Essential Sounds: 08.05.20

May 8, 2020

While the world is slowly trying to find its bearings in a new and amorphous normal, there’s plenty of inspiring music to keep us sane, and offering guidance at the same time. Hope this week’s playlist will help to keep your chin up, and offering plenty of love and strength to get through all this…

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

The Bloody MallardNoble Rot (Onslaught Music)

ProtomartyrWorm In Heaven (Dominio Recording)

Obey CobraSunflowers (Self-Release)

Disheveled CussOh My God (Sargent House)

Wailin’ StormsGrass (Gilead Media)

Executioner’s MaskNo Funeral (Profound Lore)

Greet DeathYou’re Gonna Hate What You’ve Done (Deathwish Inc)

AbramsPoison Bullets (Atypeek Music)

Rebel WizardNot Rain but the Wizard Tears (Prosthetic Records)

An Autumn For Crippled ChildrenPaths (Prosthetic Records)

Infant IslandBurrow (Self Release)

Radar Men from the MoonSelf (Fuzz Club Records)

AutoteliaFirst Flight (Rocket Recordings)

Polmo PolpoDreaming… Again (2020) (Constellation)

DeradoorianMonk’s Robes (Anti)

“D” and the Sugar Cane FactoryFade Sun, Fade (Numero Group)


Roadburn 2020: Ticket Value Scheme in place

May 7, 2020

Thank you for your patience in the past couple of weeks. We promised to let you know when Ticketmaster had activated the different options for tickets for Roadburn. This is a huge update that affects hundreds of events in The Netherlands – not just Roadburn – but we’re pleased to say that this is now in place.

These past few months brought about all kinds of challenges for so many of us; personal, professional, financial and more. Our thoughts are with every person impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. We have kept ourselves sane these past few weeks by starting to plan for Roadburn 2021. We sincerely hope that you can join us in Tilburg next April – and to do that, you just need to hang on to your ticket, no other action is required.

But we know that sadly not everybody is in a position to make the trip next year, so below you will find the full options available to you:

1. Keep your ticket. As mentioned above, if you want to show your support to Roadburn this is by far the best option! Roadburn is rescheduled to 15-18 April 2021.

2. You can request a ticket credit worth the full cost of your ticket including service fees before June 4, 2020. The request can be made HERE. The ticket credit is valid up to 24 months after it’s been issued and can be exchanged for Roadburn 2021 and 2022 as well as any event organised at the 013 venue. If you have not used this ticket credit (in full or partially) after 24 months, you will automatically be refunded the remaining amount.

When you apply for a voucher, Ticketmaster will mail you when the credit is ready for use. At the time of writing, this is approx. around the end of July. By converting your ticket into a credit to visit another event, you are helping us mitigate the economic impact of the measures on 013 venue and our festival. Claiming a voucher also benefits us greatly and if you opt to do this, we thank you for your support.

3. You can donate your ticket to Roadburn before June 4, 2020. We don’t have any expectation that this will be feasible for many of you. If you do opt for this then your generosity would be extremely welcome. The entirety of the donation will benefit Roadburn, and our artistic projects You can use this contact form. Select ‘Donate ticket’ as the topic.

4. It is also possible to request a refund via this contact form before June 4, 2020. Select ‘Apply refund’ as the topic. Your tickets will then be cancelled. If you choose to request a refund, the amount will be refunded within a month after the new Roadburn date at the latest. Since Roadburn will be on 15-18 April 2021, you will get a refund before May 15 2021. This is in accordance with the Ticket Value Scheme agreed upon by the cultural sector in collaboration with the Dutch government.

If you have any questions, please see our FAQ HERE. If you have problems on the Ticketmaster website, you can find lots of information and answers in their FAQ’s. If you cannot find your answer there, you can also contact Ticketmaster directly.

In addition, the website saveyourticket.nl contains information about the Ticket Value Scheme that has been drawn up by the cultural sector in collaboration with the Dutch government. These resources should be able to help with any enquiries specific to the Ticket Value Scheme and refunds but we are still here to answer your questions as best we can – we can be reached on info@013.nl if you need us.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We really hope to see you all again on Roadburn 2021!


FAQ - Ticket Value Scheme

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions related to the Ticket Value Scheme which is now in place.

What is the Ticket Value Scheme?
Guidelines have been agreed by the Dutch government that span the entirety of the events and entertainment industry in The Netherlands, detailing a way forward for all cultural and sporting events – of which Roadburn is of course a part. This scheme is known as the Ticket Value Scheme. These guidelines are set out to be fair to consumers and ticket buyers but also to protect the venues, events, and promoters and to ensure longevity for the entertainment sector in The Netherlands. Basically, we call on our visitors to keep their ticket for Roadburn 2021: Save your ticket, enjoy later.

How does the Ticket Value Scheme work?
We sincerely hope that you can join us in Tilburg next April – and to do that, you just need to hang on to your ticket, no other action is required.

If this isn’t an option for you, we ask you kindly to opt for a voucher. This is a ticket credit in your Ticketmaster account worth the full cost of your ticket including service fees. The request can be made here up until June 4, 2020. The ticket credit is valid up to 24 months after it’s been issued and can be exchanged for Roadburn 2021 and 2022 as well as any event organised at the 013 venue. If you have not used this ticket credit (in full or partly) after 24 months, you will automatically be refunded the remaining amount. By converting your ticket into a credit to visit another event, you are helping us mitigate the economic impact of the measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Claiming a voucher also benefits us greatly and if you opt to do this, we thank you for your support.

Can I make a donation instead?
We don’t have any expectation that this will be feasible for many of you. If you do opt for this then your generosity would be extremely welcome. The entirety of the donation will benefit Roadburn, and our artistic projects. You can use this contact form. Select ‘Donate ticket’ as the topic. Converting your ticket to a donation is possible until June 4, 2020.

Can I get a refund instead?
As a consumer you have the right to request a refund. According to the Ticket Value Scheme the amount (including service fees) will be refunded within a month after the new Roadburn date at the latest. Since Roadburn will be on 15-18 April 2021, you will get a refund before May 15 2021 at the latest. You can request your refund via this contact form until June 4, 2020. Select ‘Apply refund’ as the topic. Although we know that some people are suffering financially from the current global situation, we sincerely hope that you will still come to Roadburn in 2021 or 2022 and do not use this option.

What about my camping ticket?
Everything mentioned above is also applicable to your camping ticket. Please note: if camping tickets were purchased separately, you must request a separate voucher or refund.

What happens with day tickets?
Your day tickets remain valid for the same day in 2021. So if, for example, you’ve bought a ticket for Roadburn Saturday and you want to keep your ticket, your ticket will remain valid for Roadburn Saturday 2021. Of course, you can also opt for the voucher and buy new day tickets when they go on sale, but be aware that Roadburn day tickets can sell out quickly.

I bought hardcopy ticket(s) at the 013 box office, Sounds Record store or Primera, so I didn’t get an e-mail.
You can still hang on to your ticket for 2021. But if you prefer a voucher, donation or a refund, we ask you to come to the 013 box office with your hardcopy ticket(s) as soon as it is open again. Please keep an eye on the 013 website for the latest information.

What happens with my ticket after June 4, 2020?
Your ticket will be automatically converted to a ticket for Roadburn 2021. (You will not receive a new ticket.)

What should I do if I bought my ticket on Ticketswap?
You should contact TicketSwap directly. Buying via TicketSwap is always at your own risk: you have made a transaction with Ticketswap, not with Roadburn/013. So even though we would like to reach you, we simply can’t. We can only contact the original buyer.


Essential Sounds: 01.05.20

May 1, 2020

Thank goodness for new music – it’s just about all that’s keeping us sane these days. As you’re probably already aware, today Bandcamp is waiving their fees, which gives a great incentive to spend money on your favourite artists over there.

If you can’t afford to splash the cash, then you can still share the love! Share the music of an artist that you’ve discovered – trust us, it will be appreciated!

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

ForndomHemkomst (Nordvis)

WitchcraftFree Country (Nuclear Blast)

A.A. WilliamsAll I Asked For (Was To End It All) (Bella Union)

Hazel EnglishShaking (Marathon Artists)

Other LivesSound of Violence (Play It Again Sam)

Early JamesBlue Pill Blues (Easy Eye Sound)

Hante.Run, Lie, Cry (Synth Religion)

An Autumn For Crippled ChildrenWater’s Edge (Prosthetic Records)

SpotlightsPart II (Blues Funeral Recordings)

Deafkids x RaktaTemplo do Caos – Ao Vivo (Selo Sesc)

SpellDawn Wanderer (Bad Omen Records)

Paradise LostGhosts (Nuclear Blast)

Bell Witch x Aerial RuinHeaven Torn Low II (The Toll) (Profound Lore)

ElderIn Procession (Stickman Records)


Video Premiere: The Oakley Brothers

April 29, 2020

Inspired by the spirit of Roadburn – even when kept apart by necessary physical distance this year – Zachary Oakley and his brother Matt recorded an exclusive video just for us! Many of you will recognise Zack from JOY, Pharlee, and of course as an instrumental part of the incredible San Diego takeover during Roadburn 2018. He even brought his parents along for the magickal ride that year, so to describe the Oakley brothers as part of the extended Roadburn family is no exaggeration.

Zack comments:
“When I arrive at Roadburn I feel like I’ve made it to the magical epicenter of it all. It has given so much to us and our family over the past few years so we thank you Walter, Becky and the whole crew for keeping the Roadburn universe alive. Thanks for having us! This one is for you guys!”


Essential Sounds: 24.04.20

April 25, 2020

Life is still so strange for so many of us… and as we renegotiate the boundaries of what our new normal is or will be, we can at least still take some solace in the incredible music that is being created and released.

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Oranssi PazuzuIlmestys (Nuclear Blast)

Vile CreatureYou Who Has Never Slept (Prosthetic Records)

UlcerateExhale The Ash (Eitrin Editions)

ACxDCCopsucker (Prosthetic Records)

Umbra VitaeMantra of Madness (Deathwish Inc)

Hail Spirit NoirThe First Ape on New Earth (Agonia Records)

True BodyFirst Thing (Funeral Party)

Of Blood And MercuryThe Body (Self Release)

Oathbreaker, Chelsea WolfeEase Me – Chelsea Wolfe remix (Deathwish Inc)

Sólveig MatthildurPolitician… Of Love (Artoffact Records)

Hante. – Raptures (Synth Religion)

Wailin’ StormsRattle (Gilead Media)

Die Wilde JagdSankt Damin (Bureau B)

King Gizzard & The Lizard WizzardAnamnesis (KGLW)

Nuancer, Lela Roy, MidwifeOld Town Road (Nuancer)

TreurwilgShallow Pools of Grief (Self Release)


Pretend Roadburn 2020: Thank you all so much!

April 20, 2020

Becky and I, our dedicated staff, and countless others involved with Roadburn are extremely overwhelmed by sense of community shown over the last few days – the Pretend Roadburn group has even been a huge lifesaver in the middle of some of the most uncertain times since WWII. Paralyzed by the global pandemic, and the loss of the actual festival, we didn’t even know what to do with ourselves – like all of you, we were heartbroken and stuck at home, worrying about the new normal, about our daily life, and the things and people we love all so much. On a personal level, I’m also worrying so much about all the creatives, and their struggles to keep going – it just hurts big time!

We weren’t even sure if it wouldn’t be appropriate for us to bring you a few little slivers of Roadburn spirit this weekend – again, so much grief and fear. As Roadburn’s our lifesblood, Becky started to reach out to a few artists, discussing ideas for a live session or two, a single Q&A, and a daily playlist to keep things humble. And then came along a group of wiley Roadburners staging something of a takeover to keep the festival going – we simply couldn’t believe the outpouring of love online, from Roadburn Radio coming to you from Tilburg, or this glorious Facebook group set up by Peter Huibers and Jeriël van der Land – you all pulled off such a miracle! It ignited us to start relentlessly working on the Weirdo Canyon Dispatch (thank you JJ, Lee and the others as well), and reaching out for more live sessions and such (thank you Becky). Suddenly it was like being at the festival, and engaging with everyone in ways that we have never felt or experienced before – the connection was palpable even online.

You gave Roadburn such a new lease on life over the last few days, letting us all celebrate the pretend festival from our homes, with so much passion, hope, and love coming from our screens, and oozing from our speakers. I’m still lost for the proper words to express my feelings and gratitude (the same goes for Becky and everyone involved), though, I’ll try. As you might know, we won the VNPF award for best festival earlier this year. Hereby, I’d like to hand over the award to our beloved community, as it’s you who kept Roadburn going in such an inspirational way during these trying times, and pushed it into a new realm beyond our wildest imagination. It’s something we won’t forget for the rest of our lives, as we’re all connected for life.

The award is yours forever!

Becky and Walter on behalf of the entire Roadburn crew and the 013 venue.


Pretend Roadburn 2020: Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, our daily fanzine

We were humbled and honored by the celebration that (Pretend) Roadburn became over this past weekend. Thank you all so much for your love and support.

We have added the three issues of the (Pretend) Weirdo Canyon Dispatch to our archive HERE.

Thanks as always to Shaman Lee for maintaining the archive and, especially this year, helping to further secure the memory of something unforgettable.


Roadburn 20.21: Ticket value scheme

April 9, 2020

We promised we would bring you more information as soon as we had it – and now we do! Guidelines have been agreed by the Dutch government that span the entirety of the events and entertainment industry in The Netherlands, detailing a way forward for all cultural and sporting events – of which Roadburn is of course a part. This scheme is known as the Ticket Value Scheme. These guidelines are set out to be fair to consumers and ticket buyers but also to protect the venues, events, and promoters and to ensure longevity for the entertainment sector in The Netherlands.

So, everybody who currently has a ticket to Roadburn 2020, these will be your options:

1. SAVE YOUR TICKET! As mentioned before – Roadburn is rescheduled to 15-18 April 2021. If you want to show your support to Roadburn this is by far the best option!

2. Claim a voucher. This option will be made available via Ticketmaster – we’re told within the next two weeks. Claiming a voucher means that you have a credit in your Ticketmaster.nl account for use at the 013 venue only. These vouchers will be valid for up to 24 months – meaning that if you know you cannot attend in 2021 but you are a regular Roadburner otherwise, you can use this credit to purchase your ticket for 2022 once those tickets go on sale. If for some reason you do not use the voucher within the 24 month period, or if you decide you cannot use your voucher after all, your voucher automatically converts to a refund. Claiming a voucher also benefits us greatly and if you opt to do this, we thank you for your support. As soon as the option is available on the Ticketmaster website, or more information is available we’ll let you know.

3. Donate your ticket(s). This option will be made available via Ticketmaster at the same time you’re able to claim a voucher. This will automatically be an option available via Ticketmaster so we are informing you of it, but we don’t have any expectation that this will be feasible for many of you. If you do opt for this then your generosity would be extremely welcome.

4. Claim a refund. This option will be made available via Ticketmaster at the same time you’re able to claim a voucher. We know that some people are suffering financially from the current global situation and you’re looking for a refund. The rules of the scheme state your refund will be actioned within a month after the new Roadburn date. Since Roadburn will be on 15-18 April 2021, you will get a refund before May 15 2021.

Please note: When the options to request a voucher, a donation or a refund are available, we’ll let you know. Under the rules of the ticket value scheme announced today, you are entitled to make your request for a voucher, a donation or a refund within four weeks after receiving notice. If you don’t take action within those four weeks, you automatically save your ticket.

Please bear in mind that these measures have been put together under unprecedented conditions for the live music industry. This is a national initiative designed to preserve the future of live music – and more specifically for us, to help ensure that Roadburn can continue. As soon as we have more details of when the voucher and refund options are available to you, we will notify you via our socials and via email.

More information on the scheme can be found HERE.
For questions or more information please contact: info (AT) 013 (DOT) nl

Until thentake good care of yourselves.

Walter, Becky, Peter van der Aalst (Interim CEO of 013 venue) & the whole Roadburn team


Roadburn 2020 postponed to 15-18 April, 2021

April 3, 2020

Dear Roadburners,

Firstly, we want to apologise for the lack of communication – we know you have questions and we’re doing our absolute best to get answers to you as soon as possible.

The next edition of Roadburn will take place 15-18 April, 2021. Tickets purchased for the 2020 edition will remain valid – you do not need to do anything at this time, just hold on to those tickets and show up next April. Our aim is to preserve as much of the line up as possible – we will be talking to bands over the coming weeks to re-confirm bookings, but things are looking positive on that front.

Tickets for the campsite and the night busses (i.e anything you bought direct, via 013.nl, Roadburn.com and Ticketmaster.nl) are also automatically transferred to April 2021 too.

We request just a little bit more patience for more detailed information. We know uncertainty is stressful, so we are working diligently to get you accurate information as quickly as possible, however, Roadburn is part of a complex industry that is in turmoil at the moment. We are part of a huge group of organisations, venues and others who are awaiting guidance from the Dutch government as to how to proceed. These circumstances are unprecedented in a legal, financial and logistical sense for the whole entertainment industry.

As we said previously, this has been a heartbreaking decision for us, taken in the middle of some of the most uncertain times that the live music industry has seen. What we have put in place here is designed to protect and preserve Roadburn as a festival and ensure our ability to function going forward. Whilst the rush to buy tickets on the day they go on sale has become a rite of passage for many, knowing that you’ve already got next year’s ticket in your pocket is hopefully a small silver lining!

Walter, Becky, Peter van der Aalst (interim CEO 013 venue) & the whole Roadburn team.