Located in the Plaine area in Marseilles, France, DATA is a non-for-profit music library and concert venue programming experimental, improvised and non-conventional music.
After 18 years in the same place, Data’s premises are for sale and we’re being kicked out.
Game over ? DATA’s a goner ? Not if we buy the place ! Purchasing DATA’s premises is a way to remain independent and ensure the survival of a venue where everybody can access exciting art for a low fee.
DATA is many things.
It is a music library where members can borrow for free items from DATA’s collection of 3000 Vinyls, 4000 Cds and 200 K7s. It would take an entire year with no food or sleep to listen to it all…
DATA is also a concert venue with a strong homely feeling where artists from the entire world have performed. Among them : Phill Niblock, an experimental music pioneer, GW Sok, The Ex’ historic singer, Enablers, west-american post-punk reference, Bibi Ahmed, a very important touareg musicianor Attic Ted, the masked singer.
The finest of the free music scene : Jean-Luc Guionnet, Tetuzi Akiyama, Michel Henritzi, Christine Senhaoui, Clara de Asis, Will Guthrie, Michel Doneda, Seijiro Murayama, Gino Robair (Tom Waits’ drummer), Teresa Riemann, Erika Sollo…
A lot of new weird folk : Tom Greenwood (Jackie-O Motherfucker), Marcia Bassett (Double Leopard), Tom et Christina Carter (Charalambides), Kate Fletcher, Chrys Forsythe, Marisa Anderson…
French experimental music : Begayer, Winter Family, Mami Chan, Noir Boy George, Sourdure, Yann Gourdon, Noyade (Erik Minkkinen from Sister Iodine and David Lemoine from Cheveu), Nicolas Dick, Tamara Goukassova, Antez, Colombey, Hervé Boghossian, Pom Bouvier…
The Marseillian freakteam : Soldat, Sound oFF Mars, La Chasse, La Coupure, Grrzzz, les Statonnels, … and so many others ! And last but not least, several festivals are hosted in DATA : VENDETATATA, Enfin Seule, the MUFF, Multiversal, Paravision, Bruitisme…
DATA also hosts a fanzine library of several hundred entries, book launches, workshops and sometimes theatre, dance, performance and some stuff we couldn’t put in a box.
Throughout those 18 years DATA has had circa 900 concerts, 200 exhibitions, 7 cats who lived 9 lives each and thousands of members.
DATA is a self-managed organisation. To remain as free and independent as possible, DATA doesn’t ask for public subsidies. Ever since the beginning DATA was built by the hard work of volunteers, for the audience to enjoy, body and soul.
But DATA is in danger of disappearing.
The DATA association needs to find 160 061 euros to become the owner of the premises. That would ensure the building is out of the speculative real-estate market driving the prices up in the neighbourhood and slowly pushing out low-income inhabitants from this popular area, as has happened in so many cities throughout the world.
Your generosity, your love of music and your wallet can prevent that from happening here !
Whether you’re a millionaire or in rags, whether you can donate 1€ ou 10 000€, DATA needs you to ensure it won’t be turned into yet another 24/7 supermarket or even a tourist accomodation !
Pass the word and let’s keep enjoying music !