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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 cultures. The 15th edition of the festival takes place 10-13 November 2022, in the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

LGW platforms underrepresented sounds that are rarely heard in other places--sounds that deserve attention not only for their merit, but also because they have the power to enrich lives. Here, artists push the boundaries of expectations and lead us to the idea of something bigger: the unprecedented diversity of human creativity. 

“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

Across four days Le Guess Who? takes over the entire city center of Utrecht, with over 150 artists performing in pop venues, theaters, churches, warehouses, and clubs. Exhibitions, art installations, films, talks and other satellite events appear at cafés, restaurants, movie houses, wharf cellars, public squares and the hidden corners of the city.

Throughout the years, Le Guess Who? has grown to become a leading international festival, known for its unparalleled presentation of genre-challenging music. In 2019, visitors from 61 different countries travelled to Utrecht in November to attend the festival.

Previous Le Guess Who? curators

2021: John Dwyer, Lucrecia Dalt, Midori Takada, Matana Roberts, and Phil Elverum
Fatoumata Diawara, Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed, Jenny Hval, Patrick Higgins, The Bug, and Moon Duo
2018: Devendra Banhart, Shabaka Hutchings, and Moor Mother
2017: Perfume Genius, James Holden, Grouper, Shabazz Palaces, Jerusalem In My Heart, and Han Bennink
2016: Wilco, Savages, Julia Holter, and Suuns
2015: Sunn O)))
2014: Michael Gira (Swans)
2013: Ty Segall

Documentary: 'Representing the Underrepresented'

“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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