In an architectural key
Paris’ passion for music was consolidated in 1995 in La Cité de la Musique development, a complex of buildings including an amphitheatre, music museum, and concert hall in the Park de la Villette offering 250 concerts a year. In 2015 it was renamed Philarmonie de Paris.
It was in 1982 that Paris held the first-ever Fête de la Musique
(or Make Music Festival). While it has grown every year ever since, now being held in more than 250 cities across 120 countries, the philosophy remains the same: to fill the summer solstice of 21st June with music, and to promote the “music of everyone for everyone”. All of the artists perform for free, no matter how big or famous they may be, and enthusiastic amateurs are encouraged to join established stars in marking the day. Topping the bill this year on the streets of Paris are the likes of Bénabar, Ibrahim Maalouf and Yannick Noah.
But this is just one day of music in Paris. Right throughout the year, the city rocks to fresh and exciting sounds. It might be the latest reggae star, Vanupie, playing on the corner by Châtelet station, or some future talent waiting to be discovered in the many live music cafés dotted throughout the city. It could be more established artists taking to the stage in more intimate venues, the Café de la Danse
, Le Divan du Monde
or La Boule Noire
. Or, alternatively, in the undisputed temples of music where international stars record their albums live. And that’s not forgetting Pop In
and La Mécanique Ondulatoire
in Bastille, venues that have dominated the pop and rock scene in recent years. The list is really is never-ending.