Bong-Ra Premiere New Track 'Pharoah's Serpent'

April 9, 2018

Ahead of the highly anticipated Roadburn performance as part of Future Occultism, Bong-Ra has today premiered a new track via Roadburn.comPharoah’s Serpent is taken from Bong-Ra’s forthcoming album which is due to be unleashed into the world in May via Svart Lava Records.

With a career spanning over 20 years, Bong-Ra has never shied away from mixing up different influences and genres; he was one of the first artists to mix metal with electronics, plus was one of very few Dutch artists to record a Peel Session for the BBC to boot!

Last year Bong-Ra decided to take a new musical journey and dive back into the realms of doom, with fresh inspiration achieved through his other bands: The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble and The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation. His research into esoterics, the mysteries and ancient teachings brought his own perspective to the philosophy of his music. Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi, known for his recordings with Japanese noise artists Merzbow and Keiji Haino, adds a mix of free jazz and monolithic tribal percussion to the new sound.

Bong-Ra comments:

“Roadburn is really the only logical place for us to premiere the new material and new musical direction. The seamless parallels concerning our creative vision and passion have been a constant factor since Roadburn and Bong-Ra’s creation, both, not surprisingly in 1995.”

Today also just happens to be his birthday too – so, here’s to celebrating in style!

Bong Ra will perform  on Thursday, 19 April – along with Servants Of The Apocalyptic Goat Rave (the binary view and vision of Future Occultism), and Phurpha as part of Future Occultism.


Important Notice: Updated Travel Info

April 6, 2018

Roadburners staying outside of Tilburg.

It has just been confirmed that during Roadburn, on Saturday and Sunday there will be heavy railroad construction. If you’re traveling by train from Breda, Eindhoven or ‘s-Hertogenbosch central station to Tilburg and vice versa, there will be busses running instead of the trains. It will take an extra 30 minutes to get to Tilburg or back. This will apply all day, but we have outlined the late night timings below.

For the most up to date info, please check NS.nl or the public transportation WEBSITE.

Last trains/ busses:

Thursday night
Eindhoven – 0.13am | 0.38am
Breda – 0.08am | 0.28am
’s-Hertogenbosch – 0.13am | 0.43am

Friday night
Eindhoven – 0.38am | 0.54am
Bus (unnumbered)* – 2.13am
Breda – 0.08am | 0.28am
Bus (unnumbered)* – 2.20am
’s-Hertogenbosch – 0.13am | 0.43am
Bus (unnumbered)* – 2.15am

Saturday night
Eindhoven: Bus (unnumbered)* – 1.13am | 2.13am
Breda: Bus (unnumbered)* – 1.20am | 2.20am
’s-Hertogenbosch: Bus (unnumbered)* – 0.09am | 2.15am
Night bus to ’s-Hertogenbosch – 2am | 3am | 4am**

Sunday night
Eindhoven: Bus (unnumbered)* – 11.59pm | 0.22am | 0.52am
Breda: Bus (unnumbered)* – 0.24am | 0.54am
’s-Hertogenbosch: Bus (unnumbered)* – 11.39pm | 0.09am

*Leaving from Central Station.
** The departure area for this “night bus” is located at the Interpolis building, near the Tivoli Parking.
foto van Roadburn Festival.

Down below is the map you will get inside your Roadburn booklet (when you pick up your wristband) – it will give you an idea of where everything is in Tilburg. More useful info will come early next week when we send out the Roadburn 2018 A-Z guide.


Sannhet Premiere New Video For 'So Numb' Ahead Of Roadburn Appearance

April 3, 2018

It’s a little over two weeks until we open the doors on another edition of Roadburn, and kicking things off on that Thursday afternoon at Het Patronaat will be none other than Sannhet. Today, we premiere their new video for the track, So Numb, and it gives us a little sneak preview of what’s in store come April 19!

Hailing from Brooklyn, this instrumental trio deliver intensity in spades. The thoughtful care and attention that goes into their visual presentation evidently doesn’t diminish the gut-twisting potency and immediacy of their performance. Having previously straddled genres that veered into both black metal and post-rock, they’re in no rush to pick a side although their recent album – also titled So Numb – buries most traces of the former in lush melody and swirling beauty.

There is no lack of narrative, despite the absence of lyrics – Sannhet have perfected the art of wordless storytelling, presenting just enough information to allow us to piece together the rest of the picture for ourselves. This video is a continuation of this as the band explain:

“It is our intention for the viewer to use the sensory experience of a Sannhet event as you might a Tarot or a Rorschach. 
While witnessing the images, sound waves moving through their bodies, associations manifest and tangible meanings are gleaned – the product of their personal experience, a reflection of their inner self.
The interpretations that emerge originate in the viewers’ subconsciousness, thereby the performance becomes their own. This video is an attempt to peer into the experiential journey of one of our performances.”

What we take from that is that there’s not going to be much in the way of easing in gently to Sannhet’s set and indeed to Roadburn. So, prepare yourselves – you’re in for quite the ride.

So Numb by Sannhet is out now via Profound Lore. As well as playing Roadburn, the band will tour both Europe and America in the coming weeks, head to Facebook for more information.

Sannhet play at 3pm on Thursday, 19 April at Het Patronaat.


Roadburn 2018: Side Programme

March 27, 2018

Every year we strive to bring you just a little bit extra; something to enhance your Roadburn experience in a new and exciting way. The side programme is a big part of this – we work hard to bring you interesting insights, informed debate and a peek behind the scenes at what makes some of your favourite artists tick.

So, once again, we’ve got a jam-packed side programme with panel discussions, Q&As, film screenings and listening sessions. Why not indulge in a change of pace whilst you’re with us?

Cult of Luna & Julie ChristmasQ&A
Johannes Persson and Julie Christmas will join Metal Hammer’s Jonathan Selzer in conversation in the V39 on Thursday afternoon – a super solid start to our 2018 side programme, and a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of this adventurous musical pairing. When Cult of Luna teamed up with Julie Christmas for 2016’s Mariner, they didn’t have any plans to play it live. But the album has now taken them across Europe and seen them criss-cross the USA, before reaching its final destination here with us at Roadburn.

How did the project come together in the first place? What were those first live shows actually like? Is this really the last time we’ll see them on stage together? Those are the questions – among others – that Jonathan will be putting to Johannes and Julie, before turning the mic over to the audience to take their questions.

After the Q&A there will be a chance to meet Cult of Luna and Julie, and to get any merch etc signed.

Thursday, 17:00 (5pm), V39

 

Industry Panel: Moneycreative lifeblood or necessary evil?

Each year we gather together some of the brightest minds from the world of heavy music and debate a topic that’s relevant to the industry. This year we’re setting our sights on money!

To describe money as a necessary evil may seem frivolous when there seems to be so little of it to go around, but what conditions are likely to come along with a sponsorship deal or an advertisement? How can we trust the news and reviews we read if they have potentially been bought? How much does the resulting ticket sales matter to those in charge of choosing what acts play on a festival bill; is there still room for creativity? Do record labels still provide a cash injection that allows artists to create unhindered, or are creative conditions set on the use of that money?

ModeratorBecky Laverty

Frank GodlaMetal Injection
Gavin McInallyDamnation Festival
Michael BerberianSeason of Mist
Dana SchechterInsect Ark

Friday, 13:30 (1.30pm), V39

 

Kirk WindsteinQ&A
When Jacob Bannon hand picked Crowbar to play as part of his curated event, we’re pretty sure hundreds of heads start banging in anticipation of what was to come. And to further add to our delight, the band are set to play their classic Odd Fellows Rest album in full. Crowbar have been such an influential force in heavy music over the years and we’ve tasked Jose Carlos Santos with sitting down with Kirk to delve into what has made Crowbar tick for all these years.

We’ll learn more about the writing and recording of Odd Fellows Rest, and get a behind the scenes look at how the album impacted on the band, right the way up to them being asked to perform it for us in full.

Afterwards, you’re welcome to flip over any stones left unturned and ask Kirk questions of your own.

Friday, 15:00 (3pm), V39

 

Black Metal & Brews
From the moment Austin Lunn touches down in The Netherlands he will be seeking out beers: dark beers, hoppy beers, light beers, fruity beers – you name it, he’s on the case. All in the name of research of course.

The Panopticon main man is something of a beer connoisseur and runs his own Hammerheart Brewery in the USA. We’ve paired him up with Ben Handelman – good friend of Roadburn and fellow beer enthusiast, to compile a list of must-sup brews available in the fair city of Tilburg.

So we can gauge attendance, we request that you express your interest in the event HERE – that way we can print just the right amount of cut-out-and-keep beer guides for you to put into action for your own research around town.

Saturday, 13:00 (1 pm), V39

 

East Meets West Panel Discussion
Looming over Roadburn 2018, imposing an enormous shadow on proceedings is the influx of West Coast musicians who have formed the San Diego Wrecking Crew. A 48 legged beast that is sure to leave a dent on the city of Tilburg. Joining in the fun over the Roadburn weekend is a core group of musicians from the Japan who put a different spin on psychedelia. The two pronged psych attack will cross over a couple of times over the weekend (not least in the mammoth East Meets West Jam of course!), but on Saturday afternoon we’re gathering a few key figures together to talk about their respective scenes.

Tee Pee RecordsDave Sweetapple will moderate the discussion between Roadburn’s own Walter Hoeijmakers, EarthlessMario Rubalcaba, Zachary Oakley from Joy, and Go from Kikagaku Moyo as they talk influences, collaborations and deep cuts.

Saturday, 15:00 (3pm), V39


Andreas Kohl
Vinyl Manufacture Presentation

The resurgence of vinyl is more than a trend or a short-term hype. This should be clear by now even to conservative observers of the media world. Even with issues hampering growth such as pressing capacities, lack of new machinery and shortage of well-trained and enthusiastic personal vinyl still has been able to move some figures in manufacturing and is now on the brink of becoming a serious business model even for new companies and start-ups. With questions yet to be answered how the fandom-driven attitude of the medium will change first and foremost the future will depend on how technology will be able to adjust to the demand.

Andreas Kohl, Senior Sales Manager at Optimal Media, currently the world’s biggest pressing plant in terms of annual output will give an insight on new technology hitting the market and the current state of manufacturing the black gold in general. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session where every imaginable detail can be discussed and questions may be asked involving details of record manufacturing. Andreas will bring knowledge and passion to the discussion and answer all these questions.

Sunday, 13:00 (1pm), V39


Walter Roadburn
Q&A
Ever wanted to find out how Roadburn came to be the festival you see before you today? Ever wondered why a certain band is yet to make it on stage at Roadburn? Ever wondered who still tops Walter’s personal wish list after 20 years in this business?

Well, now’s your chance to find out! On the final day of Roadburn 2018, Walter will be reflecting on what has happened over the previous three days – and the previous two decades! This is your chance to put your burning questions to the mastermind behind Roadburn. But be quick as no doubt he’ll be dashing across the street to catch Sól án varma right after!

Sunday, 14:00 (2pm), V39


Listening Sessions

This year, we’re hosting a whole bunch of listening sessions for killer new records! We’re mixing things up a bit this year and the albums in question will be available to listen to at either the Hall of Fame bar or the Basement Bar of the 013 venue – why not get stuck into a beer or a whiskey whilst absorbing some new tunes?

We’re thrilled to bring you exclusive playthroughs of:
Thursday
19:00 (7pm), 013 basementHangman’s ChairBanlieue Triste
Friday
21:00 (9pm), 013 basementWiegedoodDe Doden Hebben Het Goed III
17:00 (5pm), Hall of FameMinami DeutschWith Dim Light
Saturday
18:30 (6.30pm), 013 basementBig KizzMusic Is Magic
20:00 (8pm), Hall of FamePetyrSmolyk
Sunday
20:00 (8pm), 013 basement Soft KillSavior

Home of MetalPortrait Shoot

Calling all Sabbath fans! Fancy being a part of heavy metal history?

If you worship at the altar of Iommi come and pay your respects by having your photograph taken by the good folk from Home of Metal, who are gathering a vast collection of Black Sabbath fans portraits from around the world.

They’ll be setting up in the Koepelhall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 16:00 and 19:00 (4 and 7pm) for you to add your face to the LINE UP.

The portraits gathered will form part of a major exhibition in Birmingham, the undisputed Home of Metal during the summer of 2019.

You can also contribute by digging out your Black Sabbath t-shirts, ticket stubs, photos, tour programmes, posters and uploading them to the digital archive which will help to inform the exhibition.

“It’s always humbling to realise how you’ve touched people’s lives with your music, a project where fans are actively involved is great”Tony Iommi

Roadburn Cinema presents: Revolver Films

One of the first videos to appear on the new-look Revolver website was a peek at Roadburn from the point of view of last year’s curator, John Baizley. It helped light the spark for a raft of creative and thoughtful cinematic output from the good folk at Revolver who have sought to be at the forefront of video content across heavy and alternative music for the past twelve months.

Now, as part of Roadburn Cinema, we are proud to present Revolver Films – a collection of short video presentations that include the likes of Melvins, Richey Beckett, Maynard James Keenan – and the jewel in this particular crown, a collaboration between Prurient, Nothing and Jesu. We will also host the worldwide premiere of a short film created by John Baizley and Revolver’s Jimmy Hubbard focussing on the artwork of Jef Whitehead.

Catch Roadburn Cinema: Revolver Films every afternoon between 16:00-18:00 (4-6pm).

Full Bleed 001: Richey Beckett
Full Bleed 002: Jef Whitehead
Jesu X Nothing X Prurientdocumentary
Jesu X Nothing X Prurientperformance
Baroness’ John Baizley on curating “hugely inspiring” fest
Golfing with the Melvins
Mastodon: Cold Dark Place: Album Art with Richey Beckett
Screaming Arrows: The Mastodon-Scott Kelly Connection
Motor Heads 001: Mlny Parsonz Royal Thunder
No Distortion 002: Scott Kelly “Stones From The Sky”
Scott Kelly Short Documentary
The Art of Work, with Maynard James Keenan.

Roadburn CinemaEvening Programme

Each evening from 7.30pm onwards we will screen three insightful films that we have handpicked for our discerning Roadburn attendees!

19:30 (7.30pm)Cocks and Crosses
We will have a nightly screening of Cocks & Crosses – a film that documents Årabrot main man, Kjetil Nernes as he learns of his cancer diagnoses, how he deals with the aftermath of receiving such news, and of the recording of the band’s 2016 album, The Gospel. Shot by director André Løyning, Cocks And Crosses is a must-watch.

On Friday evening, at 19:00 (7pm), ahead of the screening, Kjetil himself will be joining us for a little additional personal insight to the making of the documentary and the path that he now finds himself on.

21:00 (9pm)The Doom Doc
The Doom Doc – a look at the doom and sludge scene in the UK will also be aired every evening, giving a look at the bands that are keeping the underground alive.

22:30 (10.30pm)San Diego Takeover: Through the Lens of Just Some Dude by Lannie Rhoades
We will close each night at Roadburn Cinema with documentary footage from San Diego native, Lannie Rhoades who has compiled clips of his friends and peers – many of whom will be part of the San Diego Takeover – as they skate or play their way ‘round town.


Roadburn 2018: Cinema

Roadburn Cinema presents: Revolver Films

One of the first videos to appear on the new-look Revolver website was a peek at Roadburn from the point of view of last year’s curator, John Baizley. It helped light the spark for a raft of creative and thoughtful cinematic output from the good folk at Revolver who have sought to be at the forefront of video content across heavy and alternative music for the past twelve months.

Now, as part of Roadburn Cinema, we are proud to present Revolver Films – a collection of short video presentations that include the likes of Melvins, Richey Beckett, Maynard James Keenan – and the jewel in this particular crown, a collaboration between Prurient, Nothing and Jesu. We will also host the worldwide premiere of a short film created by John Baizley and Revolver’s Jimmy Hubbard focussing on the artwork of Jef Whitehead.

Catch Roadburn Cinema: Revolver Films every afternoon between 16:00-18:00 (4-6pm).

Full Bleed 001: Richey Beckett
Full Bleed 002: Jef Whitehead
Jesu X Nothing X Prurientdocumentary
Jesu X Nothing X Prurientperformance
Baroness’ John Baizley on curating “hugely inspiring” fest
Golfing with the Melvins
Mastodon: Cold Dark Place: Album Art with Richey Beckett
Screaming Arrows: The Mastodon-Scott Kelly Connection
Motor Heads 001: Mlny Parsonz Royal Thunder
No Distortion 002: Scott Kelly “Stones From The Sky”
Scott Kelly Short Documentary
The Art of Work, with Maynard James Keenan

Roadburn CinemaEvening Programme

Each evening from 7.30pm onwards we will screen three insightful films that we have handpicked for our discerning Roadburn attendees!

19:30 (7.30pm)Cocks and Crosses
We will have a nightly screening of Cocks & Crosses – a film that documents Årabrot main man, Kjetil Nernes as he learns of his cancer diagnoses, how he deals with the aftermath of receiving such news, and of the recording of the band’s 2016 album, The Gospel. Shot by director André Løyning, Cocks And Crosses is a must-watch.

On Friday evening, at 19:00 (7pm), ahead of the screening, Kjetil himself will be joining us for a little additional personal insight to the making of the documentary and the path that he now finds himself on.

21:00 (9pm)The Doom Doc
The Doom Doc – a look at the doom and sludge scene in the UK will also be aired every evening, giving a look at the bands that are keeping the underground alive.

22:30(10.30pm)San Diego Takeover: Through the Lens of Just Some Dude by Lannie Rhoades
We will close each night at Roadburn Cinema with documentary footage from San Diego native, Lannie Rhoades who has compiled clips of his friends and peers – many of whom will be part of the San Diego Takeover – as they skate or play their way ‘round town.


Phurpa To Replace Phuture Doom at Future Occultism

Due to unforeseen logistical issues Phuture Doom will not be able to participate in the Future Occultism ritual at Roadburn. In their place will be will be none other than Phurpa, who will be bringing their vocal hypnotism and unique form of spirituality to the proceedings. Their philosophy, music and artistic vision fits seamlessly with the Future Occultism concept and therefore was the obvious choice to be implemented for the full ritual.

We love to navigate unchartered artistic territories here at Roadburn and found a keen ally in Dutch breakcore pioneer Bong-Ra. Currently reinventing himself musically and spiritually, ever forward thinking and his eyes and ears set on the future. Together with his cohorts – whether it’s his partner in dark matters, Svart Lava, or by way of inspiring the meditative Phurpa collective – they are pairing a futuristic take on modern day occultism with an eclectic outlook on (doom) metal and electronics.

It’s such an exhilarating glimpse of what’s to come – a crossover of ritualistic metal electronics; a digital and technological / analogue and spiritual movement named Future Occultism.

We can’t wait for Bong-Ra to lift doom into it’s futuristic path at Roadburn 2018. His visionary performance on Thursday, 19 April – along with Servants Of The Apocalyptic Goat Rave (the binary view and vision of Future Occultism), and Phurpha.

The Future Occultism collective grasps back to forgotten roots of shamanism, paganism, tribalism and the natural force of nature, the female and the spiritual bond with the universe … the unknowns of the vastness that surrounds us, the eternal mystery of our existence, while embracing the technological reality surrounding us.


Roadburn 2018: The Running Order

March 15, 2018

We’re delighted to say that weekend tickets have now sold out, as have Thursday day tickets. There are limited numbers of Friday, Saturday and Sunday tickets remaining at the moment. For those who wait for the day schedules before buying a ticket – now’s your chance!

With a festival of this size we know there are going to be clashes – it’s inevitable, but trust us when we say that real blood, sweat and tears goes into creating these day schedules. We juggle production necessities with artist schedules, and of course weigh up the potential for clashes very carefully. We hope you enjoy planning your days at Roadburn!


Roadburn 2018: Full Bleed II

Following on from the success of last year’s Full Bleed exhibition, Burlesque of North America (BRLSQ) will return to Tilburg for Full Bleed II. Artists include our 2018 curator, Jacob Bannon, our official poster artist this year – Richey Beckett, plus former Roadburn artist alumni Becky Cloonan , John Dyer Baizley and Arik Roper.

This year Full Bleed will be held in a special area of the Koepelhal – one of our new venues for 2018. It will be placed close to the merchandise stands, so we expect it to be a popular destination for checking out new and exclusive artworks, plus meeting the artists behind them. 

The title of the exhibition refers to a common screen printing term, describing a process where silkscreen ink is printed beyond the cut edge of a poster. As a festival that prides itself on taking music and art beyond the expected border, we knew we had to bring this exhibition to Roadburn
once more.

BRLSQ is a creative studio and screen printing shop based in Minneapolis, USA, with only five full-time staff, but an immense vision. The roster of artists they collaborate with is rich and diverse, and John Dyer Baizley has been with them for over a decade.

BRLSQ general manager, Jodi Milbert commented: “When John was working on gaining his range of motion back after the bus accident, he was stir crazy, so I invited him to join us (BRLSQ) in Austin TX (US) for SXSW Flatstock in March 2013. The response from fans was amazing, and we had so much fun. He was hooked.”

“This poster exhibition at Roadburn has been something we’ve talked about and wanted to do for years. So this year, when he was asked to curate and wanted to bring the whole team along, there was no question.”

Full Bleed is an exhibition of printed artwork, along with a print sale featuring artists and collaborators connected through the community of heavy music, artistic comraderie, and a shared print shop: BRLSQ of NA. The exhibition will be open every afternoon / evening throughout Roadburn and a full list of the artists involved can be found below.

Richey Beckett
Responsible for our incredible official poster artwork this year, we’re thrilled that Richey Beckett will be returning to exhibit at Full Bleed II. Working predominantly with record cover and poster art, has been personally invited to create numerous works for legendary metal titans Metallica, progressive sludge behemoths Mastodon and psychedelic torchbearers the Grateful Dead.

Beckett uses traditional pen and ink methods to create intricately detailed pieces of black and white illustration. Taking influence from historic biblical, literary and natural history illustrators and engravers such as Doré, Durer, Audubon and Bewick, along with the decorative flair of Art Nouveau, Beckett creates his own organic world which expands with each new piece.
Clients include: Metallica, Mastodon, Grateful Dead, Kvelertak, Baroness, Robert Plant.

Jacob Bannon
Jacob Bannon has played a significant part in Roadburn 2018 – taking on the role of curator he has handpicked a clutch of bands that are as diverse as they are awesome. He will also perform with both Converge and Wear Your Wounds over the weekend, so he’s set for a busy weekend all told.

Born in 1976, Jake grew up near Boston, Massachusetts (US). When he was 11-12 he became obsessed with the vibrant artwork of the skateboard, BMX, and metal music cultures. He started painting and drawing in a serious manner at age 13. Enrolling at Art Institute of Boston in 1994, he abandoned the “Fine Art” exclusive approach, and enrolled in the Design Program to broaden his horizons. A nontraditional musician / artist / writer, he links all of his creative outlets together, making something bigger, more complex, and creatively personal.

John Dyer Baizley
Our 2017 curator and Baroness frontman returns to exhibit at Full Bleed – only this time hopefully with a bit more down time than last year!

In addition to his music-related artwork, John has a long-standing relationship with Burlesque of North America, with whom John has created thousands of art-prints.

Strongly influenced by symbolism from the 19th–century along with an encyclopedic knowledge of primitive mysticism, global mythologies, pagan rites and Jungian archetypes, Baizley arrives at a very different place with his imagery than typically expected.

While still embracing the seminal teenage icons like Pushead and Raymond Pettibon, and borrowing from collective narratives that predate modern art, Baizley has created an alternative dialect of imagery with his work, taking the viewer on a familiar, yet unique path.

Baizley’s artwork recalls the style of late 19th-century Art Nouveau and of 1980’s punk rock, but re-contextualizes it in a more personal, claustrophobic setting. By overloading traditional symbolism and metaphor with dissimilar stories, archetypes and references, stylistic tropes and lighthearted line work become a denser thing entirely, a story which is nearly unrecognizable when seen as a sum of its parts.

Becky Cloonan
Becky Cloonan left her fingerprints all over Roadburn 2016 with the incredible poster artwork that adorned our merchandise, posters, flyers and even flags around the city of Tilburg! A firm favourite with the Roadburn crowd, we’re thrilled that Becky will be making a return to the Full Bleed this year.

Cloonan is an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator who started self-publishing mini comics in 1999. Since then she has gone on to work with Vertigo, Dark Horse, Harper Collins and Marvel, with editions of her work published in several countries around the world. She still tries to self-publish a new mini comic every year.

Arik Roper
Another artist whose work will be very familiar to Roadburn audiences; Arik provided the official festival artwork in 2015, and has provided his considerable talents to several bands that have passed through the Roadburn venues over the years.
Roper is an illustrator who attempts to transcribe images from the visionary mental realms to paper and canvas. Over the years these images have appeared on an variety of album covers, posters, prints, books, magazines, animation, and other outlets that allow him to indulge in journeys of visual escapism.

Marald Van Haasteren
Marald van Haasteren was born in Leiden, The Netherlands in 1970. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague in 1995. He has been making art for the DIY and underground music scene since 1989 ( bands he worked for include: State of Fear, Wolfbrigade, Boltthrower, Kylesa, High on Fire).

His techniques range from black and white ink work till full color paintings. He uses digital media to boost his images but the basis is always hand drawn work.

Thomas Hooper
Thomas Hooper is a tattooer, an artist, a husband, and a father. These identities shape, blend and define his artistic sensibility across multiple creative mediums. Taking creative inspiration from historic iconography, alchemical and early scientific illustrations, traditional woodcuts and mystic cosmology, Thomas has been tattooing since 2000 and is considered a leader in the modern black-work tattoo genre.

Thomas studied drawing at the London Institute of Art and Design and his artwork has been displayed at numerous galleries, including a recent joint exhibit with his tattoo mentor Jim MacAirt at Fleet Gallery in his hometown of Hastings in East Sussex (UK). Thomas mixes orthodox and contrary drawing and painting techniques, organic textures, computer-enhanced patterns and geometrical entities from his everyday practice on skin in his fine art creative process.

In 2014, Mediafriends / Tattoo Life Productions published Inward: The Art of Thomas Hooper featuring over 120 drawings and paintings as well as a collection of sketches, textures and illustration that document his prolific artistry. Defying creative confinement, Thomas has collaborated with companies such as Fine Light Trading, Helmet Lang and True Black to create jewelry, fabric and clothing.

He has created album art and layout design for Neurosis, Converge, Tombs, Doomriders and many other musical groups. He is also the author and publisher of several highly-regarded pattern, line drawing and skull reference books. Thomas’s pictorial work may share a complementary undercurrent with his skin-based application, but it travels far from the world of tattooing to explore a very medium-orientated abstraction.

Maarten Donders
Maarten Donders is a Dutch illustrator residing in Paris. Moved mainly by the force of music from the 60s and 70s as well as the experimental and heavy music of today, Maarten is always challenged to combine the parallels of art with his love for music. Having visited and worked with the Roadburn Festival in his hometown of Tilburg for 10 years has had a big influence on him and his work. Being in Paris has also reinvigorated his enthousiasm for observing people and immersing oneself in art.

Other big fascinations are nature and the human mind, and mainly the movements of art-nouveau, symbolism and surrealism. Beyond the distinctive ‘psychedelic’ aura of his work, his focus remains fundamentally human: he sees his personal experiences, ideas and meanderings as one and they are translated into images of strong figures via dreamlike narratives and a surreal use of themes and color. Sometimes very intricate, others fairly minimal, his illustrations breathe through a natural flow, a heady vibe both dark and bright.

Burlesque of North America (BRLSQ)
Burlesque of North America is a creative studio and screen-printing shop based in Minneapolis MN. We have a relatively small in-house team: Ben Lafond and Sarah Schatz are screen-printing co-wunderkinds and ink-wizards, Wes Winship reigns supreme with creative oversight and large-scale painting, Mike Davis drinks from an bleeds design and sweats vector-art, and Jodi Milbert is the queen-bee shop manager and shipping-overlord. The full scope includes many contributors and collaborators. We are very lucky to work with an army of hyper-talented artists, all dedicated in a lifelong pursuit to perfect the printed image.

Full BLEED II OPENING TIMES:

THURS APRIL 19: OPENING DAY
Open hours: 27pm

FRI APRIL 20:
Open hours: 27pm

SAT APRIL 21:
Open hours: 2 – 7pm

SUN APRIL 22: CLOSING DAY
Open hours: 26pm

Full Bleed is supported by Brabant C.


Roadburn presents: Verwoed

For almost a decade, we have been showcasing promising Dutch or Belgian bands that have their own vibe, while at the same time possessing that certain Roadburn flair. We strongly feel that the Dutch underground is currently brimming with talent, and needs to be explored by our international community, too. In collaboration with Never Mind The Hype – an independent Dutch music platform for everything heavy, alternative and deviant – we’d like Verwoed to (re)connect with our receptive attendees during an intimate show at the Cul de Sac on SaturdayApril 21 in TilburgThe NetherlandsVerwoed starts at 1.30pm.

Hailing from UtrechtVerwoed is one of the most exciting bands to spearhead the New Wave of Dutch Black Metal, a new generation of musicians on the rise, and even developing a cult of their own. The band’s much acclaimed debut album, Bodemloos, delves deep into paranoia and schizophrenia – Verwoed’s malicious, darkened feel offers a visceral ascension into full-blown psychosis. It serves as a hallucinogenic exploration through harrowing black metal, and dense, melodic ambience, which is both terrifying and soothing – catharsis through ugliness and utter beauty.

Over the last few years, Dool and Laster’s performances stunned press, industry and fans alike, and we feel that Verwoed will do the very same at Roadburn 2018, as the band shows such a considerable growth since their 2017 performance at Cul de Sac as well. In fact, Verwoed is now definitely on par with their Scandinavianbrethren, and will conquer all in their path. Rumours on the street are that Verwoed will have a second album out soon.


Insect Ark premiere the video for Skin Walker via Roadburn

Insect Ark have been floating around the edge of our peripheral vision for a couple of years now – popping up on wish lists and end of year lists here and there – but they have come crashing into full focus with the release of their latest album, Marrow Hymns.

It wasn’t a difficult choice to add them to our 2018 line up, and for every single person that squeezes into the Cul de Sac on Thursday, 19 April, we’re sure this is going to turn out to be one of those life affirming sets. There are plenty of bands that paint a picture or set a scene without needing lyrics, however this instrumental duo manage to be minimalist in all the right places, and yet layer up on the emotion and intensity just when it’s needed most. The result is, quite frankly, crushing at times.

We’re thrilled to present the premiere of the video for their track, Skin Walker. Filmed by Stanya Kahn and Mariah Garnett with the former also directing, the video unites Insect Ark’s two halves – Dana Schechter (bass, lap steel guitar, synthesizers) and Ashley Spungin (drums, synthesisers) –  in stark black and white footage that pushes their intensity to the forefront.

Watch the video for Skin Walker below.

Marrow Hymns is out now via Profound Lore. Insect Ark play the Cul de Sac on Thursday, 19 April. After their Roadburn appearance, Insect Ark will be touring in Europe, including dates with Roadburn alumni and former Artist in Residence, GNOD.