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Top ten Paris gigs in May

Warm up for festival season with our pick of the ten best Paris gigs in May 2017

From wacky internet rap to shouty political punk and bleepy Japanese pop, here’s our guide to the best Paris gigs happening this May.

This page will be updated as more events are confirmed.

Deftones
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Deftones

Any ’90s alt rock band worth their salt can muster bone-crushing riffs and angst-dripping vocals, but Californian five-piece Deftones are also masters of complex and unexpectedly subtle songcraft and dreamy ambient interludes. After postponing this concert in the aftermath of the Parisian terrorist attacks – where members of the band were caught up in the shooting at the Bataclan, they're back to present a live show that’s probably best compared to Operation Rolling Thunder. New material will definitely make an appearance.

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Olympia , 9th arrondissement Tuesday May 2 2017
The Cranberries
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The Cranberries

The return of mid-'90s Irish folksy grunge-lite melodic pop-rockers, featuring frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan's amusingly inept lyricism. Expect them to wheel out 'Zombie', 'Linger', 'Ode to My Family', etc. for a hitherto unrealised audience of people who still care. 

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Olympia , 9th arrondissement Thursday May 4 2017
Fatboy Slim
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Fatboy Slim

Having conquered the world and its radio airwaves with his big beat antics (and by making Christopher Walken dance maniacally in one of his videos), ol' Norman Cook has quite a track record. 

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Faust , Invalides Friday May 5 2017
Toots and the Maytals
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Toots and the Maytals

One of reggae music's most legendary surviving acts, Toots and his band perform much loved classics from an astonishing 50 year career.

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La Cigale , 18th arrondissement Wednesday May 10 2017
Agnes Obel
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Agnes Obel

Following the release of her third album, 'Citizen of Glass', Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel will be playing at Paris's legendary Philharmonie de Paris. 

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Philharmonie de Paris , Parc de la Villette Saturday May 13 2017
The Kooks
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The Kooks

The Brighton-hailing indie-rock quartet celebrate their 10th anniversary, performing tunes new and old.

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Olympia , 9th arrondissement Tuesday May 16 2017
Hot 8 Brass Band
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Hot 8 Brass Band

This hard-blowing New Orleans brass octet mix it up with pop and hip hop, covering anything from Snoop Dogg's 'What's My Name' to Marvin Gaye's 'Sexual Healing' in their set.

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New Morning , Château d'Eau Wednesday May 17 2017
Natalie Imbruglia
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Natalie Imbruglia

The singer-songwriter, who rose to fame as Beth Brennan in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, returns to the stage to perform her pop originals.

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Trianon Gare de Lyon , 12th arrondissement Friday May 19 2017
Stormzy
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Stormzy

The south London MC, who’s been leading the second generation of grime, takes his success to another level. Stormzy's been working on his sound since the tender age of 11, when he first heard Wiley and Skepta, and now is truly reaping the benefits.

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Le Trabendo , Parc de la Villette Friday May 19 2017
Rejjie Snow
10/10

Rejjie Snow

The rapper, hailing from Dublin, performs his R&B and hip hop tracks.

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Le Trabendo , Parc de la Villette Saturday May 20 2017

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