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Oct 26, 2021

Cercle | Profile and exclusive What The France playlist!

Cercle is a French livestreaming channel dedicated to unique immersive experiences, organising, filming and sharing live footage from concerts and festivals in special locations. Their primary aim is to highlight our cultural and natural heritage through the prism of electronic music and video.

The first Cercle shows saw the light of day in 2016 in the flat of its founder Derek Barbolla before continuing in a number of Parisian locations. In October 2016, Cercle organised a stream from the Eiffel Tower with the artist Møme, launching the ‘Cercle Mondays’ which since then have been from unexpected locations around the world. Having begun with a weekly rhythm, the shows are now every other Monday and livestreamed on Facebook and their YouTube channel, which has over two million subscribers. Each time, Cercle invites a different act for a live performance or DJ set followed by an interview with Derek Barbolla and questions taking from online viewers and the presentation of a mystery gift. So far around 140 different locations have been used for Cercle events, including 18 Unesco World Heritage sites, and had between 15 and 20 million views in total each month. Cercle has already received three international awards: the Cutting Edge award at the DJ Awards in 2019 in Ibiza, ‘Electronic music event of the year’ at the Kamoblog Awards in 2019 for its Acid Pauli show at the Temple of Garni in Armenia and the  ‘Best Live Streamed Act’ award at the 2021 AIM Awards in the UK for Ben Böhmer’s performance in Cappadocia, Turkey.

Previously, Cercle has filmed shows from French artists like Petit Biscuit, Breakbot, The Blaze, Arnaud Rebotini, Vitalic, Cassius, Zimmer, Para One, Bambounou, Thylacine, Fakear, Romulus, The Geek x Vrv, Yuksek, Clément Bazin, Haute and Synapson. The most iconic performances include Nina Kraviz from the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, Carl Cox at the Château de Chambord, Stephan Bodzin on the Piz Gloria peak, Tale Of Us at the Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport, Boris Brejcha at the Château de Fontainebleau and the Grand Palais, Maceo Plex on the Hudson River in New York, Solomun at the Théâtre Antique d’Orange, Amelie Lens at the Atomium and FKJ on the Uyuni salt flat. On the 8th September, you could catch French pianist Sofiane Pamart’s unique show in Lapland under the aurora borealis and which resulted in a three-track EP called Boréalis, since Cercle now also exists in the form of a label, Cercle Records, with 23 tracks already available on all streaming platforms.

ON 14-15 May 2022, Cercle will also be hosting its second, eponymous festival, which will be taking place at the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace at the Paris-Bourget airport in France. It features 25 acts spread across three stages, including French artists N’To, Agoria, Teho, Acid Arab, Etienne De Crécy, Louisahhh, Popof and Molécule. In the meantime, you can listen to a playlist of ‘Made in France’ tracks compiled by Cercle and featuring music from Sofiane Pamart, Monolink, Rone, Ash, Yeahman, Joachim Pastor, Mooglie, Parra For Cuva, NTO, Kid Francescoli, Agoria, French 79, Sainte Vie, Irène Drésel, Joris Delacroix, Sébastien Léger, Polo & Pan and Bon Entendeur & Tina Charles.


A Made In France Selection By Cercle

Listen to a selection of "made in France" tracks, carefully handpicked by Cercle. Listen now