Roaming bands on the French Riviera – a true cultural niche (Updated March 2020)

19 SEPTEMBER 2018
Blog post by Adam Southall
Estimated read time: 3 minutes

Visitors to the beautiful French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) can easily become enchanted by the unique musical culture of this special region.

The French Riviera encompasses the coastal resorts of Cap-d'Ail, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, Cannes, Saint-Raphaël, Fréjus, Sainte-Maxime and Saint-Tropez.

The musical culture of this region has been dominated by roaming bands, often also known as strolling bands or wandering bands.

View some of our most popular roaming bands performing live...

One of our most popular roaming acoustic covers bands based on the French Riviera is The Mad Socks – they have performed around the world and boast royalty, world-famous recording artists and sports stars amongst some of their previous clients.

These bands of troubadours can often be found wandering the streets on a summer’s evening, traversing from bar to restaurant, from brasserie to café, from wedding reception to private yacht party.

They are also a popular entertainment choice at the many festivals that take place along this stretch of coastline, such as MIPIM (the world's leading property market festival), Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and The Cannes Film Festival.

Many of these roaming bands feature acoustic guitars, double (upright) bass and a reduced, mobile drum kit. And of course male vocals combining in harmony (strolling bands on the French Riviera are almost exclusively all-male outfits).

Their repertoire usually consists of a diverse range of genres, including jazz, pop covers, soul, as well as some traditional French chansons.

Professional roaming bands on the French Riviera certainly aren’t cheap to hire for an evening’s entertainment (usually between 2,000 to 4,000 Euros).

But don't worry, it's not all about the haves and the have-yachts...you can easily hire one of these bands on a modest budget. For example, you could opt for a duo instead of the standard 3- or 4-piece, which reduces the price considerably.

We hope you have enjoyed this short guide to roaming acoustic bands in this stunning part of France. If you’re looking to hire one for your wedding, corporate event or party, just submit an enquiry and local professional bands will provide quotes directly to you.

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Fill in the enquiry form to receive offers directly from hand-picked musicians. Once you've confirmed details with your preferred act, book and pay securely through our secure online checkout.

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If you're planning your own wedding or party on the French Riviera, what are your plans for the live music or entertainment on your special day? Tell us in the comments section below!

— Adam is a co-founder of FixTheMusic and works on everything from copywriting and marketing to design and user experience. He studied Music at Cambridge University. Adam is a keen pianist, and also learned cello and trumpet from an early age.