February 4, 2021

Having hosted a number of Svart artists over the years at Roadburn, they’ve become part of the DNA of the festival… so to have an edition of Roadburn without any of their artists in 2021 seemed inconceivable. Fortunately, over in Finland, cogs were whirring and the machinery was ticking over already – and as we have done so many times before, our forces have united to bring you a number of exclusive and incredibly special performances.

Think The Old Grey Whistle Test on acid; imagine a Jools Holland psychedelic special and you’ll be heading in the right direction. The Svart Sessions will feature brand new signings and established artists side by side, all connected to the notoriously fertile psych rock scene in Tampere. These six performances truly encapsulate the very best of the Finnish heavy, psych and freak-folk underground scene – delivered right into your home this April.

“For over a decade now Roadburn has been our most important European hub both as music fans and label managers, so being invited to join the program of the virtual Roadburn Festival is an immense honor. Dawnbearer by Hexvessel was the first actual album we ever released, and Roadburn is the perfect setting for an exclusive anniversary show, to tie in with the imminent re-release of the album. Other stars of the event include the cream of the younger psychedelic generation and two worldwide band premieres, including a very exciting, closely guarded secret collab group”,

Tomi Pulkki, Svart Records founder

The Svart Sessions exclusive live program is as follows:

Dust Mountain
(feat. members of Oranssi Pazuzu, Dark Buddha Rising, Death Hawks)
International live debut, performing songs from their forthcoming Svart Records debut.
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Hexvessel – Playing Dawnbearer in full
Hexvessel celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their debut record Dawnbearer, by performing the album in full, exclusively for Roadburn Redux! Read more HERE

Kairon; IRSE!
Kosmische post-rock prog-freaks Kairon; IRSE!s first ever live stream video, as they play their critically acclaimed new album Polysomn in full. Read more HERE

Young rising stars, present their six track psych prog explosion Caterpillars of Creation in its entirety exclusively for Roadburn Redux.
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Iterum Nata
Personal psychedelic occult folk created by Hexvessel lead guitarist Jesse Heikkinen, plays an intimate acoustic show of songs from his 2020 album Bardo Disorder, in his first live stream ever.
Read more HERE

Secret Collab
A special and exciting collaboration between some highly revered members of the Finnish Psych Rock underground, with more details to be divulged at a later date!