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Swing with France Music Day Fête de la Musique on June 21!

This weekend, launch summer with France's Music Day Fête de la Musique

On June 21, 1982, the first Fête de la Musique appeared in France. Since then, it has become a global tradition over the years, and has spread to 120 countries. Performers of a range of levels and styles turn public spaces into music venues in a collaborative and joyful spirit.

Below, you will find some of the numerous events happening in the United States and in France that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home--get ready to turn up the volume, try on your grooviest outfits & show your best dance moves!

In United States

On June 21, Bandsintown LIVE will celebrate France's Music Day with livestream concerts starting at 10am (EST) on Twitch. Soul & folk songwriter AYỌ, electronic hitmaker Kungs, and singer Kiddy Smile (catapulted to fame by The Gossip’s Beth Ditto) are among the artists performing at live.bandsintown.com in collaboration with French Bureau Export’s “What the France”. Twenty Francophone artists from all genres--jazz, soul, pop, house, and hip hop--will livestream half-hour sets. Discover the full line up here. The initiative is supported by the French Embassy in the United States.

On June 21, Make Music Miami returns this year with a unique program of performances, online workshops, traveling music bus, and live streams of concerts and house parties. The North Beach Bandshell will host a closed-set performance streamed live on the Make Music Miami Facebook Event Page featuring Fête All Stars with Vincent Raffard and Liset Alea. The daytime line-up will feature sounds from French artists: Giedre, Louis Bertignac, Tété, Kent, Aude Henneville, Henry Padovani, Jean-Michel Bernard, Jay Ryan Beretti and Tryo. Before that, you will find French composer and pianist Dominique Fillon, the DJ Le Spam, Emile Milgrim and Inez Barlatier. This event is supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

  • Concert of Benjamin Piat

On June 20, the Alliance Française in Dallas, Texas, will host an online concert by French artist Benjamin Piat at 2pm (CT). He comes from Angers, a city in France twinned with the city of Austin in Texas. The concert will last one hour and will be broadcast live on Zoom from France.

In France

You will find all the musical initiatives on the Fête de la Musique website, but here are some highlights.

  • VR concert

On June 21 at 3:15 pm (EST), attend Jean-Michel Jarre's virtual reality concert "Seuls ensemble". It will broadcast a musical performance from his studio, and you can be simultaneously present as an avatar on VRrOOm in front of an audience of avatars from all over the world. The concert will be accessible to all, with a live broadcast of the artist’s studio on the giant screen of the virtual world behind his avatar. The concert, thanks to the virtual cameras installed on Vrchat that will capture it, will be broadcast on the Youtube channels of the French Ministry of Culture and Jean-Michel Jarre.

  • Travel

The Fête de la Musique is also international and spans 5 continents. The Institut Français organizes digital editions with French and international artists. You can disover more than 50 events and one hundred artists on the Mélo participatory platform that will be accessible on June 19th.

  • Sing

All musicians of France, whether amateur or professional, whether they play ancient music or jazz, rock or variety, are invited to interpret or reinterpret Chanson sur ma drôle de vie by Véronique Sanson, on June 21 just after 2pm (EST). At home, on social networks, everyone will be able to participate in the Fête de la Musique and contribute to creating a great musical fresco throughout the territory. A tutorial created by artists will be available on the Fête de la Musique website and its social networks so that everyone can take ownership of the song.

  • Dance

Le Hall de la chanson is organizing Le bal ménager de Boris Vian for people to dance at home to songs by French singer Boris Vian, in celebration of his centennial. This event will be accessible at 12am (EST) on the Youtube channel. Grégoire Letouvet will present 8 songs by Boris Vian that he arranged for original choreographies created by Dominique Rebaud, John Degois, Yan Raballand, Lucas Viallefond, Séverine Adamy, David Drouard, Bérengère Fournier. The ball will end with a DJ set by Master Madj, for a moment of free dance on the many voices that sang Boris Vian.

On French radio, 5 special events on 3 days

  • June 19 on France Bleu

France Bleu radio will broadcast a live radio transmission of the evening Tous ensemble pour la musique/All together for music. It will begin at 3pm (EST) on the radio channel, and will be aired from the Accor Arena (without audience) with artists from the French scene.

  • June 19 to 21 on FIP

FIP radio celebrates all music starting at 7pm (CET) / 1pm (EST) during three days on Facebook. On June 21 at 9am (EST), listen to the show "Une Sieste Sonore" with Bastien Lallemant accompanied by JP Nataf, Albin de la Simone, Babx, Rosemary Standley, Dom La Néna and JP Nataf--which will be live-streamed on Facebook from Maison de la radio--to experience the event. At 3pm (EST), the full video broadcast of the Maison-Laffitte Jazz Festival will be available on their Facebook page. For this last evening, the festival will offer a new and bonus track from all of the artists programmed with: David Linx, Théo Ceccaldi Trio Django, Paul Lay "Deep Rivers Trio", Anne Pacéo, Biréli Lagrène...

  • On June 20 on Mouv'

Radio Mouv' presents an experience of a live 100% female Hip Hop Evening, starting at 2pm (EST). It will be broadcasted from the Maison de la radio on Facebook with Doria, Imen ES, KT Gorique, Lyna Mahyem and Tessae.

  • On June 21 on France Inter

France Inter will celebrate music all day long on 21 June at the Olympia with a big concert without an audience. It will be broadcasted live on France Inter and its social networks, notably on Facebook: Pomme at 5 am (EST); 2 hours of tribute to the singer Christophe by Vincent Josse at 9am (EST); best of lockdown sleepovers with Stephan Eicher, Louis Chedid, Christine and the Queens Clara Luciani and Izia at 11am (EST); a live concert by Louise Attaque to plunge back into the band's first album at 12am (EST); Katerine's concert at 3pm (EST) and an Etienne de Crécy DJ Set at 4pm (EST).

  • On June 21 on France Musique

France Musique will dedicate a special evening bringing together artists from classical music, musical and jazz, with the participation of the musicians of the Orchestre National de France in the first part, then those of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. This evening will be on live on its channel from 2pm to 5pm (EST).