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“Great show, lousy venue”

La Cigale/La Boule Noire
Ranked #478 of 1 865 things to do in Paris
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

First visit 9.23.17. The efficient entry was encouraging. However, once inside the venue proved to be understaffed, poorly ventilated, and awkwardly laid out. The upstairs appeared to have fixed seats which all had an excellent view of the stage in quite close proximity. The general admission floor was composed of two levels, it turned out. One was sunken by stair wells that were unmarked and unobservable once the place was packed. And when not in the sunken floor space the upstairs balcony was nearby overheard, creating a rather claustrophobic sensation. Despite that, the sound was actually rather good. The sight-lines were mostly good so long as one was not stuck behind the many vertical columns. It's a small theater, so it does maintain good intimacy, but it's really only recommended for the bands and not for casual attendance - the heat, the lines at the understaffed bars, and the awkward layout are not to be recommenced.

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

Awesome venue to see this concert - we sat on left side, seats just above the orchestra, row F unobstructed view - PERFECT. Buffet and the coral reefer band were great and the crowd so much fun.....perfect excuse to go to Paris!

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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Fun!! Jimmy was great of course.
The place is cosy and fun. Quite warm all together so don't "overdress"
Kind bartenders and a good ambiance. Big drinks for a good price. Enjoy!

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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Only a 4 because I am 6ft 3in & my seat was in a curve so it was an uncomfortable fit. There are a few seats w limited views. I highly recommend seeing one of your favorite bands in this venue. My show alcohol was nicely priced for a concert. The staff was great. The venue cosy, only a few hundred or so. Wish I had time in Paris to see more bands here.

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Reviewed 18 September 2017

We visited La Cigale to see the 2017 Mike + The Mechanics - Let Me Fly Tour and this was awesome! Probably one of the best concerts that I have ever been to and this was partly down to the venue. It was a typical concert venue, intimate, which added to the atmosphere. The staff were helpful, friendly and the tickets ordered on-line in the UK were collected smoothly. A good venue!

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