August 17, 2018

TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS OF SLEEP

Roadburn is thrilled to welcome Sleep back to the festival as our main headliners for 2019. In two career-spanning sets, Sleep will shine the spotlight first on their iconic album, Holy Mountain, and then the following night focus on their latest – crushing – release, The Sciences. There will be enough time for some bonus tracks and surprises, adding to the once-in-a-lifetime feel of this pair of sets.

For almost 30 years, Sleep have been penning anthems for stoners, dropouts and appreciators of thee riff. It’s something of an understatement to say that Sleep have been an influential band in the world of heavy music – and directly on us at Roadburn too.

Whilst our relationship with the individuals in Sleep pre-dates their 2012 Roadburn performance (Om, High on Fire and Neurosis being no stranger to the Roadburn stages), that show, six years ago cemented the bond between band and festival; our histories forever entwined. It feels appropriate to celebrate together – another chapter in this incredible band’s tale.

Sleep will perform on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. Read more here.

CURATOR: TOMAS LINDBERG

Roadburn has a diverse history of curators. Each year, one creative is selected to put their stamp on a corner of the festival, imprinting a little bit of themselves on the Roadburn map. Carrying the torch for the curator tradition in 2019 is Tomas Lindberg who will present bands under the banner The Burning Darkness.

Having performed at Roadburn in 2016 with Disfear, Lindberg is no stranger to our stages. Although best known for his work with At The Gates and Disfear, stints in Skitsystem and Lock Up plus his output with The Great Deceiver likely mean that he’s gotten a look in on many a Roadburner’s record collection.

Tomas says: “Roadburn for me has always been about eclecticism, and underground music of all styles that desperately demand your attention. Walter and I have already started talking about possibilities, and I am super excited about the direction of these talks. See you there!”

Tomas Lindberg‘s The Burning Darkness curated event will take place across multiple stages on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13Read more here.

HAVE A NICE LIFE

Have A Nice Life released Deathconsciousness ten years ago, and the slow, quiet ripples have been making an impact ever since. With only a select few shows under their belts, we’re thrilled that Have A Nice Life will be playing not one, but two shows at Roadburn 2019. With one show dedicated to Deathconsciouness and another “regular” show (as regular as such a rare treat can be!), Have A Nice Life will truly celebrate the big gloom at Roadburn.

Have A Nice Life will perform on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. Read more here.

BIRDS IN ROW

Birds In Row‘s much-anticipated second album, We Already Lost The World, is a solid, varied and tremendously mature record that can be filed under the very inclusive banner of post-hardcore, but also a record which nevertheless maintains that anguished, raw intensity that has always been their trademark. We didn’t need much convincing, but it sealed the deal – we couldn’t resist having them at Roadburn 2019.

Birds in Row will play on Sunday, April 14. Read more here.

VILE CREATURE

A heady mix of droning doom and sludgy bang-your-head-slowly moments, Vile Creature wear their collective hearts on their sleeve and don’t hold back. Whilst their latest album, Cast of Static and Smoke may have its roots in a sci-fi-influenced short story that the duo concocted together, a immovable streak of socio-political commentary and compassion run through the very core of the band. Self-described “weird queer kids with lofty ambitions”, we’re hopeful that at least one of their ambitions will be fulfilled come April.

Vile Creature will play on Thursday, April 11. Read more here.

MIDNIGHT

Pack your leather jackets, bullet belts and face masks, because you’ll surely need them when Midnight ride to RoadburnOn The Wings Of Satan! We have a Melting Brain just thinking about it, but 2019 is finally the year when we will be Crushed By Demons, as Midnight will finally rip our stages apart and Take You To Hell with their unholy Black Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Midnight play Roadburn 2019 on Thursday, April 11. Read more here.

SEVEN THAT SPELLS

Ten years have passed since the last visitation of Seven That Spells to Roadburn Festival. In that time, the Croatian progressives have embarked on and completed the wildly ambitious trilogy The Death and Resurrection of Krautrock, offering its three different parts – Aum, Io and Omega, in 2011, 2014 and 2018, respectively.

Here at Roadburn HQ, we pride ourselves on bringing you the very best and most forward-thinking acts from all around the world, and we can’t wait to welcome back Seven That Spells to the 013 venue with their cross-genre epic in tow. Krautrock will be reborn at Roadburn 2019!

Seven That Spells will play on Friday, April 12. Read more here.

ALREADY ANNOUNCED

Before Roadburn 2018 was even complete, a trio of acts for 2019 were announced. Headed up by Heilung who are making monumental waves at the moment, the blueprint for Roadburn 2019 started to come into focus. Describing their ethos as “amplified history” from early Medieval  Northern Europe, their daring and thought-provoking attitude will fit in perfectly at Roadburn.

Elsewhere, Louise Lemón‘s “death gospel” will lend an ethereal, otherworldly vibe to proceedings, whilst Dutch hardcore legends Gore will signal their return with an intense reunion show.

The Artists performing at Roadburn 2019 are:
Birds In Row
Curator: Tomas Lindberg
Gore
Have A Nice Life
Heilung
Louise Lemón
Midnight
Seven That Spells
Sleep
Vile Creature

To watch the Roadburn 2018 documentary made by Never Mind The Hype, click HERE.
To listen to the 2018 audio streams courtesy of VPRO 3voor12, click HERE.