Best French Music Venues

France has played host to many events and concerts in its time, everything from huge festivals to major tours by some of the world’s mega bands.

Perhaps it is the diversity of the nation and its peoples that attract such huge events, or perhaps the different geographical locations available in the country that make it a perfect place to stage large concerts and festivals. In this blog we take a look at some of the greatest music venues in this wonderful country and focus our attention initially in the capital Paris.

La Cigale

Located in one of Paris most notorious red-light districts, La Cigale has seen some of the most influential French artists appear on stage. World renowned singers Maurice Chevalier, Arletty and Mistinguett have made La Cigale a famous French musical landmark. During its time this bastion of French entertainment has seen the best of French intelligentsia including Jean Cocteau, and was the home of French Vaudeville whilst it existed. The modern day La Cigale now showcases upcoming French artists and is the venue for the Inrocks Festival.

The Golden Arrow (La Fleche D’Or)

The Golden Arrow is certainly a multitude of things, a cafe, restaurant and a music hall, all encased in a formed railway station that was a concept of the former pupils of the National School of Fine Arts. Today it is famous for the main venue for promising Parisian DJs and artists. The Golden Arrow has had its problems, one being that it was closed due to noise pollution, but today now conforming with all legal requirements it is back in style leading the nightclub dance scene.

The Golden Arrow (La Fleche D’Or)

The Golden Arrow is certainly a multitude of things, a cafe, restaurant and a music hall, all encased in a formed railway station that was a concept of the former pupils of the National School of Fine Arts. Today it is famous for the main venue for promising Parisian DJs and artists. The Golden Arrow has had its problems, one being that it was closed due to noise pollution, but today now conforming with all legal requirements it is back in style leading the nightclub dance scene.

La Fleche D’Or

Olympia

Also known as the Montagnes Russes as it formerly had timber roller coasters that were installed by the founder of Le Moulin Rouge. The Olympia is best known for being a music hall and has been the place that has launched many French music careers for over a hundred and twenty years. Some of the very best ever French musicians started their climb to stardom at the Olympia. Including the irrepressible Edith Piaf, Johnny Hallyday and Gilbert Becaud with his famous song Mister 100,000 Volts. Another regular at the Olympia was Georges Brassens as well as a host of international stars clamoring to appear at this famous old venue.

Palais Garnier

The Opera de Paris is one of the most significant French buildings that has ever held musical concerts. The facade is simply breathtaking but it is rather a sham as the current opera house is a rebuilt version of the original, and renamed after the architect that built it, Charles Garnier. The magnificent building was the inspiration behind Gaston Leroux’s famous novel The Phantom of the Opera. The Palais Garnier now is firmly established as one of the best classical music venues in France and also one of the best known around the world. The Palais Garnier finishes part one of our venture into the best music venues in France, in part two we look at more superb establishments that present music of genres. Some are music halls, other theatres but they all have one thing in common, and that is they have helped establish French music today.

Palais Garnier