Paris, “The City of Lights”, is about to get even lighter when 13 weeks of summer arrive. What’s the best way of spending your time? Perhaps a trip down the Seine? How about some
? Certainly. One of the best ways of combining sun and fun, however, is at a Paris music festival. French music festivals have a great reputation in the industry. France’s capital is at the very centre of this, attracting big artists and huge crowds. Size isn’t everything though, especially in the music scene! Great bands come in small venues.
I have compiled the best 13 music festivals from all genres this summer in Paris. That works out as one incredible festival per week! These festivals have much more than just music on offer. Dance on a boat or outside the Château de Fontainebleau: the choice is yours! Find the best of Paris music at the top summer music festivals in this Paris guide. Check out the map and descriptions below to find your perfect Paris music festival!
Paris Festivals In June
1. LaPlage de Glazart (June - September 2019)
Where: The Glazart
If you’re not sure when exactly you’ll be in Paris (and which music events you’ll be able to catch), fear not! Laplage de Glazart runs all summer. You can expect a real mix of genres here. On Wednesday's, there’s free rock and folk music and Thursdays to Saturdays is dubstep, techno, and trance. The artists are just one reason to come. The venue itself, an old bus station, has become a beach full of deck chairs, sunbeds, food trucks, shops and even petanque tournaments (for those who haven’t played petanque, it’s a French version of boules). A beach in Paris? Yes please!
2. We Love Green (1st - 2nd June 2019)
Where: Le Bois de Vincennes
We Love Green festival really is loved. Around 80,000 people attend this eco-friendly festival every year (get your tickets soon!). While there are lots of cool extras at We Love Green, the centres of the festival are its four stages. It has an open-air main stage, the Clairière tent, The Canopé (for new talents) and the Lalaland Club (for those who like to bust some moves on the dancefloor!). You’ll encounter a mix of genres here and lots of great artists too: Tame Impala, Booba, Christine and the Queens, Future, Mr Oizo and Bonobo, to name a few!
3. Villette Sonique (6th - 9th June 2019)
Where: Parc de la Villette
Parc de la Villette
This is a different festival for people who like different music. It’s a celebration of difference! Music doesn’t stay the same. Even if you wind the clock back just ten years, the styles and sounds of artists have changed, in some cases, beyond recognition. Why not embrace this? Look to the future this year and enjoy the sounds of Kelly Moran, Mondkopf, Paul Régimbeau, Danny Brown, Channel Tres, LSDXOXO and more. Haven’t heard of some of these? Great!
Genre: Electronic, Experimental, Noise Rock
4. This Is My Fest (7th - 9th June 2019)
Where: Le Gibus
Rock and punk fans unite at This is My Fest to get a full dose of their favorite genre. There are some big names to start getting excited about this year including The Arteries, Mobina Galore, The Deadnotes, Verbal Razors, Lone Wolf, Decent Criminal, Cold Leather, Mighty Bombs and many more. The festival takes place at Le Gibus which is a big dance club in central Paris. You should have no problem getting there!
Genre: Rock and punk
5. Marvellous Island Festival (8th - 9th June 2019)
Where: Plage de Torcy
Every year on the Plage de Torcy, four stages are erected next to a beautiful lake on the island of Torcy, near the River Marne. The setting is pretty unbeatable and for those looking to get those free festival vibes, being out of the city can certainly help. EDM lovers will delight when they hear this is predominantly an electronic music festival. Marcel Dettmann and Nina Kraviz are headlining but they’re just the beginning of an array of electronic, techno and house artists. “No man is an island” but this Paris music festival is!
Genre: Electronic music
6. Solidays (21st - 23rd June 2019)
Where: Longchamp Racecourse
Set in the same location as Lollapalooza, just one month before, Solidays will be in its 21st edition. With festivals opening and closing more quickly than kitchen doors, this is a real testament to the quality of Solidays. The lineup this year features names like Midnight, John Butler Trio, Parov Stelar, The Blaze, Macklemore, and Parcels. There’s more to Solidays than meets the eye, the festival has a heart too. Not only is it eco-conscious, it has also been donating many of the proceeds to Solidarity Aids for the past 20 years and will continue to do so.
7. La Défense Jazz Festival (24th - 30th June 2019)
Where: Paris La Défense
Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, and Ella Fitzgerald: what a line-up that would be! You may well see the future Miles Davis
or Ella Fitzgerald at La Défense Jazz Festival. It is essentially a jazz competition and (free!) festival combined. Every year they choose two winners from the shortlist invited to the festival. Many of these in the past have become big names in the jazz world. Anyone can apply! If you love jazz, you’ll be in the jazz capital of Europe
at this festival. There’s so much jazz, past and present, to soak up!
Festivals In July
8. Django Reinhardt Festival (4th - 7th July 2019)
Where: Château de Fontainebleau
Django Rheinhardt was the first European jazz musician to gain worldwide repute and he still remains the biggest name in European jazz. Who better to name a jazz festival after? The Django Reinhardt Festival has been running for over 50 years and has deservedly become a staple festival for jazz
and French music as a whole. It is also open to music influenced by jazz such as funk and soul. The festival enjoys one of the most beautiful venues: Château de Fontainebleau. It’s still within Île-de-France
(the region around the French capital) and only 55 kilometres southeast of Paris. Ibrahim Maloof and the Haïdouti Orkestar, Thomas Dutronc, Tom Misch and Parov Stelar are just a few confirmed to be playing this year!
Genre: Funk, Soul, Jazz
9. Festival Fnac Live (5th - 7th July 2019)
Where: Forecourt of The City Hall
Over three days, 30 or more artists and 100,000 spectators
will descend upon the forecourt of The City Hall of Paris. Fnac has become an essential part of Paris’ festival calendar and it appeals to everyone as it has such a varied lineup of genres. You can see that by some of the names playing at this upcoming festival: Sting & Shaggy, Petit Biscuit, Eddy de Pretto, Asaf Avidan, Jacob Banks, Tiwayo, Foé and more. Even better: entry is free. This will certainly be one tick for your Paris Bucket List
10. Ourcq Festival (6th July - 25th August 2019)
Where: Ourcq Canal
Though the Ourcq Festival is successful, it remains underrated and relatively unknown. Take advantage of this now before it gets too big! This is one of the hidden gems of the Paris music festival world. Practice yoga, play some sports, go to workshops, eat at restaurants, dance on a boat, drink by the river and go to concerts (mainly electronic music). This could be the perfect way to spend a few days in the summer. Don’t worry, yoga isn’t compulsory!
Genre: Electronic Music
11. Lollapalooza (20th - 21st July 2019)
Where: Longchamp Racecourse
Lollapalooza is one of the biggest French music festivals and takes place in the hippodrome de longchamp. If you’re one of those wise people who believes ‘good music is good music, regardless of the genre’, then this may well be the festival you’re looking for. This Paris music festival is host to a long list of genres and a very long list of bands! The 2019 summer lineup includes The Strokes, Twenty One Pilots, Ben Harper, The 1975, Eric Prydz, Caravan Palace and more. I have danced many nights away to the electro swing of Caravan Palace!
Festivals In August
12. Rock en Seine (23rd - 25th August)
Where: Parc de Saint-Cloud
The clue’s in the name! Lovers of words might spot the pun on “en Seine” and “insane” but this is a festival for rock music lovers! Rock En Seine is the biggest rock festival in Paris this summer. If you’re a leather-jacket wearing, Harley Davidson riding, rock-till-you-drop kind of guy or gal, then don’t miss out! Equally, if you’re a tweed-jacket wearing, golf buggy riding, rock-when-it’s-appropriate sort of person then this might be the festival for you too; and everyone between! With The Cure, Aphex Twin, Major Lazer, The Foals, Royal Blood, Johnny Marr and many more playing, it will bring rock fans from every walk of life and all over the world!
13. Classique au Vert (Every weekend from 10th August - 1st September)
Where: Parc Floral de Paris
A beautiful setting for beautiful music! Parc floral is a park in the 12th arrondissement (district) of Paris. It has a lake, pavilions and approximately 3,000 plant species including azalea, rhododendron, irises, and dahlias. Since 1993, Parc floral has made the perfect backdrop to Classique au Vert’s summer music festivals! Performances take place over four weekends and will draw over 80,000 people. This Paris music festival is an ode to summer!
Paris Super Saver: Three Best Attractions Audio-Guided Tour
Paris City and The Louvre Museum Private Tour
Paris Evening: Eiffel Tower Dinner, Seine Cruise, Moulin Rouge with Champagne