Essential Sounds: 18.10.19

Apologies for there being no playlist last week. Officially it was because we were busy working on the announcement we made yesterday – it was a lot of work – but unofficially, it’s because I ran out of new Perfume Genius songs. Thankfully that’s been rectified and we’re now back in business!

This week’s playlist features Have A Nice Life, Street Sects, Dawn Ray’d, and Une Misere – all of whom have played Roadburn in the past and have new music out. Who is anticipating Have A Nice Life’s upcoming album more than us? Nope… nobody.

Special thanks to these guys who have their ear to the ground and help to feed us a steady stream of new music to consider for these playlists: Davey, Jo, Gijs, Maarten, José and Brent.

Anyway, crack on, dive in, sink under the surface of this week’s playlist.

-Becky Laverty


Dawn Ray’d photograph by dear friend of Roadburn, Teddie Taylor.

As ever, if you want to seek out these songs elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Perfume Genius – Pop Song (Matador Records)

Have A Nice Life – Science Beat (The Flenser)

Fabulous Diamond – Wheel Of Fortune (Alter)

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

Street Sects, Nick Sadler, Lingua Ignota – Fourteen Frames (Postlude Paradox)

Dawn Ray’d – Like Smoke Into Fog (Prosthetic Records)

Une Misere – Failures (Nuclear Blast)

Takafumi Matsubara – Stuttered Rope (Gurkha Commando Blast Team)

Bad Breeding – Theatre Of Work (One Little Indian)

Dysrhythmia – Power Symmetry (Translation Loss)

Durul Gence – Black Cat (Finders Keepers)

Clipping – The Show (Sub Pop)

Roadburn 2020 - Further announcements: Oranssi Pazuzu, Mizmor, Blanck Mass and more...

October 17, 2019


Weekend tickets for Roadburn are on sale now (3-day tickets are sold out, 4-day tickets remain on sale). More information about tickets and accommodation options can be found HERE.


There are so many pieces of the puzzle that will fall into place between now and next April, and we’re sworn to secrecy on just about all of it. But what we can tell you is that Oranssi Pazuzu will be performing their as-yet unnamed new album in full at Roadburn 2020, as a part of James Kent’s curated event.

It seems incomprehensible that Oranssi Pazuzu may have evaded your attention at this point. But we’re sure there’s a few of you out there – the uninitiated. Begin preparations immediately, as come April 2020, there will be dark forces at work here in Tilburg. A magical, mind-melting mangle of psychedelic avant-garde spirits will cast a spell over us all.

“When I first heard Oranssi Pazuzu back when they released their album “Kosmonument”, I felt like I had struck gold. Still to this day there is not a single band that sounds even remotely similar to their unique mix of psychedelic rock infused with black metal, and each of their tracks has successfully managed to make me feel like I was having a drug induced trip while making my head bang all at the same time” – James Kent.

“Not taking any of this for granted, we are massively excited to announce that we are asked once again, to return to the festival in its 2020 edition, as part of James Kent’s curation. Further, in true Roadburn fashion, we will not be playing just a regular show, but instead we will perform our upcoming new album live, in its entirety, for the first time, prior to the release!”Oranssi Pazuzu.

Read more about Oranssi Pazuzu HERE.

Among the list of achievements that Blanck Mass can be proud of is soundtracking the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony in London – and come April 2020, he’ll also be able to say they played Roadburn! Whilst we might not have an audience of 900 million watching what goes down in Tilburg that day, we can be sure to give Blanck Mass a customary Roadburn welcome.

Soundtracking the emotions that accompany personal and societal loss, intimate and global grief – his latest album, Animated Violence Mild, is direct, honest and absolutely drenched in melody.

Read more about Blanck Mass HERE.

Making a return to Roadburn – this time under the curatorship of James Kent – is France’s Hangman’s Chair. The cathartic doom/post-punk combination will be familiar to Roadburners who witnessed them back in 2016, but the intervening years have only seen the four-piece pick up the pace.

Their 2018 album Banlieue Triste (which featured James in his Perturbator guise, and Wolvennest’s Marc de Backer)  will  be played  in full during their Roadburn performance. Sink into the melancholic explorations of some of the darkest places they have been.

Read more about Hangman’s Chair HERE.


Mizmor’s latest album, Cairn, is a mesmerising piece of work. Back in 2016, we were bowled over by YodhMizmor’s previous offering – and we invited multi-instrumentalist, A.L.N, to bring his project to the Roadburn stage in 2018. The set proved to be a defining element of Roadburn that year for all who witnessed it. Cairn is a continuation of Yodh – yet somehow more personal, more intense and more captivating. It’s not necessarily an easy journey, but it’s one we went on willingly. So, it is with enormous pleasure that we announce Mizmor’s return – performing Cairn in full at Roadburn 2020.

Read more about Mizmor HERE.

We already announced that Cloud Rat would be playing Roadburn 2020, but we’re delighted to announce that they have agreed to a second show.  There are dozens of reasons why their latest offering, Pollinator, stands head and shoulders above many other 2019 releases, and just one of them is the accompanying EP that was released at the same time. Performing tracks from Do Not Let Me off the Cliff, as well as a couple of cuts from elsewhere in their catalogue, Cloud Rat will be showing off a different side to themselves. In order to do justice to the songs in a live setting, the band are enlisting the help of a familiar face and dear friend of RoadburnThou’s Andy Gibbs.

Read more about Cloud Rat‘s Do Not Let Me off the Cliff set HERE.

The haunting, sorrow-tinged melody that envelopes SRSQ’s debut album, Unreality, gives a big clue of what to expect when Kennedy Ashlyn takes to the Roadburn stage next April. Formed after her previous project, Them Are Us Too, ended due to the tragic death of Kennedy’s collaborator, Cash Askew, SRSQ (pronounced Seer-skew) retains much of the magic that made TAUT so compelling. The soaring synths and layers of swirling emotion are still present, as of course is her lullaby-esque dreamy vocals.

Read more about SRSQ HERE.

Their 2016 album, Wounds, is a creeping, eerie voyage through some incredibly dark shadows. Dripping with lethargic menace and hazy atmospherics, Fvnerals paint a sonic landscape that feels devoid of sunlight, absolute desolation pervades. News has reached us that writing will soon commence for their next opus due out in late 2020. Whilst Fvnerals are not a cheery prospect, they are a strangely alluring one. We’re delighted to welcome them to Roadburn 2020.

Read more about Fvnerals HERE.


Big Brave are a modern wonder – a trio of musicians that have seemingly created their own little universe, with no need for our earthly categorisations, no need for our restrictive genres, and no need to stick to any kind of formula. A joy to witness live at any point, but especially so when they’re joined by a special guest.

Jessica Moss featured on the Big Brave albums, Au De La and Ardor, performing violin, and on extremely infrequent occasions she has performed with the band live. We’re thrilled to announce that this unholy union will be sharing a stage at Roadburn 2020; the stars in the Roadburn universe have aligned and we’ve captured this most rare of beasts.

Big Brave comment: “Occurring but once in a blue moon, playing with Jessica Moss is always a sonic blessing. Our set always has so much room for improvisation and having guests such as the great Moss, these moments of freedom are elevated and intensified. As stark and bleak as we like to keep things in BB, it is always a pleasure to have her grace us with glorious melody. Being able to perform this set at Roadburn will truly be something special and we couldn’t be more excited for it.”

Read more about Big Brave & Jessica Moss HERE.

As well as performing alongside Big Brave, Jessica Moss will take to the stage a second time at Roadburn 2020 to perform her own set. Her captivating sonic experimentation and ethereal violin playing will be an all-consuming musical journey for Roadburners lucky enough to witness it live. For those who appreciate the intricacies of quiet moment found at RoadburnJessica Moss is the show for you.

Read more about Jessica Moss HERE.

Confidently lassoing all that is great about traditional heavy metal, straddling it and whipping it into shape for a contemporary audience, Crypt Sermon may just have concocted a magic formula that pays tribute to those who have paved the way, whilst simultaneously forging a new path. It’s time to break out your leather jacket – or if you’re feeling bold, the double denim – and get ready to rock out: Crypt Sermon are heading straight for Roadburn 2020 to play their latest album, The Ruins of Fading Light, in full.

The band comments: “Tilburg, you’re DOOMED! Crypt Sermon are proud to announce our pact with Roadburn Festival. We will be playing our new album, “The Ruins of Fading Light” in full for a very special evening of epic heavy metal thunder. Swords raised, we press onward!”

Read more about Crypt Sermon HERE.

The origins of Lana Del Rabies may have a connection to her namesake, but since those early days of paying a droney tribute to the pop star, Lana Del Rabies has taken a life of its own. The project  and pseudonym of Phoenix, Arizona resident, Sam An, blends synthesized electronics, drone/noise elements and industrial heaviness into an atmosphere of existential abreaction and an exploration of the occult.

Read more about Lana Del Rabies HERE.

For Roadburn 2020, we will continue our quest to bring you some of the most exciting prog bands around. Championing the burgeoning Norwegian psych-prog-jazz scene is Red Kite. Their self-titled debut is a master class in progressive jams and hypnotic soundscapes, hence inviting them for Roadburn.

The band comments: “Red Kite are indeed honored to be featured on the 2020 edition of the Roadburn Festival. The open mindset off this festival reflects Red Kites eclectic vision perfectly!”

Read more about Red Kite HERE.

Essential Sounds: 04.10.19

October 4, 2019

This week’s playlist features a whole bunch of Roadburn alumni – including two who have ‘Live at Roadburn’ albums out, which means we couldn’t resist including those tracks here.  Elsewhere Jo Quail has reissued her album Exsolve, and Coilguns are gearing up for the release of Watchwinders… there’s plenty going on, and plenty keeping us inspired.

Kurt Vile, The Sadies – Baby’s Arms (Matador)

Battles – A Loop So Nice… (Warp)

Golden Dawn Arkestra – Hamza (Self Release)

Perfume Genius – Alan (Rework) (W Records)

Jo Quail – Forge (D.O.R Infinity)

Oranssi Pazuzu – Saturaatio (Live) (Roadburn Records)

Coilguns – Big Writers Block (Hummus Records)

Boris – LOVE (Third Man Records)

Hell – Helmzmen (Live) (Roadburn Records)

Jessica Moss – Particles (Constellation)

Essential Sounds: 27.9.19

September 27, 2019

It’s been a bit of a frantic week at Roadburn HQ – getting together Monday’s announcement and preparing for ticket sales on Tuesday. Since we’re on the subject we are blown away by the response to tickets already. We’ve sold more than we had at this time last year, and we’ll keep you posted as we close in on three quarters of the tickets being sold.

Anyway, here’s the music that’s been easing us through the chaos, featuring a handful of Roadburn alumni to boot…get stuck in!



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

Alcest – Sapphire (Nuclear Blast)

Awen feat. Rome – The Death of Reynard (Trisol Music Group)

TORPOR – Two Heads on Gold (Truthseeker Music, Sludgelord Records…)

Dawn Ray’d – To All, To All, To All! (Prosthetic Records)

Horror Vacui – Raw (Sabotage Records)

Gost – Bloody Roses (Century Media)

Perfume Genius – Eye In The Wall (Matador)

Filmmaker – Somber Realm (1250815 Records)

Schammasch – Rays Like Razors (Prosthetic Records)

Earth Moves – Into The Ether (Through Love Records)

Secret Shame – Calm (Self Release)

Ghost – Mary On A Cross (Loma Vista Recordings)

Roadburn 2020: New additions inc. Red Sparowes, Russian Circles, Warhorse, and tickets on sale now!

September 23, 2019


Weekend tickets on sale now! More information about tickets and accommodation options can be found HERE.

As one of our two curators for 2020 (the other being James Kent AKA Perturbator), Emma has added new names to her curated event, The Gilded Cage.

Red Sparowes have been on hiatus for several years. Their component parts scattered in the wind, occasionally bumping into each other, collaboratively, musically or otherwise. Each piece of the Red Sparowes puzzle has their own tale to tell of where the intervening years have taken them, but we can give you a spoiler right now: all roads lead to Roadburn.

Emma comments: “It is with great joy that I am able to announce that after a ten year hiatus, Red Sparowes will be reuniting for Roadburn 2020 for an exclusive performance. It’s a huge honor to resurrect the band that really brought me into the fold of the Roadburn family.” Read more about Red Sparowes HERE.

The stars have aligned, under the watchful eye of Emma Ruth Rundle, we’re thrilled to announce that Torche will finally make their Roadburn debut in 2020. Long-time fan, Emma Ruth Rundle explains her pick:

“Torche have long topped my favorite current bands list, with Meanderthal still being a record I reach for while driving on tour. The energy and weight of the riffs are always exciting and I can’t wait to see them perform cuts from their awesome new album, Admission.” Read more about Torche HERE.

Within her Miserable project, Kristina Esfandiari combines the finest hooks of grunge with the lo-fi haze of shoegaze, creating an alluringly dark vista to lose oneself in. Invited back to Roadburn – having already played 2017 with King Woman – as part of Emma Ruth Rundle’s The Gilded Cage curated event – Kristina is set to drench us all in her misery next April.

Of her choice, Emma comments: “I first heard of Kristina Esfandiari through her band King Woman but when I heard her solo project, Miserable, I fell in love. I finally had a chance to see her live and the force of her performance along with her singular voice just punched me in the chest – hard. She will be doing a solo, stripped down version of Miserable which I can only imagine will be even more moving. I’m so thrilled to have Miserable coming to Roadburn as part of The Gilded Cage”

Read more about Miserable HERE.

NGHTCRWLR is yet another vehicle for the creative impulses of Kristina Esfandiari – only this one is yet to be fully unleashed on the world. As NGHTCRWLR, Kristina has already notched up plenty of live shows including a US stint with Boy Harsher and soon she will bringing the project to Roadburn. Combining elements of noise, ambience, trap and techno, the dizzying results are a pulsating mass of slithering audio missives.

Emma comments: “I’m so thrilled to have Kristina bring her newest project, NGHTCRWLR to Roadburn as part of The Gilded Cage. NGHTCRWLR is yet to release a record and will be making a European debut at Roadburn – it’s going to be something really special.”

Read more about NGHTCRWLR HERE.

Cloud Rat’s vast discography is a testament to their prolific nature and excess of talent, ripping and spilling at the seams – an unending stream of audio abrasion busting to get out there in the world. If they’ve remained under your radar until now, then their most recent release, Pollinator, should – or rather will – be the album to change that. Unsurprisingly, Cloud Rat have caught the eye of Emma Ruth Rundle and in her position as one of our curators, she has invited the extraordinary trio to perform at Roadburn 2020.

“I came to the Cloud Rat table when I saw them on the “Friendship Tour” with Thou, False and Moloch. And was reintroduced this year when we played a few shows together. Utterly amazing. An assault on the senses! Their new album Pollinator is heavy as fuck. They are absolutely beyond ready for Roadburn; I hope Roadburn is ready for Cloud Rat”Emma Ruth Rundle.

Read more about Cloud Rat HERE.


It seems we have inadvertently set a five year pattern, and we’re thrilled to announce that bang on time, Russian Circles will return to Roadburn for the third time in 2020. If you, too, think you already know what to expect then we respectfully urge you to reconsider.

The band comment: “We’re happy to be invited back for a third performance at Roadburn. Not only is it an honor to be a part of such a meticulously curated festival, it’s a personal affirmation of the power of art and music, as seen in the bonding of artists and fans from all across the globe in the immersive experience of this special annual event.”

Read more about Russian Circles HERE.

In 2018, tragedy struck as Warhorse guitarist Todd Laskowski sadly passed away, aged 46. The rest of the band reunited for a one-off performance to honour their fallen comrade, and also marking the 20th anniversary of the band.

Drummer Mike Hubbard explained: “What started as a one-off tribute to Todd’s passing has become so much more. After all these years, we never expected to get this sort of response to us playing live again. It’s really quite amazing. Breathing new life into these songs has reinvigorated us. Walter was an early supporter of the band, so playing his Roadburn Festival is like coming full circle, and it’s pretty emotional. We are extremely honoured to be invited to play, and we plan to make this performance something that we, and our fans, will never forget.”

Read more about Warhorse HERE.

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.

“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.”

Read more about Brutus HERE.

A one-woman powerhouse of electronic might and pulsating energy, Hante. AKA Hélène de Thoury will be bringing her Parisian darkwave to Roadburn 2020. Nestling in well with the other electronic-based artists we have at Roadburn 2020, Hante. is still a distinctly enigmatic prospect; glacial, assured and compelling. De Thoury possesses an imperturbable composure as she delivers with what appears to be effortless cool.

Read more about Hante. HERE.

Rorcal will bring their pitch black brand of sludgy, high impact post doom/metal/everything to our stage. Better yet, they will come bearing gifts, in the form of their brand new album, Muladona, which will be presented at Roadburn.

We’re looking forward to see how Muladona further enriches Rorcal‘s catalogue, and the band are excited to show us why too: “There are many reasons why this new album is important to us.. Not only as a band but as individuals. We shared many difficulties during the writing of this album as much as many beautiful new experiences. The release of Muladona marks an important moment in the history of the band and presenting it at Roadburn is one of the greatest honours we could wish for.”

Read more about Rorcal HERE.

Heavily inspired by Chilean Krautrock-afficinados Föllakzoid, the beautifully acceding trajectory of their hallucinatory grooves, drenched in pulsating washes of delay and reverb, makes their debut full-length, We’re Just Floating In Space, such an intoxicating affair. No wonder that Alber Jupiter’s throbbing soundscapes will appeal to fans of Neu!, Can, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, as well as those of Dutch trance-rock legends 35007. Read more about Alber Jupiter HERE.

Channeling the playful, experimental slant and electrical throb of retrofuturism with Krautrock intensity and genre-bending, ritualistic, dark textures, Germany‘s Die Wilde Jagd is definitely a breath of fresh air within the currently somewhat stagnating and over-saturated psych scene.

“I’m thrilled to be bringing Die Wilde Jagd to Tilburg for the first time,” says Sebastian Lee Philipp. “It’s always a pleasure to play my motherland, and joining Roadburn Festival’s impressive yearly lineups is a special highlight.”

Read more about Die Wilde Jagd HERE.

Dead Neanderthals will celebrate their tenth anniversary in an extremely on-brand fashion during Roadburn 2020. They plan to mark the occasion with a collection of four celebratory performances including collaborations with Sly & The Family Drone, Scott Hedrick of Skeletonwitch and more – Read on to find out more about these four special shows HERE.

Already announced for Roadburn 2020 is: Emma Ruth Rundle and James Kent as curators, commissioned projects from James Kent & Johannes Persson, Jo Quail, and Vile Creature & Bismuth, the return of Julie Christmas, Boy Harsher, Acid Rooster, Anna Von Hausswolf’s Bada, Dool, Health, Hide, She Past Away, and two Artists In Residence: Full of Hell and Lingua Ignota. Check the full line up HERE.

Essential Sounds: 20.09.19

September 20, 2019

While we’re working on the ticket sales for September 24, we managed to put together a playlist to keep our nerves in check, and for you to enjoy.

So, once again… dive in!

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

Cult of LunaNightwalkers (Metal Blade)

Have A Nice LifeLords of Tresserhorn (The Flenser)

Mike Patton, Jean-Claude VannierChansons D’Amour (Ipecac)

Okay KayaAscend and Try Again (Jagjaguwar)

Angel OlsenLark (Jagjaguwar)

Lavinia BlackwallTroublemakers (Self-Release)

Wet TunaGoin’ (Three Lobed Recordings)

Sharron KrausWanderer (Ghost Box)

Laura Cannell, Polly WrightHelp me (Brawl Records)

Jenny HvalHigh Alice (Sacred Bones)

UmbertoSpontaneous Possession (Thrill Jockey)

Ami Dang Bopoluchi (Leaving Records)

The WarlocksMean Machine (Cleopatra Records)

MonomythAquilo (Suburban)

The Utopia StrongMoonchild (Rocket Recordings)

Drowse, Lane Shi OtayoniiSudo Beast (The Flenser)

Red KiteYou Don’t Know, You Don’t Know (RareNoise Records)

Essential Sounds: 13.09.19

September 13, 2019

As Summer festival season ends and the days start getting shorter, the pace picks up on the number of releases we have to digest each week. There’s so many, it’s pretty hard to keep track! But this week sees the long awaited album from Chelsea Wolfe, and a new release from Cloud Rat – accompanied by a stunning bonus EP (which gets a peek in on this week’s playlist). We hope these playlists help you fumble your way through the mass of new music a little easier – we can but try.

So, once again… dive in!

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

Cloud Rat – Keep Flies (Artoffact)

Perfume Genius – Eye In The Wall (Matador)

Lindy-Fay Hella – Nake Du Funn I Skogen (Ván Records)

Future Museums – Infinity Pools (Aural Canyon)

Erasers – No Wonder (Fire Talk)

Death and Vanilla – A Flaw In The Iris (Fire Records)

Chelsea Wolfe – When Anger Turns To Honey (Sargent House)

Bask – New Dominion (Season of Mist)

Portrayal Of Guilt – Sacrificial Rite (Closed Casket Activities)

Essential Sounds: 06.09.19

September 6, 2019

These tracks have been the soundtrack to us working hard behind the scenes to bring you this week’s Roadburn announcement. A constant process of discovery is one of the huge joys of this job – and collating new music into a playlist like this cements that feeling.

This Hether Fortune track is actually not her newest, but it’s still glorious so I included it anyway! To hear her latest track, The Joker, head HERE.

If you’re not yet subscribed to our main 2020 playlist you can do so HERE – that will keep you up to date with all the bands we announce for Roadburn. Listen at your leisure.

‘Til next week…

-Becky Laverty

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

Chelsea Wolfe – Deranged for Rock & Roll (Sargent House)

Soft Kill – Tin Foil Drip (Closed Casket Activities)

Hether Fortune – Birds of Prey (Etruscan Gold Records)

Liturgy – God of Love (YLYCYN)

Coilguns – Manicheans (Hummus Records)

Cult of Luna – Lay Your Head to Rest (Metal Blade)

Pleasure Symbols – Dissociation (Avant! Records)

A.A Williams – Jolene (Holy Roar)

Kayo Dot – The Something Opal (Prophecy Productions)

Cloud Rat – Wonder (Artoffact)

Pharmakon – Spit It Out (Sacred Bones)

Mizmor – Cairn to Suicide (Gilead Media)

Roadburn 2020: two Artists In Residence and more...

September 4, 2019

Every edition of Roadburn has an Artist in Residence who will perform multiple times across the four days of the festival – each time showcasing a different facet of their creativity. Much like with other aspects at Roadburn 2020, this year we’re mixing things up a bit; for the first time there will be two Artist In Residence positions…

With 30+ releases – EPs, splits, full lengths and more – there’s rich pickings to pull together material for four distinctive sets at Roadburn 2020. Full of Hell will perform Weeping Choir in full, as well as sister album Trumpeting Ecstasy. Also on the slate is a set comprising of their early material including songs from Roots of Earth Are Consuming My Home, as well as early 7” releases – and perhaps even a couple of covers thrown in for good measure.

The twist in the tale is that for one of their four sets they will collaborate with fellow Artist In Residence Kristin Hayter AKA Lingua Ignota.

Performing four times over the course of the festival weekend, Kristin Hayter will peel back a layer of the Lingua Ignota form, shining a light in a dark corner. Performing alongside our other Artist In Residence, Full of Hell, some dark forces are sure to be summoned by the unholy noise they’ll make collaboratively. In addition to that, there will be an extremely special covers set (the details of which we will keep under wraps for now) and a performance comprising entirely of All Bitches Die material. The centrepiece of Kristin’s residency will be a grand re-imagining of Caligula – pulled apart and elegantly pieced back together in a new way.

Read more about Full of Hell HERE and Lingua Ignota HERE.

The first artist to be confirmed as part of Emma Ruth Rundle‘s curated event is Hide. An uncompromising duo who have a message that alone deserves to be heard, but the accompanying pulse of grit-flecked industro-slickness is what makes Hide an essential booking for Roadburn. Demonstrating that heavy music doesn’t need a guitar to be crushing, Hide are dragging ‘heaviness’, kicking and screaming, in their wake.

Emma commented: “I’m very happy to announce Hide as the first band in my curation. No one else is touching on all the subjects that really twist the blade in my being the way they can. Their work is brutal, visceral, painful and poignant in all ways. From their videos, albums, lyrics, uniquely sourced samples and undeniably intense live performance- Hide not only transcend – they absolutely destroy.”

Read more about Hide HERE.

Boy Harsher’s minimal synths, beats and fuzzed up vocals have been in our eyeline for a while now – and we’re thrilled that our intentions line up with those of our curator.
He comments: “Boy Harsher brings a kind of visceral darkness through their minimal electronic beats that is extremely fascinating. The whispering-like vocals mixed with detuned-synths and old drum machines always felt to me like an invitation to a forbidden yet alluring world.”

Read more about Boy Harsher HERE.

Health has plenty of sharp edges; jagged, pixelated, and raw. The complex layers of synths and samples coagulate into a hypnotic, pulsating mass – perfect for those who find comfort in the claustrophobic confines of noise and synthwave.

James comments: “Health are amongst my favorite acts out there at the moment. Their unique sound blending heavy electronics, pop vocals and aggressive noise will make for a perfect addition to the festival.”

Read more about Health HERE.

As part of James Kent‘s curation for Roadburn 2020, we are thrilled to announce that modern Turkish darkwave legends She Past Away will be joining us to share this year’s Disko Anksiyete in its entirety. Over the course of their prior albums, the band built a strong identity rooted in genre classics yet carving its own path rather than merely following in the same well trodden gothic footsteps.

Read more about She Past Away HERE.

Also announced…

As the band gear up for the release of their as-yet-unnamed second album, we’re thrilled to announce that Dool will be premiering their new material at Roadburn next year. We may have to wait a little longer for the juicy details of the release, but much like it was in 2016 when they first debuted at Roadburn, our faith in them delivering the goods is unwavering.

Ryanne Van Dorst (guitars/ vocals) comments: “After giving us a showcase spot in Cul de Sac back in 2016, with nothing more than just a single song released and a handful of shows played, Roadburn basically gave birth to us in a way. Now, we’ve been invited to premiere our new album on the 2020 edition. We couldn’t be more proud to enter this new era of Dool together with you all at Roadburn.”

Read more about Dool HERE.

Bada is another vessel for the Gothenburg-based musicians Anna Von Hausswolff, David Sabel, Gianluca Grasselli, Filip Leyman and Hannes Nilsson (some of whom also perform as part of Anna Von Hausswolff’s solo project) to channel their creativity.

Bada‘s output is a cinematic drone – sliced through with abrasive noise passages and ominous darkness. Fans of Dead Magic might have to adjust their receivers to be able to detect the Anna they’re most familiar with, but through the layers of static something special will still shine through.

Read more about Bada HERE.

Though Acid Rooster have flown their freak flag high for many moons, the band only released their impressive S/T debut very recently. And not to exaggerate — Acid Rooster is one of the best contemporary psych records around, hence inviting them for Roadburn 2020.

Read more about Acid Rooster HERE.


Tickets to Roadburn 2020 will go on sale on Tuesday, September 24. More details will be made available in the coming weeks.

Already announced for Roadburn 2020 is: Emma Ruth Rundle and James Kent as curators, commissioned projects from James Kent & Johannes Persson, Jo Quail, and Vile Creature & Bismuth, and the return of Julie Christmas.

Essential Sounds: 30.08.19

August 30, 2019

Yet another Friday rolls around, and right on cue, here’s another playlist for you to dive into

This week’s playlist kicks off with some sounds emanating from folk familiar to Roadburners: Gost and Peter Hayden. Roadburn alumni also features elsewhere with Have A Nice Life making a welcome return to producing new music, plus The Body and Lingua Ignota.

There’s also plenty of people yet to play Roadburn, and one or two that may only do so in our wildest dreams – Lana Del Rey, First Aid Kit. We can always dream…

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

GostLigature Marks (Century Media)

PHJustified (Svart Records)

FröstMatters (Lost Room Records)

AlgiersCan the Sub_Bass Speak (Matador Records)

Have A Nice LifeSea of Worry (The Flenser)

RomskipAliens (Back To Beat Records)

DaufødtForbudte Frukter (Fysisk Format)

FearingBlack Sand (Self Released)

Mark LaneganNight Flight to Kabul (Heavenly Recordings)

First Aid KitStrange Beauty (Colombia Records)

Lana Del Rey The Next Best American Record (Universal)

LeonovHunted (Fysisk Format)

The Body, Lingua IgnotaHallow Hollow (Thrill Jockey)

FågelleHelvetesdagar (Bengans Records)

Rev Rev RevOne Illusion Is Very Much Like Another (Fuzz Club Records)

Bonnacons Of DoomEsus (Rocket Recordings)

UboaLay Down and Rot (Self- Relase)