Les Concerts du 7ème Ciel is Les Disques du 7ème Ciel's big brother.
A DIY organisation run by a couple of cats named after Nina Simone and Diamanda Galás, Les Concerts du 7ème Ciel invited musicians to play on their Parisian rooftop terrace every summer over the course of six years.
With a fantastic view of the hilltop of Montmartre, the adventure began with Irish band The Sleeping Years and ended with New Zealander group French For Rabbits.
Simone and Diamanda welcomed dozens of artists including post-punk veterans And Also The Trees, British luminaries Mark Fry, Gareth Dickson, This Is The Kit, Pete Astor and Catchers as well as American musicians Josh T. Pearson, Theo Hakola and In Gowan Ring.
We also hosted gigs by established and upcoming French artists such as Holden, Jérôme Minière, Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains and Maud Lübeck.
We went as far as New Zealand and Australia and welcomed the aforementioned French For Rabbits as well as Heligoland for enchanting dream pop nights. Not bad for cats!
The concept was simple: 1° Invite musicians whose music and artistic process we enjoyed. 2° Welcome an audience made up of complete strangers and open the doors of our apartment after a competition to attend. Ask them to bring drinks and food to share. 3° Partying, sometimes for hours on end, with the musicians and the audience.
Les Concerts du 7ème Ciel was born out of a desire to share music but it was also our little way of giving a good kick in the ass of postmodern life's ugly twins: isolation and fear of others.
No money was involved at any time in the process. Most touring bands would play on an off day and make cash from selling their records only.
Often enchanted by the concept, the place and the music, both bands and audience went home with stars in their eyes, sometimes at the break of dawn.
As the project evolved, we organised gigs for bands we loved in other Parisian venues, most notably at the now sadly defunct cultural hub L'Index in Montmartre.