A FRENCH FEAST OF MUSIC

If like us Topshop girls you never get enough of music over summer then the 21st June —the summer solstice— is a date to remember thanks to France’s Fête de la Musique. Running since 1982 the festival celebrates it’s 31th birthday this year so we’re heading to the streets of Paris to join in on the 24hour non-stop party!

Fête de la musique © DR

From a hair shaking rock band playing on the backstreets to an epic DJ night, Fête de la Musique is sure to cater for all musical tastes and is completely free! To avoid getting lost amongst the herd of music addicts we’ve done some serious research and found the must-attend events throughout the city. Just remember this festival is just as much about the atmosphere as the music so don’t expect too big names but do expect plenty of great upcoming bands playing just for your pleasure.

If your ears are craving some good old hip-hop and dubstep, come nod your heads at the Block-Party area in Rue Tiquetonne where French and British DJs will be taking the stage and feature the likes of Naughty J, M.S.D and Glitchy Mc Fly.

Fancy something a little more, shall we say, elegant? The Ball Blanc will be your best option at the illustrious Grand Palais. The exhibition Monumenta of Daniel Buren  will be coming to an end so to celebrate there’ll be a chic and glamorous party where DJs with the names of Caribou, Four Tet and Jamie XX will resonate around the building’s gorgeous glass walls. But don’t forget to get your name on the guestlist pronto and ensure you’re dressed head to toe in white!

And last but not the least, get yourself some french nibbles and enjoy a good platter of small electro gigs at the foot of the cosy Montmartre or if you’d prefer a slightly wilder end to your evening take yourself on the border of the Seine to Wanderlust’s enormous electronic party organised by the beautiful team of Trax magazine.

The great thing about a music festival being set in such an exciting city means that if you can’t get in to any of the gigs you can always hang out along the Champs-Élysées and have a drink while looking at the Eiffel Tower!

The Bal Blanc and Wanderlust © DR