Roadburn 2018 Curator: Jacob Bannon

September 21, 2017

Although best known to most as the front man for Converge, Jacob Bannon has many strings to his considerable bow. In terms of musical output, his contributions to – and deviations from – Converge’s path have indicated an experimental and eclectic frame of reference and an appetite for pushing artistic boundaries.

Running parallel to his audio creativity has been the incredible body of visual work amassed by Bannon over the years. Having created artwork for bands such as Trap Them, Every Time I Die and Integrity over the years, arguably Bannon’s most iconic piece of visual art remains the Converge Jane Doe album cover. As founder of Deathwish Inc. label, he has also turned his attention to the creative endeavours of others, releasing albums by Oathbreaker, Wovenhand, Deafheaven and Young And In The Way among many, many others.

When Converge performed two groundbreaking sets at Roadburn 2016, followed by Jacob‘s Wear Your Wounds set at Roadburn 2017, we knew we’d found a kindred spirit. Typically our curators have a passion for uncovering hidden gems and exploring collaborative possibilities with a highly attuned instinctive ear. Their respect for and knowledge of heritage acts isn’t hindered by their passion for new music driving them forward. These are all qualities we found in abundance with Jacob. His influence is broad and his Roadburn wish list is very much in tune with our own visions.

Jacob commented:

“It is an honor to be working as the curator for Roadburn Festival 2018. The festival is unlike any other, showcasing the most forward thinking artists and musicians of the heavy music world. As this year’s curator I will reach across its sub-genres to bring together an array incredible bands/musicians; expanding the reach of the festival while celebrating the world of extreme music that we all love.”

We are thrilled to welcome Jacob Bannon to the Roadburn family once again for the 2018 edition of the festival.

Jacob Bannon will curate the main stage at the 013 venue on Friday, 20 April, and Het Patronaat on Saturday, 21 April.


Richey Beckett: Our Official Poster Artist For Roadburn 2018

Richey Beckett has previously created work for the likes of Metallica, Mastodon, Baroness, Grateful Dead, and Converge. And now, we’re thrilled to announce that he will also be creating artwork for Roadburn 2018.

Having made a dent in the Roadburn psyche earlier this year when he took part in the Full Bleed art exhibition at the 2017 edition of the festival, Beckett will be returning to the fold, this time as our official poster artist, creating the artwork that will adorn our posters and merchandise for the 2018 edition.

Beckett is a highly talented artist with his roots firmly planted in the natural world, where he draws much of his inspiration from. Working largely with just pen and ink, he creates rich and beautiful images that retain an organic earthiness that tip just the right amount into a fantastical other worldliness.

Beckett comments:

”Being invited to create visual artwork for this year’s Roadburn is a tremendous honour. Roadburn isn’t just another heavy music festival, it’s something that over the years has evolved into a pilgrimage of a worldwide community; a celebration of music, the creative spirit and camaraderie.

“The artists who’ve gone before me are some of the most talented and passionate people I know.. so to be handed the torch, knowing how much it means to them, is something very special indeed. I’m very excited to create and share the ideas I have for Roadburn ’18 over the coming months leading towards the festival.”

Stay tuned for more details and information regarding Richey Beckett’s involvement with Roadburn 2018. Find out more about his work HERE, or for further insight check out the video below by Revolver.


Audio Streams For Carpenter Brut, Disfear, Inter Arma, Warning and More Posted On Line

September 13, 2017

Whilst we’ve been gearing up for our first 2018 announcement, Marcel Van De Vondervoort (Torture Garden Studio) and his team have been collaborating with many of our 2017 bands to bring you another set of fantastic audio streams from this year’s festival. It’s an eclectic mix of bands, demonstrating the strength and diversity of our line up this year.

Enjoy the audio streams for Atala, Author and Punisher, Bongzilla, Carpenter Brut, Casual Nun, Cobalt, Disfear, Fórn, GNOD (Thursday, April 20th), Inter Arma, JOY, Les Discrets, Nadra, Pontiak, Serpent Venom, Temple Ov BBV, Trans Am, Ultha, Valborg, Warning and Wolvennest courtesy of VPRO 3voor12, Holland‘s major cultural network.

Producer:

Marcel van de Vondervoort (Spacejam Records / Torture Garden Studio)

Pre-production:
Robert de Lorijn (Spacejam Records)

Roadburn Festival audio engineers:

Michiel Ferweda
Matthijs Herder
Han Pannekoek
Tim Ruterink
Marcel van de Vondervoort: Alaric, Backwoods Payback, Big Business, Esben and the Witch, Gnaw Their Tongues, Harsh Toke (Roky Erickson Tribute), Pinkish Black, Schammasch, Scissorfight, Suma, Unearthly Trance, Whores. & Zhrine.


A Beginner's Guide to Roadburn

August 29, 2017

Roadburn’s publicity and communications maestro, Becky Laverty, has put together a solid overview of Roadburn to help you plan your trip to Roadburn – whether it’s your first time or your fifteenth!

Many moons ago, before I worked for Roadburn, I was a keen attendee of the festival. The first time I went, it was just for one day – and then the next year it was all weekend, and the same again the next year…

Now that I work for the festival, it’s a much less relaxing weekend but it is still a major highlight of my year, filled with familiar faces, incredible experiences and life-affirming performances from my favourite bands. Throbbing feet and a hoarse voice seem like a small price to pay for such an invigorating and unique experience.

The first year I worked for Roadburn, I was at the 013 venue when tickets went on sale and as we watched the numbers tick upwards Walter and I deliberated over what my title should be. “Roadburn Princess” was dismissed in favour of “Press and Communications”, but each year my role has expanded just a little bit more; I now oversee the side programme too. The “communications” part of my job is so wonderfully vague that it can mean any one of dozens of different things at any given time.

Recently we set up a Roadburn Facebook group for Roadburners from all over the globe to come together to discuss all things Roadburn and festival-related. One thing that struck me almost straight away was the number of people who are yet to make the pilgrimage to Roadburn.

As it wasn’t that long ago that I was an attendee, I still recall how overwhelming it is to plan your first Roadburn experience. So, here I have used the all-encompassing “communications” part of my job to give first time Roadburners (and those who might need a refresher!) a few pointers to help plan their first voyage to Planet Roadburn.

FINANCES

How much money you will need for Roadburn is definitely one of those “how long is a piece of string?” questions – it depends on so many factors, not least where you’re setting off from. Plane travel around Europe is relatively cheap (flights from London to Eindhoven are approx £60, and from Berlin to Amsterdam approx €65 for example), but we have many Roadburners traveling from much further afield which can hit your wallet hard.

If you need to spread out the cost of the trip, then some of the following information will likely help you prioritise in which order to pay for the more expensive parts of your trip.

Once at Roadburn, you can eat and drink relatively cheaply – but again this all depends on your personal choices and preferences. A small beer starts at around €2.65, a toastie at around €5, a burger and fries comes in at around €10.

TICKETS

We will always announce the ticket on-sale date in advance – we don’t spring it on you! In the past, tickets have sold out very quickly (mere minutes one year!), but since those days our capacity has increased. What this means is that we still sell a lot of tickets on the first day they go on sale, and then a steady stream after that. We always put weekend tickets (3 day and 4 day) on sale first, around October, followed by individual day tickets in January. Despite no longer selling out within the hour, Roadburn DOES SELL OUT.

So, we urge you to buy your ticket as soon as your finances allow. When we update our social media regarding tickets, we’re doing it to be informative rather than hyperbolic; if we say “only a few tickets remain” we likely mean less than fifty.

ACCOMMODATION

If you want to stay in a nice city centre hotel for Roadburn 2018, you’re probably already too late. These rooms get booked up very quickly – often as people check out from the previous festival. But it’s always worth having a look as cancellations happen and who knows, you might get lucky!

But never fear, there’s plenty of other options. You can try Air BnB – I did this one year, and it was a great and affordable option (the host even left a bottle of wine for me, thank you very much!). I actually only booked it a month or two out from the festival, so if you’re reading this in September and you’re already despairing, don’t lose hope!

We have an Roadburn Campsite in Tilburg – which we will announce details of in due course. If you’re not keen on pitching your own tent though, there are different levels of comfort available within the campsite. You can even book your own “Festipi” which squeezes some home comforts into the camping experience.

A little bit outside of Tilburg is the Beekse Bergen safari park that has accommodation in the form of chalets, or rather “Jungalows”. They typically can sleep 6 people and are an affordable option if you have a group of friends with you. There’s a shuttle bus between the safari park and the festival site. Rumours of a certain member of Enslaved getting trapped in the hyena enclosure have been greatly exaggerated, I promise.

If a hotel is all that will do, try looking in Eindhoven, Breda or ‘s-Hertogenbosch (known locally as Den Bosch). All are less than 20 minutes away by train and have many options when it comes to hotels, plus b&bs and Air BnBs too! You might just need to be a little bit more careful when planning your travel, which brings us nicely on to…

TRAVEL

As above, where you travel from will directly impact on the cost of your trip, but most likely is that you’ll be arriving into Amsterdam or Eindhoven. From Eindhoven airport you’ll need to take a bus to the train station (15-20 minutes, €3.50) and then a train to Tilburg (20 minutes, approx. €8). The travel time from Amsterdam is slightly longer – about an hour in total – and it’s a more expensive trip, with different options available depending on the speed of the train and the class of carriage you book. There are English-speaking booths where you can buy your ticket at the station. Check out train options HERE!

Taxis can be a bit expensive in the Netherlands, so where possible, I definitely recommend sharing with a fellow Roadburner. Closer to the time of the festival, we’ll let you know of any partnerships we have with travel companies that will help you save some precious pennies. If you’re staying in the centre of Tilburg, it’s a short walk to most hotels from the train station and the festival is less than ten minutes away. A friend of mine did get a taxi one year from the station to the Mercure hotel, I’m pretty sure they added a tourist tax on for that two minute trip…!

GET YOUR BEARINGS

Tilburg will soon feel like a second home, but if it’s your first time, then it’s a wise idea to leave time to get your bearings so you work out where everything is before the first band you want to see starts. In the last couple of years we’ve had a wristband exchange open on the Wednesday night, which if you can make it along for then will reduce any queuing time on the Thursday and allow you quicker access to the venues.

All the rooms/venues are very close to each other, but still it’s a good idea to poke your head around the door when you have a few spare minutes so you can scope out what they’re like and what will become your preferred vantage spot. Pick up a programme at the beginning of the festival – there’s a map in the centre pages!

You will inevitably find yourself on Weirdo Canyon at some point – the name affectionately given to the strip of bars and cafes around the corner from the 013. Prior to working at Roadburn, I could happily while away several hours here in the sun, drinking a fruit beer and eating frites! Now I am lucky if I sit down for five minutes and get to steal chips off a friends plate! But even so, it’s a great spot to make friends or catch up with old ones.

BANDS

It’s the main reason we’re all here, right? My main piece of advice is to not overstretch yourself when planning in advance. Pick two or three bands per day that are “must see” for you, and then take your foot off the gas for the others. You will ALWAYS find something new and exciting at Roadburn, but you’ll miss out on a lot of fun if you’re trying to stick too rigidly to a schedule.

It’s true that some of the smaller venues get filled up very quickly for popular bands – you can attribute that to Walter’s eagle eye for picking bands on the up! But if one of your must see bands is in a smaller room, plan ahead! If it’s going to ruin your weekend to miss a band playing in the Green Room, head there early and claim your spot.

I honestly encourage you to let your curiosity get the better of you too. I did when I stumbled upon Gnod back in 2012, or got my brain fried by Gravetemple in 2013.

SIDE PROGRAMME

Obviously I was going to include this as it’s where I focus lots of time and attention! But I think it gets squeezed out of a lot of people’s schedules when there’s so much treasure to be found! We have exhibitions, Roadburn Cinema, listening sessions and of course our live interviews and panel discussions. If you’re more used to big outdoor festivals, it might seem like a bit of an odd thing to go and sit down and listen to a talk for the best part of an hour in the middle of watching bands but the Roadburn side programme has picked up many devotees over the years!

The panels are great for people who have an interest in the business side of the music industry, but although the sessions are often very educational and informative, they’re never too serious or full on. The interviews are an amazing opportunity to listen to some of your favourite musicians and artists talk about their craft and their passions.

The side programme makes for a nice change of pace; an opportunity to have a sit down and catch your breath in amongst all the madness of the festival. And I’ve already started planning some really special things for this year!

PARTYING!

It’s an important part of Roadburn too! We host our own after parties with guest DJs. Last year I even DJ’d along with fellow Beckys – VERNON (SubRosa) and CLOONAN (superstar artist); it was, to the best our knowledge, the first time that Neneh Cherry’s Buffalo Stance had been busted out at a Roadburn after party…

But if that’s not your kind of thing, the past few years have had the likes of Alan Averill and Ben Ward taking to the decks (and that one time we had live karaoke, they also took to the mics…)

No doubt you’ll find plenty of other party opportunities throughout Tilburg too. Call me biased, but I think ours are the best! 🙂

FRIENDS

Sure, you can go through the whole four days and not speak to another soul if that’s your preference – and nobody is judging if it is.. but Roadburn is better with friends. A few people have commented on their reluctance to attend Roadburn solo, and I am looking into setting up a buddy system/introduction/meeting place for Roadburn 2018, so that even if you arrive in Tilburg alone, you don’t have to leave without a few new friends.

Personally speaking, I have made some incredible friends from all over the world, when we find ourselves, and each other, at Roadburn each year.

OTHER STUFF!

  • Yes, last year we arranged for foreign Roadburners to be able to buy weed from the local coffeeshops. We’ll let you know if this is possible again in 2018.
  • Yes, there’s LOADS of merch! Not just from bands that are playing the festival, but also from a few carefully selected vendors.
  • At the 013 you buy tokens from a machine that can be used to buy food or drink on site. It’s a bit confusing if you’re not familiar with the system, but when you’re at a busy bar, in a noisy room you’ll be grateful for it!
  • Yes, there are lockers and a cloakroom on site.
  • No, we don’t have signing sessions or meet & greets at Roadburn, but generally speaking most bands are accessible and will be enjoying the festival in the same way as you, so you’ll likely get an opportunity to say hello if you want to!
  • We have a daily zine – it’s printed right there on site at the 013 every morning of the festival! Pick up a copy, it’s called the Weirdo Canyon Dispatch.
  • Visual art is a big part of Roadburn – how we present this tends to vary year to year, so keep an eye out for announcements, but you’re guaranteed to have the opportunity to see (or buy!) some very special artwork at Roadburn.
  • Download our app! We’ll be be updating that in the run up to and during the festival (search the app store for the TimeSquare app – you’ll find Roadburn in there!)

If you still have questions head over to our Facebook group and ask in there, either myself or one of our regulars will no doubt be able to assist. Or if you are a Roadburn veteran, you can add your tips and advice to the conversation. One thing I have definitely learned over the years is that although we all come together for the same event, everybody’s experience is different!


Roadburn 2017 Audio Streams: Big Business, Unearthly Trance, Harsh Toke and more!

June 15, 2017

Every year, Marcel Van De Vondervoort (Torture Garden Studio) and his team work hard to capture a little slice of the magic that makes up Roadburn Festival.

And every year we team up with VPRO 3voor12, Holland‘s major cultural network to share these audio gems with you so that you can relieve those special moments or discover bands that had previously passed you by.

We will continue to add more, but to kick things off, we have live audio from: Alaric, Backwoods Payback, Big Business, Esben and the Witch, Gnaw Their Tongues, Harsh Toke (Roky Erickson Tribute), Pinkish Black, Schammasch, Scissorfight, Suma, Unearthly Trance, Whores. & Zhrine.

Producer:

Marcel van de Vondervoort (Spacejam Records / Torture Garden Studio)

Pre-production:
Robert de Lorijn (Spacejam Records)

Roadburn Festival audio engineers:

Michiel Ferweda
Matthijs Herder
Han Pannekoek
Tim Ruterink
Marcel van de Vondervoort: Alaric, Backwoods Payback, Big Business, Esben and the Witch, Gnaw Their Tongues, Harsh Toke (Roky Erickson Tribute), Pinkish Black, Schammasch, Scissorfight, Suma, Unearthly Trance, Whores. & Zhrine.


Roadburn 2017 According To Kim Holm

May 25, 2017

Once again at Roadburn 2017, we were joined by the incomparable Kim Holm. Kim documents his experience at Roadburn in such a unique and special way that we wanted to share with you a gallery of his work.

He’s often to be found lurking in the shadows whilst bands play, but the passion and emotion that he captures deserves to have the spotlight shined upon it.


Roadburn 2017 Daily Videos On Line!

April 26, 2017

The problem with Roadburn is that it’s all over far too quickly. Luckily we’re able to rely on Mark 208 and his team to capture the festival magic so that we can relive it over and over. Not ready to let Roadburn 2017 go? Hold on for just a few more minutes with each of the daily videos shot in and around the festival this year.


A heartfelt thank you!

April 24, 2017

Dear Roadburners,

Another year is done and dusted and as you all make your way home from Planet Roadburn, we wanted to send a heartfelt thank you to you all for participating in an incredible four days here in Tilburg.
You came with open minds and open hearts, embracing each and every band and celebrating the diversity of the line up. Just as many acts played a huge part in pushing boundaries, you- the audience – played a huge part in breaking down barriers too. Roadburn has never settled for being one dimensional, and clearly nor have you.

We are so humbled to be in a position to say that we have a true Roadburn community here, and that it bridges the gap between performers and audience effortlessly.

We are still processing what has happened this past weekend, but we have many great memories to look back on…
John Dyer Baizley curated the main stage on Friday, and Het Patronaat on Saturday, bringing the likes of Disfear, Amenra, Chelsea Wolfe, Trans Am, Oathbreaker, Youth Code, and, of course, Baroness to Roadburn audiences.

Coven played their first ever show on European soil to a rapturous reception, whilst Warning performed their seminal album Watching from a Distance in full for their very first return show. Artist in Residence, Gnod, took on multiple guises throughout the weekend and presented four mind bending shows. Mysticum took the production values of Roadburn to a whole new level with their incredible stage show, whilst My Dying Bride performed their iconic album Turn Loose The Swans in its entirety.

Black metal in all its forms secured its place as a staple part of Roadburn’s genetic make up, even including a surprise set from Iceland’s Misþyrming.

For many, the inclusion of acts such as DÄLEK, Perturbator, Carpenter Brut, Zu, Whores., Emma Ruth Rundle, and Zeal & Ardor amongst others added a whole new dimension to the Roadburn experience.
Mark your calendars for 19-22 April 2018, because we’ll be doing it all again then.
Until then, we wish you an easy descent from the annual Roadburn high, and once again – enormous thanks.

– Walter & Becky, and all at the 013 venue


Weirdo Canyon Dispatch Daily Fanzine - Sunday Issue Now Available!

April 23, 2017

Live from Weirdo Canyon in Tilburg – The 4th and final Issue #3 of the Weirdo Canyon Dispatch is out now. We’ve got 1,000 copies printed for Roadburners on-site at the 013, but you can DOWNLOAD THE PDF to get yours anywhere!

Check out part three of Kim Kelly’s interview with Roadburn 2017 curator John Dyer Baizley, a review of Saturday of the festival by José Carlos Santos, a final farewell from Walter & Becky, plus a final look at albums of the year, exclusive art from Kim Holm, photos by Paul Verhagen and Niels Vinck, and much more!


Weirdo Canyon Dispatch Daily Fanzine - Saturday Issue Now Available!

April 22, 2017

Live from Weirdo Canyon in Tilburg – Saturday, issue #3, of Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, the Roadburn Festival daily fanzine is out now!

Featuring yesterday’s review along with 10 Years 10 Highlights Of Roadburn feature by José Carlos Santos, Part II of the Kim Kelly interview with John Dyer Baizley, plus more albums of the year so far, a selection of exclusive photos from Paul Verhagen and Niels Vinck plus a live illustration of Telephathy by the amazing Kim Holm.

Download the PDF here.


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