Today is the 30th anniversary of one of my favourite events in France – ‘Fête de la Musique’.
Launched in 1982 by the French Ministry for Culture, this free public event takes place on 21 June each year and is a great community and family-friendly event. Singers, bands and street performers take to town squares, beaches, street corners, churches and parks to celebrate summer and music. Locals and tourists alike can wander the streets listening to different types of music ranging from rock, pop, jazz, reggae and more.
If you are interested in whetting your appetite for music today, here are some picks for events for today’s Fête de la Musique on the French Riviera:
Antibes / Juan les Pins
3pm – Boulevard Gustave Chancel for jazz rock
Place des Martyrs-de-la-Résistance: 6.30pm Bagdad (rock), 7.25pm Totem (pop rock), 8.20pm Rouge violence (pop rock), 9.15pm Bis (variety), 10.10pm Darcan (pop rock), 11.05 pm Blurred Horizons (pop rock).
7.30pm – Latinos Bar in Antibes for rock music with ‘Blah Blah’
From 6pm – Place de Gaulle, Swedish, Littoral, The Kitchies.
From 7pm: Village at Place des Arcades, various bands
5pm – Allees de la Liberte for an orchestra and soloists
8.30pm – Alles de la Liberte for a diverse mix of folk and local music
9pm – Palais des Festivals & Congress, reggae with Mystic Man
10am – Place Koenig to listen to schoolchildren sing traditional French songs
5.30pm – Place de l’Europe for classical music
9pm – Saint Michel Basilic for baroque sounds
9pm – Port Hercule with Michel Fugain and Sergent Garcia
6pm – Place Garibaldi for some salsa music and dancing
7pm – MAMAC with Nice Jazz Orchestra
8pm – Cours Saleya for reggae and dubstep tunes
9pm-10pm – Rue de la Prefecture for rock music
10pm – Wayne’s Bar with David Zincke followed by the Brightlights
11pm – Ma Nolan’s Nice Port with Syl duo
12am – 4am – Pompei with Four Kicks
6pm – Rue Gambetta for traditional music by the Fifre et les Tambour of Saint Tropez
9pm – Place Celli for jazz, electro, rock and DJ sets