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Preview: Roadburn 2023

Elsa Marques 28/02/2023 Previews Comments Off on Preview: Roadburn 2023
Preview: Roadburn 2023

Soon it will be Spring, and soon it will be time for another Roadburn festival, between April 20th (Thu) – 23rd (Sun) to be precise.

Picked as Best Small Festival at the last European Festival Awards, it’s the rightful prize for all that this event became to represent over the years for many bands, fans and workers in this particular niche of the music industry alike. As Artistic Director Walter Hoeijmakers put it:

“We’re incredibly proud of winning this award, it validates the hard work that we put into Roadburn. But it is also a token of recognition for the bands in the underground that we have championed – they’ve overcome so many challenges in the last few years. We’re so proud that we’re still able to offer them a platform to excel and showcase their artistry.”

And that’s exactly it. Every year the Dutch festival is pulling towards new directions bringing in a mix of up-and-coming and established names who are pushing the boundaries in their respective genres. like an ever changing, like a constantly evolving creature, beautiful in its restlessness and yet comfortably approachable in the way it presents itself and allows you to dig into the soundscape enabled by the organizers and curators of the event in this vibrant and stimulating environment.

This year’s line up includes once again a diverse array of artists such as Deafheaven, Boy Harsher, Wolves In The Throne Room, David Eugene Edwards.

The tradition of hosting Artists In Residence continues with two artists who will each perform three times during the festival (Sangre De Muérdago and Oiseaux-Tempête). In addition, four collaborative projects have been commissioned to compose and perform original work specifically for Roadburn – including a joint venture between Duma from Kenya and Deafkids from Brazil. There will be again room for a dedicated label showcase, in occasion of the 25th anniversary of Rocket Recordings, bringing some pretty interesting names from their rooster.

This is the full line-up – in alphabetic order – as finalized just recently
(unfortunately Këkht Aräkh had to cancel due to visa-related issues, but they have been swiftly replaced by Mamaleek):

Ad Nauseam – performing “Imperative Imperceptible Impulse”
Alison Cotton
Alison Cotton & Dawn Terry
Antichrist Siege Machine
Backxwash – performing “Ma Nyimbo Ya Gehana” & “Nine Hells
Bad Breeding
Big Brave – performing “Nature morte
Bo Ningen
Body Void
Boy Harsher – live performance & DJ set
Broeder Dieleman
Candy – performing “Heaven Is Here
Cave In – performing “Heavy Pendulum” and “Interstellar Mixtape”
Chat Pile – European exclusive
Circuit des Yeux
Dance of the Seven Veils – off-programme event by Aïda Gabriëls in collaboration with Schouwburg Tilburg
David Eugene Edwards
Deafhaven – performing “Sunbather” & “Infinite Granite”
Deathless Void
Decline of the I
Duma x Deafkids – commissioned
Elizabeth Colour Wheel
Elizabeth Colour Wheel x Ethan McCarthy – commissioned
Esben and the Witch – performing “Hold Sacred”
Giles Corey – European exclusive
High Vis
Holy Scum
Imperial Triumphant – performing “Spirit of Ecstasy
Iron Jinn
J. Zunz
Jerusalem In My Heart
John Cxnnor – performing “All My Future’s Past” (commissioned)
Judasz & Nahimana – performing “Récits d’outre-monde”
Julie Christmas – European exclusive
Kathryn Joseph
KEN Mode
Mai Mai Mai
Marlene Ribeiro
Mat Ball
Maud the Moth
Nicole Dollanganger
Oiseaux-Tempête – Artist in Residence
Osi & The Jupiter
Poison Ruïn
Portrayal of Guilt
Predatory Void – performing “Seven Keys to the Discomfort of Being”
Pupil Slicer
Sangre de Muérdago – Artist in Residence
Show Me the Body
Spirit Possession
Spiritual Poison
Storefront Church
Teeth Of The Sea
The Golden Grass
The Hanged Man
The Shits
The Soft Moon – performing “Exister
The Sonic Dawn
Wayfarer – performing “A High Plains Eulogy
White Boy Scream
White Ward – performing “False Light”
Wolves In The Throne Room – performing “Shadow Moon Kingdom”
Zola Jesus

Again in the words of Walter Hoeijmakers:

“[…] this year’s Roadburn will be a journey of discovery. The lineup is purposely focused on bands that have begun to make their mark over the last few years, and so, it’s also a reflection of the current underground. It was our aim to offer a lot of these bands and artists a platform to excel in front of a passionate and open-minded audience. 

“We are so grateful to everyone who has gone to great lengths to help bring these artists to Roadburn. When you look at the full lineup, we sincerely hope you share our excitement. It’s our intention to make sure that Roadburn is a home away from home for everyone involved; the bands, the attendees, the industry folk, the staff.

“Roadburn 2023 is a celebration of underground music and culture; it will be a hub for positivity, creativity and artistry, and in a spirit of defiance it will bring hope in the face of the many adversities of our times. We thank you for this opportunity. We can’t wait to celebrate with you.”

The visuals for this year are curated by French photographer William Lacalmontie. Some of his portrait works have been on display in 013 during last year, and for 2023 he will take the role of visual artist in residence of Roadburn festival.

For any further info and updates on Roadburn 2023 – such as tickets or accommodation – you can visit the official site, or their dedicated and very active community on social media channels.

Text by Marco Manzi
Managing Editor: Elsa Marques



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Adopted the role of the zine Finnish emissary, and since my addition to the roster, I have been juggling the tasks of Editor-in-chief, Promoter and Manager of the zine social media pages. As part of the permanent staff of the zine, album reviews, video and written interviews, covering live shows (text, video and photography) have been also a strong contribution to the zine work. Besides the zine "hobbies" I am also a origami, music and travel enthusiastic. Academic background: Biology degree from the University of Coimbra (Portugal); Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Center of Neurosciences & Faculty of Science and Technology (Portugal); PhD degree from the Medical Faculty, University of Helsinki (Finland).

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