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  • Musique  /  Voyage

    Paris live

    By Frances Atkinson 19 September 2015

    PARIS has a staggeringly large number of live music venues that cater for a massive range of musical tastes. Some are opulent and conjure heady nights of the Belle Époque, some venues are small and exude a cool charm, while others, with their showy marquees and dramatic architecture, scream ‘Look at moi!’.

    La Fleche d’Or

    SET in a former train station, you could wander past this indie live venue and not give it a second glance, by night, however, it transforms into an electro-rock scene featuring local and international acts and DJs. Stay up front for a sweaty, energetic night or slink further back to settle into a booth. This is an unpretentious club with a friendly vibe. More

    La Gaiete Lyric

    THIS venue refuses to be defined, creatively diverse and wonderfully unpredictable, you can head to the bar for a drink, play a video game, see a concert, read a book, join a workshop, or watch a movie. Innovative and inclusive, this is where ideas explode. More

    La Cigale

    ONE of Paris’s most popular concert halls, this horseshoe shaped theatre was established in 1887 (if those curtains could talk) and became THE place to catch variety and cabaret shows. These days, the line-up says it all: Mac Demarco, Fary and Jimmy Buffett, and that’s just September. More

    Le Bataclan

    THIS intimate, atmospheric concert hall is loved for its character and a clear view of the stage, even on the ground level. Designed by Charles Duval, the architecture has a distinct Chinoiserie feel and although over the decades it had experienced several disasters (fire, financial ruin, countless owners) today it is a thriving venue with bold headline acts that range from pop and rock concerts, comedy acts, and even the occasional disco. More

    Casino de Paris

    DRIPPING in red velvet, this opulent venue plays host to popular musicals and international acts, including Sheryl Crowe and Lou Reed. In its day, however, this 18th Century music hall was more likely to headline Josephine Baker and Maurice Chevalier. To experience a truly memorable night, punters suggest picking a quality French act over flashy international ‘stars’. More

    L’Olympia

    LOUD, garish and unmissable, the bright lights of this iconic music hall demand attention. Founded by Joseph Oller, the same man who brought the world infamous Moulin Rouge, the Olympia was distinguished by its variety; ballets, circus acts, and opera. Today the venue is considered a temple of French music and while the current lineup maybe impressively diverse (Morrissey, The Gypsy Kings), the Olympia is respected because it honours past legends including Edith Piaf and Jacqu Brel.
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    ENDS.