Venues confirmed for the return of Bristol festival En MassePosted on: 06 May 2022
En Masse will return with its biggest-ever music and arts programme in September.
Fledgling multi-venue festival En Masse has revealed a venue lineup for its second edition, set to take over a diverse selection of Bristol arts spaces from 19-24 September.
Devised by world-renowned, Bristol-based DJ, producer and label boss Batu, En Masse will be returning after a successful debut edition last year that saw a handful of local acts take part in an innovative showcase of live music and art.
Expanding on its three-day 2021 programme, the festival will be taking over Mickey Zoggs, The Cube, The Loco Klub, Strange Brew, Trinity Centre and one still-to-be-announced venue for six days of live performances.
Originally unveiled in late 2019 as a two-day festival to take place in Wales the following summer, the first edition of En Masse was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, reimagined as a multi-venue event for Bristol, the programming includes multimedia installations to DJ sets, experimental live performances, audiovisual sets and more, bringing together like-minded people and collectives across the city's arts, music and nightlife communities.
Revealing the details for its delayed debut in 2021, Timedance founder Batu said En Masse "celebrates the innovators defying categorisation and challenging perceptions," and that the festival would be curated with a focus on inclusivity and fun.
An expansive debut lineup featured input from EP/64 and Ossia, multidisciplinary artist Birthmark and Idle Hands' Chris Farrell, as well as a huge closing party including sets from Alya L, Kahn & Neek, Booty Bass DJs and Batu himself.
While En Masse's 2022 lineup is yet to be revealed in full, the festival suggested in this week's announcement that details of its Trinity Centre event on 23 September would be landing soon.
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