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A headliner-free festival: France’s Trans Musicales, where Daft Punk, Nirvana, Bon Iver, and more cut their teeth, gears up for its 2019 edition
By Anna Grace on 17 Oct 2019
Independent festival Trans Musicales, France’s leading “see-them-here-first” music event, has released the full line-up for its 2019 edition, which takes place in Rennes, Brittany, from 4 to 8 December.
Founded in 1979 by Jean-Louis Brossard and Béatrice Macé, Trans Musicales has featured early-career performances from the likes of Daft Punk, Bon Iver, Björk, LCD Soundsystem, Jamiroquai, Lenny Kravitz and Justice.
The festival now takes place across 25 venues in the city of Rennes, from small clubs to a 6,500-capacity concert hall. Last year, 58,000 people attended the event over five days – including 43,500 repeat attendees – to see artists such as Flamingods, Underground System and Pongo.
Trans Musicales also serves as one of the French live industry’s largest gatherings, welcoming more than 1,600 delegates to its 2018 event.
“Music, like all art forms, has infinite forms of expression”
A total of 87 acts from 49 different countries are playing this year’s festival, including Parisian electronic music crew Acid Arab, San Francisco ensemble Gilberto Rodriguez y Los Intocables, Taiwanese group Go Go Machine Orchestra, Senegalese/French “electro-sabar’ group Guiss Guiss Bou Bess, New York DJ Marc Rebillet, UK singer and rapper Maverick Sabre, and Thai psych funk band YĪN YĪN, as seen at the International Festival Forum (IFF) last month.
A festival “priding itself on booking acts before they break”, the programming at Trans Musicales spans all genres. “Music, like all art forms, has infinite forms of expression,” comments festival co-founder Macé. “Different aesthetics, types of stage presence – it is in a neverending movement, always evolving and changing.”
Macé, along with fellow Trans Musicales co-founder Brossard, received the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2015 European Festival Awards.
Tickets for Trans Musicales 2019 are available here, with three-day passes priced from €32 to €69.
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