Yes, the Fete de la Musique is happening in 2021, but it will be barely recognizable with a ban on amateur musicians (?), seated concerts only, and an 11pm curfew.
Every June 21st on Summer Solstice, the Fete de la Musique transforms all of France into a free music festival which not to be missed. It has even become a worldwide phenomenon… and in Nice, you have three ways to experience it:
Giant free concert: (Note: the Place Massena mega-concert is on pandemic hold for the moment, but hopefully will return in 2022…) Nice has become the kind of epicenter for the Fete de la Musique on the French Riviera, with an enormous free star-studded concert held in Place Massena, and transmitted live on TV on France2. The free tickets get snapped up fast, but you can still pack into the parks on either side and hear the whole thing. It will be a veritable cavalcade of music, each act doing a couple of numbers, then on to the next, with previous artists including such luminaries as Sting!
Dive into the Old Town: In Vieux Nice the variety of music is vast; and within this auditive free-for-all there is truly something for every musical taste, and it is kind of fun to try to find the chords through the cacophony… This is the one night of the year when all the bars have permission to pull their speakers outside, serve on the street, and stay open until 3am (for the 2021 edition everyone must shut down by 11pm due to the lingering Covid curfew…)
Or…stick to the surrounding neighborhoods: If crowds and craziness are not your bag, know that the farther away that you get from the Vieux-Nice Fete de la Bruit epicenter, the more, well, musical, the festival becomes… delightful, cultural, and full of discovery.
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