This Saturday -starting Friday night-, don’t be scared if you see human crowds everywhere in the streets of Paris acting crazy on live music all over town. This is what we called the Fête de la Musique, or Music Day.
A bit of history to understand why Paris turns itself into a huge music festival (Music Day is actually happening in many countries on June 21). Launched in 1982 by the French Ministry for culture, the Fête de la Musique became over the years a popular event embraced by everyone, seeing this day as a day to free your mind.
Actually not everyone, some Parisians can be a bit reluctant when it comes to the Fête de la Musique. Thousands of people drinking and dancing in the streets, walking all around town, going wild under the influence (influence of the noise of course), can be a bit stressful when you don’t enjoy that kind of atmosphere. And it might be very difficult to fall asleep as the sound will resonate all night long.
If you’re ready to enjoy free gigs in open air areas in your neighbourhood, here are all the concerts you’ll find in Paris, by genre (jazz, electro, rock, pop, folk, etc). Somewhere close to 500 gigs await for you. And don’t give us wrong, it can be nice to chill by a jazz stage in the afternoon, with this great weather and a fresh drink.
From Lana del Rey and Breton at l’Olympia, to electro DJs at the Grand Palais for the Monumenta exhibition, 16h non-stop of music for all ears at La Plage du Glazart (read our article here on La Plage du Glazart), live concerts in the Palais Royal garden, and many more.
And do not try to take a cab, the streets will be filled with human crowds. Better walk (be careful though) or take public transportation.