Le Guess Who? unveils final line-up

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.

Le Guess Who? announces second wave of acts

Le Guess Who? unveils another tremendous crop of acts set to perform at this year’s festival between 9–12 November, with James Holden added as the final curator.

LGWThe Dutch festival, now in its 11th year, had already announced a plethora of incredible curators and artists spanning genres, generations and the globe. Held around a multitude of idyllic venues across Utrecht, this year’s line up is every bit as impressive and diverse as we’ve come to expect from Le Guess Who?, with many of our favourite artists and bands set to grace its stages.

Electronic maverick James Holden closes the impressive list of curators which already included Perfume Genius, Shabazz Palaces, Grouper, Han Bennink, and Jerusalem In My Heart, all also set to perform.
Holden is a prolific man with his fingers in many musical pies, be it running his Border Community label, on production, mixing and remixing duties or collaborating with many artists like Moroccan Gnawa musician Maâlem Houssam Guinia & Band, one of the many acts joining his curated program. Taking place on Saturday November 11th in several venues, his program also includes free jazz and hypnotic drone and noise courtesy of British group Sex Swing, the fierce, pulsating and meditative sounds of Chicago experimental producer and live performer Hieroglyphic Being and the distinctive and dazzling South African jazz sounds of prodigious multi-reed player Shabaka Hutchings and his band The Ancestors. Also part of Holden’s program are audio-visual performance collective Jerusalem In My Heart, experimental mallet-guitar trio Ex-Easter Island Head, Mario Batkovic, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and XAM Duo. And there’s a special performance from James Holden himself, accompanied for the first time by his new live band The Animal Spirits.

Among the new names appearing in Perfume Genius’ curation are Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon doing a solo piano performance and Lost Horizons, the new project of former Cocteau Twins member Simon Raymonde and drummer Richie Thomas (Cocteau Twins, Dif Juz, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Felt). The duo will bring their debut album Ojalá to Le Guess Who?, just a week after its release. Both acts join previously announced Pharmakon, ethereal experimental artist Julianna Barwick, Bulgarian women’s choir Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Mount Eerie, Aldous Harding, Weyes Blood and Mozart’s Sister.


Utrecht’s Le Guess Who? Festival unveils first curators and general line-up

LGWIn 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.