Marseille - City of Culture
This is the guide in English for all things about Marseille.
A selection of music venues in Marseille
Some ideas for where to go to hear live music in Marseille - see our news page or our Blog for up to date information about what's on and where to go.
2 rue Molière, for opera and chamber music, recitals and ballet. It's a grand building, dating from 1787, destroyed by fire and restored in the 1920s, with 1920s decor.
41 rue Jobin. A community arts centre where there's usually something going on, also listed on our galleries page because of the variety of events.
The cité de la musique is not just a concert venue, it is a network of places that provide music and dance teaching, residencies, concerts and a mediatech. Often the residencies finish with public performances. It features a lot of World Music and jazz. You will hear and see things here that you aren't available anywhere else. The concert venues are: The Auditorium, and La Cave rue Bernard du Bois (near the Porte d'Aix), and La Magalone 245 bis Boulevard Michelet (opposite the Le Corbusier building). The programme of concerts is on the cité de la musique website.
8 Rue Pasteur Heuzé. Jazz venue, small and friendly. A bit hidden away behind the Arc de Triomphe at porte d'Aix, take buses 32,70 or 89 to place de Strasbourg. Like many of the smaller music venues you pay an annual membership fee, about 1/2€ the first time you go. It has a small bar area and a friendly atmosphere.
52 rue Consolat. La Mesón is a small venue that specialises in flamenco, although they do feature other musical styles. Because it's small you need to reserve by sending an e-mail or phoning. Concerts usually start at 7:30 and you can order food. If you're in Marseille for a while you could take their flamenco lessons. There is a 3€ annual membership fee which comes with a free drink.
39 Cours Julien, is a bigger venue that provides a range of live music. Prices range between 10 and 30 euros, depending (mostly) on the fame of the performers.
12 Rue Urbain V (metro line 2 stop National or Tram line 1 stop Euroméditerranée Gantès), is a very large venue that hosts festivals such as Babel Med Music and The Fiesta des Suds as well as being a concert venue.
48 Avenue Saint Just, (metro Line 1 Saint Just) is a large venue for music, dance and theatre. If there is a major act at the Dome during the week the metro will often provide a later than normal service back to Marseille. There is also a night bus service. But it is worth checking beforehand. The website Le Pilote will tell you. The web site is French, hopefully they will produce an English version soon .
35 Quay du Lazaret, (Tram T2 Arenc Silo, metro line 2 Joliette) is a new venue, opened on 21 September 2011. It is an old grain silo, restored to provide a 1700 seat performing arts venue. It's an impressive place. You will find the listings (in French) on the Silo website.