Le Guess Who? Festival, known as Europe’s “most adventurous music festival”, have announced their curators for the 2019 edition.
The curators for 2019 are:
the pioneering voice of Mali, Fatoumata Diawara;
award-winning Dutch fashion radical Iris van Herpen & sound artist Salvador Breed;
Norwegian multi-disciplinary artist Jenny Hval;
shape-shifting electronic producer The Bug;
New York avant-garde composer Patrick Higgins;
and psychedelic/kraut mystics Moon Duo.
At Le Guess Who?, curators present a range of inspirations and like-minded artists, including established performers as well as new and upcoming acts with whom they share their musical and cultural ideas. This means that the festival’s chosen curators have a huge impact each year on the music that takes place.
LGW? 2019 curators will this year be part of the 2019 theme ’embracing the unknown’.
Dedicated to showcasing boundary-crossing music from all over the world, LGW? 2019 takes place from 7-10 November in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
More information on each curator for 2019:
actress and Grammy-nominated musician Fatoumata
Diawara has been
universally praised as one of Africa’s most trailblazing and
outspoken voices. Growing up in the Wassoulou region, she experienced
stifling traditions and the oppression of women. In her music,
Diawara addresses fierce political topics, fighting for the rights of
women and children in her homeland. Her curated program will focus on
artists related to afrocubism–a cross-pollination of Malian and
Cuban music–and afrofuturism.
fashion designer Iris
van Herpen is widely
recognized as one of
fashion’s most forward-thinking and free-spirited creators, and her
surrealistic designs are
celebrated by a.o. Björk, Beyoncé & Solange Knowles, and Tilda
Swinton. Van Herpen will curate a musical line-up with her partner,
sound artist Salvador
symbolizes their highly intertwined aesthetics, which have been
developed over several years of collaborating on numerous creative
projects. Breed preoccupies himself with the way acoustics, natural
ambiance, silence and space enrich one another, to expand our notions
of listening, experiencing and sensing.
multidisciplinary artist Jenny
Hval’s work aims
to break beyond the confining zones of one specific genre or arts
discipline. Hval challenges our expectations and notions of the
traditional live performance to form a deeper connection with her
audience. It’s an artistic pursuit Le Guess Who? wholeheartedly
admires and endorses;
Hval’s turn to
curate her own line-up feels long overdue.
music of Oregon’s Moon
Duo manifests like a
moving painting, punishing and hypnotic at the same time. Recent
years have seen them develop into an intoxicating live act
continually searching for a new approach to genres like psychedelia,
krautrock and disco, a voyage that will be reflected in their curated
it’s contemporary composed music or avant-garde exploration, Patrick Higgins consistently uses music as a tool to reflect on social issues, such
as climate change, and the role of the individual in a digitized
world. Exploring the possibilities and limits of music, the New
York-based composer, guitarist and producer presents his selection of
like-minded and equally boundary-pushing mavericks.
As The Bug,
producer and composer Kevin Martin seamlessly brings extremities
together in a righteous, organic way. From stomach-churning noise to
the deep pulse of dancehall and dub, The Bug’s appetite for
innovation has resulted in some of the most satisfying records and
collaborations of the past 20 years. This curatorship innovatively
merges noise, metal, hip-hop, dancehall and dub.
curators, with the exception of Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed,
will perform live at Le Guess Who? 2019. The curated programs will be
announced at a later date.
Guess Who? 2019 Dates & Tickets
Guess Who? 2019 takes place from 7-10 November, throughout the entire
city of Utrecht.
Festival Passes are available now until Thursday, 2 May for €123,00
(incl. service costs). From that date, passes increase to their final
price of €148,00. Day tickets will become available at a later