Converge, Bell Witch, Panopticon & More Confirmed For Roadburn 2018

By on 21 September 2017

Roadburn Festival has just announced that Converge‘s Jacob Bannon will be curating next year’s event. The band will also perform two special sets (including ‘You Fail Me’ in full) alongside acts like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bell Witch, Panopticon, Warduna/Enslaved collaboration Hugsjá, Ex Eye, The Heads, Igorrr and Aerial Ruin.

Artistic director Walter Hoeijmakers had this to say about the announcement:

“At Roadburn, we’re always looking to push the envelope when it comes to working with creative and diverse artists; we’ll never settle for toeing the line. These first artists should give you an idea of the direction that Roadburn will be taking in 2018, but as ever, don’t assume you have us sussed – we always have more up our sleeve!”

Meanwhile, curator Jacob Bannon added:

“It is an honor to be working as the curator for Roadburn Festival 2018. The festival is unlike any other, showcasing the most forward thinking artists and musicians of the heavy music world. As this year’s curator I will reach across its sub-genres to bring together an array of incredible bands/musicians, expanding the reach of the festival while celebrating the world of extreme music that we all love.

“In 2016, we played our ‘Jane Doe’ album in its entirety at Roadburn Festival. For our 2018 return, we will perform our album ‘You Fail Me’ in its entirety. Originally released in 2004, this album marked a turning point for our band internally and in many ways it is considered the beginning of the modern era of our band. This performance will be a one time only event, exclusive to Roadburn.

“It took our band nearly five years to cut and shape our most recent album ‘The Dusk In Us’. Scheduled for release on November 3 through Epitaph and Deathwish, it is a very emotional album for the band. All four of us went through a lot of trials and tribulations in those years and it is reflected in those songs, connecting with our lives ways hard to put into words. It will be an honor to play this material in its entirety for the Roadburn audience. We hope it will be as special for you as it will be for us.”

So, it’s safe to say this is already looking like another essential Roadburn experience. We’ll keep you posted on upcoming announcements as they come in!

Roadburn Festival will take place at the 013 venue, Tilburg, The Netherlands between April 19-22, 2018

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