June 21st, the Fete de la Musique on the Summer Solstice, turns the longest day of the year… into the longest night of the year in the Old Town.
This charming France-wide free music festival is fantastic and full of discovery, especially in the small squares, little villages, and cultural venues, and is not to be missed.
But in Vieux Nice, it’s a crazed musical free-for-all with musicians of all stripes on every corner, and every bar in town drags their speakers out to the sidewalk and blasts on until 3am.
The variety of music in the Old Town is vast; there is truly something for every musical taste… the question is just how to find the chords through the cacophony…
Come to the Old Town if crowds and craziness is your bag, but know that the farther away that you get from the Vieux-Nice Fete de la Bruit epicenter, the more, well, musical, the festival becomes.
There is one corner of Vieux Nice, however, that should be a kind of oasis: the musical line-up at Place Pierre Gautier off Cours Saleya is entirely sponsored by the upcoming Nice Jazz Festival.
Update: don’t miss the massive pre-Fete de la Musique festival this year on the Promenade des Anglais on Saturday June 20!
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Photo credit: massive speaker by Tobias Rutten, licensed under Creative Commons