Horte premiere new track from Roadburn-exclusive 12"

April 12, 2018

With just a week to go until Roadburn kicks off, there’s no let up in terms of bringing you new and exciting things to salivate over once you reach Tilburg. But today, we’re excited to be able to whet your appetite for something special being served up next Thursday.

A week today, Horte will take to the stage at the Hall of Fame, drenching those in attendance with a majestic haze of electronic, dream-like soundscapes. To celebrate their appearance at Roadburn, Svart Records will be releasing a limited edition, Roadburn-exclusive 12″ record, Harha. Limited to just 100 copies, with a digital release to follow, this is sure to be a sell out.

The band comments:

Harha is a fragment of an ongoing variation evolving from itself. Horte is preparing to perform its current phase at Roadburn.”

The ever-evolving and always innovative music scene in their native Finland has spawned like likes of Dark Buddha Rising and Kairon; IRSE!, and this latest offering from Horte further confirms our suspicions that there’s something in the water over there.

Have this drink on us…

Horte perform at Hall of Fame at 22.10 on 19 April as part of Roadburn Festival. Harha will be available to buy from the merchandise stands at the Koepelhal.


Exclusive to Roadburn 2018: Bell Witch Live At Roadburn LP

April 11, 2018

Each year at Roadburn an iconic set from a past festival edition is immortalised in wax as a limited run on Roadburn Records.

This year, it’s the turn of Bell Witch – and their legendary set from the 2015 edition of Roadburn. The heavy hitting doom duo performed in an earlier incarnation – featuring original drummer Adrian Guerra. The set at Het Patronaat was captured and mixed by Marcel van de Vondervoort before being mastered by James Plotkin. In 2016, Guerra left the band, and shortly afterwards, he passed away.

Bell Witch‘s Dylan Desmond comments:

“For years Adrian and I had admired the Roadburn Festival from afar. When we received the invitation we were both ecstatic! I remember entering Het Patronaat early that morning and feeling overwhelmed. We were both exhausted from the flights and felt like very small fish in a very big pond. There were very few performances we had anticipated as much as this one.

I think all the emotions can be heard in the recording of the performance. To my knowledge, this was the last recorded release of Adrian Guerra with Bell Witch. In my mind, I can see the smile that would stretch beyond his face if he were to hear about this being released.”

The release will be limited to 500 copies on black and white vinyl (no CD or digital release is planned), and will be sold exclusively at Roadburn Festival 2018. The artwork was handpicked by the band and created by Leo Ulfelder. The photograph on the back sleeve is by Niels Vinck.

Bell Witch released their latest opus – the 83 minute Mirror Reaper – via Profound Lore in 2017, and will perform the album in full at this year’s festival (Saturday, 21 April), as well as a second set featuring Erik Moggridge AKA Aerial Ruin (Sunday, 22 April).


Roadburn A-Z: All The Useful Info You Need

April 9, 2018

Dear Roadburners,

Below you will find a whole bunch of information that will make your time at Roadburn run smoothly. If you have any questions after this, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and let us know, but we’re confident we have most things covered here. Give it a good read ahead of time, and then you can dedicate your time in Tilburg to having the best time possible. With just over a week to go til the festivities kick off, we’re really looking forward to welcoming you to Roadburn 2018!

A – Access

When you arrive at the 013 and switch your ticket for a wristband you can pick up a programme booklet. In the centre pages there is a map that lays out where the venues are.

The ticket exchange at the 013 venue will be open on Wednesday night from 6pm to 11pm. We strongly advise you to pick up your wristband on Wednesday night if you’re already in town. It will reduce queues and speed up your access to the venues on Thursday. From Thursday through to Saturday the ticket exchange will be open from 11am onwards. On Sunday, the ticket exchange opens at 12.30pm.

At the 013 venue, we have friendly and efficient security staff who are there to ensure all of our safety. Please comply with their requests should they want to search your bags or if they have questions on the way into the venue. They have no intention of spoiling anybody’s fun but safety is an important aspect of Roadburn, so your cooperation is appreciated. Please note: rucksacks are not allowed into the venues – totebags and similar are okay. See L for info on lockers and luggage storage.

Familiarise yourself with the info that’s relevant to you so you can let your hair down and have a good time without worrying about how you’ll be united with your bed at the end of the day.

B – BB Bastidas & more art exhibitions (Verði ljós, JT Rhoades)

BB Bastidas is an eclectic and multi faceted artist hailing from Southern California. His talents have taken him all around the world as his artwork is exhibited and celebrated in country after country – and now they’re landing him in Tilburg, with us! Very much a key part of the San Diego scene that is very much present at Roadburn 2018, BB’s artwork has captured that Oceanside vibe on our San Diego Takeover posters.

Don’t forget to check out the other art that’s on display on the walls of the 013 venue. There are around 50 frames displaying the photography from Verði ljós (which will give you an insight into Iceland’s black circle), JT Rhoades’ take on the SoCal lifestyle, and of course, our official poster artist, Richey Beckett.   

C  – Cinema

As usual, the basement of the V39 will host Roadburn Cinema – and this year we have a veritable feast of film for you! We have partnered up with Revolver to present a selection of films each afternoon between 4-6pm, including the exclusive premiere of Full Bleed 002: Jef Whitehead.

And each evening from 7.30pm onwards, we will also screen on rotation three more films: The Doom Doc, Cocks & Crosses and San Diego Takeover: Through the Lens of Just Some Dude  by Lannie Rhoades.

Roadburn Cinema is an ever-popular edition to our programme, but occasionally you might get lucky and have a nice quiet room to yourself to catch a film! Bring a beer, get comfortable and watch some good flicks.

D – Drinking & eating

We’ve laid on a whole host of different food options around the Roadburn venues this year. This year, you can find a food area near the Koepelhal as well as the usual stalls outside the 013 venue. Pretty much every taste or dietary requirement is taken care of by the food trucks so you’re sure to find something to suit. And if that’s not enough there’s a pop up restaurant underneath Het Patronaat venue. Not to mention all the bars and cafes that Tilburg has to offer. You’ll not go hungry!

E – Earthless & The San Diego Takeover

Our 2018 Artist In Residence, Earthless, will perform three times over the course of the weekend with three different vibes to their sets. We don’t recommend you miss any of them quite frankly, but whatever you do, don’t miss them entirely.

Their West Coast cohorts will be arriving en masse to leave their mark on Tilburg as Harsh Toke, Joy, Sacri Monti, Petyr, Arctic, Pharlee and Volcano perform across the weekend. This is a truly special collection of shows, bringing a little slice of Oceanside to The Netherlands.

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

F – Full Bleed II

Burlesque of North America are present for the second year, with an exhibition and poster art sale featuring Richey Beckett, Jacob Bannon, John Baizley, Becky Cloonan, Maarten Donders, Arik Roper, Thomas Hooper and Marald van Haasteren. This time they’ll be setting up shop at the Koepelhal, so you can’t miss ‘em.

G – (The) Grass Company

Whether you’re from The Netherlands or abroad, Roadburn visitors who are over the age of 18 (and with valid ID) can enter Tilburg’s coffee shops and purchase cannabis products. The Grass Company is one of the bigger outlets in the city of Tilburg, and the first one you’ll come across when making your way from the station. We encourage anybody who chooses to partake, to do so responsibly, of course!

H –  Hardrock Hideout

Early ‘burners catch… well, not the worm, but they will catch three incredible bands if they’re in Tilburg on Wednesday night! 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. In collaboration with Babylon Doom Cult Records, we have some of Belgium’s loudest, rowdiest and most exciting bands warming up Roadburn 2018. From 8.30pm you can catch Witch Trail, Speed Queen and Bütcher – all for free!

Why not head over to the 013 venue to pick up your ticket whilst you’re around! It’s the perfect chance to get your bearings and relax into the Roadburn vibe.

I – Iceland – Sól án varma

We’re thrilled that the second of our specially commissioned performances for Roadburn 2018 will unite the might of Iceland’s black circle (Misþyrming, Naðra, Svartidauði and Wormlust) under the banner Vánagandr on Sunday.

The title of the piece these seven 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 is supported by Brabant C.

J – Jacob Bannon & Converge

Jake has worked with us in the year leading up to Roadburn 2018 to piece together an incredible curated line up that spans the Friday and Saturday of the festival. Uniting acts as diverse as Zola Jesus, Greenmachine and Godflesh under the banner of his curation has added his distinct taste to the overall line up.

As well as that, Converge will perform two incredibly special sets. As a one-off, exclusive show, Converge will perform You Fail Me in full, plus their new album, The Dusk In Us, also in full. We can’t wait!

K – Koepelhal

The biggest of our new venues this year is the Koepelhal. Throughout the weekend it will house the merchandise stands and the Full Bleed exhibit, plus on Friday and Saturday there will be bands playing in this great new space. We think the Koepelhal will be key to reducing queues that have been found at Het Patronaat in previous years. The Koepelhal and the Hall of Fame venue are just a few minutes walk from the 013 venue. It’s really not far, but the first time you venture there, we suggest you leave a few spare minutes just so you can get your bearings!

Koepelhal and Hall of Fame are supported by Brabant C and Tilburg City Council.

L – Lockers & luggage

There are multiple options for storing merch and personal items throughout the festival. Work out which suits you best, based on what it is you need to stash away.

There are lockers at the 013 venue and Hall of Fame which will be perfect for coats and small bags. These cost €2 – and if you need to open the door multiple times you can get a new token from the staff at the venues so you don’t have to pay each time.

The only downside to these lockers is that if you’re buying vinyl or posters, it’s not gonna fit. But we have planned for this! There is designated merch storage at the Koepelhal – right where all the merch is for sale! Handy, right? €1 will get you sorted here.

And if you have rucksacks, suitcases, or other bulky items that aren’t allowed in the venues, we can store them too! This may be particularly useful if you’re traveling to/from Roadburn and don’t have time to leave your stuff elsewhere. The Large Item Storage will be in a room at the parking garage right up the street from the 013 venue. Follow the signs and stash your BIG stuff for €5.

M – Munten (tokens)

You can buy tokens (munten) from the machines located in the foyer of the 013 venue, Het Patronaat, Hall of Fame, Koepelhal, and from the information desk. These can be exchanged for food and drink in the official Roadburn venues only and the food / drink stalls immediately outside the 013 venue and Koepelhal.

We know only too well how tempting it is to stay sat in a bar until 5 minutes before a band starts – but allow time to grab tokens before the show starts, so you’re not rushing around at the last minute. Please note: remaining tokens cannot be returned for money.

N – New music (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 albums from Wiegedood, Soft Kill, Big Kizz and others. We have two more exciting listening sessions to add this week, so keep an eye (or ear!) out for those.

O – Online playlist

There are over 100 bands playing Roadburn. We don’t expect you to necessarily know them all, but why not check out as many as possible? There will be a test afterwards… only kidding, but if you give our official playlist a spin you may find yet more bands to add to your “must watch” schedule.

P – Photography

Unless you are attending as professional press and have been granted a photo pass then you won’t be able to bring a camera with a lens of over 35mm. However, any photos that you do take with your phone / non-professional camera we’d love to see, so please tag us or use the hashtag #RB18 on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram so we can see what your weekend looked like.

Q – Questions

We’re always here to answer your questions but please be aware that there may be a bit of a delay in getting back to you during the festival itself. If your question is urgent or if you feel unsafe please speak to a member of staff or security at any of the venues. If your question is not life or death feel free to message us or tweet us whenever you like!

R – Richey Beckett

We’re truly honoured to have Richey Beckett as our official poster artist at Roadburn this year. He is internationally renowned, well respected by his peers and an enormous talent! We’re delighted with the pieces that he has made for us to represent this year’s festival, and thrilled that his work will be on display at both the 013 venue, and at Full Bleed in the Koepelhal.

S – Side Programme

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? There is also the opportunity to get involved with the Home of Metal project and have your photo taken for their archives!

Click here for more side programme info.

T – Travel

Depending on where you need to get to, there’s a whole bunch of options available. Most travel around Tilburg can be managed by foot, but if you’re going a bit further afield you might want to plan ahead.

When travelling by train please remember: when you travel with a single-use chip card you must check in and out with each train operator through the gates or posts. It is really important that you check in your chip card either on – or on the way to – the platform, and on your way out again. Please ensure you do this as the train operators consider it your responsibility to locate the touch-in posts / barriers, and the fines can be quite high if you don’t – no doubt you’d rather save your money for some more vinyl or a few extra beers!

To find out when the last trains to Eindhoven, Breda and ’s-Hertogenbosch leave Tilburg, see below. For the most up to date info, please check the Dutch Rail (NS) website or the public transportation website.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 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.

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

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

*Leaving from Central Station.

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-Hertogenbosch3am | 4am**

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

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

*Leaving from Central Station.

T – Taxis

For cab service in and around Tilburg, please contact Taxi Korthout: +31 (0)13 4 555 555. Look for the Roadburn logo on the vehicles! You can find multiple cabs around the venues, but please be aware they are not all legitimate taxi companies, so prices can differ a lot.

There is a shuttle bus to and from the Beekse Bergen jungalow park. The bus leaves from St. Josephstraat in front of De Nieuwe School, and does a round trip every 20 minutes from 1.15pm – 6pm, and 11.30pm – 3.00am. A single ride will set you back €3.50, a 3 day ticket is €18 and a 4 day ticket is €24.

U – Urban Campsite

Located just fifteen minutes walk from the 013 venue, the Urban campsite is the ideal, affordable way to sleep at Roadburn! At the time of writing there is still some space for campers! Please note: This year the urban campsite will be in a new location  – Oisterwijksebaan, 5018 TG Tilburg. The Urban campsite opens at noon on Wednesday. There will be a complimentary shuttle service to / from the train station so you don’t have to carry all your luggage through the city when you arrive. The bus leaves the back of the train station (there will be volunteers to point you in the right direction) on Wednesday (noon – 9pm), Thursday (9am – 7pm), Sunday (10am – 3pm) and Monday (9am – 1pm).

In case you don’t fancy a walk from the campsite to the 013 venue and back, there’s an additional shuttle bus to the Urban Campsite. The bus leaves from the Spoorlaan between Rabobank and ABN AMRO and does a round trip every 20 minutes from 1.15pm 6pm, and 11.30pm – 3.00pm. A single ride will set you back €3.50, a 3 day ticket is €18 and a 4 day ticket is €24. Look on the Roadburn map for the bus stops.

V – 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. In collaboration with Never Mind The Hype – an independent Dutch music platform for everything heavy, alternative and deviant –  we are thrilled to present Holland’s own Verwoed to (re)connect with our receptive attendees during an intimate showcase at the Cul de Sac on Saturday, April 21. Verwoed starts at 1.30pm.

W – Waste of Space Orchestra

In the spirit of always moving forward, we have worked hard behind the scenes to bring you something innovative and exciting for this year’s festival. Opening the Main Stage on Thursday will be the first of our specially commissioned pieces, created just for us – and of course for you as well. Familiar to most Roadburners, Dark Buddha Rising and Oranssi Pazuzu are combining their forces to write and perform a new concept piece for Roadburn 2018. The collaboration will be named Waste of Space Orchestra.

Waste of Space Orchestra is supported by Brabant C.

X – Xeroxed Zines – Weirdo Canyon Dispatch

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of our daily zine! Available Thursday through to Sunday from the entrance to the 013 venue, but when they’re gone, they’re gone (although you can still check them out online at Roadburn.com)! Our crack team of highly regarded writers, lead by the amicable JJ Koczan and Lee Edwards, slave through the night to produce the Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, so check it out and relive the previous day’s glories!  

Y – Your Roadburn

As ever, we love to see and hear about your Roadburn experiences. Please tag us in pictures or use the hashtag #RB18, give us feedback on the event page or the Roadburners facebook group and tweet us about your favourite performances.

Don’t forget, you can extend your Roadburn experience a little longer each night at one of our afterparties! As many of you have experienced first hand, the Roadburn afterparties have become legendary over the years; massive sing-alongs, and debauchery on the dancefloor – this year will be no different!

Head over to the foyer bar of the 013 venue, as those dancing shoes are calling.

Thursday  (0.30am3am)
Roadburn regular DJ Cosmic Masseur will be kicking off the proceedings – expect some righteous metal, but also 60s/70s, and even some Funk.

Friday (midnight – 3am)
The return of Bitches Brew! Partying is the name of the game, with a mix of DJs keeping you dancing til the lights come on and the sweat starts to dry.

Saturday (midnight – 3am)
Legendary Dutch DJ, De Rooie Jager, is making his Roadburn debut, and will party the 2018 festival into oblivion! Don’t miss out, as De Rooie Jager knows his classics, whether it’s metal, punk or garage rock.

Z – Zola Jesus/ Zuriaake/ Zonal

Not much to say here… we’re just thrilled to have THREE great Z’s to choose from this year!


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

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!