure to get down and groovy on both land and 'sea'.
When? 16 August, 8pm
What? With 100 million records sold worldwide, four-time Grammy winner Lil Wayne is bringing the party to Paris this August. The hip-hop artist holds the record for having the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart - beating even the King himself, Elvis Presley. His latest album FWA (Free Weezy Album) featuring Whiz Khalifa and Jeezy is his 11th studio album and shows the maestro has no signs of slowing down despite rumours of retirement.
Open Air Electro
Where? Le 6B
When? 19 August - 2pm-2am
How much? €8.99
6B's 3000m2 vast open space plays host to sandy beaches and a line up conjured up by the funkiest French radio station, Le Mellotron. Expect sun-soaked easy groovers from Madame Sans Gêne too to add some spicey house music to the mix. With party boats, 2 main areas and multiple punchy sound systems to boot, whats not to like?
When? August 25-27 2017
What? Outdoor rock festival with an international line-up.
Where? The Domaine National de Saint-Cloud Launched in 2003, the Rock en Seine festival in the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud park west of Paris is the city’s premier annual rock festival – something like the French Glastonbury.
When? August 31-September 13 2017
What? A ‘jazz’ festival that’s very creative with its programming.
Where? The Parc de la VilletteThe 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.