Well hello from Europe! I traveled all the way to the other side of the world from Vancouver to cover what turned out to be one of the best festivals I have ever attended: Rencontres Trans Musicales De Rennes!
After being in motion for about 36 hours to get to the beautiful city of Rennes, France, I dove into a unique and fabulous festival at quite the venue. The Parc Expo had huge halls with different genres and styles playing in each of them, where you could move around between sets or hang out in the main bar area (more on that in the next post!).
I arrived just in time to catch Hector Bizerk, a Scottish hip-hop group, performing to a packed hall. The energy was high and buzzing, and watching Audrey Tait kill it on the drums in one of the final songs of the set was a great way to kick off the night.
Next up was one of the bands I was most excited to hear perform live: Her, from France. The band is still relatively new, and the two front men are just as fresh faced. That said, they put on a hell of a show, with sexy lyrics and ear worms beats. The songs were in English, but the mostly French crowd ate up the performance. Definitely my highlight of the day, and they didn't disappoint my expectations.
Finally I caught the 3SOMESISTERS, also out of France, who were one of the most unique performances of the festival, which is saying something when you have artists from all over the world. Difficult to categorize, but entertaining and captivating for sure, the band wore matching outfits (dresses) and elaborate headpieces, and played dreamy pop music that was a great send off to some much needed rest.
Day Two of my Trans Musicales festival experience is up next, so keep an eye out!