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Live EDM growing fast in France

As in the US, electronic music was the fastest-growing genre in France in 2015, although rock and pop shows still sell more tickets

By IQ on 15 Nov 2016

Electrobeach Music Festival, Port-Barcarès, France, Ville de Barcarès

EDM festival Electrobeach, in Port-Barcarès, in 2013

image © Ville de Barcarès

Continuing the trend seen in 2014, electronic music was the fastest-growing sector in the French live market last year.

Audience figures for electronic/dance music events increased 40% in 2015, reveals new data from industry body CNV (Centre national de la chanson, des variétés et du jazz), although comedy shows had the highest number of paying attendees (28% of the total live market) and pop and rock concerts generated more ticket sales (21% and 19%, respectively).

As a whole, the French live sector generated €763 million in total ticket sales in 2015 – up 5% on 2014 – from 25.3m attendees (4% more than the previous year).

Despite the strong figures, CNV warns of “the fragility of an ecosystem composed mainly of small- and medium-sized businesses”

CNV notes festivals – of which there were a record number in 2015 – “contribute greatly to the vitality of the sector”, outstripping the rest of the market with an average of 15% growth.

Despite the seemingly strong figures, CNV says the 15 November 2015 attack on the Bataclan in Paris has “obviously had an impact” on the health of the market, and also warns of “the fragility of an ecosystem composed mainly of small- and medium-sized businesses”.

It emerged earlier this year that electronic music is also the only genre showing consistent growth in the US.


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