Best Music Festivals in France

Skiing, raves and mountaintop yoga or headbanging to rock and metal legends? No matter what you want from a festival, you can find it in France.

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 4th Feb 2022

When you think about festivals, which spring to mind? Often we think of the one’s we’ve already been to, or one’s in the UK. And when we think of foreign festivals, we often think of those in popular holiday destinations with loads of sun, such as Croatia, Portugal, Spain and Malta. But what about other countries? What about the festivals in France, for example? 

French music festivals come in all shapes and sizes with different genres, vibes and even weather conditions. Whether you want to get lightly, consensually beaten up to Megadeth or if you want a week of wellness activities, electronic tunes and skiing, you'll find what you're looking for in France. So here are the best music festivals in France.

 

 

We Love Green 

When: Friday 2nd - Sunday 5th June 

Where: Bois de Vincennes, Paris

Lineup: Gorillaz, Angele, Phoenix, Mac DeMarco, Disclosure, Moderat

A weekend packed with music, comedy, art, talks, and nature, We Love Green is all about having a great time while addressing the threats to our environment. And what better place for such a fest to take place than in a pretty green park? As you may have guessed, there are plenty of eco-focused activities such as talks and workshops on how to live more sustainably. And, of course, there’ll be performances from the most adored artists across multiple genres.

 


 

Festival Beauregard

When: Wednesday 6th - Sunday 10th July 

Where: Château de Beauregard, Normandy

Lineup: Muse, Orelsan, Liam Gallagher, Skunk Anansie, Madness

Returning for its 12th edition, Festival Beauregard brings an eclectic mix of music spanning from rock to ska, indie to electronic music and beyond. If you’re looking for a scenic festival, look no further. Nestled between an old castle and towering trees, this festival has a unique, charming setting for you to mosh to your favourite artists in. With crazy energetic crowds, a lovely backdrop and a smashing lineup that will only grow, Festival Beauregard is a great shout for 2022.

 


 

Rock en Seine

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When: Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th and Tuesday 30th August 

Where: Parc de Saint-Cloud, Paris 

Lineup: Rage Against The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala, Stromae, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

With arguably one of the best rock-focused lineups, Rock en Seine will be rocking 120,000 lucky revellers worlds for five whole days in the country’s capital, Paris. Alongside those huge headliners will be some brilliant up and coming rock and indie bands, including Idles, DIIV, Fontaines D.C., and Inhaler. Perfect for those who enjoy other genres too, electronic icon Stromae will be headlining, and FKJ, Jamie xx, Beabadoobee and James Blake will also be performing. See you there! 

 


 

Main Square Festival

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When: Thursday 30th June - Sunday 3rd July 

Where: La Citadelle, Arras

Lineup: DJ Snake, Sting, Black Eyed Peas, Twenty One Pilots  

Arras in northern France is where the whopping Main Square Festival takes place. Welcoming thousands of music fans, the multigenre music festival brings a varied lineup of artists to La Citadelle for a weekend of bangers, inclusivity, togetherness and great times. Many legends have performed at Main Square, including Depeche Mode, Major Lazer, and Lizzo. As one of France’s biggest and most respected music festivals, Main Square is one to keep in mind. 

 


  

Snowboxx

When: Saturday 19th - Saturday 26th March 

Where: Avoriaz Ski Resort, Avoriaz 

Lineup: Sonny Fodera, Annie Mac, Becky Hill, Andy C, Faithless 

Not all fests are about soaking up the sunshine in a field with your pals. Sometimes they’re about smashing the slopes then raving until the morning. If that sounds more like your vibe, you might like Snowboxx. This ski festival up in the mountains offers stunning views, sublime slopes, and big fat tunes. A boujee do, Snowboxx also offers bottomless brunches, comedy, zorbing (that’s when you get in a giant inflatable bubble and run around), an indoor waterpark, and so much more.

 

Find tickets for Snowboxx Festival 2022 - here

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Hellfest Open Air

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When: Friday 17th - Sunday 26th June 

Where: Clisson, Loire-Atlantique

Lineup: Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, Avenged Sevenfold, Sabaton, Scorpions, Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Megadeth

Heavy music festival Hellfest is back for its 15th anniversary, and they are not messing about with the lineup. Any metalhead or heavy music lover can appreciate the magnitude of such a star-studded lineup. So many modern bands and artists deemed essential to the development of heavy music can be found on its poster, including metal pioneers Metallica, classic rock icons GNR, and natural-born performer Alice Cooper. We’ll meet you down the pit then, yeah? 

 


 

Delta Festival

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When: Wednesday 29th June - Saturday 2rd July

Where: Les Plages du Prado, Marseille 

Lineup: Carl Cox, Sean Paul, Deborah de Luca, PNL, Riles

Delta Festival fuses dance music, arts, and sports (including watersports and zorbing) at a lovely beachside location in Marseille. Boasting over 250 artists, themed villages, actors, springboards, and so much more, Delta has the recipe for an unreal festival. Each village is packed with fun activities, including body painting, makeup, handball, giant beer pong, funfair rides, and even a tattooing tent if you fancy disappointing your mum. 

 


 

Les Eurockéennes 

When: Thursday 30th June - Sunday 3rd July 

Where: Lac du Malsaucy, Belfort 

Lineup: Muse, more TBA

This non-profit independent festival began in 1989 and has since grown a strong following and an excellent reputation. Starting originally as, you guessed it, a rock festival, it’s since branched out to include a variety of genres. The fest hasn’t revealed who’ll be taking to the stage alongside genre-hopping icons Muse yet, but past editions have featured Nine Inch Nails, Arcade Fire, Solange and many other music icons. Whoever they choose will surely be huge with a brilliant backlog of tunes.

 


 

Lollapalooza Paris

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When: Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th July 

Where: Hipódromo de Longchamp, Paris

Lineup: Imagine Dragons, David Guetta, Pearl Jam, ASAP Rocky, Megan Thee Stallion 

The French edition of the gigantic Lollapalooza lands in Paris each year with a lineup as big as you’d imagine it to be. This year will be, as usual, jampacked with many artists spanning multiple genres, including rock, pop, hip hop, electronic and more. The festival takes place in the centre of Paris so you can check out what’s going on in the city. But if you’d rather stay on-site, there’s a mini Eiffel Tower so you can still take your touristy pictures to show your mates. 

 

Find tickets for Lollapalooza Paris 2022 - here

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Les Plages Électroniques 

When: Friday 5th - Sunday 7th August 

Where: Palais des Festivals, Cannes 

Lineup: David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Paul Kalkbrenner, Lala &ce

Bringing the party to the Palais des Festivals Beach, Les Plagues Electroniques is the hottest electronic music festival in France and has hosted some of the biggest names in the game. With such impressive acts on past bills, including Amelie Lens, Sven Vath, Jamie Jones, and Nina Kraviz, LPG has grown into one of the biggest European beach parties. This year’s lineup is looking as huge as usual with David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Lala &ce, Kungs, Kiddy Smile, Poupie, and more. 

 


 

Insane Festival

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When: Friday 12th - Sunday 14th August 

Where: Plan d'eau d'Apt, Vaucluse

Lineup: Boris Brejcha, Nina Kraviz, Angerfist, Hatik, Hilight Tribe, Orelsan 

Living up to its name, Insane Festival brings together some of the wildest, most energetic dance music fans for a weekend of going mad to some top tunes. This year will see some huge names, including Boris Brejcha and Nina Kraviz smash it for an eager music-loving crowd. Celebrating many genres, you can find dub, techno, psytrance, harder styles and more. After two years off, we can’t wait to see what the fest pulls out the back to celebrate its return.

 


 

Château Perché Festival

When: Thursday 7th - Sunday 10th July

Where: Château d'Avrilly, Trévol

Lineup: TBA 

Every year at the peak of the French summer, the once peaceful grounds of Château Perché is transformed into a raving haven of electronic music. The crowds for this one are open-minded and prioritise positivity and music. Alongside the amazing talent, you can find yoga, light shows, actors, magicians, performers, painting and more. Château Perché Festival is all about leaving behind the hustle and bustle of daily life and being free.

 


 

Tomorrowland Winter

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When: Saturday 19th - Saturday 26th March

Where: Alpe d'Huez, France 

Lineup: Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Kungs, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Lost Frequencies

Most electronic music fans are familiar with Tomorrowland. But what some may not know is that there’s a winter edition that goes down in France, and it’s just as magical as you’d imagine. Near the entry point of the Sarenne run, the Alps' longest black run, this fest is perfect for those who love winter sports and massive EDM, house and techno tunes. You can expect insane, out of this world stage designs, spectacular pyro (could you even imagine an electronic fest without?), delicious eats, and so much more.

 

Find tickets for Tomorrowland Winter 2022 - here

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Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.

 

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