Top 16 Music Festivals in France 2020 [A helpful illustrated guide] Tickets, Lineup, Dates, location

Updated: Feb 24

Big Bang Festival


Big Bang Festival is an indoor electronic music festival held each winter in Paris, France which this year celebrates its sixth edition.

Over the course of two (earth) days, the Docks de Paris exhibition centre is transformed into a cosmic wonderland, filled with extra-terrestrial designs and the astral sounds of house and techno's freshest DJs.

Organised by the team behind Marvelous Island, a festival famed for its creativity, Big Bang creates a captivating and immersive atmosphere in which to enjoy the impeccable sounds on offer. Previous lineups have included:

Len Faki, Sam Paganini, Antigone, Alex Picodot, Charles Fenckler, Edward, FJAAK,

Ion Ludwig, Nicolas Lutz, Onyvaa [live], PalavasRemcord [live], Sonja Moonear, Vendi, 16H07, Agents of Time, Agoria, Bambounou B2B François X, Karenn [live], Kas:stMa Čka, Matrixxman



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Location

Les Docks de Paris, France

Date

15-16 November





Trans Musicales


France’s premier seen-them-here-first festival, Trans Musicales sweeps through the genre spectrum from rock, pop and folk to RnB, hip-hop and electronic music, picking up cartloads of gems year after year.

For artists as much as it is for its visitors, “Les Trans” is a place that connects the best up-and-coming acts from France and beyond on the cusp of going big with labels, agents, editors and other professionals to create a thriving environment of collaboration and to promote fresh talent.

That artists such as :

Daft Punk, Cyprus Hill, Björk, M.I.A., Janelle Monáe, Portishead and Nirvana

are amongst the names from Trans Musicales' shining list of previous lineups goes to show the importance this festival holds as a platform for future generations of artists.


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Location

Rennes, France

Date

04 December - 08 December





Rise Festival


Rise Festival is an annual electronic music and snow-sports festival held in the scenic French ski resort of Les Deux Alpes.

The festival has been growing steadily since its inception in 2013, bringing in international crowds to its breathtaking location atop Europe's biggest skiable glacier, and has played host to a number of impressive music partners, from Ibiza Rocks and Hospitality to Shut The Front Door and Applebum. 

Speeding down the mountain whilst partying in-between can be tiring, so Rise puts particular emphasis on wellbeing opportunities such as yoga and spa retreats, meaning it's not high-octane all week



Previous lineups have included:

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Distinkt, Horse Meat Disco, Michael Bibi, Solardo, Chase & Status [DJ set]


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Location

Les Deux Alpes, France

Date

14 December - 21 December





Snowattack


Snowattack is an electronic music and snow-sports festival held in the French resort of Les Orres in the Southern Alps. For a whole week, the party rages in the picture-postcard town's bars and clubs as well as on the slopes, soundtracked by a lineup of esteemed DJs, who have included Pendulum, Rudimental, Lost Frequencies and Sub Focus. 

With 190 snow cannons covering 100km of 35 slopes, that feature 19 lifts and a three-zone snow park, the resort is ideal for the experienced skier or boarder and the novice alike. 

As well as late-night partying there will be street and hut parties, stand up comedy, bikini and board slides, torchlight skiing, performances and more.


Previous lineups have included:


Alle Farben, Borgore, Gianluca Vacchi, Pendulum [DJ set], Willy William, Halott Pénz



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Location

Les Orres, France

Date

25 January - 01 February





Tomorrowland Winter


Tomorrowland Winter is the newest member of the Tomorrowland family, returning for a second edition after its dazzling debut in 2019. Bringing the world's most famous dance music festival to the Alps and taking over the picturesque town of Alpe d'Huez for a whole week, the festival is already one of the most popular of its kind.  

It wouldn't be Tomorrowland without a star-studded list of DJs from the world of EDM, techno and house, so expect the biggest names to grace the slopes and après-ski parties – last year's edition included the likes of:

Afrojack, Charlotte de Witte, Kungs, Martin Garrix, and Tomorrowland favourite Armin Van Buuren to name a few.

 The resort lies in a sunny plateau, giving a breathtaking sparkle to its variety of slopes that cater to beginners and experts and everyone in between. For the adventurous, Alpe d'Huez is also home to Pic Blanc, the entry point to the 16km Sarenne run, the longest black run on the alps. Don't veer too far though, or you may miss the best party of your life...


Previous lineups have included:

Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Artbat, Bassjackers, Brina Knauss, BROHUG, Cellini, Charlotte De Witte, DJ Coone, Da Tweekaz, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Discobaar, DJ Licious, Fideles, Gianluca Vacchi, Henri Pfr, Joris Voorn, Klingande, Kölsch, Konstantin Sibold, Kungs, Lost Frequencies, Lucas & Steve, M.I.K.E. Push, Martin Garrix, MATTN, Maxim Lany, Mike Williams, NERVO, Nico Morano, Oliver Heldens, Patrice Bäumel, Paul Kalkbrenner, Quintino, Ran-D, Regi, Sound Rush, Stephan Bodzin, Steve Aoki, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Timmy Trumpet, Vini Vici, W&W, Yves Deruyter, Yves V


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Location

Alpe d'Huez, France

Date

14 March - 21 March





Le Printemps de Bourges Crédit Mutuel


Le Printemps de Bourges festival has been a significant force in the French music scene for over 40 years, filling the small town of Bourges in central France every April with hundreds of artists and events championing both French and international music.

Its legacy means that the festival has been fully integrated by the town and its inhabitants, with many bars, clubs, restaurants and all the spaces in between hosting their own events in accordance with the festival, with an increased focus on showcases upcoming talent; playing Le Printemps de Bourges has become a rite of passage for any French artist on the rise.

Previous lineups have included:

Columbine, Georgio, PLK, Alpha Wann, Tessa B. Hubert-Félix Thiéfaine, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Beirut, Gaëtan Roussel, MAZ, Zamdane, Junior Bvndo, Eden Dillinger, DI#SE, Zed Yun Pavarotti, Zazie, Boulevard des Airs, Charlie Winston, hoshi


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Location

Various Venues, Bourges, France

Date

14 April - 18 April





Pitchfork Music Festival Paris


Pitchfork Music Festival Paris is the French capital's edition of the global music festival series. 

Every November thousands of music fans gather en masse in the 19th arrondissement of a crispy and autumnal Paris, filling the palatial Grande Halle de la Villette for three nights. Though it used to be a massive abatorie, now it plays host to some of this city's biggest cultural events, and Pitchfork Music Festival Paris is no exception.

Over the years the festival has reflected the biggest names in indie (Bon Iver, The War On Drugs, The National etc.) and the scene's most inspiring new talent, as well as representing its own French identity with a picking of national treasures.  Previous lineups have included:


Skepta, Mura Masa, Hamza, Zola, Ateyaba, Celeste, duendita, Ezra Collective, Flohio, Kojey Radical, Master Peace, slowthai, The Comet Is Coming, Yussef Dayes, Charlotte Dos Santos, Kojaque, Retro X, Sean, Chromatics, Belle and Sebastian, Primal Scream, Weyes Blood, Barrie, Desire, Drugdealer, CHAI, Briston Maroney, Jackie Mendoza, Nilüfer Yanya, Orville Peck, Sheer Mag, SquidIn Mirrors, Helado Negro, John Talabot, Loving, Nelson Beer, Sons of Raphael



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Location

Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France

Date

17 July - 19 July




Insane Festival


Insane Festival returns in summer for a sixth edition, once again offering an expansive and inclusive celebration of dance music across two days in Apt, southeastern France.

Surrounded by the natural beauty of its lakeside setting, the festival showcases a lineup of DJs and performers that span electronic music – whether that's techno, dub, psytrance or harder styles, all are welcome at the annual gathering of music lovers.

And with camping available, chillout areas, food and the characteristically colourful and creative production across the site, it's an event that's a hugely inviting prospect for ravers of all types.

Previous lineups have include:

Nina Kraviz, Salut c’est cool, Rakoon, Mandragora, Vandal, Maissouille, 47ter



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Location

Plan d'Eau d'Apt, France

Date

07 August - 08 August





Motocultor Festival


Motocultor Festival is long-running celebration of heavy metal, held each summer in Saint-Nolff, northwestern France.

For more than a decade, the festival has welcomed a lineup that encompasses established favourites from across the metal world as well as rising stars and local talent. 

Dedicated to showcasing the genre's stylistic diversity, the four-day event sees performances that span from the more extreme end of the metal spectrum – death, black, thrash, doom, speed etc. – through to elements of folk metal, Viking metal and more.


Previous lineups have included:

Powerwolf, Heilung, Denez, SKÁLD, Dark Tranquillity, Insomnium, Orange Goblin, Combichrist, Havok, Revocation, Benighted, Cattle Decapitation, Schammasch, Wear Your Wounds, Plantec, Angelus Apatrida, Wormrot, Valley of the SunImperial Triumphant, GOLD1914, Druids of the Gué Charette, Manckell



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Location

Saint-Nolff, France

Date

13 August - 16 August





Rock en Seine


Held each summer in the western reaches of Paris, Rock en Seine is huge music festival that has become one of the biggest in France since the very first edition early this century.

Despite its name, the festival is not strictly bound to rock music (although you can expect to see giants of the scene on the lineup) with performers coming together from a diverse mix of styles: indie, alternative, pop, rock, hip hop, electronic music and more.

Across three days in Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, a beautiful historic parkland, there will be performances from not just the international superstars who top the bill, but an exciting mix of rising stars and new talent from across the globe.


Previous lineups have included:


Major Lazer, Jorja Smith, The Cure, Balthazar, EELS, Johnny Marr, Kompromat, Bagarre, Let's Eat Grandma, Silly Boy Blue, Lee-Ann Curren, Meteo Mirage, Süeür, We Hate You Please Die, Alpha Wann, Jungle, Louis Cole Big Band, Polo & Pan, Mathilda Homer, Fils Cara, 404 Billy, Catastrophe, CELESTE, girl in red, Mungo's Hi Fi, Aphex Twin, Foals, Royal Blood, Agar Agar, Bring Me the Horizon, Clairo, Deerhunter, Cannibale, Le Villejuif Underground, Sam Fender

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Location

Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, Paris, France

Date

23 August - 25 August




Elektric Park Festival


Elektric Park is a dance music festival held on an island in the river Seine, just outside the centre of Paris. The one-day party runs morning to night, with a diverse lineup of dance music names taking to the festival's stages.

House, EDM, electro, trance, hardstyle and more are all on offer, with some of the respective scenes' most famous DJs and performers to choose from.

With impressive staging juxtaposed against the beautiful natural backdrop of the Île des Impressionnistes, the festival offers the chance to round off summer with huge party in a scenic setting.


Previous lineups have included:

Damien N‐Drix, Henri Pfr, Dirtyphonics [live] / Noisia [DJ set], Dirtyphonics, Noisia [DJ set], Vini Vici, What So Not, Mokoa, Jabberwocky, Sam Feldt, Joachim Garraud, Vortek's, MandragorA, Blastoyz, Vandal, Maissouille, Angerfist, Elisa Do Brasil, Neurokontrol, Radium, Chain Reaction, Damien RK, La P’tite Fumée [live], Hilight Tribe, Boris Brejcha, Jacidorex, Dima (aka Vitalic), Sara Zinger, Mila Dietrich, Maden, Oxia, Mondar, Airmow, Kinkaku, Disorder Types B2B Blake & Mortimer, Prawn Hunters, Axel Paerel, David Avril, Antonin, G.Mat, Herve Pagez




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Location

Ile des Impressionnistes, Paris, France

Date

To be announced





Holocène Festival


Holocène Festival is one of newest additions to southeast France's vibrant festival scene.

Predominantly an electronic music affair, the festival's lineup encompasses house, techno, electro, hardstyle and trance, however, there is also space across the five days for exploration into the worlds of metal, pop and more.

As such, you can see the likes of Cannibal Corpse taking top billing alongside celebrated DJs and producers Boris Brejcha, Neelix and Feder, performing in a selection of the city's finest live music venues.


Previous lineups have included:


Neelix, Radical Redemption, Boris Brejcha, Feder, Petit Biscuit, Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Yuksek, Hocus Pocus, Lorenzo, Vladimir Cauchemar, Yseult, Loud,

Bon Entendeur, Blu Samu, Pongo, Chilla, Ofenbach [live], Bagarre, Radium, N'to [live],

Maissouille, Billx, Warface, Arnaud Rebotini [live], Madben, Calling Marian, Mila Dietrich B2B Sara Zinger, Human Pattern, SEIN, Atoem



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Location

Various Venues, Grenoble, France

Date

To be announced






Issoudun Reggae Temple


Issoudun Reggae Temple is a reggae, dub, ska and ragga music festival that takes place in the titular town of Issoudun in central France. 

The world-renowned festival invites a lineup of the reggae's most prolific artists for a weekend; from those who have shaped the history of reggae, to those who continue to carry its legacy onwards into the future.

Whether you're a seasoned reggae veteran or new to its music, Issoudun is the perfect place of pilgrimage to immerse yourself in its culture – its arts, exhibitions, food, drinks and activities celebrating the Caribbean and its most famous musical export.


Previous lineups have included:


Tiken Jah Fakoly, Sinsémila, Papa Style, Hilight Tribe, Scientyfreaks, Raggasonic, Groundation, Panda Dub [Circle live], Manudigital, Pierpolijak, Tomawok, Da Freit, Conscious Sounds feat. Donovan Kingjay, Riddim Activist feat. Rod Taylor, Dawa Hifi Sound System



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Location

Issoudun, France

Date

To be announced





Ouest Park Festival


Ouest Park Festival is an annual, multi-genre music festival held in the French port city of Le Havre. 

Returning once more to its home in the cultural hub of the Fort de Tourneville, this year the festival turns seventeen as it continues to explore music spanning a wide range of genres; headliners in recent years have come from the worlds of hip hop, indie, reggae and electronic music. Previous lineups have included:


Catherine Ringer sings Les Rita Mitsouko, CAKE, Voyou, Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind, Muthoni Drummer Queen, Alpha Blondy, Lorenzo, The Young Gods,



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Location

Le Havre, France

Date

To be announced

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