Getting to last year's Trans Musicales festival in Rennes in December was one of my musical highlights of last
year, and the first artists have been announced for this year's event.
Last year saw Stromae, London Grammar and Moodoïd on the bill, as well as the likes of Le Vasco and Public Service Broadcasting.
So far for 2014 they have confirmed DBFC, Den Sorte Skole, I Me Mine, Lizzo, Meta Meta, Molotov Jukebox, Naked (on drugs), Kate Tempest, Thylacine and Vadou Game.
Dozens more will be added to the listing before the event itself, with more to be unveiled on September 9.
The Trans Musicales is a unique opportunity to catch some of the most exciting contemporary acts alongside some more established performers. Since it was first staged in 1979 it has been a showcase for a huge number of innovative acts, from both France and elsewhere.
Preceding the festival itself, some of the acts on the bill tour the west France area from November 13 to November 29
The event itself sees three days of free gigs at the city centre Liberté venue, large scale shows at the Parc Expo outside the city as well as meetings, workshops, debates and events for schools and community groups.
The festival takes place in Rennes from December 3 -7