Essential Sounds: 19.4.19

April 19, 2019

Does anyone else feel like the last few days have been passed in a post-Roadburn daze? Nonetheless, new music waits for no-one and here we are with yet another Essential Sounds playlist. Perhaps it will help ease you back into the real world, no promises though…

If you’d like to seek out the Roadburn playlist tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need…

SRSQ – The Martyr (Dais Records)

Drab Majesty – Ellipsis (Dais Records)

Spotlights – The Particle Noise (Ipecac Records)

Cave In – All Illusion (HydraHead Industries)

Molasses – Drops of Sunlight (Ván Records)

Spirit Adrift – Angel & Abyss (20 Buck Spin)

Sólveig Matthildur – Constantly In Love (Artoffact Records)

Soft Kill, Choir Boy – Saint (Cercel Social Records)

All Your Sisters – Self-Medicating (The Flenser)

Inter Arma – The Atavists’s Meridian (Relapse)

Cave In photo courtesy of Visual Violence.

Roadburn 2019: A heartfelt thank you

April 16, 2019

Roadburn 2019 has exceeded our expectations once again. It’s near-impossible to put into words the feelings whizzing around as Roadburn comes to a close, but we’ll give it a shot – forgive us if it is ineloquent!

Roadburn has been built on a foundation of community, and never has that sense of community felt stronger. We came into this year knowing that we were going to see some awesome collaborations, ground breaking sets, and one-off performances, but we didn’t know quite how many of those magical moments would be dreamed up mere hours before they happened. They were made possible by the open minds of artists, the incredible skill of our behind-the-scenes team, and the enthusiasm – and trust – that has been put in us.

That intangible magic has permeated every element of Roadburn, and given everyone involved a platform to excel – artistically and musically. Whether it was at a packed main stage or an impromptu skate hall set, that magic was everywhere this year.

We have made new friends, and said farewells to old ones; and in the transition of both, the bond of the Roadburn community has never been stronger. Thank you to every single person that has made Roadburn 2019 what it is; we couldn’t do it without you.

Sincere and heartfelt thanks to you for once again believing in Roadburn, and whether this was your first or fifteenth time, we hope you’ll join us here again on planet RoadburnApril 16-19, 2020.

Walter, Becky & the whole Roadburn team.

Roadburn 2019: A recap and a look forward

Roadburn Festival is over for another year, and dates for 2020 are already confirmed.

Artististic Director, Walter comments:
“As a festival that constantly seeks to raise the bar with ever more creative endeavours, we are beyond thrilled with how Roadburn 2019 unfolded. The level of collaboration, inspiration and artistic expression was beyond anything that I could have hoped for. There is still so much to get our heads around, but everybody is feeling so energised that our minds are already working towards Roadburn 2020.”

For the second year running, Roadburn played host to commissioned projects – this time there were three such performances across the weekend. On Thursday, a collaboration between former members of The Devil’s Blood and Astrosoniq united under the banner of Molasses to a rapturous reception. On Friday afternoon, Triptykon joined forces with the world-renowned Dutch Metropole Orkest to perform the Celtic Frost / Triptykon Requiem to a spellbound audience. On Saturday the Patronaat venue hosted an assortment of Dutch black metal bands before the night culminated with an enormous collaborative project under the name Maalstroom.

Tomas Lindberg took on the role of curator, hand picking a selection of bands that ranged from Swedish psych to Japanese post-rock, before performing with his own band, At The Gates. With a set that included a string quartet, a rotation of guests and some re-imaginings of familiar songs, a whole new light was shined upon their output.

Among the guest vocalists was Matt Pike from festival headliners, Sleep, who themselves delivered two thundering sets across the weekend. Promising one setlist that focussed on latest album The Sciences, and one that would zero in on the legendary Sleep‘s Holy Mountain album – expectations were exceeded on both nights.

Roadburn‘s 2019 artist in residence, Thou, performed four times across the weekend; an acoustic show, a Magus-era set, a collaboration with Emma Ruth Rundle, and a barn-storming, late night Misfits cover set at the Ladybird Skatepark where they were joined by an assortment of guests.

Impromptu skate park sets popped up throughout the weekend, including the likes of Mythic Sunship, Bismuth, Vile Creature and Lingua Ignota, giving audiences a second shot at catching some of the most exciting, up and coming bands across a broad spectrum of music scenes and genres.

Outside of the musical offerings of Roadburn 2019, visual art was strongly represented with exhibitions celebrating the work of Maarten Donders, Teddie Taylor, Emma Ruth Rundle, Marissa Nadler – plus the return of poster art exhibition, Full Bleed.

Roadburn‘s side programme events offered insight to the inner workings of Heilung, and Tom G. Warrior as well as multiple aspects of the music and creative arts industries. Kickstarter Games took over a corner of the festival to create a tabletop gaming enclave.

In amongst the heavy hitters and the headline bands were dozens of beautifully crafted and painstakingly planned performances across the four days. Each and every individual participant went above and beyond to create something truly special that audience and band members alike will cherish for years to come.

Roadburn will be doing it all again next year; April 16-19, Tilburg  The Netherlands.

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch Daily Fanzine 2019 - Sunday Issue Now Available!

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Live from Weirdo Canyon in Tilburg – the fourth and final issue for 2019 of the Dispatch is out now. We’ve got 1000 copies printed for Roadburners on-site at the 013, but you can DOWNLOAD THE PDF to get yours anywhere!

Check out a review from yesterday by Sander van den Driesche along with photos by Paul Verhagen & Niels Vincks, an interview with Crowhurst & Gnaw Their Tongues, José Carlos schools us in Portuguese Matal and Andreas Kohl reflects on 20 years of Exile On Mainstream records.

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch Daily Fanzine 2019 – Saturday Issue Now Available!

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Live from Weirdo Canyon in Tilburg – Issue #3 of the Dispatch is out now. We’ve got 1,250 copies printed for Roadburners on-site at the 013, but you can DOWNLOAD THE PDF to get yours anywhere!

Check out a review from yesterday by Daniel Pietersen along with photos by Paul Verhagen & Niels Vincks, Part II of the Tomas Lindberg interview, Jamie Ludwig asks if URAN GBG are the weirdest band at Roadburn and Guido Sergers takes a look at MAALSTROOM.

This issue of Weirdo Canyon Dispatch is dedicated to the memory of Michiel Eikenaar who was very much part of the Roadburn family.

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch Daily Fanzine 2019 – Friday Issue Now Available!

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Live from Weirdo Canyon in Tilburg – Issue #2 of the Dispatch is out now. We’ve got 1,250 copies printed for Roadburners on-site at the 013, but you can DOWNLOAD THE PDF to get yours anywhere!

Check out a review from yesterday by José Carlos Santos along with photos by Paul Verhagen & Niels Vincks, Tomas Lindberg gives us the lowdown on curating Roadburn 2019, Sander van den Driesche speaks to Holy Roar Records about taking over the Hall of Fame and At The Gates guitarist Jonas Stålhammar gives us 8 essential Swedish albums we should all have in our collection.

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch Daily Fanzine 2019 – Thursday Issue Now Available!

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Attention Roadburners far and wide! The first issue for 2019’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch is out now!

It’s got a review and photos from last nights Ignition Pre Show with Temple Fang, Great Grief and Hellripper plus features on Molasses, the new project from The Devils Blood, Brazilian Psych with Rakta & Deaf Kids, a look at the Side Programme plus exclusive artwork by Cavum.

If you’re here, we’ve got 1250 copies printed, but we’re happy to offer it to everyone via the PDF version as well, download your copy HERE and don’t miss out!

TankZilla release 7 inch at Roadburn

April 9, 2019

TankZilla is the muscle car amongst the Roadburn caravan of 2019. This twin-engine tarmac titan has seasoned players groovin’ freeway mad: Peter van Elderen (Peter Pan Speedrock, Repomen) and Marcin Hurkmans (Wolfskop). To jolt even more fuel to the pistons, TankZilla’s Roadburn course also marks the release of their debut 7-inch single. Get yourselves some Dutch courage with a punch in the gut by the piledriver boogie of these hellbenders.

Peter comments:

After Walter and I spoke about my art exhibition at Roadburn, I told him I also formed a new musical outfit. I asked if we could play Roadburn somewhere in the basement near the toilets after closing time.
Upon hearing the four TankZilla demo tracks he called me and said: ”This is amazing it’s on repeat for days. If I get a last gap somewhere on Roadburn’s official program you are in.”

And so this will happen: TankZilla, Sunday 4.40 PM at the Hall of Fame.

Two of the aforementioned  demo tracks are available on 7-inch limited edition on Lighttown Fidelity, to be released at Roadburn. To pre-order click here.

You can check out the tracks below and follow TankZilla on Facebook.

Roadburn 2019 A-Z

April 5, 2019

A – Access

When you arrive at the 013 and switch your ticket for a wristband you can also 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 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. For the rest of the weekend the wristband exchange will be open as follows:

Thu: 11:0000:00
Fri: 13:0001:00
Sat: 13:0023:00
Sun: 12:3021:30

Please note: backpacks are not allowed into the venuestotebags 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 – Buses

There will be buses going in more than one direction, so check your final destination and read on…

Eindhoven Central Station – this is for those of you who bought tickets via Ticketmaster to get back to Eindhoven once the trains stop running.

Thu – Sun between 01:00 – 04:00 bus departs every 30 minutes, travelling time to Eindhoven Central Station approx 45 minutes.

The departure area for this ‘night bus’ is located at the Interpolis building, near the Tivoli ParkingDay tickets can be bought per day at the info point (in front of V39) and at the bus stop for € 12,50 (card payments only)

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 13.15-18.00, and 23.30 – 03.00. On Sunday, the shuttle bus will start from 12.15 – we wouldn’t want any of you to miss out on that incredible Have A Nice Life set that starts at 13.50. A single ride will set you back €4, a 3 day ticket is €21 and a 4 day ticket is €28.

C – Cocktails & Craft Beer

If you fancy something to drink that’s a little outside the norm of the usual festival fayre, we have some treats in store for you.

You may already be familiar with the specially brewed Maalstroom beer (available at the Pit Stop on Saturday and from Bierbrigadier in Tilburg in limited numbers), but alongside that there will be a rotation of craft beers throughout the weekend. Koen from the aforementioned Bierbrigadier has handpicked over 40 beers that will make an appearance over the weekend, but when they’re gone, they’re really gone. There will also be beer on sale all weekend from local breweries LOC and Kraftbier. The Craft Beer Bar is located at the Pit Stop.

If you’d prefer something better suited to a little paper umbrella as decoration… head to the 013 basement bar which will be christened Mix Bar from 8pm each evening for an assortment of cocktails. The bar will be open til 3am each night (1am on Sunday) for you to get your fix of fruity delights! For one night only, Old Man Gloom powerhouse, Santos Montano will be showing his face and sipping his own Secret Santos cocktail on Saturday night at 10.30pm… don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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 food trucks inside and outside the Pit Stop as well as the usual stalls outside the 013. Pretty much every taste or dietary requirement is taken care of by the food trucks so you’re sure to find something to suit. Not to mention all the bars and cafes that Tilburg has to offer. You’ll not go hungry!

E – Exhibitions

As well as the return of Full Bleed we will also have exhibitions from our poster artist, Maarten Donders, and up and coming photographer Teddie Taylor. Plus we will have paintings by Emma Ruth Rundle and Marissa Nadler on display in the Pit Stop. Full Bleed will have art for sale, but the rest of the exhibitions are look-but-don’t-touch, however looking is a treat all of its own!

F – First Timers

If you are attending Roadburn for the first time or if you’re traveling alone, you are very welcome to join us for a drink before the festival kicks off properly. From 2pm on Thursday at the 013 basement bar, we will be hosting a little get together for those on their own, and coming for the first time. It’s a little welcome to help you get your bearings. All you need to do is sign up here (so we can keep track of numbers) – and then show up on the day!

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 – Hall of Fame
Our smallest venue is home to some of the festival’s biggest gems!  Don’t forget to head here to check out both the Holy Roar records show case and the Exile on Mainstream show case… plus a whole host of other bands that are more than ready to blow your minds! This venue may be small, but it sure is mighty!

I – Ignition
This year our pre-show party will take place at the Green Room inside the 013, on Wednesday 10 April. It’s free, so if you have local pals – bring them along! We definitely advise you to pick up your wristband on Wednesday night if you’re around already, but it’s not compulsory to do so to gain entry to the party! Great Grief, Temple Fang and Hellripper will get your Roadburn started with a bang!

Running order:
Temple Fang20.30 – 21.30
Great Grief22.00 – 22.40
Hellripper23.10 -23.50

J – Join Us

If you haven’t yet joined the Roadburners Facebook group – please do. It’s a great place to share your experiences, arrange meet ups and stay in contact with both us and your fellow Roadburners during the festival. Click HERE to join. You can also find us on Twitter, Instagram and the main Facebook page.

K – Kickstarter Games

Throughout the weekend you can indulge your tabletop gaming urges whenever you desire! Thanks to our friends at Kickstarter, there will be a dedicated gaming area in the Pit Stop which will peak at 1pm on Saturday when there will be something of a games extravaganza happening! The rest of the time, feel free to pull up a chair and have a rummage through the Kickstarter cabinet of wonder to see what games are already there – or feel free to bring your own deck!

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 larger 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. Follow the signs and stash your BIG stuff for €5.

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M – Munten (tokens)

You can buy tokens (munten) from the machines located in the foyer of the 013 venue, Het Patronaat, Hall of Fame, Pit Stop, 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 and Koepelhal and inside the Pit Stop.

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! Every evening in the Mix Bar you will be able to hear new tunes from the likes of Heilung, GosT, Valborg and more! Check the timetable in your booklet for all the details!

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.

Click here for the playlist! 

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 #RB19 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 online 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! Note that there is an info point outside the V39 – there will be someone around to answer your questions when you need them!

R – Recyclable cups

You asked – we delivered. This year you will be able to purchase a re-useable cup to drink your beer from. It will cost you one token, and each time you return to the bar hand it to the bartender who will wash and reuse it (at busy time they may get you a new cup and wash the other one once things are quieter) – and at the end of the festival you can take it home with you. We hope this will reduce the waste throughout the festival, as well as reduce the noise during quieter sets. If you would prefer to use the disposable cups, they will remain available from the bars.

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, and listening sessions. Why not indulge in a change of pace whilst you’re with us? Listen to Tom G. Warrior talk, learn about the intricacies of vinyl production, and so much more – check the schedule for full info.

T – Triptykon & More

Last year we started something of a new Roadburn tradition by commissioning artists to create and perform music exclusively at the festival. This year, we have three such performances. Starting on Thursday with Molasses, things will get off to an emotional beginning. On Friday the Celtic Frost/Triptykon Requiem will be performed with the award-winning Dutch Metropole Orkest. On Saturday, Het Patronaat will be given over to a day of Dutch black metal, culminating in the special Maalstroom commissioned performance. For the most part we have no idea what to expect – and that’s the beauty of these projects; they unfurl before our eyes as we experience them for the first time together. Don’t miss out on these, they’re all three set to be incredibly special.

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 near last year’s 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 and signing to point you in the right direction) on Wednesday (noon – 9pm), Thursday (9am – 7pm), Sunday (10am – 3pm) and Monday (9am – 1pm).

V – Volunteers & Venue Capacities

Did you know that a lot of the people working at Roadburn are volunteers? The person pouring your beer, selling you tokens or scanning your ticket is very likely to be one of our wonderful team of volunteers! Give them a hi-five and show them some love – Roadburn relies on their hard work.

A quick note about venue capacities… we have worked hard to eliminate lines for popular shows. We have introduced new venues, and we labour over the running order every year. Occasionally we’re still taken by surprise, but we thought we would let you know the venue capacities, so you can make an informed choice about the shows you attend and when you turn up for them.

Main stage3,000
Green Room700
Het Patronaat650
Hall of Fame250

W – Wayfarer & Entropia

Wayfarer and Entropia will be performing on Friday 12 April at Little Devil Bar! Entropia will play around 9pm, followed by Wayfarer at approx.10.30pm. Little Devil is Tilburg’s premier rock bar, located at Stationsstraat 27, and has a 150 cap.

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, at the Pit Stop – and anywhere else you can find one, but when they’re gone, they’re gone (although you can still check them out online at! 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 #RB19, give us feedback on the event page or the Roadburners facebook group and tweet us about your favourite performances. We welcome feedback (see R!) so let us know what’s on your mind.

Z – Zzzz… or not

Once the bands are done, you may well want to head straight to bed. But if there’s still juice left in your batteries, then party on into the night with us – this time with double the party vibes.

00.3003.00013 Foyer Bar: Babylon Doom Cult.
00.3003:00013 Basement: Pat’s garage, soul, funk & metal extravaganza.

00.3003.00013 Foyer Bar: The return of Bitches Brew!
01.0003.00013 Basement: CoConaut & Mavroq’s Psycholectric Drop Out.

00.3003.00013 Foyer Bar: Case’s Metal Disco.
01.0003.00013 Basement: DJ Cosmic Masseur’s Music Emporium.

No Remorse. No Regrets. No Gods. No Masters. No Requests.

Essential Sounds: 5.4.19

This time next week, we’ll be neck-deep in Roadburn Festival 2019 – we can’t wait! It does mean there will be no new playlist next week, but we’ve put together something great that will hopefully tide you over.

You’ll notice several Roadburn 2019 artists in this playlist, as the new music just keeps on coming. Top of the pile is a new offering from Heilung, which has us highly anticipating their show on Thursday!

We’ll be back with another playlist in two weeks, ’til then – see you in Tilburg!

Heilung – Norupo (Season of Mist)

Deafkids – Espirais da Loucura II (Neurot)

Waste of Space Orchestra – Void Monolith (Svart)

Droneflower (Marissa Nadler, Stephen Brodsky) – Estranged (Sacred Bones)

Big Business – Time and Heat (Joyful Noise)

Gost – The Call of the Faithful (Century Media)

Inter Arma – Howling Lands (Relapse)

GOLD – Things I Wish I Never Knew (Artoffact)

Helms Alee – Spider Jar (Sargent House)

Sky Ferreira – Downhill Lullaby (UMG)

Ioanna Gika – Messenger (Sargent House)

Big Brave – Sibling (Southern Lord)

Cocaine Piss – Dry Mouth (Hypertension)

Morne – Scorn (Live) (Armageddon)