The French event has a bit of everything - from all-female Japanese ska bands to men dressed as trees
Do anything for long enough and your bound to get a reputation. My mum told me this once, and it’s certainly a maxim that Les Trans tries to live up to.
‘Les Rencontres Trans Musicales’, as it’s officially known, has been taking over the small city of Rennes, Brittany for a little under four decades now. Still curated and operated by original founders Béatrice Macé and Jean-Louis Brossard, the festival has become one of Europe’s most important expos for breaking new artists. The very first event in 1979 set the standard; bringing together the cream of France’s post-punk scene, cult favourites Marque de Sade played one of their first ever headline shows to a crowd of 1,800 art students. In the years since, the organisers have displayed a remarkable track record for spotting new talent, with ‘Les Trans’ offering the likes of Nirvana, Björk, Cabaret Voltaire and Daft Punk some of their first, large European shows.