For just over 10 years, Le Guess Who? has been building itself up into the sort of adventurous and carefully curated festival that now provides a bit of an antidote to the sameness elsewhere. While a lot of the action unfolds in one multi-theater complex, the fest also spreads out across Utrecht, taking over venues and bars lining its idyllic canal and winding streets. Not that, say, Governors Ball is setting out to do anything remotely similar to Le Guess Who?, but I can tell you from personal experience that the latter is a lot more unique and intriguing than seeing the Killers in a field for the 15th time.
Today, Le Guess Who? has unveiled the initial lineup for its 2018 iteration. And as usual, there’s already a pretty wide spectrum covered, including the Breeders, Mudhoney, Serpentwithfeet, JPEGMAFIA, Jessica Pratt, Colin Stetson, Eleanor Friedberger, and a whole lot of other names from around the world. In addition, there are one-off performances like Circuit des Yeux’s “Reaching For Indigo: Gaia Infinitus,” which will feature previously unreleased music.
The other thing that sets Le Guess Who? apart from a lot of other festivals is that they invite a handful of artists to help curate the lineup. This year, they’ve asked Asia Argento, Devendra Banhart, Moor Mother, and Shabaka Hutchings. Below, check out the whole lineup, broken down by curation and the general program.
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
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
Ticket info is available on the festival’s official website.