One of my favourite days in France – Fête de la Musique – is a family-friendly day to discover different music genres and new musicians.
Held on the same date every year, 21st June, all across France you can find free public concerts from emerging and established musicians, singers and bands.
Here are some of the Fête de la Musique 2017 concerts for the French Riviera:
Antibes / Juan les Pins
Antibes is usually very good for Fête de la Musique! Here is the official schedule from the Tourist Office for public concerts: http://fr.calameo.com/read/00207450442997166b9c5
Aside from this programme, other happenings in Antibes & Juan les Pins for Fête de la Musique 2017:
- JP the Barber Shop will have classic pop rock from 2pm (21 Rue Général d’Andréossy, 06600 Antibes)
- Blue Note will have DJ Debector with accompaniment from Pastor from 7pm
- Blah Blah is performing at Le Latino’s from 7.30pm
- Happy Face will have DJ Flim till late.
Fete de la Musique 2017 in Antibes with Blue Note
Beaulieu sur Mer
From 9pm, Serpico will perform at Place Marinoni.
Various music from 6.30pm-11.30pm at Place de Gaulle, Place des Arcades, Jardin Frédéric Mistral.
Cagnes sur Mer / Cros-de-Cagnes / Haut-de-Cagnes
From 5pm, at Place de la Marine in Cros-de-Cagnes there will be a concert from the Conservatoire municipal de Musique.
From 8.30pm, centre-ville / Place de Gaulle will host a variety of genres : Skyveul (Pop-Rock Blues), DJ Foxxer, DJ Lucas Carrera.
From 9pm, Place du Château in Haut-de-Cagnes will have a concert by New Voltage.
Place du Château
From 2pm, Kiosque des Allées has various music.
From 6pm, Jardin Médiathèque Noailles will host Ensemble El Encuentro (Argentine music and dance) and Prince & Jeff Trio (Blues & jazz occidental)
A historic venue in Le Suquet, the Moulin Forville, will host an evening of singing, poem recitals and animations organised by ArtLive, le Moulin Forville and the Association Les Mots d’Azur. Held from 6.30pm to 10pm in the gardens of the Moulin. Cost €7.
Plage Belle Plage (Boulevard du Midi Jean Hibert, 06400 Cannes) will have deep house and electro DJ’s from 6.30pm : DJ Jerome Foster, DJ Cyril VaLone, DJ Uncle Jim’s.
Place de l’étang from 8pm: Blue Cocktail – International cover songs.
Place du marché in Cannes La Bocca from 8pm: Spoon performing pop folk ‘n’ roll.
Port Canto from 8pm: Concert from the Regional Orchestra of Cannes PACA
Golfe Juan / Vallauris
At Espace Grand Jean from 2pm-6pm, there will performances from the music school and karaoke. From 8pm, there will be a salsa show.
The Fete de la Musique festivities continue on Friday and Saturday in Golfe Juan, more info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/123056314944856/?active_tab=discussion&__xt__=33.%7B%22logging_data%22%3A%7B%22profile_id%22%3A123056314944856%2C%22event_type%22%3A%22clicked_view_event_posts%22%2C%22impression_info%22%3A%22eyJmIjp7Iml0ZW1fY291bnQiOiIwIn19%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22www_events_permalink%22%2C%22interacted_story_type%22%3A%221058178634193603%22%2C%22session_id%22%3A%22d45cc20f2cac64d12115c3a2386b8e82%22%7D%7D
Grasse will have many locations set up with concerts at various times from 2pm till late including Cour d’honneur de la Mairie, Garden of Villa Fragonard, Scène Place aux Aires, Scène Cours Honoré CRESP, Scène Évêché, Scène Jeu de Ballon.
Night owls can stay out for the DJ set’s till midnight at Place du Petit Puy, Scène Cours Honoré CRESP and Cour d’honneur du MIP.
La Colle sur Loup
The locations for the public concerts will be the jardin public, Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, Place du 8 mai (rue Foch), Place de Gaulle and Placette de la Poste.
La Colle sur Loup (image: Tourist Office)
From 7pm to 9pm at Place Ésterel Gallery, Marine (a semi-finalist from The Voice Kids), will sing a few songs followed by a concert from students of the Diamond School Compagnie singing soul, jazz and funk.
The Conservatoire de Musique de Menton will perform choral and orchestral concerts at the Mairie from 5.30pm.
From 9pm-11pm, Basilique Saint-Michel will host choral concerts.
Basilique Saint-Michel (image: mapio)
Esplanade Francis Palmero will have French and international cover songs by Sourires et Mélodies from 9pm-11.30pm
Monaco / Monte-Carlo
In La Condamine, there will be various free concerts throughout the day on rue Caroline, Place du Marché and at Square Gastaud.
Place des Moulins will have free music from 12pm-1pm and 6pm-8pm, Rose des Vents at Larvotto has free music from 12pm-7pm
From 9pm, the main event is a free concert with ‘Junior’ and ‘ Deluxe’ at Port Hercule.
Fete de la Musique Monaco 2017
Various public concerts held from 6.30pm till late at the Parc du Chateau, the lavoir, Hotel de Ville and Place de l’église.
The public music school will have a recital at L’église Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur from 7.30pm.
From 8pm, Eco Parc will host the Orchestra Europa with covers of popular music from Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Adele and more!
Bmvr Bibliothèque Louis Nucéra (2 Place Yves Klein) DJ and live music from 3pm-4pm
Homme5 (8 avenue Malausséna) from 5pm-7pm
Place Pierre Gautier from 6pm-midnight
Le Petit Conservatoire De Pessicart (178, Avenue De Pessicart) : From 6.30pm, the Petit Conservatoire de Pessicart under the direction of Magali Pika de Coster, 7.30pm Gérard, 8pm Bluesberry, 9pm Blacklisted
Restaurant Le Choucas (Place Vieille Nice) from 8pm, pop rock concert for Syndrom & Torrancesv2
Parc Chambrun from 8pm-10pm
Parc Chambrun (image: freeriders)
Jardin du Musée des Beaux Arts (Jules Chéret – 33, avenue des Baumettes), Concert from 8pm-11pm from Philarmonic Orchestra of Nice (limited seating 400 places only)
Saint Laurent du Var
There will be a ‘white party’ at Square Bènes from 6pm-midnight; white attire compulsory! Concert and meal costs €10
Saint Paul de Vence
Near to l’Hôtel de ville from 7pm Fete de la Musique will open….From 7.30pm-10.30pm Jazz’Bonne Festival ( Big Band then at 10.30pm All Groove and July Tuvi DJ.
Place des Arcades from 7pm-1am: Nom-name, Con2mime , Tchapakan et Pandore Orchestra.
Place des Arcades in Valbonne (image: kiechle)
From 6pm-midnight, six stages will be located in Vence with over 40 groups/performers Grand-Jardin, Place Clemenceau, Place Godeau, Place Frêne, Place Maréchal Juin and Cour de la Prévôté.
From 7pm-midnight, various genres will perform jazz, electro and pop.
If you are a musician, band or singer and want to be included on this free list please send me an email to be added with details of your genre, French Riviera town and time of concert.