Roadburn 2020 postponed to 2021

March 24, 2020

Due to the recent announcements from the Dutch government that all events in The Netherlands are forbidden until June, it will be impossible for us to hold Roadburn in April as planned. We know that many of you had already guessed that this would be the case, and we appreciate your patience as we have navigated the necessary processes that come along with organising an event as complex as Roadburn.

The current situation is having an enormous impact already – on the venues we rely on, the bands that we love and the events that we have planned for. Until we come out the other side of this, it will be impossible to do a full assessment of the damage caused to the live music industry.

We ask for just a little bit more patience from you whilst we continue to work to bring you the most clear, concise and useful information relating to the postponement of Roadburn 2020. We know you have a lot of questions and we will do our best to answer in the coming days.

With much love, sadness and disbelief…

Walter, Becky & the whole Roadburn team.

Roadburn 2020: Important message!

March 18, 2020

Dear Roadburners,

Thank you for your patience these last few days, we know that it is not easy to wait for answers and be met with silence. As you will hopefully be aware, it is not in our nature to be closed off from you – we have always taken pride in open and transparent communication. We are relieved to be able to bring you something of an update, although we are aware that it won’t answer all your questions immediately.

The world we are living in today is dramatically different to that of just a few weeks ago – we are all trying to adjust to an altered daily life, and alongside the personal stresses of that, we have been desperately seeking a way to keep Roadburn on its feet. You will know that for us, this is a labour of love and the impact of the current situation is already devastating for us. We are fortunate to have the support of the 013 venue who – as you may be aware – operate as the business side of the festival (they take care of the financial, legal, and logistic elements). The message below is from the Interim CEO of the 013 venue, and at present this is the extent of what we are able to share with you.

We are grateful for your support and understanding, and hopeful that we will come out the other side of this even stronger.

Walter, Becky & the whole Roadburn team.


Due to the COVID-19 virus, there are currently restrictions on travel, events and venues which are having an effect on concerts and festivals the world over. We understand that Roadburn attendees have a lot of questions – about health, safety, risks, restrictions, travel arrangements and more. We are in constant contact with officials, advisors and others, and we are working solidly to provide as much information, as quickly as possible.

This is not just the first time in Roadburn’s 22 years that we have faced something like this, it is the first time in our lives. We are required to wait for direction from the Dutch government to determine our next steps. That direction may have consequences for the continuation of Roadburn 2020. As a sustainable future for Roadburn is our primary goal, we’re now looking into the best options. It might be that we have to reschedule.

We kindly ask for your understanding in this exceptional situation. As soon as there are new developments we will inform you.

Peter van der Aalst / Interim CEO, 013 venue.

Roadburn 2020: Update

March 13, 2020

As you can imagine, this week has been – to put it mildly – intense. Behind the scenes we are working constantly to see what the best way forward is for Roadburn. There are several options that we are currently looking into and as soon as we have news, we will share it with you. We know that the not knowing is almost worse than bad news, but we’re asking for and hoping for your patience so we can spend the next few days exploring all possible options before making a decision on how to proceed. It is against our nature to go down without a fight, but we also have to balance our desires with what is necessary for public health and safety.

In the meantime, we are extremely conscious of the impact that the COVID-19 virus has had on so many of our friends – promoters, bands, festivals, booking agents and more. The next few months are going to be tough for everybody and our thoughts are with anyone effected by this situation – be it financially, physically or otherwise.

Roadburn 2020: Russian Circles still confirmd; Torche unlikely

March 11, 2020

Yesterday we had no indication yet that bands cannot or will not play Roadburn 2020 due to COVID-19, and the increasing government pressure to limit public events such as shows and festivals.

This morning, we received the announcement that Russian Circles‘ tour with Torche will be postponed. However, Russian CirclesRoadburn performance on Thursday, 16 April is still confirmed. The band says, “We are keeping our fingers crossed that the situation improves in time for Roadburn Festival in mid-April as we are still planning on performing as scheduled.”

Obviously, we’re also keeping our fingers crossed, and we hope you’ll do the same.

We’re currently talking to Torche’s booking agent if there’s still a possibility for them to play the festival too! More news to follow

Roadburn 2020: Addressing your concerns

March 10, 2020

We are aware that there are a lot of people feeling unsure about travel plans for the upcoming weeks, including those who will be traveling to Tilburg for Roadburn. The most recent information from the authorities in Brabant – which includes Tilburg – is that events of over 1000 people will be cancelled only until March 16.

This does NOT have an impact on our plans for Roadburn Festival 2020. As of the time of writing, ROADBURN WILL GO AHEAD AS PLANNED. Our incredible production team is hard at work advancing the details of over 100 performances; no bands have indicated that they cannot or will not attend and we are continuing as always. We will follow any and all advice given to use by local and national government agencies, and the moment that their guidelines will have an impact on Roadburn, we will let you know.

Whilst we will do our best to answer questions, please bear with us – as ever – we are extremely busy in the final weeks before the festival. We can’t necessarily answer questions relating to hypothetical situations without external guidance.

Our thoughts are with all those who are unwell, have lost loved ones, or otherwise find themselves affected by the current situation.

Walter, Becky & everyone at Roadburn/013.

Roadburn 2020: Running order

March 5, 2020

At last we’re thrilled to bring you the running orders for Roadburn 2020!

If you must, you can print these out, but we strongly advise downloading the Times Square app and heading to the Roadburn schedules in there. But we know there’s those of you who can’t resist going at a print out with a highlighter! Whatever it is you need to do to plan your Roadburn visit, it’s time to get cracking.

You may notice a few absent bands – they’ve been announced but they’re not on the schedules. We’re not just being forgetful (honest!), these bands will be playing in a (not so) secret location throughout the festival, and they will be announced once you’re on site.  There may even be a few surprises thrown in too… This year’s festival is all about discovery and uncovering artists that make you feel a buzz. You never know who or what is going to pop up over the course of a visit to Roadburn! Following our socials and using the app is the best way to stay informed during the festival itself.

We have had several enquiries about how Covid-19 will affect Roadburn this year. Rest assured, we are in touch with both local and national government offices, as well as RIVM (the Dutch health & environment agency) – and there is currently no indication that Roadburn will be cancelled or restricted in any way. If this changes, you will know as soon as we do. For now though, wash your hands!

So, without further ado… get stuck in.

Video Premiere: The Dead Cvlt's The Cataclyst

March 4, 2020

We’re extremely excited to have The Death Cvlt play at Ignition – the Roadburn pre-party – on Wednesday, 15 April at the 013 venue, and even more excited to be bringing you a video premiere from them today. The Cataclyst is taken from the band’s 2019 debut EP and can be seen below.

Sometimes you hear something so exciting that it simply can’t be ignored. Enter Rotterdam’s The Dead Cvlt, hailing from a city where lightning seems to strike relentlessly. The international port keeps being highly influential for the Dutch underground when it comes to punk and noise, but Rotterdam also spawned hardcore drum and bass globally. With time it was inevitable that these so often separate genres would collide and become an asphyxiating maelstrom of bludgeoning beats and guitars.

Consisting of legendary PRSPCT artists Thrasher and Limewax, next to Dutch hardcore punk stalwarts Lemmy, Sjarm13 and Julian, it’s The Dead Cvlt pioneering this severely violent culture clash. They are amped up on a lethal dose of misanthropic black metal, pounding blastbeats and oldschool drum and bass, and offer a suitably fucked up soundtrack for a world visibly in decay by dropping unrelenting amen beats as well. The Dead Cvlt doesn’t shy away from throwing in some gabber for good measure, either.

Mind you, we’re not talking about some background noise here. The Dead Cvlt addresses an anti-authoritarian spirit which violently gravitates to ear-piercing noise terror, and played 100 percent live. With a full-length in the works, the follow-up to their jolting five-track EP, The Cataclyst, it’s obvious that only The Dead Cvlt could ignite Roadburn 2020 Wednesday, 15 April. Be forewarned, as Rotterdam fright is real – The Dead Cvlt don’t sound the alarm, they only add fuel to our disintegrating planet.

Essential Sounds: 28.02.20

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – when so many artists playing Roadburn start gearing up to release their new albums. As a consequence, this week’s playlist is sprinkled with new tracks from bands that you can see on a Roadburn stage in less than two months!

Elsewhere we have some Roadburn alumni in the mix too – including Napalm Death who are back with an EP which only leaves us hungering for more.

Dive in!

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

Miserable – Damned To Love You (Sargent House)

FACS – Casual Indifference (Trouble In Mind)

Midwife – S.W.I.M (The Flenser)

Perfume Genius – Describe (Matador)

Wrekmeister Harmonies – Midnight To Six (Thrill Jockey)

Huntsmen – God Will Stop Trying (Prosthetic)

Regarde Les Hommes Tomber – L’exil (Season of Mist)

Napalm Death – Logic Ravaged By Brute Force (Century Media)

Gouge Away – Consider (Deathwish Inc)

Portrayal of Guilt – The End of Man Will Bring Peace To This Earth (Run For Cover)

Tombs – Black Sun Horizon (Season of Mist)

Lucifer – Midnight Phantom (Century Media)

Hexvessel – Billion Year Old Being (Svart)

Roadburn 2020: Only 30 Sunday day tickets remain

February 24, 2020

Will this week be the week that Roadburn 2020 officially, completely sells out?

Less than 30 Sunday day tickets remain. More information about tickets and accommodation options can be found HERE.

Essential Sounds: 21.02.20

February 21, 2020

With only two months to go until Roadburn, we’re working hard on the schedules and production is well under way now. However we still have time to uncover new music – here’s what we’ve been listening to this week.

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

Human ImpactNovember (Ipecac Recordings)

BibThe Fool (Pop Wig Records)

Blind SeagullFilth (Self Release)

Phase FataleBinding By Oath (Ostgut Ton)

Insect Ark Tectonic (Profound Lore)

Fool’s GhostIn Between (Prosthetic Records)

Billie EilishNo Time To Die (Darkroom / Interscope)

Sarah Mary ChadwickWhen Will Dead Come (Sinderlyn)

WardrunaGrá (Columbia / Sony)

JG Thirlwell, Simon SteenslandHeron (Ipecac Recordings)

SUSS Ursa Major (Northern Spy)

Sunburned Hand Of The ManAgitation Circle (Self-Release)

Tombstones In Their EyesMaybe Someday (Somewherecold Records)

FilmmakerThe Love Market (Self-Release)

Jehnny BethFlower (20L07 Music)

Bruxa MariaLove and Riots (Hominid Sounds)

Sun WorshipSoul Harvester (Self-Rlease)

Blaze of PerditionTransmutation of Sins (Metal Blade)

Bütcher666 Goats Cary My Chariot (Osmose Productions)

LoviatarCave In (Prosethic Records)

Saturnalia TempleGravity (Listenable Records)

Cirith UngolLegions Arise (Metal Blade)

My Dying Bride Tired of Tears (Nuclear Blast)