Fête de la Musique 2015 on the French Riviera

One of my favourite dates on the French calendar happens this week – Fête de la Musique!

Fête de la Musique is held on 21 June each year throughout France and is a huge success, and has continued to grow year after year.

Origins of Fête de la Musique

The concept originated with an American musician Joel Cohen who worked as a music programmer for France Musique (French National Radio). He wanted to initiate an all-day music event to celebrate the summer solstice.

In 1982, the then Director of Music and Dance at the French Ministry of Culture, Maurice Fleuret, recognised that one child out of every two in France played a musical instrument and he dreamed of a way to encourage people to take to the streets to make music and foster love of musical performance.


Fête de la Musique was born and made official by the French Minister of Culture and the first festival was held in Paris in 1982.

Today, it is celebrated in various forms (Make Music Day, World Music Day etc) in over 120 countries including Italy, Australia and the USA.

Criteria for Fête de la Musique

The festival aims to promote musical performance.

  • Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in public – on the street, at parks, beach venues, at town squares. Musicians range from teenage garage bands to professional opera singers – it’s a huge mix of music and talent!
  • All music genres are welcome.
  • All concerts must be free, and all performers must donate their time for free.

While there are some noise restrictions especially after hours, there is an unspoken tolerance for the performances in France on this day and I have yet to see any concerts or performances shut down by the police or removal of audio equipment.

Fête de la Musique 2015 events on the French Riviera

Each town has it’s own concerts and music performances. I don’t have an extensive list as many of the Tourist Offices aren’t particularly forthcoming with promotion and many musicians just show up on the streets, but here is a sample of some of the Fête de la Musique 2015 events happening this year along the French Riviera (all free concerts are on Sunday 21 June unless specified below):


5pm-midnight – DJ’s on the street at Happy Face bar, 13 rue Aubernon

6pm – Apéros and DJ at Café Milano, 2 rue de la Tourraque

6pm-7.30pm – Zumba Fun Party at Esplanade du Pré des Pêcheurs

9pm – Blah Blah (covers and rock band) with Woodstock Acoustic Project at Le Latinos Bar, boulevard d’Aguillon

For the full Antibes concert times and locations, download here http://fr.calameo.com/read/002074504eb01f3733654


 9pm – Sultans of Strings (Dire Straits covers band) at Place Marinoni


Note : Cagnes sur Mer has events happening both days this weekend – Saturday 20 June and Sunday 21 June 2015

On Saturday 20 June 2015

8.30pm – Promenade en Fête Summer Set at Cagnes sur Mer waterfront. Including 3 DJ booths, 3 percussion zones (African, Brazilian, steel drums), a nautical show between 8.30pm-9pm, bouncy castles for kids, fireworks display at 10.15pm

On Sunday 21 June 2015

5pm – Jazz and classical concerts at Place de la Marine (Cros de Cagnes)

5pm – French songs and saxophones at Place Notre-Dame de Protection (Haut de Cagnes)

9pm-midnight – Pop rock with Route 2012 at Centre Ville – Place de Gaulle

9pm-midnight – Soul, blues and rock with Pearly Wax at Place du Château (Haut de Cagnes)


Fete de la Musique 2015 - Cagnes sur Mer

Fete de la Musique 2015 – Cagnes sur Mer


For Cannes concert times and locations, see the official programme at http://www.cannes.com/fr/evenements/grands-rendez-vous-mois-par-mois/fete-de-la-musique.html

Other Cannes events:

7pm-2.30am – Charly’s Bar in Le Suquet is hosting a 70’s night

8pm till late – Sun 7 Bar on rue Gerard Monod is hosting a street party with 8 DJ’s playing funk, deep house, hip hop, groove, techno

9pm – Le Carré d’Or on rue des Freres Pradignan is hosting a street party with 3 DJ’s

9.30pm – Le Friends Bar, DJ’s inside and out till late, 52 Rue Jean Jaures



6pm onwards – At Place des Pins, jazz, funk, pop, rock and blues bands with a coordinated multi-band jam session at 11pm.


10am-12.30pm – Avenue de Verdun : Sunny Swing (jazz)
6.30-7.30pm – Avenue de la Gare : Country Taps Line
7pm – midnight – Maison du Tourisme Vieux Port : Passion Western Country

8-11pm – Entré Théâtre de Mer : Borderline (variety)
8-11.30pm – Stèle Napoléon – Promenade du Vieux Port : Miss the bus (pop rock)
8pm – midnight – Vieux Port (à côté de Gigi) : Musical Events (swing jazz)


For Grasse concert times and locations, see here http://06.agendaculturel.fr/festival/fete-de-la-musique-grasse-2015.html


7.30pm – Latin Summer Dance Party at Bijou Plage, boulevard du Littoral

See also the full programme for Antibes and JLP, download here http://fr.calameo.com/read/002074504eb01f3733654


Place de Gaulle

10am-12h30 – Centre Musical Collois (instrumental/choral)

6-7pm – Reynald (French and international songs)

7-8pm – Les Divines

8-9.15pm – Martin Folly & Faab Palmer (reggae/funk/pop-rock)

Espace Rose de Mai

10.30-11am – Centre Musical Collois (guitars)

Rue Foch/Place du 8 mai

2pm-11.30pm – ‘Le Groove’ – DJ Phosphene et OPS


Placette de la Poste (rue Clemenceau)

6.15pm-8pm – White Rage (Pop-rock)

8.30pm-11.30pm – Jazz Octet (Jazz)

Place du Jeu de Paume

6-7pm – New Wabes (Pop-rock)

8-9pm – Anne et Antoine (Brazilian jazz)

9.15-11.30pm – Cosmocow (Blues/Funk/Pop-rock)

Jardin Public

6-7.30pm – Neeko Killa (Initiation DJ)

8pm-midnight – Concert DJ


6pm – Concert from music students at the Centre Cultural Municipal

From 7.30pm – Acoustic band ‘The Meeting’ and pop rock group ‘Hit Story’


Conservatoire Municipal

5-9pm – Classes from the Conservatoire de Musique de Menton including instrumental and vocal choirs

Place Loredan Larchey

4-6pm – Pourquoi pas nous

Jardin Elysée Reclus

7pm-1am – Menton c’est Vous ! Les Space Nurse

Salle Saint-Exupéry

9-1pm – Arts Paillettes 2000 (French and international songs and dance)

Esplanade Francis Palmero

8-8.30pm – Swaga Murda (dance soul hip hop), Brésil Cristar Dance (Brazilian dance), Samy

8.30-10.30pm – Sourires et Mélodies (French and international songs)

11pm-1am – New-Feel (French and international songs)

Basilique Saint-Michel

9-11pm Choir performance


7pm – Organ concert at Chapelle des Carmes

9pm – Raul Paz and Pulse concert at Port Hercule


9pm-midnight – At Parc du Château and place d’Eglise bands of various genres – rock, pop, jazz, reggae


For the programme for Mougins concerts see here (in French) : http://www.mougins-tourisme.fr/fr/content/f%C3%AAte-de-la-musique-%C3%A0-mougins


Note : The main FDLM event will be held on Saturday 20 June 2015

8.55pm-midnight – Du Soleil et des Tubes held in central Nice and televised on France 2 with over 30 singers and musical acts



From 6-7pm, ‘Mostly Harmless’ and Italian pop group. From 7-8pm, an acoustic band. From 8pm, a covers band performing Coldplay songs.


6PM – Eglise du Vieux Village, Place Castillon (choral concert)

6-11pm – Esplanade Les Géolands
6.30-11pm – Avenue de Gaulle – Parking Gare (DJ Robert Romano)
6.30 – 11pm – Rue Alphonse Daudet (choral concert and groups : Infusion – F.A.R.O. – Nokious K)


From 5pm at port de la Figueirette


Note: Events are Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday 20 June

From 5.30pm – Place de la liberation (music until midnight – kids songs, acoustic band, jazz funk, DJs)

From 7pm, Hall du château-mairie (Christian Sciubba – guitare classique)

Sunday 21  June

From 2-6pm- Salle polyvalente – La Bigarade – Pont-du-Loup (Reggae band)


From 7pm-midnight, for Valbonne Sophia Antipolis concert times and locations see here: http://www.ville-valbonne.fr/spip.php?page=article_evenement&id_article=1850


Avenue du Tapis Vert : Les Musiciens Nantais (guinguette) de 10h00 à 13h00
Espace Massier (départ déambulations) : Fanfare La Lyre d’Argile de 10h00 à 12h30 et Ke Legal (samba) de 15h30 à 17h30
Place de l’Homme au Mouton : Sweating teeth (pop rock) de 14h30 à 17h00
Place de la Libération : Trio So’Watt (pop rock) de 17h30 à 20h00 et The Cotton Club (swing jazz) de 21h30 à minuit
Place Cavasse : Zumba Dance Party de 18h30 à 20h00
Avenue des Martyrs de la Résistance : Cicada Swing (jazz manouche) de 19h00 à 23h00
Place Lisnard : Musiques et danses portugaises de 20h30 à 22h00 et Camille BLT (variétés) de 22h00 à 23h30
Avenue du Stade : Camille BLT (variétés) de 20h30 à 22h00 et Musiques et danses portugaises de 22h00 à 23h30
Rue Ramié : Trio Sagonka (variété internationale) de 20h30 à 23h30


4-5.30pm – Youth orchestra at Theatre de Verdure

8-9pm – /Musical comedy at the Cour Volti

9pm-midnight – Grooup 21 Smiles at place Amelie Pollonnais


8pm – Hidden Bomb (pop rock) at Villeneuve Loubet village, as well as well Episode d’Azur (jazz) on rue des Mesures

9.30pm – Francois Arnaud Quartet (jazz) at Marina Baie des Anges

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