So many pop and rock concerts from which to choose
The pop/rock music scene is one that attracts the most viewers and has the greatest media resonance, so the venues hosting French and international artists are legion in the City of Light, to the delight of Parisians. The Bataclan, now tragically famous, is one of the legendary rooms that regularly welcomes artists from all walks of life, such as Sting.
La Cigale, with its 1,500 seats, is known for allowing musicians to stay close to their audience and for its relaxed and timeless atmosphere. Other smaller rooms allow a very intimate approach to music, such as the Trianon, which has 1000 seats; while La Maroquinerie, and Le Café de la Danse, have barely 300 seats. Finally, the large red letters on the front of the Olympia are famous for having displayed the greatest French singers and the biggest names from the rock world, from Piaf to the Beatles, via Metallica and the Rolling Stones.
In summer, pop and rock music is seen outdoors, at major Parisian festivals in parks and gardens. The best known is undoubtedly Rock in Seine, which attracts headliners like Muse, Foals, or Radiohead. Solidays, at the Longchamp racetrack, features artists singing to fight AIDS. Also worth mentioning are Les Nuits de l'Alligator, for lovers of blues/rock, the We Love Green festival, the Bois de Vincennes, the Festival of Humanity, which welcomes Renaud this year, or The Lollapalooza, which is only in France this summer, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey on the programme.