Festival line-up includes Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Anoushka Shankar, Ebo Taylor, Sons Of Kemet, Beverly Glenn-Copeland and a special collaboration between Saul Williams & King Britt
The Utrecht based Le Guess Who? festival returns with another mammoth edition. Now in its 12th year, it'll take place at various theatres, clubs, churches, galleries and warehouses scattered across the city between 8–11 November. As usual, a selection of musicians, artists and activists have been commissioned to curate different strands of the line-up.
Curated stages include Devendra Banhart presenting Vashti Bunyan, Ebo Taylor, Shintaro Sakamoto (formerly of Tokyo’s Yura Yura Teikoku), Chihei Hatakeyama, Joan Of Arc, and others. Among director and activist Asia Argento's selection is Lydia Lunch's Big Sexy Noise; Vera Sola and Psychic Ills. Shabaka Hutchings's list includes his Sons Of Kemet, Kojey Radical, Kadri Gopalnath, BCUC, King Ayisoba, Sibusile Xaba and Hello Skinny, and Moor Mother brings to the party The Art Ensemble Of Chicago (performing on the eve of their 50th Anniversary), a collaboration between Saul Williams & King Britt, as well as Islam Chipsy & EEK, GAIKA, Irreversible Entanglements featuring Pat Thomas, Maja Ratkje, Maria Chavez, Nicole Mitchell, Pan Daijing, Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program, RP Boo, and more. Other acts set to appear over the four days include AMMAR 808, Anoushka Shankar & Manu Delago, Cüneyt Sepetçi, Hailu Mergia, Jozef van Wissem, Lucrecia Dalt, Lucy Railton, Meridian Brothers, and Oliver Coates. Beverly Glenn-Copeland will also give a rare performance on the invitation of both Moor Mother and Devendra Banhart.
In addition Le Guess Who? has commissioned two new projects to premiere during the festival: Jerusalem In My Heart collaborating with an oriental orchestra from Beirut on an adaptation of classical Egyptian work Ya Garat Al Wadi (1928), plus Haley Fohr’s Circuit Des Yeux, who’ll be presenting Reaching For Indigo: Gaia Infinitus with The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.
Four day festival passes are available until 7 June for €117.50, after which the price will increase to €137.50. Day tickets will go on sale at a later date.