En Masse Festival announces impressive 2022 lineupPosted on: 19 Aug 2022
The Bristol festival is back again for another year with a programme jam-packed with musical talent from Bristol and beyond.
En Masse is a multi-venue festival and will take over five Bristol venues between Monday 19 and Saturday 24 September.
Venues Mickey Zoggs, The Cube, Loco Klub, Strange Brew, Trinity Centre and Black Swan will all take part in the festival over the five days as En Masse 2022 looks set to be the biggest yet.
Tickets for the events can be found on the festival website.
En Masse debuted in Bristol last year and is the brainchild of local innovative DJ, producer and owner of Timedance record label, Batu.
After touring the world playing festivals, Batu discovered the power of certain environments and ambitions in creating the perfect festival atmosphere. He also realised that some festivals do not have this power; with this in mind, the Bristol dance scene mainstay went about creating something new.
The resulting festival was born out of the desire for more festivals to have their own distinct identity with En Masse aiming to represent Batu’s vision of an event representing local talent, sustainable growth and programming as a composition.
EP/64 backstage at last year's festival
Over time, the festival has evolved shifting from its intended origins as a camping festival to a multi-venue Bristol and also incorporating a range of different musical communities – not just Bristolian acts.
Kicking off the festival is a Noods takeover at the radio station’s HQ and their very own café/bar, Mickey Zoggs. Attendees will experience a four-hour takeover from the En Masse family, festival artists and friends with a relaxed atmosphere, dancing and plenty of cocktails to enjoy – no ticket needed.
Moving on to some of the exciting acts performing at the festival this year. Tuesday 20 September sees a night of visual and sonic experimentation take over The Cube. Glitch pop couple-duet Robbie & Mona (pictured below) and ambient electronic star Leif will be accompanied by the work of local filmmakers. Tickets can be found here.
Wednesday 21 sees a stellar lineup of acts head to one of the city’s most loved venues, Loco Klub. Audiences can expect expansive techno from K means, a drum-heavy live set from S?N and a genre-bending industrial live set from Bristol’s own Scalping (pictured below). Tickets are available here.
The next venue to be taken over is multi-disciplinary arts space, Strange Brew, on Thursday 22 with both the front room and the back room hosting parties this year.
Attendees can expect choral techno from Fever 103°, Sarahsson’s visceral expression of divine queerness, Bristol DJ Bruce’s debut live show, a hybrid live/DJ set from Agnes (Anina and guest) and an all-night long ambient listening experience from Dan Thorman. Get tickets here.
En Masse’s spiritual leader Batu (pictured below) will be joined by London’s jungle and DNB extraordinaire Josey Rebelle as well as Noods regular i-sha at Trinity Centre on Friday 23 September. Head here for tickets.
The festival’s final day (Saturday 24) will be split into two with a day-long party taking place at Easton’s The Black Swan and an afterparty at Strange Brew once more. Resident swu.fm DJ, Chloe Sage, will kick off the daytime lineup; followed by Club Djembe’s Yemz and her mix of afrobeat, dancehall and jungle; next up are DJ Stryda and Digistep (Dubkasm) and their iconic roots reggae and dub sound; finally, DNB heavyweight Ben UFO will take to the stage. Buy tickets here.
Strange Brew's evening lineup looks just as stacked with the likes of techno and leftfield bass beat maker Daisy Moon, genre-defying DJ Saskia and Manchester legend as well as multi-talented musician, DJ and producer, Tom Boogizm closing what looks to be a very special week of music. Tickets for the Saturday night afterparty can be found here.
To find out more about En Masse 2022 and keep up to date with festival news, head to the website now.
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Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturday’s are spent watching his team both home and away.