International focus on line-up Le Guess Who? Festival, Utrecht

International focus on line-up Le Guess Who? Festival, Utrecht

Festival facilitates couch surfing and bicycle rental.

The yearly festival of new independent pop music Le Guess Who? in Utrecht, The Netherlands, has an impressive line up for the 2011 edition. Le Guess Who? is an ever changing format to place creative, daring and refreshing scenes in the spotlights. From 24 November till 27 November, the festival stages more than 80 acts in 4 days, spread across eight venues in the centre of Utrecht, such as Tivoli, Ekko and Rasa. The line-up of Le Guess Who? is the sum of progressive and urgent music of 2011 that has received a lot of attention from both journalists and fans.

Highlights program Le Guess Who? 2011
The New York based sound and sample artist Panda Bear, Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox, will be seen live in the Netherlands for the first time. His third album, Person Pitch (2007) is one of the most acclaimed indie albums of the last decade and is seen as a major inspiration in the contemporary indie scene. His newest, again well-received album, album Tomboy which was released this year is a great follow-up. This also applies to the British electronics producer Zomby, who released Dedication this year, a real masterpiece full of melodic 'musical poetry'.

After the successful worldwide reunion of American indie rockband Pavement in 2009, front man Stephen Malkmus recorded a very strong pop album with The Jicks, on which he shows the best of Pavement. Exclusive on Thursday at Le Guess Who?. On that same day, Shabazz Palaces will perform his minimalist hip-hop, surprisingly released on the Sub Pop label, which we mainly know from bands like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins.

Also from California, with a wonderful album which will definitely appear in lots of end of the year lists: Richard Buckner, who along with Pinback, Bill Callahan and Low will share the stage of Tivoli Oudegracht on Friday.

Another special feature is the brand new project by Dustin O'Halloran (whose instrumental piano pieces are used on the soundtrack of Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola): A Winged Victory For The Sullen. A collaboration of O’Halloran with Adam Wiltzie (of ambient-drone band Stars of the Lid), resulted in a wonderful autumn album with indescribable beauty.

The international character of Le Guess Who? is further emphasized by the Japanes Nisennenmondai and Bo Ningen, the Jewish klezmer band SoCalled and Oy Division, the Nigerian group Inerane and many more from all around the globe.

Couch Surfing through a Facebook plug-in
Utrecht only offers a few options for cheap accommodation. Le Guess Who? therefore facilitates the CouchSurfing principle through a Facebook plug-in on its website. On, the international visitors and the Utrecht based festival-goers are being brought together. The idea is simple: you post a message where you mention that you are looking for a bed or a sofa during the festival. Using the Facebook plugin, you can easily place your request, respond and not to forget: like.

Bicycle Rent
For you to move as quick as possible between the eight different festival venues, special rates and extra opening hours are agreed with bike rental with “Laag Catharijne”. This bike rental shop is opened at night during Le Guess Who?, making it easier to return the bike. The bike rental is located next to the station: very useful if you need to get the night train. You can rent a bicycle for 7 euro’s per day or 20 euros for 4 days.

Utrecht is the beating heart of the Netherlands. A city with an unparalleled vitality. A medieval city centre small enough to explore on foot. Large enough to enjoy world class festivals, modern architecture, trendy shops and interesting museums for days on end. Utrecht has a wealth of culture and history. Utrecht bustles with life. 65,000 students. An extensive number of cultural events. Friendly outdoor cafés. Hospitable hotels. Utrecht has it all. Located merely thirty minutes from Schiphol airport. And all of the great Dutch sites nearby.