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“Fantastic size and acoustics”
Review of Zenith

Ranked #448 of 2,275 things to do in Paris
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

I saw Vampire Weekend here in November and was really impressed with the venue. It is just about the perfect size for a gig like this, ample standing room and a horseshoe shaped seating arena. Being purpose built, the acoustics are good (although you would never have believed it from the support act...) and also I found it very easy to worm my way up to the front. The stage area is big as well which helps to get a good all round view.

I cannot comment on the seating as I didn't use it, but if the previous reviewer is correct in saying that you have to pay a tip to be guided to your seat, then that is an outrage!

As a tip, most gig goers use Porte de Pantin metro stop - which gets really crowded. You can use Porte de la villette which is equidistant, but because you have to walk effectively round the back of the venue, it gets less used - so maybe worth considering for the return journey as Pantin gets very busy.

Date of experience: November 2013
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

The place is well designed and the sound is good, however - sitting seats cost more than standing and once you arrive there - you are forced to have someone walk you to your marked seat and then pay them a tip for it - which is basically them forcing you another payment for something you never asked for.
Once the show began, people around started standing on their seat, forcing everyone behind them to either stand up as well or be able to see nothing. I would have expected security to ask people in the seated area to sit down, but alas - they did nothing.
Also, despite the warnings in the entrance, a lot of people started smoking around the place, which doesn't have any open windows, causing the whole area to eventually be covered in smoke. Again - security did nothing against this.
Add to this the small selection of bad food in the place, and the way too dark lighting of the stage (at least in the show I was in) and you're left with good sound, but little else.

Date of experience: June 2013
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Reviewed 9 February 2013

Great rock venue - shame about the catering. Have something to eat from one of the street vendors coning out of the metro - the catering in the venue is abysmal. (Frozen food microwaved - not the way a hot dog should be made.) The acts are good though...

Date of experience: November 2012
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

Amazing venue, huge. Great sound. easy to get to the front and a short walk from loads of hotels

Date of experience: June 2012
Thank sophia61b
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

OK, there are roadworks for the tramway, allow for that, but once you see the parking for the Zenith and sigh with relief, be warned, your troubles are not yet over!!! Now you have to FIND the Zenith. Take the door pointing to the Zenith and your adventure begins. You need to ignore future signs for the Zenith, they point in the wrong direction. You go up stairs, down stairs, across parks and the river, asking people on the way if you are going in the right direction and three out of four are as lost as you are! Then finally EUREKA! You see the Zenith which is about half an hour away from where you left your car, and aren't you lucky it wasn't raining. If it IS raining, have a contingency plan of wellingtons, umbrellas and maybe a plastic sheet!. Getting back in the dark, well! At least you kind of know the way, but you are simply not prepared for the stairs (and there are many, do NOT go if you have walking difficulties) to be in the dark and as everybody gingerly feels their way so as not to fall over or miss a stair and break a leg, for the queues to get longer and longer. When you arrive at the main building, you are told that you may not enter if you do not have your parking ticket, and then you have to take the tourist route around the building, in the dark, to find the slope leading into the car park! What a terrible way to ruin what should have been a great evening! To the owners of the Zenith, I'm sure you can do better than that! We are treated with disdain like cattle!!! I will never go again, even if the Beatles did a comeback!!!!! (Small detail, seats inside are not comfortable, plastic chairs, but after the challenge of getting there, this seemed immaterial!)

Date of experience: March 2012
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