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French Riviera Music Festivals

Every year, in summer and as well as in winter, there are a number of music festivals being held on the French Riviera, both indoors and outdoors.
Apart from the two most famous and internationally renowned festivals at Nice and at Juan-Les-Pins, there are numerous other music related festivals on offer.
Every year in June, around the 21st of the month, there is the fete de la musique, a nation-wide event where local talent has a chance to show off their artistic skills.
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All across the Alpes-Maritimes departement (also known as departement 06, of which Nice is the capital), some 400 cultural events are organised in the evenings throughout the summer (June to September). The events range from jazz to classical to contemporary music, to theatre and dance. Take a look at the official Summer Events in the Alpes-Maritimes department website (in French).

Nice Jazz Festival

Roberto Fonseca, Fatoumata Diawara - Nice Jazz Festival 2015 (c) Ville de Nice Roberto Fonseca, Fatoumata Diawara - Nice Jazz Festival 2015 (c) Ville de Nice

The Nice Jazz Festival is held every summer in July; this year (2018) the dates are Monday July 16th until Friday July 21st.
There's many different music genres being played, jazz of course, and R&B, soul, funk, new Jazz and electronic music.
The line-up always includes celebrity names, and this year is no exception: Massive Attack, Rag'n'Bone Man, Randy Weston's African Rhythms Quintet, ...
The location is the scenic Theatre de Verdure in the old town part of Nice, instead of the traditional location of Cimiez.

All details are available on official Nice Jazz Festival web site.

Jazz at Juan

Jazz at Juan Jazz at Juan

Jazz at Juan is another long running and spectacular international French Riviera music event.
Jazz at Juan is also held in July; the 58th edition is held from Thursday July 12th until Sunday July 22nd, 2018.
The setting is in the Jardins de la Pinède, between the old fortified town of Antibes and the neighbouring famous tourist resort of Juan Les Pins.
Highlights of this year's line-up include Charles Pasi, Lenny Kravitz, Niles Rodgers and Chic and Earth, Wind & Fire, to name but a few!

For more information, and for buying tickets, visit the official Jazz at Juan web site.

Menton Music Festival

Festival de Musique de Menton Festival de Musique de Menton

The 68th edition of this classical music event is held from Friday July 27th until Saturday August 11th, 2018. The concerts will take place at various locations in Menton, and most of them are open air concerts. This festival is renowned internationally and attracts musicians from many countries.


For more information, please visit the official Menton Music Festival web site (in French).
Tickets can be purchased at the Menton Tourist Office (8 avenue Boyer, le Palais de l'Europe, 06500 Menton; phone +33 492 417 695 or fax +33 492 417 695). Tickets can also be purchased on-line (about a month or so in advance), at the same website listed above (select "Billeterie" from the menu).

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