Free rock, pop and electro concerts

There are lots of bars and cafés in Paris where you can get your fill of music and attend live concerts without spending a fortune. Rock, world music, French chanson, Latino hits: performances span a variety of genres!

Concert rock - chanteur levant sa guitare © Austin Neill via Unsplash

A veritable institution, La Bellevilloise in Ménilmontant is the multicultural venue to try. It hosts a lot of free concerts, including radio station Radio Nova’s well-known Nuits zébrées. Free invitations to attend one of these concerts can be picked up from the radio station’s offices at 127, Avenue Ledru-Rollin, Paris 11th.

Many of the other concert-hosting cafés are located in Bastille, like Le Motel, the Zéro Zéro, La Mécanique Ondulatoire and Les Disquaires. Good addresses elsewhere in Paris include Le 9b (Belleville), Truskel (Bourse), Le Pop-Up du Label (Daumesnil) and L'International (Oberkampf).

Alternatively, you can attend a free mini-concert at the Fnac, which regularly organizes ‘showcase’ gigs at some of its stores.

Some of the concerts at major festivals are also free: these include the Chorus des Hauts-de-Seine festival, 36h de Saint-Eustache, LaPlage de Glazart, Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris and Villette Sonique. And of course the Fête de la musique on 21 June is the ultimate music celebration.

The website lylo.fr has a comprehensive list of free music events: see the ‘Concerts gratuits’ section.

La Bellevilloise Member

Concert hall
19-21 rue Boyer, Paris, 75020

Independent institution founded in 1877 dedicated to light and creation A multidisciplinary cultural venue: café-restaurant,......

Glazart

Concert hall
7-15 avenue de la Porte de la Villette, Paris, 75019

The Glazart is a former bus station converted into a concert venue, with an auditorium and exhibition spaces. The music includes......

Les Disquaires

Bar
4-6 rue des Taillandiers, Paris, 75011

Les Disquaires is a musical bar situated in the Bastille district, one of the liveliest areas in the city. At the beginning of......

Fnac (Ternes)

Bookshops, CDs, photographic and computer equipment
26-30 avenue des Ternes, Paris, 75017

The Fnac organizes showcases - private concerts which have a limited number of spectators. A great way to experience large group......

Fnac (Champs-Élysées)

Bookshops, CDs, photographic and computer equipment
Galerie du Claridge - 74 avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 75008

Literature, music, film, IT, photography, electronics ... Fnac, a veritable treasure trove of culture, offers visitors thousands......

Le Motel

Bar
8 passage Josset, Paris, 75011

Tucked away on a little street near Bastille, Le Motel hosts some unforgettable DJ sets. No fuss or frills here, just somewhere......

La mécanique ondulatoire

Concert hall
8 passage Thiéré, Paris, 75011

Rock, jazz and electro music play all night in this trendy bar decroated in an industrial style. A celebratory atmosphere......

Le 9b

Bar
68 boulevard de Belleville, Paris, 75019

A la sortie du métro Couronnes, au cœur de Belleville, le 9b propose plusieurs espaces : une salle lumineuse et une belle......

Zéro Zéro

Bar
89 rue Amelot, Paris, 75011

Popular with young people, Café Zéro Zéro attracts vinyl record fans with its retail space on Friday, and fans of minimal house,......

POPUP!

Bar
14 rue Abel, Paris, 75012

POPUP!, located between Gare de Lyon and Place de la Bastille, offers an enticing choice of cocktails and wines you can drink at......

Truskel microclub

Disco and club
12 rue Feydeau, Paris, 75002

In rock we trust! That’s the slogan. Don’t be fooled by the rather low-profile exterior, Le Truskel comprises three......

L'International

Concert hall
5-7 rue Moret, Paris, 75011

With free entry, cheap drinks, and an eclectic music policy, the International has all the required elements to be named one of......

Villette Sonique

Festival | Music - miscellaneous
June 2020
Parc de La Villette - Plein Air - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

The free, open-air music festival returns for another edition.

Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés festival

Festival | Jazz music
May 2020
Quartier Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

‘Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés’ festival has been an opportunity to hear the most prestigious jazz musicians and the hottest new t...

LaPlage de Glazart

Festival | Modern music
June 2020
Glazart - 7-15 avenue de la Porte de la Villette, Paris

Glazart celebrates summer with music and fine sand.