Rewire announces first artists for 2023 edition

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Kelela, Fever Ray and more are all set to play the Dutch festival’s 12th edition.

Rewire has announced the first artists for its forthcoming edition. Coinciding with the Easter holiday, the festival’s 12th edition brings together emerging and established talent for performances at The Hague from April 6 to April 9 2023. Rewire has revealed that it will be the home of the second ever performance of Perfect Vision by Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith – who will be headlining the festival – with visuals for the performance handled by filmmaker Pedro Maia. The performance will also bring together artists from Mexico and Paris, for a sonic exploration backed by indigenous instruments.

Fever Ray and Kelela are also amongst the 30 announced acts, off the back of upcoming new LPs from both artists. Also joining the billing, there’s Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Himera, Osheyack, Moin, Sarahsson, Rainy Miller, Rachika Nayar and LSDXOXO, who will play a live set.

In the coming months the festival will also announce its extended programme of talks, workshops, screenings, installations and commissioned works.

The festival is offering €20 off 3-day passes until the 1 December. Visitors will need to buy a Plus Ticket in order to access Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith’s performance, and tickets for the opening on 6 April will be available at a later date. Head to the Rewire website for tickets and the 2023 line-up so far.

This year’s edition saw shows from Scratcha DVA, Ecko Bazz, Debonair, Jenny Hval, Blackhaine and more. In our review of Rewire 2022, we wrote: “The line-up is diverse and genre-crossing – the only common thread being a commitment to experimentalism and creativity across the board. In stark contrast to the summer’s festivals, where who’s playing is often less important than which friends are going, at Rewire the focus is unflinchingly on the music.” Rewire 2023 will be the second live edition of the festival following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

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