France Rocks Summer Fest will take over New York City in June for its fifth annual celebration, with a goal of “highlighting the rich diversity of music from France”. Featuring 15 concerts across Brooklyn and Manhattan, with a line-up of Electronic, Jazz, World music, and Pop/Rock artists, the festival will culminate with a celebration at Central Park’s SummerStage, featuring the Hip Hop artist MC Solaar, the Nice-based Electropop artist Hyphen Hyphen, and the Electropop trio Bon Entendeur. Co-presented with FiAF (French Institute Alliance Francaise), the SummerStage concert will also mark the 40th Anniversary of La Fête de la Musique, an international celebration of music.

Founder Michele Amar introduces the Fest:

We are thrilled to celebrate the 5th edition of France Rocks Summer Fest and the return of live music to New York City, which is once again thriving. I am proud to present this diverse group of edgy, up-and-coming artists and can’t wait to witness the beautiful energy of audiences enjoying this tremendous music.

The month-long music festival, which is the largest of its kind in the US, attracts more than 50,000 music lovers as free and ticketed shows are held at eight venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn, ranging from the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, (Le) Poisson Rouge, and Brooklyn Steel to more intimate performance spaces.
 
In past years, the Fest has featured artists such as Phoenix, Air, Matthieu Chedid, IAM, Stromae, CharlElie Couture, Wax Tailor, Angelique Kidjo, La Femme, Yael Naim, Ibeyi, Yann Tiersen, Rone, Tony Allen, Ala.Ni, Her, Emilie Simon, and Ayo.
 
This year’s festival is supported in part by the city programming initiative NY Music Month, which aims to “support songwriters, established musicians, emerging artists, and NYC’s entire musical community”, many of whom were severely impacted by the pandemic. For more information, visit www.nymusicmonth.nyc
 
Here’s this year’s Fest lineup:
 
Sun, June 12th – Stephane Wrembel @ Barbes – 8PM
Mon, June 13th – Kid Francescoli  / Kids Return @ Elsewhere – 8PM
Wed, June 15th – Mamady Kouyate @ Barbes – 10PM
Thurs, June 16th –  Laura Perudin @ David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center – 7PM
Cosmic Garden @ David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center – 8PM
Emeline Michel @ Chelsea Factory – 8PM
Fri, June 17th – Emeline Michel @ Chelsea Factory – 8PM
Tues, June 21st –  Hyphen Hyphen @ SummerStage in Central Park – 7PM
Bon Entendeur @ SummerStage in Central Park – 8PM
MC Solaar @ SummerStage in Central Park – 9PM
Wed, June 22nd – Rone @ (Le) Poisson Rouge – 8.30PM
Helene Gillet @ Barbes – 8PM
Fri, June 24th – Yann Tiersen @ Brooklyn Steel – 9PM
Sun, June 26th – Sedi Dona Balkan Band @ Barbes – 8PM
Wed, June 29th – Laura Perudin @ Drom – 7.30 PM