Batu’s Welsh Wonderland



It’s that time of year again. It’s been weeks since you’ve last been paid, and it’s probably going to be a few more till you experience that satisfying feeling once again. This is January. Perhaps you’ve resorted to taking part in dry Jan or Veganuary as a means to get through this long and bleak month. Well, January can be used as a great time to start planning those summer holidays, starting with the all-important festivals around the world you’re itching to attend (and those which are a bit more realistic).

So to help you kickstart your lists, spreadsheets and persuasive group chat posts, I’m going to tell you about a new kid on the block for 2020. Few people have had a bigger 2019 than the Bristol-based bass junkie Batu. With his label Timedance dishing out the bangers, and personal sets going viral, this year he’s decided to push the boat out even further and curate his own festival: En Masse. The three-day shindig will take place in a permaculture farm near the small town of Abergavenny in South Wales from the 12th to the 14th of June. Numbers will be capped to keep the intimacy high, and to ensure that every artist gets the number of attentive ears they deserve, Batu has decided to use the concept which the team behind Labyrinth in Japan started (and which Terraforma in Milan has since adopted), of only having one stage performing at time. This allows everyone to move as a single unit from one area of the site to another, creating a community pilgrimage around the festival. There’s no doubt this festival will be a thing of beauty for eyes and ears alike.

Set an alarm for pay day, tell your mates, and whether it be a Welsh wonderland or not, get your summer festival tickets before the dreaded final-tier releases hit the shelves.