The EX 33 1/3 years anniversary festival

The Ex

Thursday 29 November 2012 | 8PM

The Ex
Jackdaw with Crowbar
Zea + Xavier Charles
Ken Vandermark (solo)
Mats Gustafsson + Terrie + Andy
MC Stewart Lee



Friday 30 November 2012 | 8PM

The Ex + Ethiopian guests + Tony Buck
Trash Kit
Steve Beresford + Wolter Wierbos
Terrie + Xavier Charles
Valentina Campora dance - Choreog. Gabriella Maiorino - music Andy Moor / Yannis Kyriakides
MC Steve Beresford



Saturday 1 December 2012 | 8PM

The Ex + Brass Unbound (Ken Vandermark, Roy Paci, Wolter Wierbos, Ab Baars)
Api Uiz
Terrie Ex + Ab Baars
Andy + Anne-James Chaton
John Butcher + Tony Buck
Ab Baars + Roy Paci
MC Roy Paci
DJ Ken Vandermark (SOUL AND FUNK 60s/70s)




The adventurous, innovative Dutch band The Ex celebrates its 33⅓ year anniversary with a two day festival in which is not merely retrospective but is especially forward-looking. Among the many guests are young as well as seasoned experimental and improvising musicians from, among other places, Amsterdam, New York, Chicago, Ethiopia, Scandinavia and Great Britain.

Since 1979 The Ex has been operating beyond categorization. Born out of the punk explosion, which made everything possible, the band remained curious. Using guitar, bass, drums and voice as departure points The Ex kept exploring musically undiscovered areas: the early 1980s saw collaborations with jazz musicians and an Iraki-Kurdish band. Later on the group found partners such as 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 with the legendary sax player Getatchew Mekuria.

After 33⅓ years, more than 25 albums and around 1800 performances the band still works independently, without record companies, managers or roadies. Because of this work ethic of doing it all yourself The Ex still is 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).

"An Ex show is a shared experience, they take the audience on a musical adventure to places no one has been before. They are the most interesting musical unit in the world today...Go and see the Ex and you will hear rhythms you have never heard before...a sweaty seething party, an uplifting, joyful celebration. They have brilliantly proved that playing music with this sense of wild-eyed fun and radical political edge and this adherence to all that was good and great about the positive politic of the punk and post punk period can actually fucking work" - The Quietus


The three days will be hosted by Steve Beresford and Stewart Lee with guest musicians including Jackdaw With Crowbar, Trash Kit, Api Uiz, Anne James Chaton, John Butcher, Ab Baars, Roy Paci, Wolter Wierbos, Christine Abdelnour, Tony Buck, Ken Vandermark and Xavier Charles.