21 juin – Fête de la Musique on the French Riviera!

As posted in the Riviera Times:

“Today, Friday 21st June, musicians of every genre will take to the streets and squares of towns and cities across the Côte d’Azur for a night of eclectic concerts and high energy – all free of charge!

The streets of Nice are brimming with music lovers every year on 21st June

When the Director of Music and Dance for France’s Ministry of Culture, Maurice Fleuret, learned that one child out of two in France could play a musical instrument, he tried to come up with a way to get people to celebrate music on the streets. He suggested the idea of a night of free concerts, which resulted in the launch of Fête de La Musique in Paris in 1982. Since then, Fête de La Musique has spread not only to nearly every town in France, but all over the world. It encourages both established bands and enthusiastic amateurs to take up an instrument and perform for the crowds that gather on the streets every year. In Nice, it remains one of the busiest and most important nights of the year, rivalling New Year’s Eve.

So what’s on the agenda?

In Nice city centre, the party starts in Cours Saleya with the launch of the the Nice Jazz Off Festival. The group TRIBU will kick off proceedings with a homage to James Brown and Aretha Franklin in Place Pierre Gautier at 8pm. Meanwhile in the ‘Maison Des Associations’ on Place Garibaldi, a unique sign language concert will begin at 8.30pm. Outside of the centre, Nice’s Place Saint Roch will host a concert featuring country music, up and coming bands and a gospel choir. From 7.30pm, a concert opposite the Hotel Elysée Palace will see performances from The Voice stars Jo Soul and Victoria, among others.

Festivities commence a little earlier in Cannes, with a concert from DJ Patrice at Foyer Du Soleil Couchant at 3pm. This will be followed by a variety performance from the Bel Age Big Band Orchestra, Cannes Vocal Ensemble, the Provençal Academy and Sunny Swing at Kiosque Des Allées from 4pm. World music fans will also be catered for with Mongolian music in the Musée de La Castra at 7pm, as well as a concert from Cuban music band Seneros de Fe at Place Commandant Maria at 8pm.

Dance on into the night in Saint Tropez, where music continues until the early hours of the morning. Place Carnot will host Brazilian and electronic music from 7.30pm until 2.30am. On Quai Frédéric Mistral, Angelo and le Gypsy’s Group will perform from 9pm until 1am. From 8pm, pop rock band The White Lizards will play Place Grammont, while Alexandre Lafage’s six hour DJ set in Place Celli begins at 6pm.

In the Principality of Monaco, French reggae band Danakil will perform an open air concert at Port Hercule, with support from Jayadeva. This will begin at 9pm.

Transport services in Nice will also be extended on Friday evening to cater for music lovers around the city. The Noctambus lines N1, N2, N3, N4, and N5 running every 30 minutes from 9pm to 1.10am. Trams will run every 10 minutes, from 9pm until the end of the service.”