Top Choice Arts Centre in Marseille

La Friche La Belle de Mai

This 45,000-sq-metre former tobacco factory is now a vibrant arts centre with a theatre, cinema, bar, bookshop, artists’ workshops, multimedia displays, skateboard ramps, electro- and world-music parties and much mo…
Top Choice Cinema in Marseille

Videodrome 2

Fewer video shops would have gone the way of the dodo if they’d followed the lead of Videodrome 2: simultaneously a DVD rental shop, bar-bistro and tiny arthouse movie theatre, it's a treat for gregarious cinephiles…
Live Music in Marseille

Le Moulin

Despite the name, this live-music venue is actually a repurposed 1950s cinema, not a windmill (which would have made for interesting gigs). Scheduling indie and alternative acts in the main, it's a vital proving gro…
Opera in Marseille

Opéra Municipal de Marseille

Built in the 1920s on the site of its 18th-century predecessor, this 1800-seat neoclassical theatre has seen the French premieres of many notable operas, and hosted some of its most famous performers. The season run…
Live Music in Marseille

Espace Julien

Rock, opérock, alternative theatre, reggae, hip-hop, Afro groove and other cutting-edge entertainment all appear on the bill at this mainstay of the cours Julien scene. See the website for the program and to buy tic…
Stadium in Marseille

Orange Vélodrome

Marseille’s cherished football team plays at Stade Vélodrome, which also hosts major concerts (in the Rolling Stones league). Built in 1937 to seat 35,000, it was enlarged to a 67,00-seater for the 2014 UEFA Champio…
Live Music in Arles

La Guinguette du Patio de Camargue

Established in 1995 by Chico, co-founder of the Gypsy Kings, on a patch of industrial wasteland by the banks of the Rhône, this is now a wonderful riverside grill and bar. When the weather's good, it can be very fes…
Arts Center in Avignon

La Manutention

At the foot of a staircase just behind the Palais des Papes, this arts hub covers lots of bases: with a program of jazz, live gigs and film. The architecture is lovely, with tall windows and a courtyard garden, and …
Live Music in Vieux Nice


One of a strip of raucous drinking holes on the edge of the old town, Wayne’s is a proper pub, through and through: plenty of beers on tap, a nightly roster of bands and big-screen sports action. Scruffy as it comes…
Live Music in Aix-en-Provence

Scat Club de Jazz

This cave-like bar is an old favourite for jazz, rock, funk, Brazilian or whatever regular band is booked that night. The music starts at 11pm and goes for three 45-minute sets, interspersed with DJs.