Le Guess Who? Festival announces full curated programs for 2019

Le Guess Who? Festival has announced its curated programs for November 2019, featuring performances by Holly Herndon, Efterklang, Lightning Bolt, Master Soumy, Mykki Blanco, Vladimir Ivkovic, Amnesia Scanner, Sudan Archives

Le Guess Who?, with an established track record for featuring boundary-crossing music from all over the world, takes place from 7-10 November 2019 in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Recently, Le Guess Who? announced the curators of the festival, including programs by Fatoumata Diawara, Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed, Moon Duo, The Bug, and Patrick Higgins.

The festival has also revealed Príncipe Discos and Spazio Disponibile label nights, and a special performance by DJ/producer Vladimir Ivkovic.

Read on for more information of the curated acts by each artist.

Curated by Fatoumata Diawara

Grammy-nominated Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara’s curation focuses on artists related to afrocubism – a cross-pollination of Malian and Cuban music – and afrofuturism. She will host a solo performance by Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca, who previously performed in the legendary Buena Vista Social Club; rapper Master Soumy, the voice of a new generation in Mali, who addresses topics like migration, education, and freedom of religion; and nomadic Tuareg artist Ahmed Ag Kaedy, whose music evokes the bare remnants left of the Kidal region, where he is banished from. Diawara herself will also perform at the festival, and will also screen two films: Mali Blues and Yao.

Curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed

Radical Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen and her partner, sound artist Salvador Breed, curate a program symbolizing their highly intertwined aesthetics. They invite a.o. Danish pop adventurers Efterklang; Berlin-based duo Amnesia Scanner and their outlandish take on club music; J-E-T-S, the collaboration between Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum’s Travis Stewart; American rapper, performance artist, poet and activist Mykki Blanco; and singular DJ/producer Djrum, who has been at the cutting edge of UK bass for almost a decade. Van Herpen and Breed will also host an exhibition by hand embroidery artist James Merry.

Additions to curated programs, including Holly Herndon: PROTO

Holly Herndon presents her pioneering new album ‘PROTO’ live at Le Guess Who?. Featuring grandiose orchestration and created together with an A.I.-entity, the album marries organic and artificial elements into music that is immediate, innovative and alive. Her performance is curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed, as well as Moon Duo and Patrick Higgins, who all featured Herndon on their wish lists.

Other additions to curated programs include Sudan Archives, who offers audiences a hypnotic glimpse of where pop music can go next; and, Berlin-based Argentinian duo Mueran Humanos, whose music is a fascinating mix of noise, post-punk and industrial. Both performances are curated by Moon Duo. Patrick Higgins has added Lightning Bolt’s hailstorm of noise, as well as multi-disciplinary performance Dossier X. The Bug invites Stockholm-based minimalist Kali Malone for a special organ performance and has added a personal performance featuring grime MC Flowdan.

Príncipe Discos and Spazio Disponibile label nights

Le Guess Who? presents two label nights during the festival. Portugal’s Príncipe Discos is dedicated to releasing contemporary dance music of Lisbon, from its suburbs to its outskirts, and will present performances by DJ Marfox, DJ Firmeza, and Nídia

Hailing from Goa, Rome, Spazio Disponibile is a bastion of experimental techno. The label will present performances by Donato Dozzy, Neel, Grand River, and Crossing Avenue.

Vladimir Ivkovic presents: 20 years after Suba / Rex Ilusivii’s death

In 1995, Serbian producer Mitar Subotić – also known as Suba and Rex Illusivii – created the visionary album Wayang. Twenty years after his untimely death, this lost classic remains a crowning moment in experimental electronic music, combining polyrhythms, archived sound, industrial atmospherics, and vocal chanting into baffling, cinematic music. Belgrade-based DJ Vladimir Ivkovic will present this masterpiece in its full glory at Le Guess Who?.

The full outline of newly confirmed artists can be found below.


Tickets for Le Guess Who? 2019 are on sale now. More info via www.leguesswho.com.

Le Guess Who? cooperates with The Dutch Council for Refugees for the ‘Grant an Entry’ initiative, which gives visitors the option to buy an additional day ticket for a refugee residing in The Netherlands who would like to visit Le Guess Who? but does not have the financial means to do so.


Newly confirmed artists for Le Guess Who? 2019:

curated by Fatoumata Diawara

Ahmed ag Kaedy

Fatoumata Diawara

Master Soumy


Roberto SOLO Fonseca

Films: Mali Blues & Yao

curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed

Amnesia Scanner (live)

Blazing Suns (live)

Coucou Chloe

Djrum (live)



Holly Herndon: PROTO

J-E-T-S (Jimmy Edgar x Machinedrum)



Maarten Vos + scenography by Nick Verstand


Mykki Blanco


Expo: James Merry

curated by Moon Duo

Holly Herndon: PROTO

Mueran Humanos

Sudan Archives

curated by Patrick Higgins

Dossier X (Higgins/Mirabile/Schreiber)

Holly Herndon: PROTO

Lightning Bolt

curated by The Bug

Kali Malone

The Bug feat. Flowdan

Spazio Disponibile presents

Crossing Avenue (live)

Donato Dozzy

Grand River (live)


Príncipe Discos presents

DJ Firmeza

DJ Marfox


Vladimir Ivkovic presents: 20 years after Suba / Rex Ilusivii’s death