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27 Dec 2018

paris audio HERO1




27 Dec 2018

Known as the city of love, Paris is also the city of culture and creativity. Beside the usual tourist sites, Paris has a wealth of hidden gems that reveal just how culturally diverse the city can be. We take you through the top 5 destinations for any music lover, or for those who want to find the Paris behind the Eiffel tower. 

1. Point Éphémère

200 quai Valmy - 75010 Paris

A music lovers dream, Point Éphémère is a cultural centre that showcases exhibitions, shows, concerts, parties, conferences and workshops.

Designed as a studio and performance hub for developing artists, musicians and dancers to develop their craft, performances are often experimental but always entertaining. 

Located on the idyllic Canal Saint Martin, visitors can grab a pre-performance drink at the bar or a meal from the restaurant to enjoy waterside. 

There are multiple shows per week, so one visit to Point Éphémère may mean you can experience an electronic dance party, while the next could be a performance of world music. 

With an eclectic offering of music and experiences, a visit (or more) to Point Éphémère is a must do in Paris. 


Image: Point Ephemere

2. Fête de la Musique

On June 21st, the longest day on the year, the entirety of France is transformed into one big street music party to celebrate the summer solstice. Fête de la Musique is the nation’s biggest music festival, with events taking place in cities and towns across the country. 

The event has been held annually since 1982 and with something for everyone, revellers can enjoy DJs, jazz, classical, rock, world music and pop. And if one performance isn’t hitting the right note for you, you can keep wandering the streets until something else takes your fancy. 

While concerts by professionals are held in established venues, everyone is invited and welcome to play music on the streets, so a mix of  semi-professional to amateur musicians are out and about and grooving to the beat of their own drum. 

All performances are free of charge and you don’t have to be in Paris on June 21st to experience the fun. Expect lots of dancing in the streets while France shows the rest of the world how to party.  


Image: A Fête de la Musique street performance

3. Motorbass Recording Studio

Located in Montmartre, the artistic paradise and home of The Moulin Rouge, is recording studio Motorbass. Owner and Producer Philippe Zdar is one half of Cassius, and one half of iconic French house duo and studio namesake Motorbass. 

Built in 1979, it is one of the few recording studios located in the city centre. The Studio has reached legendary status by hosting and producing big names; Kanye West, The Beastie Boys, Phoenix, Cat Power and Pharrell Williams have all recorded there. 

What is described as Philippe's ‘French Touch’ is what makes Motorbass so special to artists. Dedicated to analog, Philippe has a full suite of instruments that he uses instead of computer generated sounds. 

Motorbass is so sought after, studio time is currently only available in consultation with Phillippe. 

4. Classical Music concerts at Versaille 

Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

A trip to Palace of Versaille is a must-do on the itinerary of most tourists to Paris, but while the golden hallways are packed to the brim as visitors walk through, another way to experience the magic of Versaille is by attending a classical music performance at the monumentally historical venue. 

The classical concerts showcase the works of Mozart, Bach, Handel, Monteverdi and more. Performances take place across multiple locations in the iconic Château de Versailles including the Mirror Gallery and the palace gardens - Jardins de l'Orangerie. 

Oh la la, classical music at Versaille, how very European! 


Image: The stage in Jardins de l'Orangerie

5. Père Lachaise Cemetery

16 Rue du Repos, 75020 Paris

Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris is renowned for its many famous residents. Established in the 19th Century, it is the largest cemetery in France. 

Music enthusiasts will want to pay tribute to some of Père Lachaise’s celebrated Musicians. Jim Morrison of The Doors (1943-1971), French Singer Edith Piaf (1915-1963) and composer and virtuoso pianist Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) all reside in the sprawling cemetery. 

Open to the public, many fans make the pilgrimage to Père Lachaise to visit their departed idols at rest within its walls. 


Image: Père Lachaise

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