VNPF Award for best Dutch festial

January 18, 2020

Tonight we were awarded the VNPF Best Festival award! An award voted on by our peers – to get this recognition from people that we respect and admire is such an incredible feeling.

A huge thanks to everybody who helps to make Roadburn what it is; we couldn’t do it without you.

Pics: Nathan Reinds

Essential Sounds: 17.01.20

Once again it’s been a busy week here at Roadburn HQ as we made another announcement on Tuesday. We’re nearing the end of announcements now, but there’s one or two gems still to come – stand by for those in a few weeks.  For now, we have another playlist for you with some new tunes that we’ve been listening to over the past seven days or so. There’s plenty to dig into! Perhaps you’ll enjoy a flashback to Myrkur’s Folksange set thanks to her new track, Ella, or you’ll be hyped up in anticipation for shows from Mamaleek, Algiers or Jeromes Dream. Either way, we hope you find something to enjoy!

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

Myrkur – Ella (Relapse)

Sylvaine – No More Solitude (Prophecy Productions)

Jeromes Dream – Commonly, The Other Head with Both Hands (Microspy)

Igorrr – Very Noise (Metal Blade)

Algiers – There Is No Year (Matador)

Kim Gordon – Cookie Butter (Matador)

U.S Girls – Overtime (4AD)

Holy Fawn – Candy (Triple Crown)

Mamaleek – Eating Unblessed Meat (The Flenser)

Huntsmen – Ride Out (Prosthetic)

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Reducer (Rocket Recordings)

Garganjua – Mire (Holy Roar)

Roadburn 2020: New Additions

January 14, 2020

All tickets to Roadburn 2020 are now sold out except for Sunday day tickets. Sunday day tickets are priced at €60.50. More information about tickets and accommodation options can be found HERE.


Each year there are hotly debated discussions about who was the band of the festival at Roadburn, and in 2019 Daughters was most definitely pushing their way to the top of most people’s lists. Thanks in no small part to Alexis Marshall’s captivating showmanship, Daughters were undoubtedly a highlight of the festival – and beyond, as they lit up year end lists in 2018 and annihilated live shows throughout 2019.

Alexis will be returning to Roadburn 2020 as a solo performer -and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for us. To our unrestrained delight, we’re also thrilled to announce that he will team up with Lingua Ignota on her covers set on Friday. Prepare yourselves for an performance; neither of these artists go light on the gut punches.

Read more about Alexis Marshall HERE.


The first time we heard Darkher, we knew something special was a-brewing in the Hebden Bridge hinterlands and we immediately invited Jayn Maiven to bring her haunted doom-drenched riffs to Roadburn.  With the release of her debut full-length, Realms, she conjured up an emotive and atmospheric record steeped in ethereal magic. The follow up album is due in 2020 via Prophecy Productions, and whilst we anxiously anticipate a new delivery from Darkher, we’re thrilled to announce that they’ll be playing Roadburn 2020. If even a fraction of the bewitching power or the necromancy vibes we experienced the first time around are present, then we can assure you that we’re all in for quite the treat.

Read more about Darkher HERE.


Appearing out of a shadowy mist in 2015, H.L.H. Swärd, the sole member of Swedish entity Forndom, almost instantly captured our collective imagination with a brilliant evocation of Nordic culture and history. After the success of Forndom‘s debut album Dauðra Dura, 2020 will finally see the release of its successor, Faþir, of which we already expect to hear something at Roadburn. However the setlist looks, we are eager to revisit a culture that means so much to all of us once again, now through the unique sonic lens of Forndom.

Read more about Forndom HERE.

The Devil's Trade

Dávid Makó is a known singer in Hungary‘s metal scene, having fronted Stereochrist and currently holding that post for HAW, but his better known endeavour might well end up being his initially unassuming acoustic solo project, The Devil’s Trade. That he put out an EP last year called Happy Music Is Shit, a phrase also used on some The Devil’s Trade t-shirts that will certainly sell like hot cakes at Roadburn, more or less defines the mood you can expect from Dávid‘s songwriting approach.

Read more about The Devil’s Trade HERE.

LSD and the Search for God

Hypnotic, tripped-out shoegaze with a distinctly West Coast flavor, San Francisco’s LSD and the Search for God gathered a cult-like following within the psychedelic underground by dosing audiences with lysergic performances. They’ve taken a dreamy noise delightfully reminiscent of Creation Records in its heyday (think My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and Ride), or even Spacemen 3, and made it all their own.

Read more about LSD And The Search For God HERE.


Trailblazing Dutch black metal band, Nihill effectively ended when singer and founding member M passed away last year, and while the heartbreak over the loss of our friend will never quite fade away, at least musically there are further chapters to look forward to. Main Nihill guitarist Vitriol has now created a new entity that naturally shares some strands of DNA with Nihill, not only in the musician’s perfectly unique style of writing and playing, but also in the use of some of the same session players. However, the swirling, hateful, mesmerising chaos of Ulveblod is a vertigo-inducing nightmare all of its own, as it will become apparent both when their debut album is released and when the band performs live for the first time.

Read more about UlVEBLOD HERE.

Perhaps you caught Doodswens at Roadburn last year; the Dutch duo made quite the impact on our 2019 attendees for a band so underground. Few in number but mighty in their mission, Doodswens cultivate true cult black metal vibes, lo-fi production and visceral energy in abundance. It’s why we invited them back for a second year – to give them a bigger stage and a bigger audience, one they already richly deserve.

Read more about Doodswens HERE.

Kodian Trio

Five years might not seem like a long time for a band to exist, but Kodian Trio have packed more wildness and sheer boundless creativity into those five years than many others do in their whole lifetimes. Consisting of Colin Webster on alto sax, Dirk Serries on electric guitar (both of whom have played Roadburn before with Fear Falls Burning) and Andrew Lisle on drums, they’ve been one of the most active bands of their kind, touring their unpredictable free improvisation all over the place and releasing both studio and live albums at a frightening pace.

At Roadburn, the special guest for the show that will celebrate their fifth anniversary shall be none other than bass player Jasper Stadhouders (Cactus Truck, Spinifex, Made To Break), who will add his own brand of low end to the proceedings and help bridge the apparently wide gap between free improvisation and post-punk.

Read more about Kodian Trio HERE.

Jonah Parzen-Johnson

There’s a one-of-a-kind compositional style to the solo saxophone projects of New York‘s Jonah Parzen-Johnson. Along with playing on his own, he is a co-leader of Brooklyn Afrobeat outfit Zongo Junction, and an active part of Brooklyn’s independent and experimental music communities. However, Parzen-Johnson’s circular breathing, multiphonics and inclusive experimentalism owe a debt to Chicago‘s storied jazz history as well. Paired with a quirky – almost vocal – approach and experiments with analog synth, hardware samplers and sequencers, Jonah continues to redefine his instrument and share his unique musical world by melding the emotionally evocative nature of folk music with the chilling power of ambient textures.

Read more about Jonah Parzen-Johnson HERE.

The Sweet Release of Death

Rotterdam, as an international port, has always been a breeding point for the Dutch underground, and the city’s own The Sweet Release of Death are no exception, as this angular no wave trio ranks among the most exciting noise bands to come out of The Netherlands right now. Astounding crowds all across our native country and reaping accolades abroad, we felt the urge to present The Sweet Release of Death to our multi-national Roadburn community as well on Friday, 17 April.

Read more about The Sweet Release Of Death HERE.


Stepping out of their comfort zone, Belgium’s Dirk Ivens (known for his industrial/minimalist work with The Klinik and Dive) together with guitarist/synthesist Joeri Dobbeleir (The Whereabouts Of J. Albert) and drummer Dries D’Hollander (ex – Suburb Songs), forges a new path artistically and musically with Motor!k. Together they celebrate the roots of electronica in krautrock – highlighting a glorious and underexplored kosmische tradition.

Read more about Motor!k HERE.

Of Blood and Mercury

The figures on stage as Of Blood and Mercury may not be entirely unfamiliar to you, as Olivier J.LW and Michelle Nocon have both performed at Roadburn under different guises (they appeared separately in their other bands Emptiness and Bathsheba in 2017). The divergence from the heaviness of their other projects may come as a surprise to some, but any hesitance will be washed away with their majestic dark dream pop. The album they’ll be presented is titled Strangers; a collection of ten missives expressing a longing for a time and place that one remembers but never experienced. They describe it as making a connection between two separate worlds: “the material one and the work of ghosts.”

Read more about Of Blood and Mercury HERE.


When you’re a band as young as Vonnis are, both in age of the band and its respective members, and you’ve already built the kind of live reputation they have, it means you’re doing something special. Reflecting the chaos of the world we currently live in, ever since the Belgian city of Ghent coughed them up in 2015 they have been tearing shit down everywhere they go, evoking the destructive ghosts of bands like Catharsis, Death Grips, Converge or Trash Talk in the way they build something out of destruction, how they mix love and hate, hope and despair, darkness and light into something inspiring.

Read more about Vonnis HERE.

Ignition: Roadburn's pre-show party, Wednesday, 15 April

As has become firm tradition for hundreds of Roadburners, the festival will kick off on Wednesday night with our traditional pre-show party, tiled Ignition. True to form, we have rounded up three bands that will get your Roadburn experience up and running straight from the off. If you’re a first-timer, it’s a great opportunity to get your bearings at the 013, meet some fellow ‘burners, and of course – to bang your head!

Given that we have Early Graves in town already, we really couldn’t resist inviting them to do a second set and be part of the welcoming committee on Wednesday night. With their hearts in the boogie and their minds in the gutter, Amsterdam‘s Splinter could hardly be more appropriate to launch Roadburn 2020.

Rounding out the bill will be The Dead Cvlt: amped up on a lethal dose of misanthropic black metal, pounding blastbeats and oldschool drum and bass, the Rotterdam based band will offer a suitably fucked up soundtrack for a world visibly in decay by dropping unrelenting amen beats as well.

Read more about Early Graves, Splinter and The Dead Cvlt

Admission to our pre party is FREE! The wristband exchange is open on Wednesday night from 6pm so it’s a good opportunity to collect yours and start your whole Roadburn experience nice and early!

Essential Sounds: 10.01.20

Here we are – a fresh new year, no doubt with a feast of awesome new music coming our way over the next 12 months. And of course, now we’ve tipped over into a new year, that means Roadburn 2020 is only a few months away. Before you know it we’ll be counting down in weeks rather than months, and then in days rather than weeks.

But until then, we shall continue our quest to round up the best new music we’ve discovered from the previous week. It may be brand new, it may be a few weeks or even months old, but if it’s caught our ear, you’ll find it in the Roadburn Essential Sounds playlist. If you’ve not already done so, please consider subscribing to the playlist on Spotify.


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

Algiers – We Can’t Be Found (Matador)

Ioanna Gika – One Thing Leads to Another (Sargent House)

Hällas – Tear of a Traitor (RMV Grammafon)

Lotus Thief – Libation Bearers (Prophecy Productions)

Insect Ark – Tectonic (Profound Lore)

Sightless Pit – Kingscorpse (Thrill Jockey)

Regarde Les Hommes Tomber – A New Order (Season of Mist)

Fluisteraars – Vlek (Eisenwald)

Mairu – Wild Darkened Eyes (Self release)

Wake – This Abyssal Plain (Translation Loss)

Tombs – Monarchy of Shadows (Season of Mist)

Essential Sounds: 20.12.19

For our last playlist of the year (even dedicated workers like us need a bit of time off!) we asked one of our curators, Emma Ruth Rundle, if she would put together a playlist for us. In her words, it’s “sort of all over the place”, but isn’t that the beauty of music discovery? It’s rarely linear.

So, without further ado, we’ll head straight to the playlist, and we’ll see you next year for more announcements, more playlists and of course, Roadburn 2020.

Becky Laverty.

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

Wovenhand – Blue Pail Fever (Glitterhouse Records)

Shape Of Despair – Monotony Fields (Season Of Mist)

Thou – The Hammer (Robotic Empire)

Hossein Alizadeh – Laments in Joy (Saz O Avaz) (Bä Music)

Gillian Welch – I Dream A Highway (Acony Records)

Chelsea Wolfe – Be All Things (Sargent House)

FACS – Skylarking (Trouble In Mind)

Ioanna Gika – Swan (Sargent House)

SRSQ – Temporal Love (Dais)

Helms Alee – Beat Up (Sargent House)

Mizmor – Cairn to Suicide (Gilead Media)

Inter Arma – Howling Lands (Relapse Records)

HIDE – Hell (Dais)

Essential Sounds: 13.12.19

December 13, 2019

It’s been quite a week for us here at Roadburn HQ – we announced some new bands and we put day tickets on sale, which have sold faster than we imagined – our expectations are well and truly surpassed. We’re eternally grateful.

In amongst all the excitement of this week, we have also found time to put together a little playlist of music that’s been helping us through.

Get stuck in!

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

Wrekmeister Harmonies – Coyotes of Central Park (Thrill Jockey)

MONO & A.A.Williams – Winter Light (Pelagic)

Modern Rituals – The Bull Never Wins (Holy Roar)

Intronaut – Cubensis (Metal Blade)

Godthrymm – Among the Exalted (Profound Lore)

Numenorean – Stay (Season of Mist)

Ihsahn – Stridig (Candlelight)

Kungens Män – Hårt som ben (self release)

HEALTH, Xiu Xiu – DELICIOUS APE (Loma Vista)

Holly Herndon – Eternal (4AD)

Burial – Come Down to Us (Hyperdub)

Day Tickets on sale now!

December 11, 2019

Roadburn 2020 day tickets are on sale now

Only Sunday day tickets remain!

Sunday, 19 April€56

4 day ticketsSOLD OUT
3 day ticketsSOLD OUT
Thursday, 16 AprilSOLD OUT
Friday, 17 AprilSOLD OUT
Saturday, 18 april – SOLD OUT! 

(Note: all prices exclude €4,50 service fees)

Roadburn 2020: new names confirmed ahead of day ticket launch

December 10, 2019


Single day tickets will be on sale tonight,  December 10 (at 18:00 CET) and priced €67 for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday tickets, and €60.50 for Sunday tickets. There’s still 4-day tickets on sale, but be warned, they’re running low now with 99% tickets sold already. More information about tickets and accommodation options can be found HERE.

For almost two decades, Dungen, the brainchild of Swedish multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes, has been liquefying the known boundaries of psychedelia by incorporating ‘60s pastoral folk, psych-pop, prog, free-jazz, instrumentalist ambience and soaring atmospheres. They have become one of the most revered psychedelic bands of their generation, and to honor their pushing the limits of art and genre, we have invited Dungen to play Roadburn 2020, not once, but twice.

One show will take in Dungen’s legendary Ta Det Lugnt (Sunday, 19 April), and the other will focus on Häxan, the band’s highly entrancing score for the 1926 animated film The Adventures of Prince Achmed, on Saturday, 18 AprilDungen is synonymous for our very being, and Häxan, and especially Ta Det Lugnt, fuel our late-night, psychedelic jams and unite the likeminded psych heads at the festival.

Read more about Dungen HERE



A couple of months ago Ultha informed their followers that the band was taking a break in 2020, an unexpected turn which seems to cast an even darker shadow of melancholy and sorrow to their already bleak take on black metal. Roadburn and its co-curator James Kent have pulled Ultha back from the void where they were planning to hibernate in for a very special appearance at Roadburn 2020.

As the band tells us: “A ‘regular’ invitation would’ve already been a no-brainer, but receiving such a heartfelt message, by a prolific and passionate artist we all respect, telling us how much he admires our work, really made it that more special. So, we are more than thrilled to be part of James’ curation for Roadburn 2020, playing our Belong EP in full plus selected cuts from our other releases.”

Read more about Ultha HERE

Cult Leader


We’ve admired Cult Leader from afar for some time now, but the stars have never quite aligned before. However, with the release of A Patient Man this time last year our eagerness increased, then earlier this year witnessing some live shows tipped us over the edge and we knew it was a done deal. Fortunately they felt the same way, and with that, we’re honoured to be bringing you a special Cult Leader treat for Roadburn – the band will play 2018’s A Patient Man in full for us.

Read more about Cult Leader HERE

Jeromes Dream

A two decades long absence did little to dull the jagged edges of Jeromes Dream. They came hurtling back into our lives earlier this year with their newest album, titled LP, reminding us what we’d been missing. That angular anguish and skin scraping abrasion is still there, but there is admittedly more nuance and a few notable junctures of what could be described as atmospheric, almost shoegaze-esque passages. So, it’s with much joy that we welcome Jeromes Dream to Roadburn 2020.

Read more about Jeromes Dream HERE

Portrayal of Guilt

Portrayal of Guilt have been positively prolific over the past few years – and our lives are all the better for it. Two singles, two EPs, two splits, and one mighty album in the form of Let Pain Be Your Guide have cemented Portrayal Of Guilt as an essential band in the modern metal / hardcore lexicon. So it’s with huge pleasure that we’re announcing Portrayal of Guilt will be joining us at Roadburn 2020.

Read more about Portrayal of Guilt HERE

Pijn and Conjurer play: Curse These Metal Hands

The underground metal scene in the UK is in rude health – and we demonstrated this at Roadburn 2019 by showcasing the best of what Holy Roar Records had to offer. Among the bands that played were Conjurer and Pijn – two bands that embody so much of what is innovative and exciting about British music at the moment. In 2018 the two bands united under the Curse These Metal Hands banner to create new, original music that was released via Holy Roar this year.

Read more about Pijn & Conjurer Play: Curse These Metal Hands HERE

Early Graves

After an already massive initial greeting card by the name of We: The Guillotine, in 2008, the Californian quintet dropped their masterpiece in 2010. Goner was everything a moshpit junkie could ever ask for. Unfortunately, tragedy then struck Early Graves. Only a couple of months after the release of Goner, the band suffered a van accident traveling from Oregon to Nevada, which took the life of their firebrand vocalist Makh Daniels.

Though the band soldiered on for a while activity has dwindled during the last few years, and 2020 is set to be the last chapter for Early Graves. A celebration of their existence, which will naturally consist of their ten-year-old super classic album Goner played in its entirety, will therefor take place at Roadburn.

Read more about Early Graves 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, Red Sparowes, Russian Circles, Inter Arma, Alcest, Torche, Brutus, Bada (ft. Anna Von Hausswolff), David Eugene Edwards, Health, Boy Harsher, Lankum, She Past Away, and two Artists In Residence: Full of Hell and Lingua Ignota. Check the full line up HERE.

Essential Sounds: 06.12.19

December 6, 2019

Ahh just when we thought the releases for 2019 were coming to an end, Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky drop a couple of covers which are right up my street. And with Walter on vacation – and therefore unable to convince me otherwise – Droneflower’s cover of Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight kicks off this week’s playlist. I guess ’tis really the season as Ruby The Hatchet have also released a cover – also included here.

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

Droneflower – In The Air Tonight (Sacred Bones)

Highnoon – Lens (Cicada Choir)

Rome – Rakes and Rovers (Trisol)

Algiers – Void (Matador)

Ohyda – Spokój (La Vida Es Un Mus)

Kvelertak – Bråtebrann (Rise Records)

Ruby The Hatchet – Easy Livin’ (Brutal Panda)

Twin Tribes – The River (Self Release)

S Y Z Y G Y X – Die Like A Rockstar (Cold Transmission)

clipping. – Drownt (Sub Pop)

Johanna Knutsson – Kungsvagen 44 (Kontra-music)

Årabrot & Lustmord – Die Nibelungen (Pelagic)

(Marissa Nadler photo: Peter Troest)