If you’re going to take a trip to France this summer, why not do it in style? The French know music festivals, packing in a full summer schedule that makes other country calendars look scarce. From mega-festival camping in the French countryside to intimate events in the heart of Paris, you can spend the whole summer here at a festival. Below are some of our recommendations and you can see more in our French music festival calendar.
This Is Not A Love Song Festival 2018
June 1-3, 2018
Intimate indie rock festival in the south of France? Sign us up. Loads of hipster acts from around the world converge at the futuristic Paloma Contempory Arts Center in Nimes for three days of kickass rock. It takes place the same weekend as Barcelona's epic Primavera Sound,and many of the same acts end up at TINALS. Expect a stunning lineup!
Lollapalooza Paris 2018
July 21-22, 2018
Since its inception in 1991, Lollapalooza has continued to grow from its U.S. based festival circuit to additional cities in countries across the globe. In 2016, Lollapalooza was introduced to Paris and continues to host a myriad of different international and local acts spanning all genres.
Featured Artists: Catfish and the Bottlemen, Depeche Mode, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Fidlar, Gorillaz, Krewella, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Nothing But Thieves, Parov Stelar, Portugal. the Man, RL Grime, The Killers
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Main Square Festival 2018
July 6-8, 2018
The first weekend of July is full of French festivals and one of those standouts is Main Square. Situated at the stunning Citadelle Vauban, this mainstream dose of rock/pop/electronic boasts an impressive alumni list like Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Placebo, Muse, and Metallica.
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Les Eurockéennes 2018
July 5-8, 2018
The independent Les Eurockeenes in Eastern France is also one of the largest multi-genre music festivals in the country. With a focus on solidarity and sharing, the non-profit fest remains committed to offering an affordable musical experience to everyone. Tucked away on the Malsaucy peninsula, the eco-friendly venue showcases amazing views and tranquil camping.
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June 22-24, 2018
The postcard-perfect French village of Clisson, known for its historic ruins and picturesque river, transforms one weekend each June into the heavy metal mecca known as Hellfest. More than 160 bands show up to perform on six stages with subgenres that include pagan metal, stoner, punk, thrash, grind, and black metal. The 150,000+ extreme music typcially spend the weekend camping and exploring the the wide-ranging Hellfest experience. Act quick. Hellfest sells out every year.
Featured Artists: Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, Body Count, Bullet For My Valentine, Deftones, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Megadeth, Nightwish, Parkway Drive, Stone Sour
Photo Credit: Evan Forget
Rock En Seine 2018
August 24-26, 2018
Born in 2003, Rock en Seine has become one of France's top mega-festivals. Held just outside of Paris at the incredibly scenic Domaine National de Saint-Cloud (an 1100 acre historical park), this festival showcases the best of international and regional rock rock on five unique stages.
Festival Musilac 2018
July 13-15, 2018
This pop and rock festival takes place in Aix-Les-Bains in the beautiful south of France. The festival itself is perched on the shores of Lac du Bourget, in the foothills of the French Alps. 75,000 attendees flood the shores to see artists from around the world alongside local talent from the region.
Featured Artists: Depeche Mode
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We Love Green 2018
June 2-3, 2018
We Love Green makes it clear from its name that this festival is committed to the environment. Held in a beautiful park located in the heart of Paris, the two-day festival welcomes a curated lineup of indie rock gold. The Think Thank, located at the center of the festival, strives to promote environmental innovation and encourage the exchange of ideas with scientists, activists, and artists.
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June 29-July 1, 2018
Garorock is one of France's premier electronic and rock festival, taking place in the southwest of the country. Recently celebrating their 20th anniversary, the four day camping festival is well known for its hard-partying experience.
Les Déferlantes 2018
July 7-10, 2018
Argeles Sur Mer, France
If you're looking for the idyllic peace found in the south of France, Les Déferlantes will not be on your wishlist. The multi-day festival may feature hip-hop and electronic, but wears its love of rock firmly throughout the lineup. There's two campsite lifestyle at this festival -- "sleepy" for those that need quite and "groovy" for those that want to party all night with the French.
Cabaret Vert 2018
August 23-26, 2018
Le Cabaret Vert (aka The Green Cabaret), may be one of the largest festivals in France, but still remains close to the hearts of fans. Closing out the summer during the last weekend in August, Cabaret Vert brings a little bit of everything to eastern part of France. The campsite and festival are located around the edges of an abandoned factory.
Download Festival France 2018
June 15-17, 2018
The UK based Download Festival crosses the channel to Paris for their latest edition. Taking place in the south of Paris, the camping festival brings some of the biggest names in the world to France for a weekend of kick-ass music.
Vieilles Charrues 2018
July 19-22, 2018
It's France biggest music festival of the summer! Translated to "old plows", Les Vieilles Charrues is a 4-day indie rock and pop festival held in the northwest of France. What started as a 500 person party has exploded into the largest music fest in France with 280,000 revelers along with an incredible 5,500 volunteers in 2017.
June 22-24, 2018
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