Roadburn’s annual Roadburn Redux Festival is set to make its return this year virtually. The Netherland-based music festival will commence April 16-18th with a live broadcast from the venue 013 in Tilburg, as well as pre-recorded and exclusive content. Live broadcasted performances include Neptunian Maximalism, Dead Neanderthals, Hexvessel, Jo Quail, Kairon; IRSE!, Autarkh, Dust Mountain, Emptiness, GOLD, Iterum Nata, Of Blood and Mercury, Plague Organ, Polymoon, Radar Men From The Moon, Solar Temple, TDC INC., The Nest, Wolvennest and many more.
Roadburn’s artistic director, Walter Hoeijmakers issued a statement in a press release discussing the upcoming online event. “The last year has been incredibly difficult for everybody to navigate; keeping safe is paramount, but it often came at the expense of the ‘normal’ life we’d come to enjoy. For us, that meant a halt to Roadburn as we knew it.” He continues, “However, Roadburn Redux gives us the opportunity to reconnect with the artists and community that are at the heart of Roadburn; to bring a bit of joy, friendship, inspiration, and most of all hope in these difficult times. I’m thrilled by the performances we’ve already secured – the format might be different, but the spirit of Roadburn remains strong.”
Festival lovers can RSVP to the event via the festival’s official website.
The festival will also see artists playing specially curated projects for Roadburn as well as debuting new albums, including band Emptiness performing their sixth full-length Vide in its entirety, Plague Organ performing their latest album Orphan and Wolvennest performing Temple in its entirety.
The 2020 edition of the Roadburn festival had been canceled due to COVID-19. Its 2019 lineup featured performances from Sleep, Vile Creature and Have A Nice Life. In previous years, the festival has had performances by Godspeed You! Coven, Baroness, Converge, Black Anvil and Red Fang.
UPDATE (3/4): Roadburn Redux has added to its 2021 lineup. Most notable is the addition of Inter Arma, who will be performing a covers set. They were initially booked to perform at the cancelled Roadburn 2020 and intended to play Sulphur English in full.
Also added is brutally heavy doom band Primitive Man, who will compose and record all-new music as part of the commissioned music portion of the virtual festival. Also creating commissioned music for the festival is Many Blessings, a side project of Ethan Lee McCarthy of Primitive Man.
Autarkh, who were already announced for the festival will be performing a second set under the name Autarkh III, which will “represent an alternative timeline of Autarkh’s debut album Form In Motion.” Other additions include Wayfarer, Gallops, Haunted Plasma, Maggot Heart and Offermose, plus Regarde Les Hommes Tomber performing their album Ascension and The Devil’s Trade performing their album The Call of the Iron Peak.
UPDATE (4/2): Roadburn Redux has added over 50 new names to the 2021 virtual festival. These include Steve Von Till of Neurosis presenting a performance called A Remote Wilderness performing his album No Wilderness Deep Enough in full. Aaron Turner of Isis, Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer, Sumac and countless other projects will play a solo set, Blanck Mass will perform an improv set, a short set from Jo Quail, plus Body Void. BADA is a project from Anna Von Hausswolff with other Gothenburg musicians who played on her solo material and they’re one of two artists commissioned by Roadburn, along with Tau. Pelagic Records will showcase artists from their label, including Crown, The Ocean (performing Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic) and SOM. The festival will feature audio/video premieres from artists like Algiers, Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou, Kayo Dot, Thy Catafalque and more.
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