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I really need to go to this festival.  A couple of questions:

- Does it sell out quite quickly?  

- Do we have a sense of whether this is most of the acts or will there be a lot more?

Great things that stand out to me on first glance: Mabe Fratti, Wau Wau Collectif, Moor Mother/Billy Woods, dreamcrusher, Animal Collective, clipping., Upsammy, Low, Keely Forsyth, Habibi Funk DJ, The Staples Jr. Singers, Jeff Parker, Laurel Halo, Abdullah Ibrahim, Myriam Gendron and Marina Herlop.

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3 minutes ago, lessthanwill1 said:

I really need to go to this festival.  A couple of questions:

- Does it sell out quite quickly?  

- Do we have a sense of whether this is most of the acts or will there be a lot more?

Smaller/weirder acts generally get added over time, it's usually quite a full lineup but with lots of stuff you'll have never heard of. They usually do a second announcement in early summer and then full lineup comes September-ish.

It sold out late summer last time, but as ever with festivals nowadays you can pick up stuff on resale. There's day tickets as well.

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Very excited to be going for the first time this year. Got to admit, I am unfamiliar with most of the names announced but that is part of the attraction. Doing a double-header with the record fair, though it has moved to Den Bosch. Any tips from previous attendees welcome.

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39 minutes ago, jannybruck said:

Smaller/weirder acts generally get added over time, it's usually quite a full lineup but with lots of stuff you'll have never heard of. They usually do a second announcement in early summer and then full lineup comes September-ish.

It sold out late summer last time, but as ever with festivals nowadays you can pick up stuff on resale. There's day tickets as well.

Thank you, very helpful.

This is probably a very stupid question but it’s not camping is it?  And the venues are all indoor?  I guess people usually just stay in Utrecht somewhere? 

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2 minutes ago, lessthanwill1 said:

Thank you, very helpful.

This is probably a very stupid question but it’s not camping is it?  And the venues are all indoor?  I guess people usually just stay in Utrecht somewhere? 

No camping, all indoors in a mixture of theatre/club/gig venues. Generally most people stay in Utrecht or Amsterdam (the trains run regularly and late), but I'll warn you in advance that accom costs in general are very high over there.

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32 minutes ago, Hip Priest said:

What's it like moving from room to room or venue to venue? Are some shows hard to get into?

Yeah but arrive early enough and it's fine. 

I got into The Raincoats about 10 ins before they started and apparently 15 mins later there was a huge queue.

If you are considering going and haven't booked accommodation then do so ASAP.

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10 hours ago, lessthanwill1 said:

Do we have a sense of whether this is most of the acts or will there be a lot more?

Great things that stand out

I'd say this is about a third of the overall acts. I'd imagine it's most of the European acts though. 

Really hoping Midori Takada gets added. 

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10 hours ago, lessthanwill1 said:

And the venues are all indoor

Most of the venues are in Tivolivredenburg which is the best multi room venue I've been to in my life. It's a stunning place. The architecture, sound quality and general feel of the space is just amazing.

There's other locations around the city including a few churches (which are equally stunning), clubs, DIY spaces etc. Importantly it's all very walkable.

There's also a lovely, small old cinema in which they put on movies that are free. I watched Keyboard Fantasies (the Beverly Glenn Copeland film) there in 2019 which was a lovely way to start the day. 

I cannot recommend LGW? enough. It's the most enriching festival I've ever been to. There's so much wonderful unusual stuff that you don't get elsewhere. 

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