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Elton John to receive French Medal of Honor while France celebrates music day

The British legend has started the French leg for his farewell tour. He was playing in Lille on Tuesday, Paris on Thursday, before playing in Bordeaux and Nimes on June 22 and 23. Earlier this week, it was also officially announced that the Rocketman would be the latest recipient of La Légion d’Honneur, France’s medal of honor.

Another recognition for the Rocketman

One can say Sir Elton Hercules John is now accustomed to receiving praises and prizes along his long journey as an artist. The beloved Rocketman was knighted in 1998 by Queen Elizabeth II, and on top of his multiple recording awards (Grammys, Brits etc…), he also was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1994.

This new medal will stand as yet another shiny moment in an already glistening career. French president Emmanuel Macron will be giving France’s highest honour to the legend, on June 21. A powerful symbol, since, on the same day every year, France celebrates the arrival of summer with La Fête de la Musique. A night where the whole country celebrates the fifth art, for the longest night of the year!

Yesterday, we were attending his Paris show at Accor Hotels Arena. The musician showed, for over three hours that he’s still got it. We couldn’t help but snap a few pictures, see beneath…

Music Day: La Fête de la Musique

At dawn, and after dark, free concerts are happening everywhere throughout the country, no matter the size of the town. With a focus on amateur musicians performing on street corners and plazas, the event resonates throughout the whole hexagon. But very recently, the event became a massive phenomenon, especially through events commissioned by the government. More and more big events are popping up in Paris and provincial cities. Yet another opportunity for the country to celebrate in style…

In Paris, several events are worth your attention. We list some of them below so you know where the cool cats hang, and what they listen to!

Philharmonie de Paris, photography by W. Beaucardet
Philharmonie de Paris, photography by W. Beaucardet

Fête de la Musique at Musée de la Légion d’Honneur

2 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris

Fête de la Musique at Galerie Lafayette with special guests

60 avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris

Agnès B. x Ragyard fêtent la Musique!

6 rue du Jour, Paris Les Halles

Fête de la Musique at Le Grand Palais (Invites available here)

3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris

La Philarmonie de Paris fête la musique

221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris

Tawfik Akachar
Senior Writer, Paris
Tawfik is a pop culture enthusiast that has a soft spot for the study of emerging movements, casual chic fashion, and technical clothing. Although he loves different foods from all parts of the globe, he considers fried chicken to be the best dish, ever.