Roadburn 2018 adds more bands to the lineup

Roadburn, the ever-expanding, ever-mind-warping festival running from the 19th to the 22nd of April (Tilburg, Netherlands) has announced a tonne of new bands to fill up the schedule.

When it was announced a few months back that Jacob Bannon of the infamous schizo-metalcore pioneers Converge, would be curating the main stage at the 013 venue on the 20th and Het Patronaat on the 21st, it went without saying that the fine folk in attendance were in for an experience of some special sort.

This year however, the festival has outdone itself by announcing Artists in Residence (playing three sets), bands playing albums in full over numerous shows and days, band collaborations and scene spotlights to galvanize the attendees.

Already billed amongst many others are Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Converge (playing The Dusk In Us and You Fail Me in full), Igorrr, Panopticon (playing two sets), Cult Of Luna (playing their last show with Mariner) and Grave Pleasures amongst many, many others.

Recently added are the following:

Artist In Residence 

Performing three sets, instrumental maestros Earthless will tease new material from their forthcoming album in their first set, fuse with prog-improv icon Damo Suzuki in the second, and finally perform an East Meets West” psych jam with other members of the San Diego scene and members of Kikagaku Moyo from Japan. How’s that for exclusive?

San Diego take over

Welcoming in the throng of sun-soaked San Diegan psychadelic rockers, Tilburg will be immersed in the scene with the following bands showcasing the Earthless inspired sound this April.

Japanese Psych

Stemming from a meditative blend of psychedelia and Japanese cult-label GuruGuruBrain, Roadburn also welcomes three bands from the orient to accompany and parallel the bands from the San Diego take over. The bands under the JapEanese Psych moniker appearing at Roadburn 2018 include:

Jacob Bannon’s curation

2018’s stage curator Jacob Bannon has also unveiled two new acts to complement his malevolent creation. Those two acts are:

Of the additions he’s made, Bannon commented:

In 1991 I was introduced to Crowbar when I bought a tape of their Obedience Thru Suffering album. The sheer heaviness of the band floored me and I was hooked ever since. For me personally, their 1998 album Odd Fellows Rest is a high watermark of creativity. It is an incredible collection of songs that have been daily listens for me for nearly two decades. It’s an honour to have the band perform this record live at Roadburn Festival 2018.

I first heard Nika’s work on the Stridulum EP. Every aspect of the release connected with me and it soon became a daily listen. The record (and all of her work) was relatable and infectious. I’ve been an avid listener ever since. Watching her artistry grow and deepen over time has been inspiring. Okovi, the latest from Zola Jesus is such a powerful album. I am truly honored to have Nika and Company at Roadburn 2018 as part of my curation.


This category is by no means a dismissal, they annoyingly just don’t fit under the other announcements. Check out their Roadburn profiles by following the links.

It’s a hefty load from the Roadburn camp so take your time digesting all this info and give serious contemplation to getting your tickets sooner rather than later. Three- and four-day tickets are available now with day tickets to be released soon along with more info and, presumably, another metric tonne of bands! More information and camping details are available on the Roadburn website.

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