We're very pleased to present you the curators and initial line-up for Le Guess Who? 2018.
A gentle reminder: current 4-Day Festival Passes are available until Thursday, 7 June, and will increase in price after that date.
This year’s curators have now been announced, each hosting an array of inspirations and like-minded artists.
Eclectic songwriter Devendra Banhart curates a.o. Vashti Bunyan’s subtle pop-poems; Ghanaian Highlife trailblazer Ebo Taylor; and post-apocalyptic exotica from Shintaro Sakamoto (formerly of Tokyo’s Yura Yura Teikoku).
Director and activist Asia Argento invites wayward foursome The Breeders; Lydia Lunch's Big Sexy Noise; Vera Sola’s cinematic Americana; and the psychedelic bluesgoth of Psychic Ills.
Jazz superforce Shabaka Hutchings presents a.o. Sons of Kemet; Ghanaian-British poet-turned-rapper Kojey Radical; Indian Carnatic music pioneer Kadri Gopalnath; and BCUC’s Soweto Afropsychedelia.
Moor Mother brings us the rich jazz legacy of Art Ensemble of Chicago (on the eve of their 50th Anniversary); a special collaboration between Saul Williams & King Britt; and Egypt’s Islam Chipsy & EEK. New age & folk jazz explorer Beverly Glenn-Copeland will give a rare performance on the invitation of both Moor Mother and Devendra Banhart.
Le Guess Who? commissions
Le Guess Who? will initiates two new projects, both premiering during the festival: Jerusalem In My Heart collaborates with an oriental orchestra from Beirut in a performance that will include an adaptation of the classical Egyptian work “Ya Garat Al Wadi” (1928).
In addition, Haley Fohr’s Circuit des Yeux presents ‘Reaching For Indigo: Gaia Infinitus’. For the first time, Fohr enlists an ensemble featuring members of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. This one-off performance further expands her captivating compositions and will include the debut of previously unreleased music.
Le Guess Who? also reveals the first performers for the general festival line-up, featuring Ehtio-jazz greatness Hailu Mergia; Seattle grunge icons Mudhoney; Dominican experimental reggaeton producer Kelman Duran; Sudanese funk futurism from The Scorpios; sax powerhouse Colin Stetson; Neo-soul and avant-R&B artist Serpentwithfeet; Afro-beat and space disco from Amsterdam’s The Mauskovic Dance Band; Japanese psychedelia outfit Kikagaku Moyo; Eleanor Friedberger’s synth-infused, quirky pop songs; and clarinet virtuoso Cüneyt Sepetçi playing modern Turkish wedding and party music.
Renowned Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar will present a collaboration with Austrian Hang-player Manu Delago and 27-member string section from the Metropole Orkest.
The full outline of confirmed artists can be found below.
4-Day Festival Passes are available for €117,50 (incl. service costs) until Thursday, 7 June. After that date, the price will increase to €137,50. Day tickets will be available at a later date.
Initial line-up for Le Guess Who? 2018:
Curated by Asia Argento:
Lydia Lunch's Big Sexy Noise
Curated by Devendra Banhart:
Joan Of Arc
Curated by Moor Mother:
Art Ensemble of Chicago
Irreversible Entanglements feat. Pat Thomas
Islam Chipsy & EEK
Maja S. K. Ratkje
Pan Daijing presents: Fist Piece
Ras_G & The Afrikan Space Program
Saul Williams & King Britt present Unanimous Goldmine
Curated by Shabaka Hutchings:
The Comet Is Coming
Sons of Kemet XL
Anoushka Shankar & Manu Delago with MO Strings
Circuit des Yeux presents 'Reaching For Indigo: Gaia Infinitus'
'Don't Say The Moon Has Set' by Jerusalem In My Heart Orchestra
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Greg Fox Quartet
Jozef van Wissem
Judith Clijsters: Bored To Death
The Mauskovic Dance Band
Please The Trees
More artists to be announced.