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23 November 2013

The Ex Festival

The adventurous, innovative Dutch band The Ex celebrates a five day festival in five main venues all over The Netherlands, simply called The Ex Festival. Not retrospective, but primarily forward-looking and adventurous. Among the many, very different guests invited, are young new bands, improvising legends, musicians and dancers from Ethiopia and a lot more!

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  • 26/02 @ 19:45 GRONINGEN - Vera
    The Ex, Fendika (ETH), Thurston Moore (USA), Han Bennink (NL), Chocolat Billy (F), MC Bart FM Droog, DJ Paul Schwarte.
  • 27/02 @ 19:30 NIJMEGEN - Doornroosje
    The Ex, Fendika (ETH), Thurston Moore (USA), Han Bennink (NL), Chocolat Billy (F), MC Tsead Bruinja, DJ Andy Ex.
  • 28/02 @ 19:30 DEN HAAG - Paard van Troje
    The Ex, Fendika (ETH), Thurston Moore (USA), Han Bennink + Peter Brotzmann (NL/D), Chocolat Billy (F), Trash Kit (UK), Space Siren (NL), MC Jaap Boots, DJ Andy Ex.
  • 01/03 @ 18:00 AMSTERDAM - Paradiso
    The Ex, Fendika (ETH), Thurston Moore (USA), Han Bennink + Peter Brotzmann (NL/D), Chocolat Billy (F), Trash Kit (UK), Space Siren (NL), Lena (NL), MC Peter Zegveld, DJ Jair Tchong.
  • 02/03 @ 19:00 UTRECHT - Tivoli
    The Ex, Fendika (ETH), Thurston Moore (USA), Han Bennink + Peter Brotzmann (NL/D), Chocolat Billy (F), Space Siren (NL), Trash Kit (UK), MC Arnold, Rebel Up! Soundclash DJs.

The Ex have defied categorization ever since they started playing in 1979. Born out of the punk explosion, when anything and everything was possible, the band have still managed to retain both curiosity and passion for their music. Using guitars, bass, drums and voice as ther starting point The Ex have continued to musically explore undiscovered areas right up to the present day: the early 1980s saw collaborations with jazz musicians and an Iraqi-Kurdish band. In the 90s the group found a myriad of partners from varied musical and non-musical backgrounds including Kamagurka, Tom Cora, Sonic Youth, Han Bennink, Jan Mulder, Ab Baars and Wolter Wierbos. In 2002 The Ex set up a lively musical exchange with Ethiopia, which eventually led to two CD recordings and hundreds of concerts with the legendary saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria.

After 34 years, more than 25 albums and around 1800 performances the band continues to work as they did in when they began, completely independent of record companies, managers or roadies. Because of this 'do it yourself’ work ethic The Ex is still a great example for other forward-thinking bands and musicians.

“Staying a bird, staying independent, free if you will, for three decades, that takes skill and something else, something more like heart”

Music journalist John Corbett on The Ex.

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