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We’re back in 2017, 9-12 November, to once more take over the picturesque city of Utrecht, Netherlands, in celebration of sound.

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Le Guess Who? Comes Full-Circle This Year
With our 10th Anniversary Edition, November 10th-13th, 2016

Each year has been better for us than the last, and for this celebrated event we plan a very special selection of our family favorites, as well as all-time highs; a nod to both past and future in exceptional curated programs to be announced momentarily. As the circle we come back to where we began, taking over the city of Utrecht in celebration of sound. Here, the first of a series of artworks by Joseph Yarmush of Suuns, revealing piece by piece the evolving line-up as November nears. More info at


The unstoppable streams of information that wrap tangles around our brains can get a little confusing to say the least. These restless beams carry huge amounts of images, opinions and sounds around the world, almost blinding in quantity and depth, and navigating to a place of interest can take up as much time as digesting the details found on arrival. One such area that both benefits and suffocates from this endlessness is music. That feeling of there being too much is a direct result of, well, there being too much, but also how most of it is accessible in a few clicks. The eclectic minded individual could well view a simple task of listening to a new artist a daunting feat, akin to decided upon a single snack on a street housing eateries from every corner of the world.

Fortunately there are organisations who take the time to pick through the dense saturation, curating brave and diverse podcasts, events and online archives to assist, even if slightly, those who simply do not have the time. The music festival format has always been a very effective way to see your favourite acts live, whilst also discovering some new names. Le Guess Who? is one such organisation, embracing the diversity of many a UK festival whilst waving a proudly alternative, underground flag, but throwing themselves open to a whole city in what is a truly massive, all-corners-covered spectacle of high quality, defiantly excellent music.

Held in Amsterdam’s charming, quieter sibling Utrecht, Le Guess Who? takes over multiple venues from the tiny, DIY minded ACU to the colossal concert halls of the TivoliVredenburg events centre. Around these most of the city seems to go about its business, though delightful pockets of festival activity crop up in cafes, churches and galleries. It’s clear a lot of work goes into orchestrating something so extensive.

What’s obviously most crucial however, is what these venues actually host. Last year’s event swung gracefully and violently between explosive heaviness from the likes of Swans and Savages, experimental and world music (seeing Einstürzende Neubauten in a hall more suited to a vast theatre piece was quite something), electronica from heroes Autechre, plenty of calm ambience (there was a stage devoted to 24 hours of drone) and plenty more.

We’re revealing the full line-up for Le Guess Who? 2015 with 55 new additions.
The Notwist, Atlas Sound, Sunn O))) presents Hildur Gudnadóttir, Yung Gud, Islam chipsy / EEK,Prefuse73, Lee Gamble (DJ set), Huerco S., Heems, Bob Forrest, The Besnard Lakes, Michael Price Trio,Masayoshi Fujita, Nâ Hawa Doumbia, Mark McGuire,Hop Along, Hooton Tennis Club, Rats On Rafts, Terzij de Horde and many more will be joining us in November!

During Le Guess Who? 2015, in the daytime on Saturday November 21 & Sunday, November 22, Record Planet’s Mega Record & CD Fair will take place in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht.
Being the world’s biggest record fair, this is an event that in the past 23 years has enjoyed international acclaim and made its name as the place to be for music fans, crate diggers, deejays and vinyl lovers. Approximately 550 dealers from all over the world offer the greatest choice of vinyl, cd’s and other pop memorabilia. Additionally, you can wander through exhibitions, meet and greet live acts, attend book signings and join the pop quiz.

As part of this 44th edition, the fair is hosting a sixties/seventies Detroit exhibition, showing original artwork from the beginning of the careers of Iggy Pop & the Stooges and MC5. Special guest is former manager of MC5, John Sinclair.
For the latest info, pre sale, full dealer list and program, visit

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excellent looking line up for the Guess Who Festival