Tomas Mowlam looks at one of Paris’ best alternative music festivals.
Les Inrocks will be kicking out the jams throughout Paris from 3 – 10 November.
Now out of its teenage years Les Inrocks has moved into more balanced territory with a key theme across most of the venues, but it still boasts some of the best new bands as well as established headliners.
This year the English electro kids are king, with quiffed pixie La Roux, Florence and the Machine and Little Boots all playing.
Les Inrocks has reached the venerable age of 22, overseen by French magazine Les Inrockuptibles, the beating heart of the French alternative music scene.
In Paris, venues like the decadent ex- cabaret and concert hall La Boule Noire will see new London electro rockers The Big Pink, playing alongside south London trio Chew Lips. Some of these bands have not even released an album, but publicity in England has got them a spot in Paris.
The music continues throughout the week at other venues including Cigale, the Olympia, Maroquinerie, Point Ephemere and Comptoir General.
The highlight for this year however promises to be Bad Lieutenant; with three former members of New Order and Blur’s own Alex James, it should be an experience to watch these veterans.
From the 5 – 6 November, the bands will be invading Lille, before rampaging off to Nantes (7- 8 November) and then Toulouse (9-10 November).
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