Svalbard to make one hell of a full frontal attack at Roadburn 2019

For 12 years now, Holy Roar Records have been quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) releasing a steady stream of incredible albums. Remaining fiercely independent, with an eager ear to the ground, the label has become home to some of the most exciting rising bands around.

Once they’d caught our eye, and the idea for this label showcase quickly picked up pace and soon we were faced with some difficult choices. It wasn’t so much that we couldn’t choose which bands to feature, more that there were so many that it felt cruel to leave some behind. Such is the depth of the bands on offer to us, we could have given over twice as much space on the line up and still be making those same difficult decisions.

But choose we did, and we’re thrilled to team up with the label to bring you five of their brightest stars for Holy Roar x Roadburn. Don’t miss out on this bounty of bands; Holy Roar Records will be taking over the Hall of Fame on Friday, April 12.


Outspoken, unapologetic and unwavering – we’re thrilled to welcome Svalbard to the Roadburn line up. Their most recent release, It’s Hard To Have Hope, lays their wares out without once breaking eye contact. Awesome layers of thundering guitars, throat-shredding anguish and woozy melody stack up to make one hell of a full frontal attack.

On their Roadburn debut, the band comments: “Roadburn is an institution! We are very excited and honoured to be playing a part in the 2019 edition alongside such an amazing lineup.”

Date: April 12

Time: 20.00-20.50

Stage: Hall of Fame