General info

What is Le Guess Who?

Le Guess Who? is a festival dedicated to boundary-crossing music and culture from all over the world, focusing on artists who explore and expand the boundaries of contemporary pop and rock culture, as well as non-western sounds, jazz, folk, ambient, drone, avant-garde, electronic music, classical music, modern composed music, and many blended forms of these genres.

Over four days, Le Guess Who? takes over the entire city center of Utrecht, The Netherlands, to present 200+ electrifying performances hosted in pop venues, theaters, churches, galleries and warehouses. Satellite events with music, film, visual art, photography and markets appear at cafés, hotels, restaurants, wharf cellars, public squares, and are also nestled within the city’s hidden corners.

Every year, Le Guess Who? invites a diverse range of artists to curate part of the festival. Previous curators are 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).

When does Le Guess Who? take place?

The fourteenth edition of Le Guess Who? is set to take place 11-14 November 2021.

Where does Le Guess Who? take place?

Le Guess Who? takes place over four days in the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands, and features performances in dozens of different locations, including beloved pop venues TivoliVredenburg, EKKO, De Helling and dB’s, as well as various theaters, churches, galleries, brewpubs, and even a fire station. The non-musical festival program--film screenings, visual art and photography exhibitions, lectures, debates and listening sessions--are presented in workshops, movie theaters, bookstores, and museums. You can find an overview of all festival venues here.

Who will perform at the next edition of Le Guess Who?

The full line-up for Le Guess Who? 2021 has been revealed; here you can find an overview of all artists confirmed. 

If you’d like to view the line-ups of past editions, here you will find a list of performers from 2019, 2018, 2017; all other festival editions can be found in our online archive

How do I make sure I don't miss any festival updates?

Line-up additions and other festival news items are announced on this website. If you’d like to be among the first to hear about festival news & program updates, subscribe to our newsletter and/or Whatsapp service, and make sure to follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.

I miss the festival! Is there a way to relive past festival editions?

Yes! We have recorded several festival performances over the last years, which we have gathered in our Recordings archive. Featuring over 50 audio and/or video recordings of live performances at Le Guess Who?, our archive includes a.o. Aldous Harding, Ayalew Mesfin & Debo Band, Makaya McCraven, Minyo Crusaders, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Neneh Cherry, Mount Eerie, and Selda Bağcan.

Apart from live performances, the LGW? YouTube channel contains a lot of content that was broadcast as part of LGW ON (like Reports from Other Continents, Vunk on Vacation and King Khan's Telethon), as well as video portraits of former festival curators and performing artists, live sessions, interviews and reports on our satellite events and educational projects. All our audio recordings can be found on Soundcloud.

Do you want to explore the past line-ups of the festival? Our carefully composed playlists, as well as playlists curated by a.o. Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed, The Bug, Moon Duo, Jenny Hval, Devendra Banhart, Shabaka Hutchings and Moor Mother, are available to stream on Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music. Do you want to explore the past line-ups of the festival? Our carefully composed playlists, as well as playlists curated by a.o. Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed, The Bug, Moon Duo, Jenny Hval, Devendra Banhart, Shabaka Hutchings and Moor Mother, are available to stream on Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music.

Can I purchase any Le Guess Who? merchandise?

The official Le Guess Who? merchandise from past editions can be found in our webshop while supplies last. This includes t-shirts, sweaters, face masks, umbrellas, and postcards.

 

Tickets & Festival wristbands

Where can I buy tickets?

All tickets for Le Guess Who? 2021 are currently sold out. But with current policy being that cultural events can only take place with 75% capacity in The Netherlands, it might be that more tickets become available later. We can’t say for sure at the moment but if this is the case, we’ll announce it via our social media channels before they go on sale.

Please not that Yourticketprovider is the only official ticket provider of Le Guess Who?. Please beware of possible ticket scammers and note that a safe way to buy tickets from someone else is via TicketSwap, a platform that enables reselling of tickets in a safe way and is a partner of Yourticketprovider.

What tickets do you offer?

Each year, we offer 4-Day Festival Passes as well as separata Day Tickets for the festival, which give you access to all festival activities (but please keep in mind that venues have limited capacity).

I can't find my ticket or didn't receive it at all. What should I do?

If you’ve bought your ticket via Yourticketprovider, please use the link in the confirmation email to download your ticket (also check your spam and promo folder). If you didn't receive the confirmation email or you can't find it anymore, please contact us via info@leguesswho.com.

I bought a ticket for Le Guess Who? 2020. Is it still valid for 2021?

If you initially bought a ticket for Le Guess Who? 2020 and didn't choose to request a refund or make a donation back then, your ticket is still valid for the upcoming festival edition, 11-14 November 2021 in Utrecht. By now, you should have received an email with your updated tickets for Le Guess Who? 2021. 

Where can I exchange my ticket for a festival wristband?

To ensure entrance at different festival venues, you will need to exchange your ticket for a festival wristband when arriving at the festival. Please note: You can ONLY do this at our ticket desk in TivoliVredenburg (right next to Utrecht central station). Wristband pick-up is not available at any festival venues other than TivoliVredenburg. You also must collect your individual wristband in person, as they need to be worn immediately. We accept printed tickets, but can also scan it from any mobile device.

 

Covid-19 policy

Le Guess Who? will have a Covid-19 protocol in place for our 2021 edition, which follows regulations imposed by the Dutch government. We aim to keep all visitors informed as thoroughly as possible, but please keep in mind that the answers given below are subject to change; no rights can be derived from the information below.

At what capacity will Le Guess Who? 2021 take place?

At this moment, organized events can go forward at 75% capacity. This applies to all venues that are part of the festival and will be monitored and supervised on sight.

Do I need to show a proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test result to be able to attend the festival?

Currently it is mandatory to show your EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) in order to enter and attend a cultural event in The Netherlands. This Covid Certificate represents a proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result.

For people who have a Covid Certificate
You can request your Covid Certificate using the CoronaCheck app and must show this certificate in combination with a valid ID.

For people who don’t have a Covid Certificate
If you can’t request an EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC), you can enter and attend a cultural event in The Netherlands with a negative test result only. All information and requirements regarding testing can be found at Testen voor Toegang (Testing for Access). Test facilities will be available in Utrecht.

Please note that a negative test result is only valid for 24 hours. There is a possibility that you will need to show your Covid Certificate at every festival venue, or at least at the start of your festival day.

Can I just enter all festival venues with my festival wristband?

To ensure entrance at different festival venues, you will need to exchange your ticket for a festival wristband when arriving at the festival. You can only do this at TivoliVredenburg. Due to the Covid Certificate policy, it is conceivable that every visitor will have to pick up a new festival wristband every day in order to enter festival venues. If this is the case 11-14 November, we will inform all festival visitors about this in advance.

Will it be possible to host shows after midnight during Le Guess Who? 2021?

Currently, shows are allowed to take place until 12AM. We hope we’ll be able to present a festival timetable that goes on until after midnight. However, if this regulation is not  lifted by the government before 11-14 November, it is possible that we will move all shows to an earlier time. We will announce the timetable at a later date; but please note that the timetable is always subject to change.

What safety measures will be taken at the festival?

Since all festival visitors must show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result, we are permitted to organize Le Guess Who? without any distance measures. Face masks will not be required at this time, but all visitors are free to wear a mask if they so choose.

To ensure the safety of the audience, employees and artists, we ask you to stay home and make an appointment to get tested if you have one or more of the following symptoms on the day of your festival visit: cold-like symptoms (such as a runny nose, sneezing and/or a sore throat), coughing, shortness of breath or pneumonia, an elevated temperature or a fever, a sudden loss of smell or taste.

 

Traveling to The Netherlands and Utrecht

How do I travel to The Netherlands?

From a large number of major European cities, the city of Utrecht is accessible by train. Using the high speed train networks of a.o. Thalys, ICE International, TGV and Eurostar, you can easily travel to Utrecht from many cities, including London, Brussels, Paris, Marseille, Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Basel and Vienna. For international train information, please check NS international travel or Interrail.

If you are traveling by plane, the most convenient airport is Amsterdam Schiphol, just 30 minutes away from Utrecht by train. You can also fly to Eindhoven Airport or Rotterdam The Hague Airport.

How do I travel to Utrecht?

A non-stop train departs Schiphol airport for Utrecht Central Station every 15 minutes, and the journey takes approximately 30 minutes. From Eindhoven Airport and Rotterdam The Hague Airport, it takes around 80-90 minutes to travel to Utrecht by public transport. For national train information see the NS website.

 

Getting around Utrecht

How do I get from one festival venue to another?

The easiest way to get around Utrecht and the festival is by bike. There are multiple options for bike rental in the city: 
Willemstraatbike (Willemstraat 22)
Laag Catharijne (Lange Smeestraat 30) 
Black Bikes (Vredenburg 29)
Fietsen Utrecht (Nobelstraat 293)

The venues located in the city center, such as TivoliVredenburg, EKKO, Theater Kikker, Janskerk, BASIS and Kapitaal, are all within walking distance from each other. You will find a detailed overview of all festival venues here.

 

Accommodation

Where can I stay during the festival?

There are many good places to stay in Utrecht, including Stayokay Utrecht City Center, City Lodge, and BUNK Hotel, both located in the city center, just a couple of minutes from TivoliVredenburg and other venues. More accommodation options in or around the city center can be found here.

 

Accessibility

Are all festival venues accessible for people with disabilities?

Le Guess Who? aims to present a festival that is accessible to everyone, but unfortunately not all venues are equally accessible. For more information regarding facilities for people with auditory impairment, wheelchair accessibility, disabled parking places and accessible toilets, please have a look at the specific venue page (you can find an overview of all venues here). To make sure that festival visitors with disabilities can be accommodated properly, we recommend that you contact the venues you wish to visit in advance.

 

Support the festival

Is there a way to support the festival other than attending it?

If you’d like to support Le Guess Who? and help us continue developing the festival in the upcoming years, you can make a donation via leguesswho.com/donate. With your donation, we are able to develop and present once-in-a-lifetime performances, exclusive projects and special audio/video recordings during the festival. You can also order one of our merchandise items to support the festival. We are very thankful for your support.

 

Volunteering

I would love to be a part of the LGW team. Can I apply as a volunteer?

Each year, Le Guess Who? works with a large team of volunteers, compiled of enthusiastic music-lovers from all over the world. Applications for the upcoming festival are now open.

 

Accreditation

I would like to attend the festival as a journalist. How do I apply for accreditation?

If you'd like to attend the festival to provide media coverage, get in touch with us for more information. Please note that we receive many requests, and cannot guarantee accreditation for all due to capacity issues. 

 

Other

Is your question still unanswered?

Get in touch by emailing us at info@leguesswho.com.

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