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Paris live music venues - Espace B 19emeEspace B: Tucked away at the top of canal Saint-Martin, just below Parc de la Villette, Espace B is an unassuming, laid-back space that has nevertheless quietly forged a name for itself as one of Paris’ underground indie tastemakers over the last couple of years. Known for its couscous and knack for spotting undiscovered French talent, Espace B stands out among some of the bigger, more heavily funded Parisian venues for its affordable ticket prices and willingness to take risks. Keep reading here: http://bit.ly/104gK7d

La Gaîté Lyrique - Façade © MANUELLE GAUTRAND ARCHITECTURE – PHOTO : VINCENT FILLONLa Gaîté Lyrique: La Gaîté Lyrique has undergone many transformations during its lifetime. Originally a Belle Époque theatre for operetta, the building has housed ballet troupes, a circus school and was then partly demolished to accommodate a short-lived indoor theme park in the 80s. It stood abandoned for almost a decade before being dramatically converted by architect Manuelle Gautrand to become what it is now – Paris’ first digital cultural centre. The facade and foyer of the original theatre remain, but otherwise La Gaîté has been transformed into a state-of-the-art venue with all sorts of exciting capabilities. Here, as well as a multidisciplinary, cutting-edge programme of art and music, you can find a resource centre, workshops, screenings and debates. Last month, Thom Yorke played a gig here, but you are just as likely to find a Catalan chanteur or a Bollywood session musician. Keep reading here: http://bit.ly/11jnKfR

Point Éphémère press shot paris canalPoint Éphémère: The canal-side Point Éphémère has proved to be a frequent point of reference for interviewees throughout the Paris venues series so far. We went to find out more about this Parisian stalwart, its funding, vision, and modus operandi, from Jean-Sebastien Nicolet (aka Jiess), the programmateur musicale. Here Nicolet talks about the relationship between Point Éphémère and the city of Paris, and affirms that the French do indeed believe punctuality to be a small-minded Anglo-Saxon detail – at least in terms of music. Keep reading here: http://bit.ly/12ZgJXR

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