A special message from Julie Christmas

After her scorching appearance at Roadburn 2023, which marked her return to the stage after many years, we’re super-excited for Julie Christmas to return to Europe for some live shows in support of her new solo album, ‘Ridiculous and Full of Blood.’ She plays TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht on July 1, and we can’t wait. Out June 14, this is her first solo album in more than a decade, and it is a harrowing testament to her gifts as a singer and songwriter, as well demonstrating the absolute force of nature she is as a performer.
Julie recorded a special video message for all you Roadburners about her new album.
For more info about her show in Tivoli, check the TivoliVredenburg website 


Première: Six Hours 42 Minutes with SUMAC

Roadburn’s admiration for SUMAC – and the members’ many assorted other projects – dates back years. And with a new album on the horizon, it has been the perfect opportunity to dive right back into the sonic alchemy that this trio make seem so effortless.  Ahead of the release of the new long player, The Healer, it’s our enormous pleasure to exclusively premiere a short documentary film titled ‘Six Hours 42 Minutes with SUMAC’.

This behind-the-scenes glimpse at the band was shot at a recent show in Boston and includes live footage and short interviews. The 15 min documentary, directed by Damien Neva, is an intimate look within the band and the liminal moments that make up touring life. From the careful calibration of their live sound – in this instance with assistance from Randall Dunn – through to the full cathartic force of their live performance – and everything in between; this ‘day in the life’ film captures the band perfectly. The Healer is due to land on June 21 via Thrill Jockey. For international Roadburners, SUMAC will be touring this summer in North America – count yourselves lucky to catch them at their most vital.

The Healer is due to land on June 21 via Thrill Jockey. For international Roadburners, SUMAC will be touring this summer in North America – count yourselves lucky to catch them at their most vital.


Roadburn 2024: The A-Z

We’re putting the finishing touches to some special things behind the scenes and we can’t wait to see you all next week. 

Before you make your way to Tilburg, we have some info to share with you that should help your transition to Planet Roadburn go smoothly. As always we’ve put together an A-Z with various pointers and bits of information. Don’t forget there’s the FAQ section on our website too – so there’s lots of resources to find the answers to any outstanding questions you have.

We’ve also put the booklet online in digital form – so you can start to immerse yourself in the whole Roadburn experience a few days early if you wish! Don’t worry, you can still pick up the paper version of this at the festival!

See you in a few days!

Roadburn 2024 A-Z

 A – ACCESS
When you arrive in Tilburg, you can exchange your ticket for a festival wristband and also pick up a programme booklet. In the centre pages there you’ll find the Roadburn map that lays out where the venues are, plus the timetables and other useful info.

The ticket exchange is halfway between the 013 and the Spoorzone – it will be signposted and you can’t miss it! Wristband exchange will be open at the following times and we encourage you to collect your wristband on Wednesday night if you’re already in town so you can breeze right in on Thursday afternoon!

Wednesday- 15.00 – 21.00
Thursday 11:00 – 21.00
Friday 12:00 – 20:00
Saturday 12:00 – 19:00
Sunday 12:00 – 18:00

Please note: backpacks are not allowed into the venues – totebags and similar are okay. See L for info on lockers and luggage storage.

 

B – BUSES & TAXIS
There are buses going to Eindhoven and to Beekse Bergen, the bus stops for both are marked on the map.

Buses between Beekse Bergen and 013 are operated by Taxi Korthout and will depart approximately every 20 minutes between the times stated below. To purchase just one trip you will need to pay in cash, to purchase a multi-trip wristband, cards are accepted.

Beekse Bergen to 013:
12.00 to 19.00 

013 to Beekse Bergen (bus stop at Sint Josephstraat 106):
23.30-03.00

 

Cost: €6,- single trip/3 days €28/4 days €33

Night bus to Eindhoven

If you purchased a ticket for the night bus to Eindhoven these are the approximate times they will run: 

On Wednesday: 01.00 and 01.30
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 01:00/01:30/02:30/03:00/04:00
Sunday 01:00/01:30/02:30/03:.00

Buses will depart when full. You can exchange your weekend bus ticket for a wristband at the Info points. 

The departure area for this night bus is located at the Interpolis building, near the Tivoli Parking – just around the corner from the 013 (marked on the map). The drop off is at the Holiday Inn only. If you don’t yet have a ticket but want to use the night bus to Eindhoven then bus tickets can be bought each day at the info point next to main entrance and the infopoint in the Spoorzone but please note, these are in a limited quantity.

The closest taxi point is Heuvelstraat. Be careful that you use a licensed taxi only! 

 

C – CASHLESS
Your bank or credit card will be accepted at bars, food vendors, and merch stalls – keeping things simple and quick (cards accepted include: Visa, Visa Electron, V Pay, Mastercard, Maestro, American Express, Union Pay, JCB, Bancontact, Ideal, Apple Pay and Google Pay). If you don’t have a bank or credit card you can use for this, you will be able to deposit cash on an 013 card that you can use instead. You can do this at the info points at the 013 and Spoorzone.

 

D – DRINKING & EATING
As always, there’s plenty of choices for food  at the 013 and the Spoorzone – including plenty of vegan options. The food court opposite the 013 is entirely vegan! There are also dining options throughout the city that are part of our Off Road programme – meaning special offers and menus for Roadburners! For the beer drinkers amongst you, The Junction at the Spoorzone will be of particular interest – a wide range of craft beers is available throughout the festival.

 

E – EXHIBITIONS
The 013 walls will display a photography exhibition by Nona Limmen titled Where Shadows Grow – a homage to the twilight hour. The NS16 will host two exhibitions – one by our official 2024 artist, David Fitt and one by French duo, Fortifem. David’s exhibition, Empty Hamptons, is a striking autobiographical collection of images. It’s well worth a short diversion between shows to check these out. Over in the Spoorzone, The Workshop is a new area that will be home to Maarten Donders, Fortifem, Nona Limmen, Marald van Haasteren and Vince Trommel for the duration of the festival – they’ll be exhibiting their work and offering Roadburners the opportunity to buy pieces too!

Please join us to officially open the NS16 exhibitions at 1pm on Thursday, 18 April

 

F – FIRST TIMERS & SOLO ‘BURNERS
If this is your first time at Roadburn, or if you’re coming solo then join us on Thursday afternoon at the downstairs bar in the 013 from 1.30pm where others in the same boat as you will be gathering to get their bearings! We’ll be around to answer your questions and help make you feel at home. Come say hi – don’t be shy! It would be great if you would register your interest here: https://forms.gle/JgEocGmkC4znUvpN7 so we know how many of you to expect!

 

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 – HOW TO KEEP TRACK OF EVERYTHING!
We strongly recommend you download the TMSQR app and then add Roadburn to your favourites from there. This app version of our schedule is customisable, meaning that you can mark your favourites and be reminded of upcoming shows you don’t want to miss. You can plan your day from the very beginning right through to the afterparties (don’t miss the dub reggae afterparty in the 013 basement on Friday night!). On the off chance that we have to make any last minute changes to the schedule then the app will be updated accordingly. We can send push notifications via the app in situations like this so ensure you have this option switched on if you want to be kept up to date. We will also post important announcements to our socials. We appreciate not everyone wants to be glued to a screen at a festival, so if you prefer to get your updates in the real world, keep an eye in the Spoorzone area where important show information will be shared. 

 

 I – INFO POINTS
There is an info point close to the 013 and another at the Spoorzone/The Pit Stop. If you get lost, confused, need medical help or simply have a question that you can’t find the answer to – head to one of the info points where you will be pointed in the right direction! Don’t be shy – we’re a friendly bunch. If you feel unsafe or unwell at any time during Roadburn, please speak to any member of staff and we’ll help you.

 

J – JAZZ & AVANT-GARDE
We’ve got the Paradox as a Roadburn venue once again – for just Friday and Saturday. This renowned venue is intimate and will be host to some very special performances. The capacity is just 150 – so if something is on your must-see list then make sure you’re there nice and early!

 

K – KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED!
As has become something of a tradition, we do plan on having some secret, as-yet-unannounced sets at Roadburn. That much we can confirm! However, when, where and who is involved is still a closely guarded secret. To stay in the loop, we suggest you download the TMSQR app, keep your eye on our socials – and maybe there will also be some hints and clues out there in the real world too!

 

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 Pit Stop which will be perfect for coats and small bags. These cost €2.50 and are operated via a QR code.

The only downside to these lockers is that if you’re buying lots of vinyl or are arriving straight from the airport with your luggage – you’re going to struggle to squeeze your stuff in. Fortunately, there are designated large item lockers – check the map for the location. These XXL lockers cost €5. There is also a desk drop off at the XXL lockers (Tivolistraat 132) for large items like suitcases. The desk is manned at the following times: 

WED 15:00 01:00
THU 13:00 01:00
FRI 13:00 01:00
SAT 13:00 01:00
SUN 13:00 01:00

The locker cost is per day. 

 

M – MERCH
All the band merch and festival merch can be found at the Pit Stop – this is a cashless area. Typically bands only sell their merch on the day they perform, so you may be visiting this area quite regularly to check for new items! Roadburn merch usually sells pretty quickly, but if we run low we will let you know via our socials etc. 

There will also be a few stalls so you can stock up on vinyl and your usual Roadburn necessities! Go wild, your record collection will thank you!

 

N  – NEW PLACES
There’s a few spots to check out at Roadburn this year! Don’t miss out on The Junction at the Spoorzone – a cool new area where you can catch your breath and pick up a delicious craft beer or two. Also at the Spoorzone is The Workshop, a new art-focused area where you can view and buy work from a host of artists including Marald van Haasteren and Maarten Donders! Of course, if it’s your first time with us, everywhere will be new to you – but we have a handy map, friendly volunteers and info points to help you get where you want to go.

 

O – OFFROAD
OFFROAD returns for 2024! A number of venues throughout the city will participate in OFFROAD, offering discounts, performances, activities, special menus and more to visitors. Tilburg residents and visitors from all over will get a taste of what Roadburn is about, whilst Roadburn attendees can explore the city and add a little extra to their usual Roadburn experience if they wish. You can find out more about the OFFROAD programme on the Roadburn website or via the Timesquare app.

 

P – 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.

 

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! Note that there is an info point outside the main entrance and one at the Pit Stop (See I)- there will be someone around to answer your questions quickly when you need them!  A question we get quite often is about cameras and photography. Unless you are attending as a 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 on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram so we can see what your weekend looked like or use #RB24

 

R – RECYCLABLE CUPS & CANS
For the last few editions of Roadburn we have served your drinks in recyclable hard cups – to help reduce single use plastics and raise some money along the way. All visitors will receive their drinks in these reusable cups and pay a 50 cent deposit. 

When you’ve finished your drink these are your options:

– re-use the cup
– return your cup and claim your deposit back
– leave your cup at a designated collection point and donate the 50 cents. 

If you donate the 50 cents, we will pass it along to a charity called Quiet, who shine a light on ‘silent poverty’ and help people emerge from their social isolation, enabling them to, for example, attend concerts and festivals. 

 

S – SIDE PROGRAMME
This year – as we do every year – we aim to bring you a little bit extra via the side programme. This year we have ‘in conversation’ sessions with both Khanate and Blood Incantation. We also have what are sure to be illuminating panel discussions about experimental music with clipping and King Yosef, as well as a conversation about heavy music’s healing power featuring members of Agriculture, Ragana and Death Goals.  Heavy Metal Business Club will ponder the pros and cons of being a metalhead in the workplace. Roadburn’s artistic director, Walter Hoeijmakers will be answering any and all questions you want to throw his way, and our resident vinyl guru, Andreas Kohl will be holding court to talk us through the environmental impact of this beloved format.

 

 T – THE SPARK
Roadburn starts for many of us on Wednesday night; The Spark kicks things off in style. No ticket is needed and the event is free to enter – so what better way to get your Roadburn experience off to a memorable start?

7PM – Doors open
8PM- 8.45PM – Riot City
9.15-10PM – Sonja
10.30 – 11.20PM – Final Gasp

 

U – UNDERGROUND
As always, we like to shine a light on underground bands and scenes. These artists are so important to what we do at Roadburn and we hope that some of them will be the main stage bands of the years to come. So, whilst we are extremely proud of the bookings we’ve made on the bigger stages, we wholeheartedly encourage you to pay a visit to some of the smaller venues or take a gamble on an unknown name here and there. There’s so much to discover, and we’re thrilled to share this with you!

 

V – VOLUNTEERS & VENUE CAPACITIES
Did you know that a lot of the people working at Roadburn are volunteers? The person pouring your beer, giving you directions 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… as we said above, Paradox is a very small venue! If you really want to be there for a specific show, please do get there early. We have worked hard to eliminate queues and a big part of that is down to scheduling and ensuring the flow of people through the festival is smooth. If you do encounter a queue, we hope it will be only a very brief stall in your day. But if missing a particular band would derail your enjoyment just make sure you’re there with time to spare.

 

W –THE WALTER
Named after the great man himself, our official Roadburn beer for 2024 is The Walter. Brewed by Uiltje and available exclusively at Roadburn, don’t miss your chance to sup on this delicious new beverage!

 

X – XIU XIU
Bless Xiu Xiu for having the foresight to name their band as they did, meaning that many years down the line when we would come to write this A-Z we would be delighted at having X covered easily. For this, and countless other reasons, we are happy to have Xiu Xiu with us at Roadburn 2024 – it feels overdue, so let’s make them feel very welcome with us!

 

Y – YOUR ROADBURN
As ever, we love to see and hear about your Roadburn experiences. Please tag us in pictures, give us feedback on the event page or the Roadburners facebook group and tweet us about your favourite performances. We welcome feedback so let us know what’s on your mind.

 

Z – ZOKOR
They live in China, Kazakhstan and Siberian Russia, so the odds of seeing a Zokor at Roadburn are slim. These chunky lil’ burrowing rodents are very sensitive to light so they mostly come out at night – not unlike some of the more nocturnal among us Roadburners.


The Roadburn 2024 Merchandise

We are proud to unveil the Roadburn merchandise for 2024, designed by Førtifem. People have been asking if they would be involved since the moment they graced the first 2024 announcement poster, and it is so fitting to have Adrien and Jesse stunning designs emphasizing the community feel of the festival. Merch will be at the Pit Stop from Thursday at 12.00 on. Make sure to get there early so you don’t miss out. Less than one week until Roadburn!


broeder dieleman replaces John Francis Flynn

We’re sad to announce that John Francis Flynn has had to withdraw from playing Roadburn due to a medical issue.
As per his management: “John is unable to perform at Roadburn due to a serious, ongoing issue with his back. He has been advised not to travel. John is gutted to be missing more concerts but it will help with a full recovery”

 

We send him lots of love and strength and hope to welcome him to Roadburn in the future. 


Stepping into the slot will be broeder Dieleman, who will perform his distinctive, evocative folk songs, including tracks from his latest release ‘Oh mijn ziel’ (‘Oh My Soul’) alongside Baby Dee. Whether this will be your first experience of broeder Dieleman’s music, or you are a return visitor to his pastoral offerings, there is something special in store.


NS 16 - Førtifem & David Fitt

Just across the street from the Koepelhal venues is the NS16 which this year will be hosting exhibitions from our official festival artist, David Fitt, as well as his fellow French creatives, Fortifem.  This little oasis of creativity will highlight exactly why David’s work caught our eye and why he has been a go-to collaborator for an ever growing number of musicians (including Dool, and Grave Pleasures to name just two out of the more than a hundred he’s worked with). His emotional and feelings-first approach to photography and filmmaking makes his distinctive style really stand out.

Of his participation in Roadburn 2024, he says the following: “Being asked to create the visual artwork of this year’s edition is like receiving a stamp  of approval to what I’ve been doing over the last decade. Roadburn has always been a festival I looked up to for the exigence of its lineup & curation. Therefore, I’m planning to have the biggest showcase of my work to date, including screenings of my videos & photo exhibitions. How I feel right now is beyond excitement.”

The exhibition is titled Empty Hamptons and shows the vulnerable side of its creator. Shot in early 2022 in the Hamptons, Long Island, the images give a confronting and sometimes bleak look into David’s emotional state at the time.  For the first time, David himself was the focal point of his work, creating an autobiographical collection of images that centre on the theme of healing.

 

David’s video work for Roadburn this year featured two familiar faces – those of Adrien and Jesse aka Fortifem.  The pair will offer up their own exhibit at the NS16 during Roadburn, showcasing their own distinctive talents. Their style draws as much from the strength of tattoo lines as from the meticulousness of old engravings, always trying to shine a warm light into the darkest ink. 

As they explain:
“We’ve always been amazed by Roadburn’s power to gather and elevate hearts through its always-evolving yet always-on-point curation. We’ve seen many dear friends deeply moved by the festival, whether experiencing it from the crowd or from the stage. The unexpected inclusion of the two of us as David Fitt’s models on the poster announcement has led to an invitation to showcase a decade of our work as artists. It’s our first Roadburn, and we are humbled, incredibly grateful, and still can’t quite believe it.  We hope you find in our creations some fond memories or echoes of the bands that have accompanied you, as they have for us.”

Please join us to officially open the NS16 exhibitions at 1pm on Thursday, 18 Apri


Live premiere: Focus Defocus from JeGong

You are cordially invited to join the live debut of JeGong as they celebrate their continuing creative union as it comes full circle at this year’s edition of Roadburn. We’re thrilled to debut a live video of ‘Focus Defocus’, taken from JeGong’s album ‘The Complex Inbetween’.

See you in Hall of Fame on Sunday at 20.00https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zz4a0icasd4&ab_channel=PelagicRecords


013 Exhibition: Nona Limmen

As always, Roadburn shows the works of talented visual artists throughout the festival site. The thrilling exhibition “Where Shadows Grow” by Nona Limmen will be hung throughout the 013 venue, highlighting her dreamlike and thought-provoking images that explore ideas of mythology, symbolism, the occult, psychology, and shadow work.

Nona tells us:

‘’An homage to the twilight hour, a time of growing darkness where shadows slowly cover what once was a bright world. In the dark, everything is as your mind makes it. Anything could be on the other side, but don’t worry, you won’t get lost in this dark.

” This exhibition explores how nostalgia, the collective unconscious and dark escapism can faultlessly entangle with each other, to create an immersive journey that projects precisely that. These themes drive my work. They represent the hidden elements of human nature, the unconscious parts of our personality we all carry with us but try to actively keep in check. All artworks showcased at Roadburn will serve as an invitation to connect with that macabre feature that lurks within all of us.’’


Introducing... ONEIROPOREIA

As is well documented, Roadburn seeks to champion up-and-coming artists, and last year we took this further than ever before. We teamed up with Metal Factory, an international music education institute in Eindhoven to present a brand new band, Alkahest, formed of students studying there. We were so pleased with the results of this collaboration to ‘rejuvenate heaviness’ that we’re doing it all over again this year.

So, without further ado we’d like to introduce you to ONEIROPOREIA. The six piece band has been hard at work over the last few months, finding their feet as a group and crafting what will become their debut performance at Roadburn 2024. Drawing influence from the heavier end of psychedelia such as Kairon; IRSE! And Oranssi Pazuzu, ONEIROPOREIA combine this with progressive elements inspired by the likes of Focus and Camel, all delivered with a distinctive post-rock twist.

The band’s name is taken from the Greek term for “a journey through dreams” – a central theme of the music they’ve written together. Taking their own dreams as the foundation from which they have built their songs, they explore the nature of nocturnal healing and otherworldly experiences.

Whilst ONEIROPOREIA were fine tuning their set, Roadburn’s artistic director, Walter Hoeijmakers was able to catch a glimpse of what’s coming our way. “I was completely overwhelmed,” he said, “it’s incredible how much they have taken this project to heart and thrown themselves into the music. They very clearly want to learn from each other and as a consequence have propelled each other to great heights. This is much more than an educational project – they have created something special in their own vision and I cannot wait to see it come to fruition.”

Join us on Saturday afternoon as we help usher this new and exciting project into the spotlight.

ONEIROPOREIA is:

Lenthe Peters – vocals

Nina Grimm – keys, backing vocals

Bas Groenendaal – bass, backing vocals

Ilya Kern – guitars

Ivo Druijf – guitars

Abe Stadhouders – drums


The timetables are here

The Roadburn 2024 timetables are finally here. Thank you for your patience as we put the finishing touches to these.

As you know, hours of planning go into making these; we take into consideration the flow of the day, the production needs of the bands, and yes – how painful the clashes will be. We hope you enjoy planning your path of Roadburn 2024. It’s your Roadburn. Make it yours.
Don’t forget, the timetable is also available on our website and via the Timesquare app. For tickets and more info head over to roadburn.com