Paris’ Fireworks! music festival,
showcasing electronic music from international avant-garde musicians, will bring
some of the most cutting-edge artists to the French capital for almost two
weeks of musical discovery.
13-event festival, which runs from 13 to 24 February, is organised by Super, a Parisian creative agency
that represents more than 150 artists (including international music stars Bon
Iver and the XX), organises more than 800 concerts a year around France and co-organises
the annual Paris outpost of the three-day indie Pitchfork Music festival,
which originated in Chicago and takes place at concert venue La Villette in the
north of Paris.
Each night of
the Fireworks! festival sees one or two different concerts featuring two acts
taking place at independent venues throughout the capital, all of which are
known for promoting emerging talent – such as the canal-side Point Ephémère in the 19th
arrondissement, the futuristic subterranean Social Club in the 2nd
arrondissement or the intimate Nouveau
Casino on the bar-lined rue Oberkampf in the 11th
festival, the first year it was held, featured such acts as mask-wearing
electro artist SBTRKT from London, and Tune-Yards, hailing from New England, who
uses instruments as diverse as the ukulele and a dictaphone. This year, the
organisers will continue to support up-and-coming talent, with young Parisian techno
DJ Bambounou playing alongside American electro composer and performer Dan
Deacon. SBTRKT will be making a repeat performance.
individual concerts are priced from between 14 to 20 euros and are available on
Tickets will be available at the door if they haven’t sold out online.
Kim Laidlaw Adrey is
the Paris Localite for BBC Travel. She also writes www.unlockparis.com.