In a city as rich in history as in beauty, surrounded by pretty canals and wharfs, it’s not surprising Utrecht would be the place to sprout one of most broad, bold and exciting music festivals in Europe and anywhere. Now in its 11th edition, this year’s Le Guess Who Festival? will take place November 9th – 12th in idyllic venues scattered around the city centre, including churches, galleries and theatres.
Jerusalem In My Heart, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Shabazz Palaces and Han Bennink are the first incredible curators announced for Le Guess Who’s 11th edition, and they are also set to perform. Longtime favourite outfit Jerusalem In My Heart have invited a slew of other favourites of ours, including Oiseaux-Tempête, Matana Roberts, Farida & The Iraqi Maqam Ensemble and Moor Mother amongst others. Perfume Genius’s picks include Julianna Barwick, Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Mount Eerie, Aldous Harding, Pharmakon and more and Grouper’s curated stages will host the likes of William Basinski, GAS and Keiji Haino. Shabazz Palaces invited Pharoah Sanders, OCnotes and Natasha Kmeto and Han Bennink invited the ICP Orchestra, Peter Brötzmann and also Keiji Haino.
The organizers have also unveiled the initial general line-up, a tremendous cast of stars including Oumou Sangaré, Shabaka & The Ancestors, tUnE-yArDs, Sun Kil Moon, Liars, Tom Rogerson, The Bug vs Dylan Carlson of Earth, Julie Byrne, Ben Frost, The Soft Moon and James Holden, and many, many more. Head over to Le Guess Who? website to see all the artists confirmed so far and more information.
4-Day Festival Passes are now available for €110, and day tickets will be on sale later in the year. Le Guess Who? 2017 may still be five months away but as a word of advice, book your tickets now.