The Hague’s REWIRE festival has announced the first 11 names for its 2012 edition, which takes place November 2-4.
Pete Swanson – erstwhile member of Yellow Swans and more recently purveyor of “destroyed techno” (not his words, we hasten to add) on records likes Man With Potential (Type, 2010) and most recently a split 7″ with Moin on Blackest Ever Black’s Confessions sub-label – will journey from New York to present one his face-melting live sets. Another Blackest-affiliated act, Black Rain, will also perform – the brainchild of Ike Yard’s Stuart Argabight, Black Rain’s post-industrial techno cues created for the film Johnny Mnemonic and a Neuromancer audiobook were reissued earlier as Now I’m Just I’m A Number: Soundtracks 1994-95 to much acclaim.
Laurel Halo, whose Quarantine album on Hyperdub has been one of this year’s most talked-about releases, is on board, as is London’s terrific, underrated Patten, and gloomy electronic pop types Halls. Four Tet-produced avant-jazzers Rocketnumbernine, ambient/drone institution Deaf Center and Glasgow techno perennial Alex Smoke, LA hip-hopper Nosaj Thing and Holland’s own H-SIK and FilosfischeStilte complete the first round of announcements.
A limited number of Early Bird Weekend tickets, priced just €25. Tickets will go on sale on Monday at rewirefestival.nl.