A staple of the Paris underground music scene for over ten years, Sonique Villette festival heralds the beginning of May in the French capital. An alternative festival set in the city’s 55-acre Parc de la Villette, the event’s organisers pride themselves on combining rock with electronica - a successful combination which has resulted in its growing popularity. Previous artists include Caribou, The Fall, Richie Hawtin and Helena Hauff with a very healthy mix of local emerging performers too. A big highlight is the roster of free gigs which take place during the daytime and see the park packed to the brim - get there early!
Sonique Villette takes place from 23rd May to 27th May, 2018 in various venues around the Parc de la Villette in Paris. During the daytime, most of the performances are free outside gigs but the events in the evening are generally ticketed. You can buy your tickets here. If you’re planning on attending the festival, fly in to either Charles de Gaulle or Orly airport and take a metro or RER network express train into the city centre. You can get to the park via metro by heading to either Porte de Pantin (line 5) or Porte de la Villette (line 7) stations.
One of the many highlights of the festival is the involvement of Red Bull Music Academy, not only in curating the acts on their own stage but also hosting lectures and workshops. In the past, the RBMA sessions have staged events such as dance music legend François K in conversation with renowned dance music historian Didier Lestrade. They also bring underground and top name DJs to the table - the inimitable DJ Rashad and Young Marco have both performed. Villette Sonique is usually held on the same date as Barcelona’s Primavera and this is probably a reason why it’s still regarded as an ‘underground’ event. We recommend heading to this festival soon before it becomes more global!
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If you’re travelling to Paris to sample the sounds of Villette Sonique, make sure you take some time to check out some of the other sights that this great city has to offer: immerse yourself in the masterpieces at the Louvre Museum; see the city from the water and take a cruise on the Seine; and see the iconic can-can for yourself at the Moulin Rouge!
To find out more information about this unique festival, please head to the official website where you’ll be able to check out the festival location, find out all the latest news on the Villette Sonique 2018 line-up and buy tickets for the festival.
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