This week, from Thursday until Sunday, Le Guess Who? Festival will return to Utrecht to fill the city’s numerous venues with some of the finest musical acts around. With a bill full of so many great artists, both contemporary and old(er) heroes (and a lot of Incubate alumni!), it’s almost impossible to provide a list of must-sees and just thinking about the programme and deciding on which bands to see is already giving our very own Arthur Janssen several headaches. However, there are a few very special things going on at Le Guess Who? this year that he recommends. Here’s a short run-down of some essentials:
SUNN O))) PRESENTS
Steve O’Malley and Greg Anderson were asked to curate a line-up at the festival. The Sunn O))) founders came up with a diverse and exceptionally four-day programme featuring the likes of Chelsea Wolfe, Virus, Bölzer and Aluk Todolo, but also non-metal acts like Japanese avant-garde icon Keiji Haino, avant-pop singer Julia Holter, sixties legend Arthur Brown, avant-garde pioneer Annette Peacock, who will play her first Dutch show in over twenty years, Steve O’Malley and Greg Anderson themselves, and still loads of others. The Sunn O)))-curated programme is a festival and an essential in itself.
Arthur Brown – “Fire”
MIKAL CRONIN WITH STRINGS AND HORNS
Californian songwriter Mikal Cronin basically just does whatever he wants, and that can be anything from fuzzed-out garage rock to beautiful pop songs (like his 2013 album MCII). At Le Guess Who? Mikal Cronin will push his creative boundaries once more: he’ll play one exclusive show with a both a string- and a horn-section backing him up. Watch this video of Mikal Cronin live at Conan O’Brien to get a glimpse of what’s to come!
Mikal Cronin – “Change” on Conan
German Krautrock legends Faust are considered one of the most important and radical groups in the krautrock movement of the seventies. Even after disbanding in the eighties and reuniting in the nineties, multiple line-up changes, over ten albums and 40 years this genre-defining group is still going strong. A must see at Le Guess Who?!
Faust – “the Lurcher”
Levitation, formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, are hosting a programme at Le Guess Who? presenting psychedelic music in the broadest sense of the word. With acts such as Melbourne post-punks Total Control, heavy noise-rock duo Lightning Bolt, Japanese four-piece Bo Ningen, and a special collaboration between Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart.
Lightning Bolt – “The Metal East”
T.P. ORCHESTRE POLY-RYTHMO DE COTONOU
Formed in the late sixties, T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou (“The all-powerful poly-rhythmic orchestra from Cotonou), have released a great amount of records (50 LP’s and over one hundred EP’s, according to Discogs) with music taking elements from afrobeat, funk, jazz, soul and indigenous music from Benin itself. After years of silence, the group reformed in 2009 and have even recorded new material. Don’t miss them at Le Guess Who? 2015!
T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – “Angelina II”
As mentioned before, with the mind-boggling amount of good artists that will play Le Guess Who? it’s really impossible to provide a short run-down of must-sees without leaving some very essential acts out of the list. Here’s a short extra list of not to be missed acts that will play Utrecht next week. In no particular order:
Terzij de Horde, Islam Chipsy, Swervedriver, Kamasi Washington, Atlas Sound, Metz, Last Ex, Eric Chenaux, Ought, The Spacelady, Folläkzoid, Black Oak, Mustafa Özkent ve Belçika Orkestrasi and Circuit des Yeux.
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