If you’ve read our previous posts about its tantalizing line up, boasting incredible curators and artists drawn from all corners of the musical spectrum, you could easily think that Le Guess Who? is all set to be the best festival of 2017 in Europe, if not the world. And we would agree with you. Yet today, the Dutch festival that runs between 9th-12th November in Utrecht, announced its full line-up, adding 60 new performers to this year’s edition, and at the same time proving that Le Guess Who? is in a league entirely of its own.
There is a new addition to Perfume Genius’ curated program with acclaimed avant garde vocalist Mary Margaret O’Hara set to make a rare performance at the festival. Joining the extraordinary Le Guess Who? general line-up are American experimental hip hop group Dälek, the trilling and bold compositions of experimental pop supergroup Aquaserge, bewitching and inventive Argentinian artist Juana Molina with new album Halo under her belt, self-taught violinist and vocalist Sudan Archives’ performing in Europe for the first time, singer and guitarist Avey Tare of Animal Collective, the intricate psych-rock of Moon Duo and Stella Chiweshe known as the Mbira Queen in her native Zimbabwe. Also added to the bill are Thurston Moore Group, the expansive folk rock of Kevin Morby, London based Zimbabwean musician and poet Farai, Iranian-Dutch experimental pop songwriter Sevdaliza and US/Syrian multi-disciplinary artist K Á R Y Y N.
Amidst the new thrilling additions to Le Guess Who?’s line-up is a celebration of Alice Coltrane’s music. Transcendental recordings from her final decades composed at her Sai Anantam Ashram in California were released publicly for the first time earlier this year by Luaka Bop. Entitled World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda and released as a compilation, these recordings will have their European premiere at Le Guess Who? performed by the Sai Anantam Ashram Singers.
In other big news, Le Guess Who? will host the 12-hour drone, a full-on immersive experience featuring several artists performing and experimenting within the realm of drone for 12 continuous hours. Some of the artists featured included brilliant and ingenious violinist and composer Jessica Moss, mighty Montreal trio BIG|BRAVE, Suuns’ Ben Shemie, Lea Bertucci, Thisquietarmy, Swedish composer and sound-artist Ellen Arkbro, sitar player Surajit Das and many more.
Here’s the complete list of performers added to the general line-up:
Thurston Moore Group, Kevin Morby, Sevdaliza, Stella Chiweshe, John Maus, Moon Duo, Black Lips, METZ, Sudan Archives, K Á R Y Y N, Avey Tare, Dälek, Juana Molina , Jesca Hoop, Ibaaku, Luka Productions, Essaie Pas, Farai, Aquaserge, Nicole Beutler presents ‘7: Triple Moon’, Big|Brave. Midnight Sister. Nobody (Willis Earl Beal), Love Theme, Kane Strang, Flohio, Sekou Kouyate, Circuit, Yat-Kha, Vampilia, Violent Magic Orchestra, Madensuyu. Den Sorte Skole, Muddersten, Altin Gün, Insecure Men, Brian Case, H. Hawkline, Steven Warwick, Champagne Superchillin.
With such a colossal line-up featuring over 150 artists at this year’s Le Guess Who?, Utrecht is an unmissable destination for musicians and music lovers this November. For more info and to get tickets, check out leguesswho.com.