Le Music Live Festival est de retour! The Music Live Festival is back!

Cancelled last summer in the wake of the tragic events that plunged the entire region into mourning, the Nice Music Live Festival is back this July.

Back with a vengeance and stronger than ever, the Nice Music Live Festival returns with an eclectic line-up featuring the best of French music from today and yesteryear. The festival, which successfully replaced the very popular Crazy Week back in 2015, will welcome The Insus?, Camille, the young Niçois, The Avener, and one of the musical sensations of the moment, Jain, all in a superb location, the Théâtre de Verdure / Place Masséna.


The festivities will kick off on Saturday the 22nd of July on a rock’n’roll note, as three former members of the legendary French band Téléphone take to the stage. Highly popular in the 70’s and 80’s, The Insus?, as they are now called, have recently reunited after a hiatus of nearly 30 years and have been electrifying audiences with their energetic renditions of the band’s most famous hits such as New York avec toi, Cendrillon, and Un autre monde.

They will be followed on Monday by multi-cultural pop singer Jain who has been making a splash both at home and on the international scene over the past year with her unique blend of reggae, electro sounds and Arabic percussions.


Influenced by the many places she called home while growing up, from Toulouse to Dubai, and from Congo to Madagascar, she won two Victoires de la Musique (the French equivalent to the Grammys®) earlier this year, for Best female Artist and Video of the Year for his first album “Zanaka”, which includes the hit singles “Come”and “Makeba”, a song dedicated to South African and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba.

The next evening, it will be time for some avant-garde music with Camille, a singer/songwriter who has been hailed as Björk’s natural successor, before The Avener closes the festival on Wednesday. After conquering the world at the end of 2013 with his rework of the Phoebe Kildeer song “Fade out Lines”, the local artist should bring the audience to their feet with his uplifting electronic sound.

The festival takes place from the 22nd to the 26th of July. Tickets cost from €33 to €60.50 and can be bought from all usual outlets or reserved online.

What better way to start celebrating music and life again!



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With the sad demise of the Crazy Week music festival, Ville de Nice has stepped up to the plate with a new offering – Nice Music Live.

For years, the Crazy Week Festival in Nice was the go-to event for music affcionados on the French Riviera. Thanks to a superb location – the Jardins Albert 1er -, an eclectic programme, and some big names from the music scene – Mika, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Asaf Avidan, Shaka Ponk, Skip the Use, Dionysos, Julien DoréSimple Minds – it attracted an enthusiastic audience over each of the five nights, each of the five years of its existance. But, as often happens, all good things come to an end, and after a failed crowdfunding campaign last December, the company behind the event, Ivoire Music, filed for bankruptcy.

Thankfully, the Ville deNice could not stand idly by as another festival in the region got cancelled – the Voix du Garou in Le Var had already gone silent – and decided to step in. It recently announced the creation of the first ever Nice Music Live, which will start right after the jazz festival in the hope of keeping the momentum alive.


And for this first edition, it can boast some big international stars. Belgian singer-songwriter Selah Sue will kick off the festival on the 15th of July in the Théâtre de Verdure with her soulful voice and catchy sound. Four years after conquering European charts with her self titled debut album, the young artist is back with a sophomore record,Reason, which once again is a mixture of soul, folk, and reggae.

She will be followed on Friday by French DJ David Guetta for a night of dance music on Place Masséna. Guetta needs no introduction. After years of spinning records, he busted on the musical scene in 2009 when he teamed up with former Destiny Child star Kelly Rowland on When Love Takes Over. Since then, he has worked with numerous vocalists such as will.i.am, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg and become one of the biggest-selling artists in the world.

The last evening will be back in the Théâtre de Verdure and will feature American violinist Lindsey Sterling as well as Scottish rock band Twin Atlantic.

The festival will take place from the 15th to the 18th of July at the Théâtre de Verdure and Place Masséna. Tickets cost from €26.40 to €63.80 and are available from all the usual outlets.
All images courtesy Nice Music Live