Electro in Paris

Festivals, parties, bars and even cruises: the electro scene in Paris is continually reinventing itself.

Paris is at the heart of Europe’s electronic music scene, offering fans a chance to dance till dawn at can’t-miss all-night parties, watch big acts perform live at festivals, and go on electronic music boat cruises.

Major returning events

Techno Parade 2017  © François Guillon

Paris has any number of electro and techno events, starting with the absolute must-see – the Techno Parade, which for the past 20 years has drawn hundreds of thousands of people into the streets of Paris in mid-September to watch the famous floats go by.

Every summer, the live music venue Glazart is transformed into a seaside resort with a party every night on an artificial beach, complete with sand, boules games, deckchairs and food trucks serving international street food. La Plage de Glazart, as it is called, mixes a summertime atmosphere with electronic music parties and concerts. An equally festive event takes place in more verdant surroundings at the Bois de Boulogne, where the pop-up club La Clairière opens every summer to host concerts by the biggest names in electro, techno and house music. 

Those seeking to broaden their horizons should seek out events by Cercle, a collective that programmes DJ sets in unusual places: Nina Kraviz mixing on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, Joris Voorn at the Grand Palais, POPOF on the ice rink of the AccorHotels Arena and so on. Though these events are now hosted in cities around the globe, the collective has a marked preference for Paris venues.

Paris also puts on many electronic music festivals. There’s the Weather Festival in June, Peacock Society in December, Dream Nation Festival in September, Marvellous Island and Big Bang Festival in October: huge events that keep the city partying practically all year round. There’s also the offbeat Electroland in early summer: an electro music fest at Disneyland Paris for two consecutive nights. The popular summertime Macki Music Festival keeps the party going with now-famous electro cruises at the Parc de la Bergère in Bobigny.

Places for dancing to electro all year round

Yoyo - Palais de Tokyo, DJ's aux platines, Paris © H. Lenie

Besides these not-to-miss festivals, more and more imaginative electro venues are cropping up in Paris and the surrounding towns. 

After dismantling its beach, Glazart goes into winter mode by setting up a wooden chalet outdoors. Called L’Alpage, the space hosts DJ sets and concerts as well as food trucks and a mulled wine stand. An Alpine atmosphere in the Paris region!

La Ferme du Bonheur is a must-see, not just because it’s a unique place but also because it hosts great electro parties. Fans come to dance and enjoy the famous Electro de Bal event in this haven of greenery only a short distance from the business district La Défense. The Docks de Paris, located in bonded warehouses formerly owned by the Paris municipality in the town of Aubervilliers, has been redeveloped into a venue hosting memorable parties. 6B in Saint-Denis is an important part of the Paris cultural scene, hosting electro concerts and festivals, encounters with street artists and other events. Kilowatt in Vitry-sur-Seine, so named because it has a view of the smokestacks of the town’s power station, is an all-new venue for a number of electronic music events.

There are also plenty of electronic music clubs: the legendary Rex Club, a shrine to electro for over 30 years, the Faust, the Yoyo, the ZigZag Club, Chez Moune in Pigalle, formerly a cabaret, and Station–Gare des Mines located in an old coal depot, to name only a few.

The Seine quayside: an electro hotspot

Péniche Concrete, soirée en plein air, Paris © Jacob Khirst - Hanslucas

The Seine quayside in the Bercy district is Paris’s electro hub. Clubbers with a taste for electronic music flock there for the parties that take place all year round in and around the Cité de la Mode et du Design.

Many of the clubs on barges along the river are electro-focused, like Petit Bain and the world renowned, 24/7 Concrete. Hardcore clubbers head there at dawn to carry on partying, or in the late afternoon to have drinks to an electro soundtrack.

The strikingly designed Cité de la Mode et du Design houses some iconic Paris nightlife spots: Debonair Café on the rooftop, Nuits Fauves in the basement and the popular Wanderlust, where top international DJs are regularly invited to play techno, house and electro.

Techno Parade

Celebration | Modern music
from 28 September 2019 to 28 September 2019
Tout Paris - Paris, Paris

This mega festive event attracts a large public who come to parade through the streets of Paris to promote electronic music cultur...

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......

LaPlage de Glazart

Festival | Modern music
from 06 June 2019 to 28 September 2019
Glazart - 7-15 avenue de la Porte de la Villette, Paris

Glazart celebrates summer with music and fine sand.

The Peacock Society festival

Festival | Modern music
July 2020
Parc Floral de Paris - Jardin botanique de Paris - Esplanade du château de Vincennes, Paris

The electro festival at the Parc Floral de Vincennes

Electroland

Festival
July 2020
Disneyland® Paris - Disneyland® Paris, Marne-la-Vallée

Electro jungle night at Parc Walt Disney Studios: Electroland returns

Le Rex Club

Disco and club
5 boulevard Poissonnière, Paris, 75002

Renowned for disco in the 70s, then rock in the 80s, the Rex Club (situated under the famous cinema the Grand Rex) has become one......

Yoyo Member

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
Palais de Tokyo - 13 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris, 75016

At the heart of the Palais de Tokyo, in the old Cinémathèque Française rooms, a new space opened in September 2013: the Yoyo. An......

Chez Moune

Disco and club
54 rue Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, Paris, 75009

This club, and former 'feminine' cabaret of Pigalle, now offers an eclectic, trendy, and edgy music programme combining electro,......

La Cité de la Mode et du Design

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
34 quai d'Austerlitz, Paris, 75013

The site is immediately recognizable by the ultra-contemporary, bright green structure on its exterior. It houses spaces......

Le Petit Bain

Concert hall
7 Port de la Gare, Paris, 75013

Le Petit Bain is a 45-metre-long floating cultural venue, located on the Seine next to the Josephine Baker swimming pool in the......

Péniche Concrete

Disco and club
Port de la Rapée, Paris, 75012

The Concrete is a landmark Parisian night spot. Installed on a barge, the Concrete is a nightclub that alternates partying on......

Wanderlust

Bar | In a museum or monument
32 quai d’Austerlitz, Paris, 75013

A bar, restaurant, club and art space, Wanderlust is situated at the Cité de la Mode et du Design, along the Seine in the 13th......