“When it started out, La Boule Noir was a goguette, (a kind of pre-cursor to the modern open-mic club), founded in 1822. It was taken over by Bécuzet. He installed the gate which later was to serve as the entrance to La Cigale, topped by an illuminated glass sphere to attract the adventurous customer out on the otherwise poorly illuminated streets. The sphere, which started out white, gave its name to the venue once time had blackened it. The Boule Noire or black sphere was born.” Extract from the “Dictionnaire of the sights of Montmartre” by André Roussard.
First a goguette, then a dance hall, a cabaret, then a cinema, in the 1990s the Boule Noire became a concert hall with an international reputation. A place for musical discoveries, where some artists took their first steps, the 200-person capacity of the Boule Noire also makes it a special place to see prestigious artists perform in an intimate atmosphere.
Some of the artists who have played at the Boule Noire:
The Dandy Warhols, Metallica, Eagle Eye Cherry, Queens of the Stone Age, Zenzile, Amadou & Mariam, Cat Power, Supergrass, The Dresden Dolls, Herman Dune, Brigitte Fontaine, The Kills, Daniel Darc, Franz Ferdinand, Les Rita Mitsouko, Justice, Jamie Cullum, Phoenix, Bloc Party, TV On The Radio, The Libertines, The Gossip, Asa, Manu Chao, Yael Naim, Les Wampas, Cocoon, Coeur de Pirate, BB Brunes and many others.
Evening events are also regularly staged there, such as Toxic, K.A.B.P. and Otra Otra, in addition to the Les Inrocks Festival and the Factory Festival.
The design and the 1970 murals, the intimate atmosphere, the bar and its avant-garde programme mean that it is one of its kind in Montmartre.