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From the Very Interesting Press Release Department:

Le Guess Who? Festival (The Netherlands) is extremely proud to announce two special projects for 2014: a 3-day program curated by Swans/Michael Gira, and the world premiere of 24-Hour Dronefest. Le Guess Who? 2014 takes place November 20-23 in Utrecht, NL. Previously announced acts include Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Selda feat. Boom Pam, St. Vincent and Einstürzende Neubauten.

Michael Gira, the main force behind the mighty Swans, will curate a three-day program for the project Mouth To Mouth. This is the second installment of Mouth To Mouth, and the first spanning multiple days and venues. The curated line-up includes Swans, legendary UK post-punk band Wire, New York psychedelic/electronic pioneers Silver Apples, Dominick Fernow's Prurient, Carla Bozulich (Evangelista), Xiu Xiu, Baby Dee, Jenny Hval and noise tyrant Ben Frost.

The Mouth To Mouth-project will also feature a special performance of the London based post-punk group Savages, together with Japanese avant-rock band Bo Ningen, entitled 'Words To The Blind'. Inspired by the surrealist, early DADA concept of simultaneous poetry, the group experiments with improvisation and noise. Le Guess Who? will be the first time this performance of all new material will be seen and heard outside of London.

This year, Le Guess Who? will host the world premiere of 24-Hour Drone Fest, initiated together with New York's Basilica Hudson. Beginning at midnight on Saturday, November 22, this project will cover the entire spectrum of drone during 24 non-stop hours of live performances and installations. First acts confirmed for this project are avant-gardistic producer/composer William Basinski (amongst others known for his four-part The Disintegration Loops), guitarist/producer/composer Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O)))), Tim Hecker, London-based duo Raime, and Steve Hauschildt (formerly of Emeralds). More acts for 24-Hour Dronefest will be added soon.

24 non stop hours of drone. We can't wait!!

As the release says, the 24 hours of drone thing is a collaboration with New York's own Basilica Hudson where Swans and Tim Hecker are also playing as part of Basilica SoundScape in September. As previously mentioned, that NY fest will also play the Scott Walker / Sunn O))) album that comes out ten days later, every hour from 2-9 PM on Saturday of the fest at Future Past Studio, which is located near Basilica.

Catch Bo Ningen back in the USA when they tour with Kasabian this fall.

The Europe festival won't be the first time Bo Ningen and Savages have collaborated.

Unlike Savages, Swans appear on the recently released "Best Albums of the Decade So Far" list from Pitchfork.

The full line-up for Mouth To Mouth, curated by Swans/Michael Gira, is listed with more Netherlands fest info below.


Le Guess Who? 2014 takes place November 20-23 in different venues and locations across the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands. In the daytime on November 22 and 23, the Mega Record and CD Fair will take place at the Jaarbeurs convention centre in Utrecht. The fair is internationally renowned for its enormous supply of vinyl, cd's, and pop memorabilia

Previously announced acts for Le Guess Who? include Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Selda feat. Boom Pam, St. Vincent, Einstürzende Neubauten, Owen Pallett, tUnE-yArDs, Mac DeMarco, Tamikrest, Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten, Ought, Dean Blunt, Son Lux, Daniel Norgren, Wreckless Eric, Amen Dunes, King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard, Trans Am, Paus, Helado Negro, Steve Gunn, Torn Hawk, Thug Entrancer and A Winged Victory For The Sullen.

Tickets for Le Guess Who? are available at www.leguesswho.nl.
Early bird 4-day festival passes are just €90 through August, but increase to €100 September 1st.

Line-up for Mouth To Mouth curated by Swans/Michael Gira
Savages / Bo Ningen 'Words To The Blind'
Silver Apples
Ben Frost
Sir Richard Bishop
Baby Dee
Carla Bozulich
Xiu Xiu
Xylouris White
Victor Herrero
Jenny Hval
Okkyung Lee
Father Murphy
Leafcutter John

Line-up for 24-Hour Dronefest
(more acts to be announced soon)
William Basinski
Stephen O'Malley
Tim Hecker
Steve Hauschildt

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