Every summer in tandem with Paris Plages, the ephemeral operation that sees banks of the Seine River and the Canal de l'Ourq transformed into beachside "resorts", the city of Paris and French music store FNAC puts on a series of free concerts.
For several nights in July, hundreds of people throng on the Place de l'Hotel de Ville-- the large square just outside the picturesque old Paris City Hall-- to take in performances from contemporary bands and artists from the around the globe. It's not unheard of to enjoy glasses of beer in the sun, too-- making for a fun festival ambiance.
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2016 Concerts at Hotel de Ville: This Year's Program
In 2016, the FNACLive Festival takes place on the Parvis de l'Hotel de Ville just outside Paris City Hall (Metro: Hotel de Ville) from the 20th to the 23rd of July (Wednesday through Saturday)This year, to the disappointment of some, the program has been whittled down to only four evenings, but it's still a great occasion to soak up some live music -- all for free. Highlights include Yael Naim, Balthazar, Katerine, Get Well Soon and Keren Ann.
A total of 30 free concerts will take over the large square adjacent to the main Paris beach boardwalk on the right bank of the Seine River. Some of these, referred to as "Scene du Salon" shows, while still free, have limited places available and tickets must be secured in advance via the official website, here. These are indicated with an asterix/star in the program below.
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The Lineup for July 20th (Wednesday):
Bon Voyage Organisation
Lilly Wood and the Prick
The Lineup for July 21st (Thursday):
The Lineup for July 22nd (Friday):
I am Stram-Gam
Stuck in the Sound
The Lineup for July 23rd (Saturday):
La Maison Tellier
Get Well Soon
Lianne La Havas
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There's something indisputably magical about the French capital in the summer, so if you're in town, make sure to bookmark these related features for more locally authentic things to do. Rather than staying on the usual, beaten tourist path, these will guarantee you experience the city at its relaxed, most authentic best-- and you'll intermingle with the locals, too.