October 25, 2018

For 12 years now, Holy Roar Records have been quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) releasing a steady stream of incredible albums. Remaining fiercely independent, with an eager ear to the ground, the label has become home to some of the most exciting rising bands around.

Once they’d caught our eye, and the idea for this label showcase quickly picked up pace and soon we were faced with some difficult choices. It wasn’t so much that we couldn’t choose which bands to feature, more that there were so many that it felt cruel to leave some behind. Such is the depth of the bands on offer to us, we could have given over twice as much space on the line up and still be making those same difficult decisions.

But choose we did, and we’re thrilled to team up with the label to bring you five of their brightest stars for Holy Roar x Roadburn. Don’t miss out on this bounty of bands; Holy Roar Records will be taking over the Hall of Fame on Friday, April 12.


One of the newest recruits to team Holy Roar, A.A.Williams will mark a change of pace during Holy Roar x Roadburn – but this is no time to sit down with a pint or go browsing the merch.

You likely won’t have heard of her when you’re reading this but we are so confident that this is going to turn out to be one of those shows that you look back on and can say “I was there at the beginning.” Think of the rawness of Emma Ruth Rundle crossed with the majesty of PJ Harvey and you may be on the right track… but still a long way from the final destination. Do not snooze on A.A.Williams.

“Being so well known for the unique curation of so many groundbreaking artists, it will be a real honour to perform at Roadburn 2019”A.A.Williams.


Conjurer have already made a considerable impression on their home turf (their debut album, Mire, is phenomenal) and are setting their sights firmly on world domination. We’re delighted to be just one step in that journey as Conjurer are primed for detonation.

Vocalist, Dan Nightingale comments: “Every band, no matter their scope, holds personal aspirations that they only dream of achieving. We’ve participated in many events over our very short lifespan; shows and occasions of a calibre far greater than we ever imagined we could be a part of – and with all due respect, Roadburn surpasses even those.”

Dan, we’re flattered!

Expect to be confronted with a hefty wall of post-metal with more than a few nihilistic twists and turns along the way.


Tomorrow, Pijn will release their debut full length titled Loss. It’s the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2017 EP, Floodlit. For a band that is so relatively early in their career they seem to have perfected a delicate balance between fragile melodies and frenetic chaos.
For those of you who are not familiar with the band, or indeed the Dutch language, their name translates to pain (and is pronounced ‘pine’) – a palpable feeling transmitted via their sonic alchemy.

“Being invited to perform at Roadburn is an incredible honour. To find ourselves in the company of the most forward-thinking and influential artists at this festival is surreal, and we are so excited to share songs from ‘Loss’ with the Roadburn audience.”


“We are extremely excited to be playing Roadburn 2019 . We are honored to be included in a festival known for experimental and genre bending artists. April cannot come fast enough “

Secret Cutter themselves are best described as genre-bending; they fuse the best bits of sludge, with the rawest of grind and countless other audio pick’n’mix treats. For a three-piece, they make an unholy racket.

As the idea for this showcase developed, we felt as though the stars had aligned when we realised that Secret Cutter would be heading over to this side of the pond right around Roadburn time. How could we resist? We snapped ‘em up, stuck ‘em on the bill and here we are. Do not miss Secret Cutter obliterating Roadburn.


Outspoken, unapologetic and unwavering – we’re thrilled to welcome Svalbard to the Roadburn line up. Their most recent release, It’s Hard To Have Hope, lays their wares out without once breaking eye contact. Awesome layers of thundering guitars, throat-shredding anguish and woozy melody stack up to make one hell of a full frontal attack.

On their Roadburn debut, the band comments: “Roadburn is an institution! We are very excited and honoured to be playing a part in the 2019 edition alongside such an amazing lineup.”