The Fête de la musique 2020 : a very different festival

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The Fête de la musique 2020 is on today, as it is every year on 21 June (the date stays the same because it is the Summer solstice (for those in the Northern Hemisphere). But even if the date is the same, the Fête de la musique will not be like previous festivals. Musicians will not fill streets across France but all is not lost. In Australia, we are lucky to be able to listen and watch events from the Fête de la musique in France thanks to social media and streaming. Largely, the Fête de la musique 2020 will be online.


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Jean-Michel Jarre ” Seuls ensemble” (alone together): a virtual reality concert

Jean-Michel Jarre will broadcast a musical performance from his studio for the Fête de la musique 2020. He can also be simultaneously present in the form of an avatar on VRrOOm in front of an audience of avatars from across the world.


The concert will be streamed in real time from Jarre’s studio thanks to cameras installed on VRChat which will capture the performance and transmit it to the YouTube channels of the French Ministère de la Culture and Jean-Michel Jarre himself.


This concert starts at 9:30pm French time so if you wake up early Monday morning, you may still be able to watch it.


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Hall de la chanson

According to the official Fête de la musique website in France, there will be a Bal ménager de Boris Vian on Facebook and YouTube. There, you will be connected to the Hall de la chanson and you can dance and sing along. The only problem is that for us in Australia it’s going to be quite late as it kicks off at 6pm French time which is 3:30am AEST and 1:30am Perth time.



The Fête de la Musique is celebrated all around the world. The Institut Français is organising a digital edition with French artists from around the world. More than 50 events and a 100 or so artists will be there for your discovery on the interactive platform Mélo (


What the France/Bandsintown/SACEM

What the France is bringing you a day of live concerts that you can watch at home.

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From 4pm to 1:30am French time, there will be back to back half-hour concerts. So with the time difference you may be able to listen to the early and late concerts and sleep in between!


Go to this link for more details




Adelaide: UNESCO City of Music

Adelaide, which was designated as the first and only City of Music in Australia, is now a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. For the Fête de la Musique, Adelaide will collaborate with other UNESCO Cities of Music from across the globe for a worldwide online event. For this, Adelaide has curated a program from 5 South Australian artists. You can watch their contributions here:


You can also watch the fruits of the collaboration with the other cities at the below link



Alliance Française de Canberra

Benjamin Piat, a French singer, will perform an exclusive concert for the Alliance Française de Canberra live from France! He will sing songs from his world tour called « FrenchyParty » and will answer your questions after the performance.

It only costs $5 to participate in this event and the money will be sent to Benjamin Piat.

Buy your access to this exclusive concert by this link:


Alliance Française de Perth

Suzette Collective will perform an exclusive live concert which will be streamed between 2pm and 5pm Perth time.

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Alliance Française de Sydney

The Alliance Française de Sydney hasn’t organised any of its own events for La fête de la musique 2020 but they have selected concerts from all the genres that you can watch online at your leisure.


Alliance Française de Townsville

Today, 21 June, the Alliance Française de Townsville offers you live performances from Lettuce Dance Band, Simply Squeezebox and Colin Lillie. You will be able to listen to and see artists from all around the world and (re)discover francophone music on Triple T with Dany.

Take a look at the program here



So Frenchy So Chic Radio

In celebration of Fête de la Musique 2020, So Frenchy So chic has launched So Frenchy So Chic Radio.



15 years ago, before the SFSC festival even existed, So Frenchy So Chic shared French music via its compilation albums. The adventure continues with 800+ songs curated across 11 playlists just for you.


Expect to discover the artists of the Yéyé-era, the composers behind the most beloved French films, the entire history of SFSC (including all compilations in their original sequence), the poets of the Chanson Française era, jazz and today’s hottest sounds.


You can tune in to So Frenchy So Chic radio via streaming services: Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.


How are you going to celebrate the Fête de la Musique 2020? Who is your favourite French artist?



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Where to celebrate the Fête de la musique in Australia tomorrow

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Launched in 1982 in France, la Fête de la Musique, is a free celebration of music held on June 21st. It is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries. Australia has joined in with its own version called Make Music Australia.

Just some of the events happening around the country are listed below.




Sydney Symphony Orchestra will be live streaming their performance of Verdi’s Requiem from 18:30 AEST   



Alliance Française d’Adelaide

Live music performances, complete with wine and food from 7:30pm. A free event with RSVPs requested to [email protected].


Alma Hotel, Willunga

Rock n roll band, 7 biscuits will play from 9pm


North Adelaide Community Centre

Open piano session – open mic with pianos instead of voices.




Alliance Française de Canberra

The Alliance will celebrate on Saturday 23 June, instead of tomorrow.





Lunch time concerts on Darby Street, the Rooftop at Westfield Kotara and Hunter Street Mall.



An evening of music at the library for a glass of wine and a light supper. RSVP on 6861 2309 or [email protected]



Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville

From 10:30am to 1pm at Gumbramorra Hall, you’re invited to bring your instruments, voice, food or drinks to share to make a day of music


Centenary Square, Parramatta

Busk for a cure is an independent music festival raising funds for cancer research. There will be 12 artists across 3 stages in Parramatta


Sofitel Wentworth

Singer and pianist, Kylie Stephens will perform in the piano bar


Sydney Olympic Park

A day of music at Jacaranda Square.


The Newsagency, Annandale

Performances by three musicians across the day, including The Newsagency’s own Creative Director.



Hawkesbury City Council

You can listen to musicians in the Deerubbin Centre, Windsor – home to Hawkesbury Regional Gallery and Hawkesbury Central Library.


Windsor Mall

Singer and guitarist Daryng will play from 11:30 – 1:30 at the Windsor Mall



Down the Rabbit Hole

2 venues with 5 artists and 2 DJs from 6pm



Alliance Française de Perth & The Bird (Northbridge)

The Alliance is celebrating La Fête de la Musique on Sunday 24 June from 3 to 10pm. It features a local and eclectic line-up: Lowdax (hip-hop), The Limbs (rock), Childlike Empress (rock), DJ BabBooBae (DJ set), DJ Pex (DJ set) and Bari (DJ set). Free before 6pm, $5 after.

In addition, Miik Green, an artist who works with plastic will present his exhibit Micro/Cosmos, which will be projected behind the DJs.






Beenleigh Town Square

Live music from 10am to 4pm




Brisbane City Council

There will be musicians outside Myer, the Wintergarden and Post Office Square


Queen Street Mall will host a duo formed in France called Sweet Boheme between 12pm and 2:30pm


Logan City Council

A day of events across 8 locations:


Sofitel Brisbane Central

The hotel will have a jazz trio tomorrow evening, as well as the launch of our new candle ritual at 5pm.



Riverside Christian College

A celebration of music for the school and the local community. Students will be able to participate in ukulele workshops, karaoke, drum circles as well as be entertained by local artists. Selected students will be performing at the local Markets during lunch. Student compositions are being used as bells for the day.





A free lunch time concert




Alliance Française de Melbourne

A night of free music, mulled wine and soupe à l’oignon.


Epping Plaza

Bundoora Retirement village ukulele group Bundyukes will perform from 11am-12pm


Northcote Town Hall

The Caribbean Steelband known as CaribVic for short, plays on 23 recycled oil drums transformed into chromatically pitched percussion instruments originating from Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies. Since their beginnings in the 1930s, they have been tightly tied to community, and inclusive of the socially disadvantaged. The CaribVic steelband’s repertoire covers Calypso, Latin-style and Reggae as well as arrangements of more popular Western songs.


The Arts Centre

Come along and play the pianos in Hamer Hall and the Theatres building.


The Music Gym

Open mic sessions on Guitar, Keyboard and Voice start at 10.30am . You are welcome to use The Music Gyms Guitar’s and Keyboards.


The Music Place

Perform and be videotaped playing Waltzing Matilda which will be submitted to the AMEB centenary celebrations for the “Online orchestra”.


Lentil as Anything, Thornbury

Musicians will perform throughout the evening


Span Community House, Thornbury

An hour of improvisation, rhythms, rhymes, movement and song



Music from late morning and through the lunch hour at Moe Plaza


Will you be celebrating la Fête de la musique tomorrow? What’s your favourite style of music? Have we missed any events you think should be included in our list?