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

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?

You can buy tickets for Le Guess Who? on our website: leguesswho.com/tickets. From there you will be referred to the ticketshop of Yourticketprovider, which is the only official ticket provider of Le Guess Who?

What tickets do you offer?

Each year, we offer 4-Day Festival Passes for the festival, which give you access to all festival activities (but please keep in mind that venues have limited capacity). Separate day tickets will also be available, but these go on sale later.

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 folder). If you didn't receive the confirmation email or you can't find it anymore, please contact us via info@leguesswho.com.

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.

 

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 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 typically open around September.

 

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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