Roadburn 2018: Ticket Alert

March 1, 2018

TICKET ALERT:  3-day and Thursday tickets are now SOLD OUT!

Of the 4-day tickets, just 35 remain, so don’t snooze on this! Friday, Saturday and Sunday tickets also still on sale.

And if you’re still looking for accommodation, the Vakantiepark Beekse Bergen has 28 Jungalows and 41 chalets available to book between 16-23 April. There’s a shuttle between the festival and the safari park, making this a close and affordable option for those who want to be nearby to the action!

Whilst we’re here…

We’re thrilled to present you our official poster artwork for Roadburn Festival 2018. Eternal thanks to Richey Beckett for creating such a beautiful piece to mark this year’s festival – we’re truly honoured to have you on board.

Roadburn 2018: Cul de Sac Bands

February 14, 2018

The Cul de Sac may be Roadburn‘s smallest venue, but each year a hell of a lot of talent is packed into it’s confines. 2018 is no different with a stellar line up of bands both big and small who will be squeezing into the diminutive space and packing an enormous punch.

THURSDAY will see Une Misère reprise their performance with a second set. They’ll be joined by instrumental duo Insect Ark, hard rockin’ New Yorkers Mirror Queen, Dutch force of nature – Black Decades, the droning riffs of Galg, plus your personal soundtrack to the end of times courtesy of Sum of R.

FRIDAY has Earthless’ tour mates, Comet Control preparing for lift off, extreme metallers Départe from Down Under, Danish export Hexis, Dutch death metal darlings, Ulsect and a second set from Worship that promises some special surprises.

SATURDAY will see Planning for Burial perform again, mining his back catalogue for gems. Hair of the Dog will return to Roadburn, and be joined by fellow 2016 alumni Concatenatus, plus Mania‘s mix of doom and black metal, and Phantom Winter‘s suffocating sludge.

SUNDAY sees tour mates Bison and LLNN roll into Tilburg uncompromisingly. They will be joined by the progressive sounds of Hidden Trails, a dual pronged Dutch attack in the form of Dystopia and Nefast, and visceral Italians, Syk.

New Additions To The San Diego Takeover

Good news for fans of psychedelic riffs! We have a second batch of additions to the San Diego Takeover, and they’re sure to bend your mind further into previously unknown directions. Unraveling the threads that run between the family of bands that make up the SDTO would require a headspace much clearer than anyone involved is quite capable of, but suffice to say that the pedigree running through the bands is of the standard you have come to expect.

Arctic is a California power trio steeped in the roots of early 70’s blues/psych, ala Blue Cheer and Band of Gypsies, while drawing elements of modern heavy, reminiscent of early Sleep. Heavy, sludgy, stoner psych played with a slow, driving energy.

The band features three pro skaters, Figgy on guitar, Frecks on drums and Nuge on bass. Their self titled album was their first release but they have already been on several tours, tied in with their skating, which has brought them to Europe and South Africa as part of Thrasher’s Skate Rock Tour.

Figgy also plays guitar in Harsh Toke (Tee Pee Records). The debut LP was released on Outer Battery Records and features incredible cover art from Arik Roper, the man behind Sleep’s Dopesmoker, High on Fire, and many more.

Pharlee is a heavy-fuckin’-riff-ridin’ machine. This group was forged in the middle of the white-hot psychedelic jam scene in San Diego, California from members of Harsh Toke, Sacri Monti and Joy. But don’t let their geographical origin and associated acts mislead you. Pharlee walks their own path on scorched-earth. Forgoing the weed-fuelled jams of their counterparts for full-on the speed-ruled riffage.

Partying off the sounds of Priest, Motörhead, Betty Davis and ACID, Pharlee create a new shrilling sound. Drums, bass, keys and guitar interlock in high velocity grooves with top notch execution led by vocalist and front woman Macerena Rivera to serve you the bang-over of your life.

Travellin’ down the long, open road of musical open-ness, Red Octopus freely structures their tunes with an inter-ordinary mold of electric, near-drowning bass and guitar, framed around lead-filled, powerful drumming. The trio currently are uniquely stamping their trade as a surly band of psych-cultivators, while carousing carelessly in the new up-coming underground psychedelic-rock scene.

Early Sabbath is a hard to miss influence amongst Spencer (drums), Bill (bass) and Gabe (guitar), however 70‘s kraut rock outfit, Can, is also a distinct flavour in their heavy-psych palette.

‘Beauty of the Cosmonaut Apocalypse’ on their self-made debut EP, sounds as if warlord legends, Hawkwind were spiritually lending inspiration, while UK kings, Budgie fight through the riffs to aid in ear-splitting shredliness…

Volcano is a soundtrack for an ancient apocalypse. Primordial rhythm and afro-inspired melodies fill their grooves. Lyrical echoes from a time long past. A time when humankind battled the elements and faced mortality. The rumble in the distance grows. The forest falls silent. Impending doom. Let their trance fuel the dance, while theres still time. Let the lava flow…

The San Diego Takeover is supported by Brabant C and the Performing Arts Fund NL.

Roadburn 2018: Hardrock Hideout (Wed, 18 April)

It’s like starting a marathon with a mad dash at top speed screaming at the top of your voice, until you pass out: highly ill-advised and certainly a little unhealthy, but tremendously fun and a rush you’ll never forget! That’s right, our traditional Hardrock Hideout at the Cul de Sac, is the over-the-top, high-octane welcome that all Roadburners anticipate fervently.

By now everyone has learned to pick themselves up after that bonkers initial speed burst and run the ThursdaySunday marathon like champs anyway. It’s a tradition we have all learned to love and cherish, and one that will continue, stronger than ever, building on all those crazy April Wednesday nights we have lived in Tilburg in the past.

This year, also keeping with Hardrock Hideout tradition, we have once again looked down south for where fists were raised highest, and in collaboration with Babylon Doom Cult Records, we have three of Belgium‘s loudest, rowdiest and most turbulent bands warming up the Cul de Sac to fires-of-hell level.

From the unashamedly old-school speed metal energy of Bütcher and Speed Queen, to the brutal impact of Witch Trail‘s genre-crossing darkness (that Roadburn repeat visitors should remember from the 2016 edition); 2018‘s Hardrock Hideout is both a celebration and the best preparation possible for the days ahead.

Nobody escapes the unmanned charging train that is Antwerp‘s Bütcher. 1985 may have called because it wants its speed metal back, but fuck it (actually, “fukk” it is more precise), we’re not returning them! We’re keeping them here to reminds us of a time when all that mattered was raising horns, headbanging along to fast shredding riffs and screaming lyrics about the devil and metal, with way too many ‘k’s and umlauts for regular people to know what to do with. From their anthem Speed Metal Attakk: “The stage is set, it will get wrecked / So bang your head or you’ll be dead / Show the devil’s sign and scream / Let the attakk begin!” Enough said!

No wait! There’s more to be said! Or screamed out loud, also, in this case. Speed Queen don’t play around. They describe themselves as “We’re Speed Queen and we play heavy fucking metal!”, their “influences” are exactly the Iron Maidens, Motörheads, W.A.S.P.s, Scorpions and Riots you’d expect, there are zero frills and the exact same number of fucks given too. Just keep the beer coming, the heads banging and the guitars squealing, and we’ll be fine. And again, they also come with an instruction manual in case of misunderstandings. From their anthem Stay Drunk: “Speed Queen is playing tonight / They’re hammered as fuck, but still looking tight / The crowd is going crazy and wild / They know what to do, they stay drunk!” Any questions?

Antwerp‘s Witch Trail are the more varied of our Hardrock Hideout wild bunch, but don’t expect roses – they’re just as chaotic and brutally urgent as anyone you might think of, they just do it while mercilessly visiting several of the scariest sub-genres. A punk-like barebones three-piece, they might punish you with a burst of black metal savagery as much as grinding you down with an unbearably heavy doom crunch. In the end, you’ll just feel like a raw wound, rubbed and scratched beyond recognition. There are no anthems or lyrics to scream along here – there’s just darkness and pain.

On Wednesday, April 18, from 8.30pm onwards, at the Cul de Sac (free entry!), we will thrash until we crash at Roadburn‘s Hardrock Hideout! Grab a beer, raise your fist and join us!

José Carlos Santos

Roadburn 2018: Second Commissioned Project - Sól Án Varma

January 16, 2018

The second of Roadburn‘s specially commissioned projects will encapsulate the spirit and creativity of the thriving Icelandic black metal scene. Leading the charge has been Misþyrming who were our artists in residence in 2016, a tenure that surely peaked with their ritualistic Úlfsmessa performance.

Arguably one of the reasons the Úlfsmessa performance was so mesmerising was that they bolstered their ranks; the core Misþyrming members were joined on stage by some of their fellow countrymen, multiplying the magic and manifesting their combined powers. Having witnessed what such unions are capable of, we’re thrilled to confirm that the second of our specially commissioned performances for Roadburn 2018 will unite the might of Misþyrming, Naðra, Svartidauði, and Wormlust under the banner Vánagandr.

The title of the piece these six musicians will perform is Sól án varma, which roughly translates to “sun without radiance”. The opus will encompass a slow primal roar – a process which cannot be stopped once started, and that only continues to grow, reinventing itself in its complexity.

Chaos. Dissolution. Confusion.

Sól án varma will be performed by:


The specially commissioned Sól án varma performance will open the main stage on the final day of the festival on Sunday, 22 April. Brace yourselves, it’s not going to be an easy ride.

Vánagandr: Sól án varma is supported by Brabant C.

Roadburn 2018: Final Bands For Jacob Bannon's Curation and More

Jacob Bannon‘s own Wear Your Wounds will reprise their 2017 performance this year, promising improvisation and experimentation into the mix.

“I’m extremely excited to perform live with Wear Your Wounds at Roadburn 2018. Playing the 2017 edition of the festival was a creative high point for me and I am honored to return. This time we will be integrating different songs into the set from both the “WYW” double album, the “Dunedevil” album, as well as other material. In a live setting we plan on expanding on the studio recordings, using them as a skeleton for improvisation and experimentation. Hope to see some of you there”Jacob Bannon
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“In my opinion All Pigs Must Die are one of the best bands playing dark hardcore/punk today. Founded by friends bonded by their collective obsession of heavy music, they have evolved from merely a project into a true force in aggressive. With their members so busy with other bands/projects, live performances have been rare over the years. It is an honor to bring them to Roadburn 2018, so their brand of heavy can be experienced by the masses”Jacob Bannon.
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“Mike McKenzie is one of the most interesting and talented musicians rooted in New England’s heavy music scene. His Stomach Earth album was one of the heaviest releases he has ever worked on. It will be incredible to see him perform this powerful record live exclusively at Roadburn Festival 2018. Sonically it is a perfect fit for the festival, and a great example of the darkness New England music has to offer”Jacob Bannon.
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At the core of most innovative work is the collaborative spirit. While Icelandic ritual drone and folk act NYIÞ is already an inherently collaborative entity, they’re really stepping things up this year by fusing with psychedelic black metal giant Wormlust to create a new beast: Hieros Gamos.

Little of this planned masterwork shall be revealed before the performance itself, but those with any familiarity can imagine what otherworldly horrors and delights await. Those who witnessed NYIÞ’s massive performance piece as part of the Úlfsmessa in 2016 knows just how deep the currents run. With the addition of such a force as Wormlust, we need say little beyond urging you to arrive early to be the first to witness Hieros Gamos in its live debut.
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Known experimentalist Dirk Serries (YODOK III, The Void Of Expansion, Fear Falls Burning) and Hellmut Neidhardt, aka N, had this collaboration idea floating around in the ether for, rumour has it, almost a decade. Before the universe shifts and we lose sight of it for good, measures have been taken, both by the band and by Roadburn: Scatterwound will perform at Roadburn 2018 with none other than Justin K. Broadrick as their special guest.
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Having broken up shortly after the release of their debut album back in 2012, Gallops left quite the hole in the ranks of bands who push at the boundaries of rock music. Fortunately, Gallops returned in 2016. “It just needed a nap,” was how Mark Huckridge, Liam Edwards and Brad Whyte jokingly put it, so we’re very happy and also relieved that someone remembered to set an alarm. They’ll keep you guessing at every turn, moods fluctuating from eeriness to jubilation, from intimidating darkness to feverish light, but always pulsating and engaging.
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At Roadburn we like to push the envelope, and the 2018 edition of the festival is a celebration of bands creating music on their own terms, hence inviting Spotlights to play on Sunday, April 22.

Coming from the streets of Brooklyn, New York, Sarah and Mario Quintero, the pair at the core of this remarkable entity, don’t shy away from genre hopping, and capture a voice of their own by mainlining doom with shoegaze, pairing post rock to sludge, and forming a dreamy yet very melodic concoction. Think My Bloody Valentine embracing the Melvins, or Isis engaging the Smashing Pumpkins.
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Hailing from The Hague and infused with a funk-fuzz power in their delivery that makes them an immediate standout, the young trio Supersonic Blues are welcomed to Roadburn 2018 with open arms this April. Supersonic Blues will perform at the San Diego Clubhouse aka the Hall of Fame alongside kindred spirits from the San Diego scene on Friday, April 20.
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As our day tickets go on sale this week, we’re delighted to present the day splits in the form of four spell-binding posters by renowned artist, Richey Beckett. To read more about Richey, please click here.

Roadburn 2018 tickets are on sale now. 3 and 4 day tickets are currently available and day tickets will go on sale on January 18, 2018 at 10:00 CET.

Thursday, 19 April€62.40
Friday, 20 April€62.40
Saturday, 21 April€62.40
Sunday, 22 April€57.40

4-day-tickets €198,40
(all prices include €3,40 service fees)

Camping tickets are also available to purchase, with additional options (such as Festipis and camper vans) also possible. This year the urban campsite will be in a new location – but still within walking distance to the 013 venue – providing a comfortable and affordable option for Roadburn attendees.

A brand new hotel is due to open in Tilburg just weeks prior to Roadburn 2018. The Valk Exclusive hotel is offering a special deal for Roadburners. Click here for more information.

Click here for more information on tickets and the campsite

Day Tickets Go On Sale - January 18!

Roadburn 2018 tickets are on sale now. 3 and 4 day tickets  are currently available and day tickets will go on sale on January 18 at 10:00 CET.

Thursday, 19 April – €62.40
Friday, 20 April – €62.40
Saturday, 21 April – €62.40
Sunday, 22 April – €57.40

(all prices include €3,40 service fees)

Camping tickets are also available to purchase, with additional options (such as Festipis and camper vans) also possible. This year the urban campsite will be in a new location – but still within walking distance to the 013 venue – providing a comfortable and affordable option for Roadburn attendees.

A brand new hotel is due to open in Tilburg just weeks prior to Roadburn 2018. The Valk Exclusive hotel is offering a special deal for Roadburners. Click here for more information

Click here for more information on tickets and the campsite

Roadburn 2018: Commissioned Music - Waste of Space Orchestra (Dark Buddha Rising united with Oranssi Pazuzu)

December 14, 2017

Roadburn Festival has always taken pride in the relationship that it has built over many years between attendees and artists. The threads that link those involved with the festival spin across the globe; bringing people together, creating a network where the line between friend, fan, performer and artist is blurred. The very foundation of Roadburn is the community that it is built upon, around, and within.

Alongside this, Roadburn has always sought to push the boundaries of creativity and expression. It’s a festival that specialises in “heavy music” but refuses to be restricted by a singular perception of what that definition means. The scope of artists that have performed at Roadburn is mind-bending and extraordinary – even to us, the very people that pull the line up together.

These two defining facets of Roadburn have been brought together for a brand new project – or rather, two brand new projects – for 2018. We’ve been inspired by those who tell us that Roadburn has offered them countless “once in a life time” experiences over the years; by people who tell us that the things they have witnessed at Roadburn just don’t resonate in the same way outside of the shelter of the festival limits.

For the first time, we have commissioned a two groups of entirely separate musicians to create music to be performed specifically at Roadburn. Today we’re thrilled to announce the first of those groups of musicians.

Familiar to most Roadburners, Dark Buddha Rising and Oranssi Pazuzu are combining their forces to write and perform a new concept piece especially for Roadburn 2018. The collaboration will be named Waste of Space Orchestra.

The performance will include ten musicians onstage plus an original video accompaniment, designed to tell a parallel story with the music. The ten-part, one hour piece is a dive into the consciousnesses of three beings – all of whom are on a search for deeper truths in comprehending reality.

The Shaman (Vesa Ajomo) is seeing oppressing visions from the bleak future of mankind.

The Seeker (Juho Vanhanen) is searching for the truth from unknown dimensions with secret methods.

The Possessor (Marko Neuman) is corrupting these individuals, manipulating them into his own sinister plan.

During a ceremony they manage to open a portal that will suck them into a different reality of brain-mutilating colour storms and ego-diminishing audio violence. The trio are forced to find their way towards equilibrium and in the process join their minds into one collective consciousness.

Waste of Space Orchestra is:

Vesa Ajomo – voice of the shaman, guitar
Toni Hietamäki – bass guitar
Niko Lehdontie – guitar, effects
Ville Leppilahti – keyboards, effects
Marko Neuman – voice of the possessor
Jukka Rämänen – drums
Petri Rämänen – deep bass guitar
Jussi Saarivuori – electronics
Jarkko Salo – drums
Juho Vanhanen – voice of the seeker, guitar

Nikos Giagoudakis – live sound
Kalle-Erik Kosonen – video art
Maija Lahtinen – costumes
Mikko Männistö – lighting director

The Waste of Space Orchestra performance will open the main stage on the first day of Roadburn 2018Thursday, April 19. Information on the second collaborative performance piece will be made available in early 2018.

Waste of Space Orchestra is supported by Brabant C.

Further Artists Confirmed For Roadburn 2018; includes Boris with Stephen O'Malley, Godflesh


It was Absolutego that kickstarted everything for Boris in 1996 and put that strange little band from Tokyo named after a Melvins song on the map. If you further exercise your memory, you will surely recall that Absolutego was – above everything – a drone album, one single track that took the listener on a strange, intense and very dark trip.

We’ve invited Boris to come and perform that whole Absolutego giant of sound, and they said yes. Joining them for this exclusive, one off performance is none other than Stephen O’Malley.

Boris with Stephen O’Malley will play Absolutego on Saturday, April 21 at the 013 venue.
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“When discussing with Walter potential artists that fit the experimental spirit of Roadburn Festival, we both landed on the idea of Motorpsycho. I was first exposed to the band through their Demon Box album and have attempted to follow their unique twists and turns since. Their output is legendary and their need for experimentation has been inspiring to follow over the years. It is a true honor to help bring this diverse voice to the Roadburn audience” Jacob Bannon.
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“Since their inception I’ve been following Thou. Their restlessness and drive for experimentation has been inspiring to follow. The same goes for The Body. They’ve been such an incredible band to watch evolve from release to release. When they joined together on their Released From Love and You Whom I Have Always Hated collaborations I was floored. Together, they amplify the best parts of each band’s individual output. Making some of the heaviest and most intense music of the last few years. This collaboration is a must listen and perfect fit for Roadburn Festival”Jacob Bannon.
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“I was first exposed to Forgotten Tomb through their incredible Springtime Depression album. To me, Herr Morbid’s vision was immediately appealing. Carrying a relatable sadness and inescapable darkness unequaled by other artists of the time. Since then I’ve been following his growth as an artist and the evolution of the band. I feel that artistically Forgotten Tomb are a perfect fit for the core Roadburn audience. They are a musical black hole that claims everything around it. I can’t wait to experience their set at Roadburn Festival 2018”Jacob Bannon.
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As part of Jacob Bannon’s curation, Godflesh will perform their groundbreaking album Selfless at Roadburn Festival 2018.

“I first experienced Godflesh when I picked up the Grindcrusher compilation from Earache Records as a teenager. The otherworldly power of Streetcleaner effected me in a way that I still find hard to describe. Since then I have been an avid follower of all music that Justin creates.
Though I celebrate the expansive Broadrick catalog as a whole, it is his forays into melody under the Godflesh name I really connect with. Selfless as is an album that has everything for me. Punishing heaviness, incredible hooks, and limitless emotional depth. It is a true honor that they have agreed to play this album in its entirety at Roadburn 2018”
Jacob Bannon.
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Justin K. Broadrick is such an integral part of the Roadburn backbone by now that he needs little introduction. When it was announced that Justin and Kevin Martin, aka The Bug – who already made himself part of Roadburn with a staggering show alongside Dylan Carlson of Earth this year – would reunite under the name Zonal (a spiritual continuation from their iconic Techno Animal duo) it registered on our always-on radar. They will be joined by Camae Ayewa, the musician, activist and poet from Philadelphia who also goes by the name Moor Mother.
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Since their earliest rumblings, Finnish cult doomsters Hooded Menace have held an astonishingly high profile in the underground realms. Their uniquely energetic take on the classic hybrid of doom and death metal has been invigorating audience since the release of their 2008 classic, Fulfill the Curse. We’re thrilled to announce that the band will perform this classic album in full at Roadburn 2018.
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There has been a rumbling from out of the American Rocky Mountains for the last couple years, and it’s been coming from Colorado doomers Khemmis. After blowing minds with two records of emotionally resonant and blisteringly heavy classic doom in the making, we’re proud to welcome Khemmis to Roadburn 2018 as they make their European debut!

“Roadburn has long been a celebration of underground music and its power to unite people from around the world,” says Khemmis of making the trip. “We are incredibly honored to make our European debut at the 2018 edition alongside so many legendary artists. See you in April!”
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It’s an unintentional tradition we have developed at Roadburn over the years – to have at least one hardcore punk band laying waste to a packed audience that will carry a few bruises for the days afterwards as delightfully painful reminders of the chaos that took place. So, in keeping with that tradition, we present the mighty Wolfbrigade for Roadburn 2018 on Sunday, 22 April at Het Patronaat.
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We already knew guitarist Jonathan Hultén (of Tribulation-fame) was a gifted artist whose talents extend far beyond electric guitar playing (he’s done artwork for several bands and directed a Tribulation video, just to mention a few things within our musical world), but his The Dark Night Of The Soul, four song EP released last August was a true revelation.

It is our pleasure to welcome this promising singer/songwriter to the Roadburn stage (on Friday, April 20) and see how his peculiar brand of intimate, confidential darkness unfolds before us.
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Worship are legendary, particularly within the doom community. And even if you aren’t too familiar with them, the fact they released a record called Dooom in 2007 should really tell you all about them. One of the most important bands to have helped define the characteristics of the very specific funeral doom subgenre in the 90s, after the first wave of Thergothon, Skepticism, Esoteric or Funeral got the ball rolling (really, really slowly, and uphill, of course), they achieved cult status with their very first release already. The wonderfully titled Last Tape Before Doomsday had, back in 1999, an impact on the scene like few other releases have managed to.

Worship will play the last show before doomsday at Roadburn 2018, performing Last Tape Before Doomsday in its entirety at 013 venue on Saturday, 21 April. It’s been nice knowing you all.
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Fuoco Fatuo means will o’ the wisp in Italian, and that is probably the only glimmer of light you will find in anything that is related to this band from the Lombardian city of Varese. We’re still trying to extricate ourselves from the all-consuming black hole that is their latest album (their second overall), Backwater, released by Profound Lore this past April. Only four songs, spread over an hour like viscous black butter over stale black bread, and yet they seem to contain in them all the infinity of time, constantly sucked into their core of nothingness.

Fuoco Fatuo will suck Roadburn 2018 and probably the whole of Tilburg with it into a cold, black void on Thursday, 19 April. Beware.
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The Pacific Northwest has long been known to be a fertile region for a specific sort of black metal. One of our top picks from the Cascadian community, Alda, will finally make their Roadburn debut in 2018. With groundbreaking albums Tahoma and Passage, Alda has peeled back the majesty of the region with a fusion of neofolk’s pristine guitar work and black metal’s atmospheric splendor that works to elevate the best of each world.

Join us in welcoming the wild and unrestrained spirit of Alda to Roadburn on Sunday, 22 April at 013 venue as part of Roadburn 2018’s triumphant lineup.
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Thinking small is often a result of horizons that are not broadened enough, and so here at Roadburn we try to listen to the whole world, so to speak, as much as it is possible for us to do so. Which is why Roadburn 2018 will welcome the first Chinese band to ever perform at the festival, a band that has collectively blown us away with their reinterpretation of extreme music through the lens of their own history and culture. We are obviously talking about Zuriaake, or 葬尸湖 in their own language, which roughly translated means “lake of buried corpses”, an image that accurately reflects both the extreme fury and also the beautifully dark melancholy that lies at the heart of Zuriaake‘s music.

Zuriaake will bring the Far East to Roadburn 2018 on Sunday, 22 April at the 013 venue.
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It’s not every day that you’re hit with a “brutal orchestra” of ten (or often more) people, including electronics, two drummers and a piano player, mixing classical pieces and weird pop with brutal sludge and hardcore and, and, and you know what?

Crazy? We’d be crazy, if we didn’t invite Japan‘s own Vampillia to come play Roadburn. We asked them for a comment on their appearance at the festival, and we didn’t even dare touch their original reply: “Vampillia promise that feelings become the muddy stream with the sound lump which is emotional and beat you completely. The original music that we let mono and Boris and envy and Boredoms occur frequently at the same time,” we’re told. So there.

Vampillia will rearrange our synapses at Roadburn 2018 on Sunday, April 22.
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It’s never enough, is it? What if we told you that five of these musicians thought that Vampillia wasn’t quite enough for their exploratory needs, and have decided to create another kind of wild mix? That’s what happened when they contacted Pete Swanson (ex-Yellow Swans) and electronic music composer Paul Régimbeau (aka Mondkopf) for a collaboration, and thus, VMO aka Violent Magic Orchestra was born.

More than an offshoot, this intimidating mass of black metal, industrial, noise and techno feels like a whole new creature, as unpredictable and completely unhinged as Dr. Franken Vampillia before them, so we thought, why not. Our brain will be mush anyway, might as well stir that mush a bit more and get VMO to play Roadburn too on Sunday, April 22.
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Despite their penchant for uniting with other musicians, Zack Riles (of Grails), Tyler Trotter and Dominic Cipolla will take to the stage as a three piece when Watter come to Roadburn next April; we’re sure that we’re in for a beautiful, melancholic, atmospheric and ultimately exhilarating ride.

Watter will inspire and amaze at Roadburn 2018, on Sunday, April 22 at the Green Room.
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If Roadburn’s legacy is one of artists in fringe communities pushing their fringes even further, then few artists are as overdue for an appearance as Greek black metal heretics Hail Spirit Noir. This band’s reputation since their 2012 debut, Pneuma, has been that of the shapeshifting trickster, with a spin on psychedelic and experimental black metal that would leave even some of the more “progressive” artists scratching their heads in wonder and bafflement.

Hail Spirit Noir will bring their maniacal take on psychedelic black metal to the 013 Venue on Sunday, April 23 to add a healthy dose of weirdness to the final day of Roadburn 2018.
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It sounds like a contradiction, right? Mixing shoegaze and space rock, intimacy with expansiveness, looking down vs. looking up. But that’s how beauty is often born, out of contrast, of apparent paradox, of conflict that ends up not being a conflict. Inner space has more in common with outer space than might appear at first, and it’s in the line between those two explorations that Kairon; IRSE! have been fluctuating for a few years already.

Most of all, it’s their timeless quality that really puts Kairon; IRSE! on a special level – while many bands who perform in a similar style paint themselves into a chronological corner, ending up with a hopelessly tacky “retro” approach, if you close your eyes during a Kairon; IRSE! show, you’ll fell like you can either be in 1977, 2017, or 2047. Often, all at the same time.

Kairon; IRSE! defy time and space at Roadburn 2018 on Friday, 20 April.
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Roadburn prides itself on not only bringing established bands to play the festival, but also to showcase up and coming bands and give them a platform in front of our open minded fans. One of our most exciting discoveries this year is Finland‘s enigmatic Horte. With ties to Tampere‘s thriving Wastement scene (PH, Dark Buddha Rising and Kairon; IRSE! among others), we’re very excited to present Horte at the 2018 festival on Thursday, April 19, as a continuation of our ongoing presentation of this forward thinking scene.
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Since 2015, Old Tower has been steadily emitting eerie and otherworldly synthesizer atmospheres from The Shadow Kingdom, a place of true solitude and dark introspection. The Specter, Old Tower’s lone curator, is finally bringing this bold offering of timeless dungeon synth to the realm of live performance for the first time as part of Roadburn 2018 on Saturday, April 21.
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Roadburn 2018 tickets are on sale now. 3 and 4 day tickets are currently available. Day tickets will go on sale on January 18, 2018.

4-day-tickets €198,40 (including €3,40 service fees)
3-day-tickets €175,40 (including €3,40 service fees)

Camping tickets are also available to purchase, with additional options (such as Festipis and camper vans) also possible. This year the urban campsite will be in a new location – but still within walking distance to the 013 venue – providing a comfortable and affordable option for Roadburn attendees.

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Earthless Confirmed As 2018 Artist in Residence; plus More Line Up Confirmations

November 15, 2017

Roadburn is proud to welcome back our benevolent cosmic instrumentalist overlords in 2018! Earthless will perform three sets as our Artist in Residence, including some incredibly special, Roadburn-exclusive jams.

It’s been a decade since the San Diego three-piece of guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, bassist Mike Eginton and drummer Mario Rubalcaba set a standard for epic with the performance that became their landmark Live at Roadburn 2LP in 2008. Since then, Earthless have become the standard-bearers of a heavy psychedelic boom in California, inspiring countless acts around them.

As our Artist in Residence they will take the stage three times. For the first set, they’ll play in their standard three-piece incarnation, showcasing material from their upcoming 2018 album. The second set unites Earthless with progressive rock and improvisational legend Damo Suzuki, a set that is bound to be an occurrence of galaxy-shaking significance. If that’s not enough, Earthless will also take part in an ‘East Meets West’ psych jam with other members of the San Diego scene and members of Kikagaku Moyo from Japan.

Read more about Earthless, and Damo Suzuki

Steeped in psychedelia and inspired by Earthless – who played a pivotal role in sparking this particular fire – the new breed of San Diego psych-rock bands is gearing up to launch themselves on Tilburg next April. Stand by; the San Diego circus is coming to town.

A veritable gang of musicians will be leaving behind the Pacific Ocean and making their way to the slightly less sun soaked – although no less open minded – vistas of Tilburg.

Each participating band will perform over the course of the weekend as part of the main festival programme at the 013 venue, but a movement this influential deserves it’s own space to spread out, bloom, and indeed envelope us all. So, with that in mind, there will be a Californian takeover at the Hall of Fame on both Friday and Saturday; welcome to the San Diego Clubhouse!

When you count professional skaters among your ranks, it would seem remiss to not factor a skate expo into proceedings. Plus there will be visual exhibitions by the likes of JT Rhoades, Lannie Rhoades and BB Bastidas, there will also be stalls featuring Vol.4 Clothing and Psockadelic. We didn’t know we needed Roadburn branded socks until just now, but now we really need them…

More details will unfurl over the next couple of months, but for now, it’s time to get stoked: California is coming. Performing as part of the Roadburn 2018 San Diego takeover will be:

Read more about the San Diego Take Over

In conjunction with the San Diego Takeover, Roadburn 2018 will also host a Japanese psychedelica experience! Steeped in ’60s and ’70s tradition, these bands are exploring psychedelia in a transportive and mediative way. Emphasis is put on the past, but they’re pushing the envelope, and it’s their forward-looking vision that’s prompted us to bring them to Roadburn 2018.

Please brace yourself to explore the sonic spectrum with these new champions of Japanese psych!

Centered around cult-label GuruGuruBrain, the following bands will perform as the Japanese counterparts of The San Diego Takeover:

Crowbar have been at the forefront of heavy music for nearly three decades, and in 1998 released the album Odd Fellows Rest. This incredible album merged their existing heaviness with a refined melodic sensibility, creating one of the most powerful metal albums of the era.

Jacob Bannon comments:
“In 1991 I was introduced to Crowbar when I bought a tape of their Obedience Thru Suffering album. The sheer heaviness of the band floored me and I was hooked ever since. For me personally, their 1998 album Odd Fellows Rest is a high watermark of creativity. It is an incredible collection of songs that have been daily listens for me for nearly two decades. It’s an honor to have the band perform this record live at Roadburn Festival 2018.”

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Zola Jesus is the stage name of Russian American musician Nika Roza Danilova. Under the name Zola Jesus, she has released a number of genre bending EPs and albums. Her approach is a cross pollination of electronic/industrial, classical, and gothic sounds; all of it coming together as a dark and emotional artistic experience.

Jacob Bannon comments:
“I first heard Nika’s work on the Stridulum EP. Every aspect of the release connected with me and it soon became a daily listen. The record (and all of her work) was relatable and infectious. I’ve been an avid listener ever since. Watching her artistry grow and deepen over time has been inspiring. Okovi, the latest from Zola Jesus is such a powerful album. I am truly honored to have Nika and Company at Roadburn 2018 as part of my curation.”

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Jarboe has always made collaboration an essential part of her work, and her work with Italian duo, Father Murphy has so far been incredibly fruitful. When they perform together at Roadburn, Father Murphy will take to the stage first and set the mood with heir creepy and enveloping aural tapestries, after which Jarboe, in all her glory, will join them to perform those songs. After that, the trio will perform a selection of some of the most powerful moments of the singer’s career so far.

Read more about Jarboe ft Father Murphy

Like many other Roadburn luminaries of the past and present, Montreal‘s Big Brave are tricky to pin down. Their songs are lengthy – Ardor, their latest album, offers three pieces that are respectively 12, 14 and 16 minutes long – and often drift into the abstract, but at the same time never losing the grit and the focus of noise rock, or the emotional crush of no wave.

After three amazing records, Big Brave still feel like a mystery, and we look forward to peeking a bit more behind the shadows when they play at Roadburn on Sunday, April 22.

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Unleashing a heavily textured and atmospheric kind of folk-infused black metal, along the lines of Agalloch, early Empyrium or most of all Roadburn habitués Wolves In The Throne Room, enriched by tasteful violin melodies, the fact is that Dawn Ray’d practically forced their way into our hearts and minds, and consequently into Roadburn 2018, by the force of their debut The Unlawful Assembly.

Read more about Dawn Ray’d

Here’s a 70s-inspired band that doesn’t need to rely on Iommi riffs like almost everyone else – Sweden‘s Hällas are much more Uriah Heep (if they had listened to Iron Maiden guitar melodies on their time machine) than Black Sabbath, they are vital and even playful more than dark and super-heavy. They sound real.

You know what, the best way to describe Hällas is to say that this is the sort of thing that Fenriz would probably go nuts about on his Radio Fenriz podcast… and after checking that, in that pause between these two last sentences, we see that he has already, of course.

Read more about Hällas

Give Mutoid Man’s latest opus, War Moans, a spin and you’ll witness the sound of three skilful musicians shaking loose, rooting around in the music that shaped them, and coming up with something that is much more than the sum of its parts. Mutoid Man itself is also much more than the sum of its parts; a band comprised of Ben Koller, Stephen Brodsky and Nick Cageao, who between them have quite the formidable musical curriculum vitae.

Whilst this trio is undoubtedly a band that like to have fun – both on stage and in the studio – it doesn’t distract from their ability to put together tracks that showcase their considerable talents. Their knack for getting heads banging and feet tappin’ whilst they rip it up on stage is unparalleled.

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Tom Wasluck, an American musician, singer and songwriter, is the sole lone soul behind Planning For Burial, and the project has been entrancing us since 2009, when the debut album, called Leaving, showed an already inimitable kind of sound and set the project on a path of incredible evolution.

With numerous splits and other small releases along the way, 2017 has witnessed the unveiling of Below The House, Planning For Burial‘s third proper full-length. It is possibly the project’s most lapidary record so far, but also the most tremendously enveloping emotional tour-de-force it has achieved.

Hold on to your hearts, because they might break; Planning For Burial takes to the stage on Friday 20 April.

Read more about Planning For Burial

The Ruins of Beverast will reprise their 2013 show-stealing performance, this time with added Exuvia; they’ll play their latest album in full.

We can only dream (it’s more of a nightmare, really) how the recurring Native American themes of the new songs, with their spiritual connections, war chants and even flutes, will sound on a Roadburn stage!

Read more about The Ruins of Beverast

Taking their cues from Amenra, Trap Them and Full of Hell, Une Misère are an explosive combination of elongated atmospherics and insanely meaty riffs the size of buzz bombs. They have fast become an integral part of the blossoming underground metal scene in Iceland alongside Misþyrming and Auðn among others.

We’re not prone to hyperbole, but we strongly advice you mark these guys down as a “must see” on your Roadburn schedule. Une Misère will rank among the bands of Roadburn 2018.

Read more about Une Misère

One of the latest entities to spring from the ever-fertile well that is the Church Of Ra collective, Wiegedood are, as most of you are aware by now, a trio formed by Amenra‘s (among others) Levy Seynaeve and Oathbreaker‘s Wim Sreppoc and Gilles Demolder in 2014.

They’ve become such a stable presence within the European black metal scene that it does feel like they’ve been around a lot longer than just a little over three years, but maybe that is due to the instant impact of their two related albums, De Doden Hebben Het Goed and De Doden Hebben Het Goed II.

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While still metal, albeit unconventionally created metal of course, Wreck and Reference have seemingly been a two-headed monster devouring other genres throughout the years, and have thus opened up a lot. Not only does it make sense, given their oblique approach, but it also makes the songs hit not only harder, but unexpectedly as well.

To be honest, there’s no comfortable word to tag Wreck And Reference with, so let’s just not – let’s just enjoy the might of a revolutionary band, at the peak of their powers, doing their own unique thing, in their own unique way, with terrifyingly intense results that we are fortunate to bear witness at this year’s Roadburn.

Read more about Wreck and Reference

Following a brief European tour in direct support of this new release, Yellow Eyes has now set its collective intention on dominance of Roadburn 2018. Those who’ve had the privilege of seeing the band’s performances in the past know well what to expect: pure expression and vibrant atmosphere.

Says drummer Michael Rekevics, “As we are with every opportunity to perform, Yellow Eyes is honored to be able to appear at Roadburn.

“With burning intention and a sight without limits,


Read more about Yellow Eyes

Roadburn 2018 tickets are on sale now. 3 and 4 day tickets are currently available, with day tickets going on sale at a later date.

4-day-tickets €198,40 (including €3,40 service fees)
3-day-tickets €175,40 (including €3,40 service fees)

Camping tickets are also available to purchase, with additional options (such as Festipis and camper vans) also possible. This year the urban campsite will be in a new location – but still within walking distance to the 013 venue – providing a comfortable and affordable option for Roadburn attendees.

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The San Diego Takeover and The Japanese Psych Experience are supported by Brabant C and Performing Arts Fund NL.