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Les Massiliades is a music festival created by the students of French engineering school École Centrale Marseille. It takes place each spring in the city of Marseille, in the south-east of France.

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History

  • 2008 : First edition of the Massiliades, on saturday May 5, at the Nautica.
  • 2009 : Second edition on April 17th, at the Espace Julien concert hall.
  • 2010 : The third edition is to be held on March 27th, still at the Espace Julien.

Purpose

The main idea of the Massiliades is to highlight the diversity of today's music and to allow its audience to gain access to musical genres they didn't properly know, in the enjoyable context of Marseille's spring time.

2008

On its first year, the Massiliades was set on saturday, May 5 at the restaurant Le Nautica, in the eighth district of Marseille. All along the afternoon, the listeners heard the creations of six amateur student bands, while looking at the Mediterranean Sea from the restaurant's terrace. One of those bands was rewarded a studio recording session.

Around 10 PM, the French band SMOOF went on stage performing some kind of pop- and jazz-inspired reggae.

And then, after midnight, DJ's animated a student party.

2009

The second edition of the Massiliades was held on April 7th, 2009, in a concert hall renowned in Marseille, the Espace Julien.

This time, the concept of a booster for amateur student bands was abandoned, to improve the quality of the show, now consisting of professionnal bands, or bands that had already acquired a great experience, playing in other festivals or bars. Multiple musical genres were represented, including rock, rap, reggae, afrobeat, metal, folk, java and what the headline band Les Hurlements d'Léo calls "caravaning".

Concerts started at 7 p.m. on the great stage of the Espace Julien. The first three groups to perform that night were Milska, Rom Buddy Band and Solat', bands originated in southern French cities of Marseille and Montpellier.

The concert of Les Hurlements d'Léo, followed by Big Mama, started at 10 p.m.

Once the concerts were over, the night went on with the mixes of French DJ collective Marabout Fonk System.

2010

The third edition is set to be held on March 27th, 2010, at the same place, the Espace Julien concert hall.

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