Through this article, our hotel in downtown La Rochelle makes you discover where it is possible to attend a concert or a show in La Rochelle.


The different theaters and concert halls in La Rochelle

The Hotel François Ier presents the different concert halls in La Rochelle.

La Coursive

Before being a theater, La Coursive had several lives. Indeed, it went from a convent in the 17th century to a tobacco factory in the 18th century. Then, when it became the property of the city of La Rochelle, the hall was transformed into a fish market. It is only in the 1970s that La Coursive became a cultural center, its inauguration took place in February 1982. It then became the National Stage of La Rochelle in 1990.

To this day, La Coursive has 3 rooms:

– The Salle Bleue which has a capacity of 281 seats.

– The Grand Théâtre which can accommodate 997 people.

– The Théâtre Verdière with its 385 seats.

La Coursive is specialized in live shows. It hosts many plays, dance shows, creations and original productions but also stand-up and concerts.

By staying at the Hotel François Ier, you are ideally located to access La Coursive by foot.

You can find the program of the next months here. You can also access the online ticketing service where you will find the different monthly opening dates for members and non-members.

La Sirène

Located in the district of La Pallice, La Sirène is the largest music concert hall in La Rochelle. It was opened in 2011 after more than two years of rehabilitation work.

It now has 2 halls with a capacity of 1270 and 420 seats respectively. La Sirène also offers its subscribers the possibility to work on their compositions thanks to its 5 recording studios and its studio control room. One of the main values of the venue is to give everyone a chance and to encourage amateurs. Every year, it hosts L’Hisséo, the musical meeting of the high schools of La Rochelle.

La Sirène offers more than 70 concerts per year and many French and international artists have performed or will perform there. You can find names such as M, Jok’air, DUB INC, Big Flo and Oli, or Juliette Armanet.

Your charming hotel offers you to discover the complete program of the future concerts present at La Sirène.

The La Rochelle Parc des Expositions

As its name indicates, the Parc des Expositions is a gathering place for fairs, exhibitions and other commercial events. But the park also hosts cultural, artistic and sporting events. The site adapts itself according to the event it receives. Being the most important in Charente-Maritime, the La Rochelle Parc des Expositions is very popular and able to receive a lot of spectators.

Here too, world-renowned artists have performed there since it opened to the entertainment world in 1983.

Les Francofolies

Emblem of the city, you can’t hear about La Rochelle without mentioning the Francofolies. The Francofolies have been around for over 35 years and every year, thousands of people from La Rochelle gather to attend concerts by some of the biggest names on the French music scene. The festival is composed of several stages installed throughout the city where 4 to 5 concerts per night will take place during one week.

The Hotel François Ier is a partner of the Francofolies, so it will be much easier for you to get there by foot or to get information.

Due to its high popularity and demand, the Hotel François Ier invites you to book your room for the Francofolies now.

Here is the exclusive program of the Francofolies 2023.

The Francofolies of La Rochelle, 2018 Edition

Where to stay in La Rochelle after a concert or a show ?

Our hotel in downtown La Rochelle is the ideal place to stay before or after a show or concert. Its geographical location makes it easy to get around. Indeed, the hotel François Ier is only a few minutes walk from La Coursive and the Francofolies. The Parc des Expositions is also accessible by walking but the journey will be longer. Only the stage of La Sirène requires a car but here again your charming hotel has thought of everything since it has a private and secure parking. We invite you to book your parking space at the same time as your room.

This proximity will also allow you to discover the beauties of the city, to take a walk on the Vieux Port or to visit the market which is present every day.

The hotel has 34 rooms fully equipped and decorated with the effigy of artists, singers and painters, what to extend the festive atmosphere in which you will be.


The Hotel François Ier will be delighted to welcome you during your visit to La Rochelle for a concert or a show. We remain at your disposal for any question or additional information.