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About Le Guess Who?

"The festival has grown into a wide-ranging event for alternative or obscure or historical tastes, taking place in churches, galleries and theaters around the city, along the lines of Primavera and Big Ears in Knoxville, Tennessee." - The New York Times

Le Guess Who? is the Netherlands’ mainstay event for experimental, collaborative, and otherwise out-of-the-box musical thinking. The 12th edition of the festival takes place 8-11 November 2018, in the picturesque city of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

During four days, Le Guess Who? takes over the city center of Utrecht with 100 performances set to electrify churches, galleries, theaters and pop venues. Side programs with music, film, art, photography and markets appear at cafés, hotels, restaurants, wharf cellars, de Neude square and the hidden corners of the city.

“Dazed, happy, we leave reminded beyond doubt that there are music festivals, and then there is Le Guess Who?” – MOJO Magazine

Le Guess Who? focuses on artists that feel the urge to explore and expand the boundaries of certain genres. Besides contemporary and authentic rock music and pop culture, this also includes non-western music, avant-garde, folk, (free)jazz, ambient, drone, modern composed, amongst many blended forms of these genres.

Previous curators at Le Guess Who? are Ty Segall (2013), Swans’ Michael Gira (2014), Sunn O))) (2015) and Wilco, Savages, Julia & Suuns (2016). Previous performers include Autechre, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Einstürzende Neubauten, Kamasi Washington, Annette Peacock, Selda Bagcan, Elza Soares, Junun feat. Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express, Dr. John, William Basinski, Magma, Keiji Haino, Patty Waters, Digable Planets, Pauline Oliveros, Check out our archive for more info and recordings of previous editions.

"As festivals go, Le Guess Who? is uniquely singular and utterly immense in its vision." - The Quietus
"Le Guess Who? proves that experimental music doesn’t have to be lofty and joyless." - FACT
“The festival with the line-up to end all line-ups.”  - The Skinny

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