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Music Festivals in France you shouldn’t miss

You would rather die than miss the opportunity to be  at a music festival?
You’ve already crossed 1000 miles just to take part at huge festivals like Tomorrow Land, Coachella or Rock in Rio?
And you want to discover another country’s festival like France in an alternative way by following your passion?
So here is a list of French festivals worth visiting before you kick the bucket.


Les Eurockéenes de Belfort

The Eurockéenes is an annual three-day rock festival in the peninsula of the Lac du Malsaucy, 10 km from Belfort.
It is one of  the most enormous music festival in France and has been nominated at the UK Festival Awards 2012.

Useful informations:

  • Where does the festival take place: in the peninsula of the Lac du Malsaucy
  • When does it take place: generally in the first week of August
  • Entry:46€ for a day, 108€ for 3 days


Solidays, Paris

Solidays, now 15 years old, is the oldest festival in Paris.
Yearly, it assembles about one thousand people who stand together against sexually transmitted diseases.
The artists, perfom voluntarily in solidarity with AIDS patients and its benefits are redistributed to AIDS support organisations and funding programs.

Useful informations:

  • Where does the festival take place: Paris
  • When does the festival take place: generally at the end of June
  • Entry: 39€ for a day,  89€ for 3 days

Le Festival des Vieilles Charues, Carhaix

This four-day festival, takes place in a commune in the Finistère department in Northwest France.
Le Festival des Vieilles Charues welcoms each year artists from different horizons.
So if you like multiculturality and different music styles, this is the place to be.

Useful informations:

  • Where does the festival take place: Carhaix-Plouguer, in Bretagne
  • When does it take place: generally in mid-July
  • Entry: 39 to 45 € for a day, 155 for the 4 day pass



Rock en Seine

Rock en Seine is the biggest rock festival in the Region Île de France.
It yearly takes place in the parc de Saint Cloud, outside the gates of Paris.
If you are coming for more than 2 days, you can also enjoy Paris and its area by visiting famous historical attractions  or by doing unusual things in Paris.

Useful informations:

  • Where does the festival take place : Saint Cloud, in the region Île de France
  • When does it take place : end-August
  • Entry:46 € for a day and 119€ for 3 days


Hellfest, Clisson

Hellfest is for French Heavy Metal fans The unmissable event.
You can miss all Heavy Metal meetings but if you miss this one, you are definitely down.
With more than, 220 000 participants in 2017, this event is the most visited music festival in France and one of the biggest Metal-Festival in Europe.
If Heavy Metal is too soft or too hard for you, you should know that, this festival has 4 stages dedicated to a particular style like death metal, hardcore punk, doome methal, black metal etc.

Useful informations:

  • Where does the festival take place: Clisson, in the Loire-Atlantique département
  • When does it take place: mid-June
  • Entry:85 € per day, 185 for 3-day pass


Electrobeach, Le Barcarés

Electrobeach is the biggest electro festival in France.
Created in 2014, it reunites over 100 000 visitors who  yearly dance on the Lydia Beach.
With Afrojack, Tiesto, David Guetta and Martin Solveig as electrobeaches headliner, Lydia’s Beach transformed to France’s  biggest dancefloor and to a music festival you shouldn’t miss.

Useful informations:

  • Where does the festival take place: le Barcarés, in southern France
  • When does it take place : mid july
  • Entry: 70€ for a day, 150 € for a 3 day pass.

Francofolies de la Rochelle

Les Francofolies is the biggest French-speaking festival in the world.
If you don’t speak french but enjoy listening to French sounds, French people will show you how to celebrate        here ;-).

Useful informations:

  • Where does the festival take place: la Rochelle, in Charente Maritime
  • When does it take place:mid july
  • Entry: from 8-40€, it depends on the concerts

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Top 5 Festivals in France

Here is a Top 5 Festivals in France organized in different categories so that whoever you are, you will undoubtedly find the one that suits you.

Let’s begin this Top 5 Festivals in France with our first category: classical music.

1. Classical Music / Opera

festivals in franceThe first festival you shouldn’t miss is called “Les Chorégies d’Orange”. It happens every summer in the antique theatre of the city of Orange, and the beauty of the arena combined with the quality of the opera make it a must-see if you are fond of classical music.

There is also the “Festival de l’Opéra en plein air”, which happens in different places every year to perform one particular opera. Aimed towards making every generation discover classical music and promoting new lyrical artists, no doubt the “open air” frame is also part of its success…festivals in france

Finally, we advise you to attend the “International Piano Festival of the Roque d’Anthéron” which takes place every summer around Aix en Provence, in the French Riviera. Open air too, it is one of the most famous lyrical festival.


2. Pop Rock Musicfestivals in france

If you are fond of pop rock music and want to dance, you should go to the Vieilles Charrues Festival which takes places every July in Brittany. Gathering different types of music such as rock and electro, everybody can enjoy a great moment in one of the biggest European Festival.

Likewise, you shouldn’t miss the Solidays of Paris, organized every June and above festivals in franceall aimed at raising people’s awareness about sexual diseases (mostly AIDS). From electro to rock music, this festival is a great united meeting of young people.

If you want to discover French pop artists, head to the Francofolies in La Rochelle. The aim is to spread French current music, whatever generation you belong to.


3. Drama / Theatrefestivals in france

The more important drama festival of Europe is definitely the Festival d’Avignon, happening every summer. The most famous stage is located in the open air “Cour d’honneur du Palais des papes”, and although dramatic arts seem to reign, it offers other types such as dance or fine arts with artists from all over the world.

If you go to France in June to visitfestivals in france the castles of the Loire Valley, don’t miss the Festival d’Anjou. Many plays are staged in historical sites of the region, so that you will enjoy the beauty of the castles like the Plessis-Macé Castle along with dozens of drama shows.

In June again, Versailles organises the “Molière month” in its sumptuous place. The festival houses more than 300 open air shows, especially of theatre arts, but also living arts shows with dance or circus… And many entrances are for free !


4. Cinema

festivals in france

The most famous festival of the world, the Festival de Cannes takes place in the French Riviera to reward the best movie, actor/actress, and filmmaker of the year. The ceremony of the “Red Carpet Walk” is watched all over the world to see the stars in their fancy outfits, and the surroundings offer outstanding views over the Mediterranean Sea, which gives the Festival a touch of fairy.

french riviera, festivals in franceThe Festival du film américain de Deauville, entirely dedicated to American movies, takes place in September. It has received very famous movie stars so far, from Robert de Niro to John Travolta. There is even a competition between independent movies so that you can enjoy every type of American cinematographic production.

Finally, and on a very different note, Gérardmer houses in the Vosges the International Festival of Fantastic Movies every winter, in which Fantastic has the place of honor in cinema as in other arts.


5. Carnival & Live artsfestivals in france

The last category of our Top 5 Festivals in France will make you party, especially in the Carnival of Dunkerque. Starting in January for three crazy months, it is one of the most famous in Europe because of the mass it gathers and the party atmosphere it spreads. From parades to balls, be sure you will have a very joyful, colourful and musical moment!

festivals in franceThe Carnival of Nice is, as for him, the biggest carnival of France. During the month of February, many floats decorated in the chosen theme of the year file in the streets of Nice, within a crazy party atmosphere.

To remain in this festive theme, we suggest you attend the Clécy Festival in Normandy. Different from carnivals, it remains a very joyful event which live arts will please every type of public with drama, music, and tale shows. This festival is the best compromise to get your fill of party atmosphere in less crowded places than carnivals.


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