EDM on The Rise in France – Following The Electronic Wave

As one of the most well-known and popular tourist destinations, France has quite a classy culture reputation. Most notably, these connotations come to mind when someone mentions the famous landmarks of beautiful Paris, such as the Louvre museum and the Eiffel Tower. However, France is also the home of the award-winning film industry, the site of fashion weeks, and the venue for various music festivals.

Lyon, France is the go-to city in France if you are looking for the familiar techno and pumping sounds of Electronic Dance Music (EDM). The city is famous for its EDM festival Nuits Sonores and several other EDM clubs and venues.

Nuits Sonores Festival in Lyon, France

It is public knowledge that the city of Lyon is best known for being a UNESCO World Heritage site with its well-preserved cultural and historical landmarks. Other activities associated with this French city is fine dining and wine tasting. In addition to all of this renown, Lyon is also the rising center of EDM culture in France.

Nuits Sonores Festival
Nuits Sonores Festival

The bittersweet history of EDM in Lyon could be traced back to the 1990s when EDM music and rave culture was brought to the country from London. The music hubs in the city attracted the biggest names in EDM throughout Europe such as Jeff Mills, Carl Cox, and Laurent Garnier. The EDM culture spread to the rest of the country but was immediately followed by repression acts with the height of the anti-rave campaigns.In spite of the troubled history, EDM and rave culture is very much alive in Lyon today, especially with their world-famous eight-day festival called the Nuits Sonores. The festival started as an independent music festival with an intent of reviving EDM. At present, the festival draws in 138,000 individuals and hundreds of artists to 50 venues and clubs across the city every May. The Nuits Sonores also paved the way for other smaller EDM festivals to arise.

Top Clubs and Venues for EDM

Le Sucre is a small club, but it is undoubtedly regarded as one of the best. The club is located on the rooftop of an old sugar factory that has been renovated as a popular events place combined with a contemporary art museum. Le Sucre is popular among international EDM artists such as Harvey Sutherland and the Black Madonna. In addition, they are also very popular because of their creative club ideas like a club concept nights.  Another night club, Le Petit Salon is the closest competition for the top EDM spot in Lyon against Le Sucre.

Partying in France while dancing to EDM on a boat would be a dream turned into reality when visiting the Bellona Club. It is located on a barge boat along the Rhône River where it doubles as a restaurant during the day. Other EDM clubs found in unique and exciting locations include the Transbordeur, located in a treatment factory on the outskirts of the city; the Ninkasi, whose home is a former haulage company; and the Le Diskret, a club on the industrial area of Lyon.