This year, Bench is an official partner of one of Europes biggest electronic music festivals, Les Nuits Sonores.

Held in Lyon, Nuits Sonores showcases over 250 artists, playing at over 50 different sites, most of them based in historic buildings with a rich cultural heritage.

Now in its ninth year, Nuits Sonores has stood out as the first French festival of independent and electronic culture, and occupies a considerable place in the European landscape.

Every year, Nuits Sonores invites a different city from around the world to join in the festival in unique and innovative ways, through the artists playing and creative projects.

This program is called a “Carte blanche”, and in August 2010 Nuits Sonores chose to invite Tokyo for the 2011 edition.

When the earthquake happened earlier this year, Bench and Nuits Sonores planned to raise money for the people of Tokyo and the areas affected by the earthquake.

Bench have paired up with Nuits Sonores to design unique t-shirts with artists from the festival, which will be auctioned off on 2 June at the festival to raise money for the city of Tokyo. Artists will be revealed over the coming weeks.

The Bench brand also partners the official Nuits Sonores movie – Fields of Experiment, which will have its first preview in the Modern art Museum of Lyon on 2 June.

The teaser for this great short film can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/23525758

To celebrate their partnership with Nuits Sonores, Bench are offering their fans the chance to WIN two Access All Areas passes to the festival, travel and accommodation and £250 of Bench clothing.

To enter visit http://www.bench-live.com/competition/

The Bench brand was born into Manchesters underground music scene – the scene that gave us some of the worlds greatest artists and DJs.

Dance music is the brands blood, with a deep heritage in supporting iconic electronic music events across the globe.

The fashion brand is working with Resident Advisor, the world’s largest independent electronic online music magazine, at the festival to produce stimulating content.

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