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Roadburn, a summary in stills

It’s cold as hell outside during the first days of one of the most heart warming festivals out there: Roadburn. This year’s edition sure took all of us by surprise with three commisioned acts, curated shows and artists in residence. The diversity was enormous, even compared to previous editions. We tried to capture it all which is, of course, impossible. Nevertheless below are some our finest pictures we took during this great

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The music nerd dream that is Roadburn

One of the most charming things Roadburn has to offer is one on one contact with artists and music experts. As most of us are exceptional music nerds, the side programme offers us something exciting every day. Editor: Guido Segers / Photo’s: Justina Lukosiote On Thursday, early in the afternoon, there is an exciting panel about ‘Doing it yourself’ (DIY), featuring Meredith Graves (Kickstarter), Cathy Pellow (Sargent House), Justine Jones

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Black Skies over Roadburn – Part I

Tilburg turns a little colder and darker on Saturday. Both in skies and bands, as we move early into Patronaat for the first part of Maalstroom. Everyone looks a bit more haggard, a bit more pale, but with one of those Maalstroom beers in hand, one is ready for the day. Editor: Guido Segers / photo’s: Justina Lukosiote and Paul Verhagen Opening up in the Patronaat is Witte Wieven. The

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Ripples in the water: Maalstroom at Roadburn and the passing of Michiel Eikenaar

When you’re facing a day of black metal, it’s best to come prepared. Roadburn’s Friday had plenty of heavy and dark bands, but also saddening news during the day on Friday that affects the project that is Maalstroom. Editor: Guido Segers News broke yesterday that Michiel Eikenaar had passed away, which is greatly saddening. You may have noticed bands dedicating their show to him, such as Molasses on Thursday. From

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The beauty in suffering: sounds that hurt & heal at Roadburn

Tormented sounds howl from the Koepelhal. It is early in the afternoon and Throane brings their ritual to the stage. Standing in a circle around a massive sword sticking up from the center stage, the band delivers a pulverizing set of crushing sludge as the sun still leaks in through the windows. Almost on call the temperature seems to drop outside and a cold settles over the festival. Editor: Guido Segers

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The passion of Tom Gabriel Fischer

To have the Grammy Award winning Metropole orchestra play in 013 is a pleasure. To have them play the life work of Tom Gabriel Fischer, with Triptykon, at Roadburn. Well, that’s a blessing. The set-up is already grand and quite unlike you normally see on your festival set-up. Then the musicians arrive, the curtains open up and the spectacle begins. Editor: Guido Segers / Photo’s: Celtic Frost has been laid

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Wilbur’s got you covered: first response team in the Roadburners Facebook Group

Many of you may be aware that there are some issues people dislike about Roadburn. The Facebook Group, Roadburners (join while you can), is seeing a lot of those – people are starting polls for crying out loud- and we wanted to ask Walter about some of them. Unfortunately, as you may have seen, Walter is running around like Usain Bolt with one phone on his ear, furiously typing on

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MONO shines bright in The Burning Darkness at Roadburn

At first sight it seems like a remarkable choice, Tomas Lindberg as this year’s Roadburn curator. Although immediately known as the frontman for melodeath stalwarts At the Gates, a little research shows a diverse career in music. From fronting bands such as Disfear to stints in Lock Up, Lindberg’s definitely caught Roadburn’s attention, culminating in a friendship with festival director Walter Hoeijmakers and resulting in a curation under the banner The

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