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Le Guess Who? reveals full 2023 festival program

New program additions include ESG’s final EU performance, Alan Sparhawk (of Low), Bala Desejo, Caterina Barbieri & Space Afrika with MFO, and programs hosted by AMPFEMININE, re:ni & more

Photography by Tengbeh Kamara

Le Guess Who?, considered to be one of the most forward-thinking festivals around the world, returns to Utrecht, the Netherlands, from 9-12 November for its 16th edition.


The festival now reveals its full 2023 line-up, after previously announcing festival curators Heba Kadry, Nala Sinephro, Slauson Malone 1 and Stereolab, as well as performances by Dudu Tassa & Jonny Greenwood, James Holden, Deena Abdelwahed, Backxwash, African Head Charge, Faiz Ali Faiz, and more. 


General program

Joining Le Guess Who?’s general festival line-up are a.o. South Bronx group ESG, for their very last European performance; Bala Desejo, one of Brazil’s most coveted bands who, despite having just released their first record, already have a Latin Grammy under their belt; Alan Sparhawk, who returns to the stage after long-time musical and life partner Mimi Parker–with whom Sparhawk founded Low–passed away last year; a special collaboration between Italian composer Caterina Barbieri and electronic duo Space Afrika, with the unique visual wizardry of Marcel Weber (MFO); New York City singer-songwriter Joanna Sternberg whose new album ‘I’ve Got Me’ was praised for its personal and openhearted character; Lost Girls, the Norwegian duo of Jenny Hval (LGW19 curator) and Håvard Volden; The Necks, who have forged a creative chemistry that is felt at once upon hearing them, yet impossible to explain; Ndox Electrique, a ritual of possession which comes from Senegal’s N’döep ceremonies; Brìghde Chaimbeul, the leading purveyor of experimental Celtic music and of the Scottish smallpipes; Pakistan’s maestro of the Balochi Benju Ustad Noor Bakhsh, who had to cancel last year due to health issues, will perform as part of Hidden Musics; and W.I.T.C.H., responsible for pioneering ‘zamrock’, return to the stage with their first new album in nearly four decades, alongside Dutch musicians Jacco Gardner and Nic Mauskoviç.


Programs presented by AMPFEMININE, re:ni, Cami Layé Okún, and U?

Rotterdam-based DJ collective AMPFEMININE aim to add a lovely variety of color and diversity behind the decks. At Le Guess Who?, they present an evening of feminine energy with a.o. DJ and producer Tayhana, who has been flaring up dancefloors all over Latin America and the world, through a combustive combination of urban and traditional; and Soft Break, who takes her listeners on a sonic tour through jungle, dubstep, grime, footwork, and more.


Be it via her memorable DJ sets, her NTS hosting duties, or her breakthrough EP, UK-minded music-heads will certainly recognize re:ni’s name. Besides performing at Le Guess Who?, she also hosts her own program that includes London DJ SHERELLE, called the ‘leader of a paradigm shift in dance music’; UK-based musician, composer, producer, and label-head Lee Gamble; and Berlin-based Detroit native DJ Stingray 313, who is known for his rapid-fire electro and techno-filled sets.


A relentless crate-digger, Cuba-born Cami Layé Okún’s work as a DJ goes beyond curatorship, be it behind the booth or on ‘Insolar’, her fortnightly radio show on NTS. At Le Guess Who?, she hosts an ‘Insolar Night’, with a.o. Roger Damawuzan, whose first seven-inch vinyl, ‘Wait For Me’, made him a legend of Togolese music.


Le Guess Who? teams up with U?, the freely accessible city festival, to present a program of promising, Netherlands-based artists, such as Amsterdam’s six-piece Nusantara Beat, who have quickly amassed a cult following due to their exciting new take on Indonesian tradition; and Rotterdam quartet Neighbours Burning Neighbours, whose first releases introduced listeners to their irresistible and malformed brand of void-piercing noise-pop.

Extra Friday & Saturday Festival Tickets and WAS. & BASIS Tickets

Very limited extra Friday & Saturday festival tickets, as well as Night Tickets for re:ni presents (Saturday 11 November at WAS.) and AMPFEMININE presents (Saturday 11 November at BASIS), will go on sale on Friday 15 September, at 11AM CEST via www.leguesswho.com/tickets.


Le Guess Who? collaborates with The Dutch Council for Refugees and Buddy to Buddy for ‘Grant an Entry’, which gives visitors the option to buy an additional day ticket for newcomers residing in The Netherlands, who would like to visit the festival but don’t have the financial means to do so.


Visitors also have the option to compensate for the CO2 emission of their travel in the ticketing process. These compensation funds will go directly to festival partner Natuur en Milieufederatie Utrecht. More info can be found via www.leguesswho.com/sustainability.


For more info, visit www.leguesswho.com.

Full line-up Le Guess Who? 2023

General Program

African Head Charge


Alan Sparhawk (of Low)

Ana Frango Elétrico

Armand Hammer

Attila Csihar, Void ov Voices

Ava Mendoza



Bala Desejo

Bill Orcutt & Zoh Amba

Bill Orcutt Guitar Quartet


Bixiga 70

Brìghde Chaimbeul

Caterina Barbieri + Space Afrika with MFO



Damsel Elysium


Decisive Pink

DJ Fitz

Domenico Lancellotti

dragonchild x Sunken Cages


Faiz Ali Faiz

Hagop Tchaparian

Holy Tongue

Jarak Qaribak' by Dudu Tassa and Jonny Greenwood

Joanna Sternberg

Josephine Foster

Joy Guidry

Kelman Duran

Le Cri du Caire

Lost Girls

Maroulita de Kol

Marta Salogni performing Pauline Anna Strom

Maya Ongaku

Mayssa Jallad

MC Yallah

Mong Tong 夢東


Ndox Electrique


Niño de Elche

Pedro Ricardo


Purling Hiss

Rachika Nayar


Rose City Band




Sofie Birch & Antonina Nowacka present Languoria

Special Interest

The Harvest Time Project: A Tribute to Pharoah Sanders

The Homesick

The Necks

Voice Actor


Wolf Eyes



Curated by Heba Kadry


Al Nather

Alessandro Cortini

Amina Alaoui

Baskot Lel Baltageyya

Deena Abdelwahed presents Jbal Rrsas

El Kontessa

Faten Kanaan


Kamilya Jubran

Marta Salogni & Valentina Magaletti

Randall Dunn

Vessel (live)

ZULI & Omar El Sadek present λ


Curated by Stereolab

Afrikan Sciences

Bitchin Bajas



Irreversible Entanglements

James Holden

Kali Malone's 'Does Spring Hide Its Joy' ft. Lucy Railton & Stephen O’Malley



Nala Sinephro

Rhys Chatham

Shake Chain


The Cromagnon Band

Tom Skinner

Yama Warashi


Curated by Slauson Malone 1

Ahya Simone

Chris Pattishall 


Ebun Sodipo

Kali Malone's 'Does Spring Hide Its Joy' ft. Lucy Railton & Stephen O’Malley

LA Timpa

Mark Leckey



Nala Sinephro

O Ghettão

Richard Dawson


Curated by Nala Sinephro



Layla Rutherford with Ensemble Insomnio


Nok Cultural Ensemble

Nyokabi Kariūki

Shy One

Slauson Malone 1



Hidden Musics

Pankisi Ensemble

Rəhman Məmmədli

Sophie Nzayisenga

The Good Ones

Ustad Noor Bakhsh


The Anonymous Project



Ale Hop & Laura Robles present Agua Dulce

Bengal Chemicals

Rắn Cạp Đuôi Collective

Ruhail Qaisar

The Phantasmagoria of Jathilan

YL Hooi


Le Guess Who? & U? present

Arp Frique & Family

Greetje Bijma & Oceanic

Keenan Mundane

Khorshid Dadbeh

Library Card

Lunetten Shadow Banking

Neighbours Burning Neighbours

Nusantara Beat

Phantom Wizard

Sydney Lowell






Nala Brown

Soft Break



re:ni presents

DJ Stingray 313

Lee Gamble DJ




Cami Layé Okún presents Insolar Night

Cami Layé Okún

El Volcán

Roger Damawuza

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