Year Of No Light make long-awaited return to Roadburn

As we all know by now, Roadburn wasn’t able to exist in its usual form in 2021, so we went online and put together a programme of performances, premieres and more for Roadburners around the globe. A standout of Roadburn Redux was the collection of bands showcased under the banner of Pelagic Presents. The German label, helmed by The Ocean’s Robin Staps, has a roster jam-packed with talent – both established acts and must-see up-and-comers. As we worked towards our 2022 edition, we decided we would bring Pelagic Presents with us as we return to the physical realm. 

It is with great pleasure that we prepare to welcome post-metal titans Year of No Light back to Roadburn for a special performance at the 2022 edition. We and they go way back, so for us, this is like welcoming old friends back to our home after a prolonged absence – we can’t wait til this piece of the puzzle falls into place in April.

The band detail the evolution of the Year of No Light-Roadburn relationship: “Roadburn festival has always been a crucial step in Year of No Light’s journey. We played there for the first time in 2008 and had the honor to release the performance on the mighty Roadburn Records. We still remember the smoky atmosphere of the Batcave venue… and also a psychedelic encounter with the cops late at night on our way to the hotel.

2011 : back in Tilburg, this time as a six-piece band. Performing Vampyr, as a second set in a super packed Midi Theatre was a transcendental experience.

2021 : After spending some time watching the world fall apart, we were about to release Consolamentum and the pandemic exploded. Once again Roadburn was there: the short film of our brand new track was premiered at Roadburn Redux.

2022 : It is with joy, excitement and emotion that we will play Roadburn again. Expect a special show, with a special line-up and a special setlist!

We love you. Destroy the world.”

Year Of No Light didn’t idle in the wake of Roadburn 2020’s postponement; in fact they released one of their finest albums to date this past summer. Consolamentum sees a disciplined, mature iteration of Year Of No Light taking the next step on their evolutionary journey. Masters of the atmospheric build, their latest material leans more heavily on that tension than it does on its release creating a suffocating atmosphere that sucks us in and holds us under. With so much delayed gratification on the cards already, we’re all overdue some relief – Year Of No Light might just be the band to deliver that this April. 

-Becky Laverty

Date: April 21

Time: TBA

Stage: TBA