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About Le Guess Who?

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“Le Guess Who? still stands out as one of the best in free-thinking, diverse and genreblurring festivals. And that’s to be endlessly praised.” - The Line of Best Fit

Le Guess Who? is a city-wide celebration of global sounds and musical boundary-crossing. The 14th edition of the festival takes place 11-14 November 2021, in the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

During four days, Le Guess Who? takes over the city center of Utrecht with over 200 performances set to electrify pop venues, theaters, churches, galleries and warehouses. Satellite events with music, film, visual art, photography and markets appear at cafés, hotels, restaurants, wharf cellars, de Neude square and the hidden corners of the city.

“What the Dutch festival really excels at is diversity, showcasing artists who have been blurring boundaries for decades and reminding us that a better world is possible.” - BUST Magazine

Le Guess Who? focuses on artists that feel the urge to explore and expand the boundaries of certain genres. The festival features non-western sounds, jazz, folk, ambient, drone, avant-garde, modern composed, as well as contemporary pop and rock culture, and many blended forms of these genres.

Previous curators at Le Guess Who? were Fatoumata Diawara, Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed, Jenny Hval, Patrick Higgins, The Bug and Moon Duo (2019); Devendra Banhart, Shabaka Hutchings and Moor Mother (2018); Perfume Genius, James Holden, Grouper, Shabazz Palaces, Jerusalem In My Heart and Han Bennink (2017); Wilco, Savages, Julia Holter and Suuns (2016); Sunn O))) (2015); Swans’ Michael Gira (2014); and Ty Segall (2013).

Previous performers include Pharoah Sanders, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Anoushka Shankar, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Einstürzende Neubauten, Neneh Cherry, Swamp Dogg, Sun Ra Arkestra, Dr. John, Annette Peacock, Selda Bağcan, Elza Soares, Devendra Banhart, The Breeders, Thurston Moore Group, Sun Kil Moon, Autechre, Kamasi Washington, Junun feat. Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express, William Basinski, The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane performed by the Sai Anantam Ashram Singers, Magma, Keiji Haino, Patty Waters, Digable Planets, and Pauline Oliveros. 

“A force for good, bringing us together and changing our minds.” - The Quietus
“A multispace, all-inclusive four days of joyful musical provocation in inviting Utrecht.” - MOJO Magazine
“An open-minded, open-hearted festival.” - Uncut Magazine

Photography: Erik Luyten; Tim van Veen; Jelmer de Haas.

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