Belgium's own Brutus to continue a strong tradition of power trios at Roadburn 2020

With their latest album, Nest, Brutus stepped everything up a notch or six. They made an album which is sure to feature on many end of year lists, and no doubt already graces the record collection of many a Roadburner. It’s high time they made their debut appearance at Roadburn – so we’re pleased to welcome them to the fold for 2020.

The formative sound of the band was shaped by their physical limitations; drummer Stefanie Mannaerts adopted vocal duties initially out of necessity – namely someone else willing to do the job. However, their slightly unusual arrangement has paid off big time, with their dynamic setting them apart from their peers. Brutus inhabit a sweet spot between post-rock, hardcore, metal and pop. Nest received rave reviews upon releases, and the band have been tirelessly touring in support of the album, throwing in a BBC live session for good measure.

Of their addition to the Roadburn line up, the band comment: “It’s an honour to be part of what we always thought was a true pioneering event. Year after year, Walter succeeds in bringing the most inspiring bands of the moment together. We’re not only going to try to play a great show, but we’re also looking forward to be inspired by the other artists, as individuals and as a band.”

Continuing a strong tradition of power trios, Brutus serve up equal parts intensity, emotion, melody and sheer musical chops. Residing just over the border in Belgium, we’re delighted that they’ll be making the short trip to join us in April to deliver all of those parts on a Roadburn stage.

Becky Laverty / September 2019

Date: April 19

Time: TBA

Stage: Main Stage