The French new music festival has spent four decades looking forward - its 2018 edition is no exception
“Les Trans: Brand new since 1979” – it’s a fitting signature for a festival that’s never once turned its back on the future.
The French event boasts an almost unrivalled legacy, and on the cusp of celebrating its 40th edition – taking place across 25 venues in Rennes, Brittany between 5-9 December – Les Rencontres Trans Musicales is still yet to need a hearing aid.
Ever since its early days being little more than a modest congregation of art students, festival curators Béatrice Macé and Jean-Louis Brossard have been carefully nurturing the careers of upcoming artists, spotting their potential and offering them a platform. From Björk to Bon Iver, time and time again, Les Trans has been ahead of the crowd. They’re all about providing a springboard, offering slots to artists from around the world.
In 2018, now about to enter its fifth decade of existence, we take a look at some of new artists performing at this year’s edition (there are almost 90 acts performing across five nights) that could prove to be the standout highlights.
Who: Bodega (photographed above)
When: Saturday 8 December
Where: Hall 3
Let’s kick things off with an easy one, Brooklyn five-piece Bodega have been stirring up quite a racket in the past 12 months. Echoing the guitar-laden post-punk of bands like Parquet Courts, they embrace a sort of snappy satirical commentary that also appreciates the cathartic benefits of the dance floor. Having already gained some considerable traction, Les Trans may prove to be the ideal opportunity to taste some real widespread European attention.