Rewire returns with star-studded line-up

Nina Kraviz, Elysia Crampton and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith among those performing.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

After seven outstanding editions, Rewire is set to return from 6 until 8 April with the most star-studded line-up to date. Spread over three days in old churches, factories, abandoned buildings and more institutional arts spaces and theatres across The Hague (NL), Rewire plays host to a thrilling combination of events in the day and long after the sun has set.

Having hosted standout artists as Arca & Jesse Kanda, Helena Hauff, Slowdive, Ben UFO and Aurora Halal, among many others, Rewire has already established a firm place in the hearts of (alternative) music lovers worldwide. This year, however, with guests including Fatima Al Qadiri, Floating Points, Nina Kraviz and Panda Bear geared to grace the stage, in addition to exclusive performances by Egyptian trio Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca & Tamer Abu Ghazaleh and L.A.-based synthesis Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, the three-day festival is due to be the most knockout yet.

Some brand new names on the line-up include Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca & Tamer Abu Ghazaleh, three of the most powerful and creative musical voices in the contemporary Arabic world, who will be presenting the European premier of their newly released Lekhfa. Blending elements of traditional Arabic, jazz, rock, shaabi and electronic music, this beautifully off-kilter sound is the perfect soundtrack to the modern day. Joined by a full live band of oud, buzuq, synths, guitars and percussion, they are definitely not an act to miss.

Likewise, keep your eyes and ears open for Bolivian-American musician, writer and producer Elysia Crampton, who explores the roots of queer identities in conjunction with South American spirituality through poetry, extensive DJ sets, futurist narratives and conceptual electronic compositions.

Using her trusty modular synth to the max, L.A-based composer and producer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is also set to grace the stage with her vibrant swirls of rich synthetic sounds, soothing rhythmic patterns and multi-tracked vocals that bring to mind the early works of Terry Riley and Suzanne Ciani. With both full festival passes and day passes available now, you’d kick yourself to miss Rewire’s 2018 edition. Tickets are on sale now—get yours here.

Words by Louise Goodger




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