ROADBURN 2017 - SUNDAY
Roadburn. A name that thrills both heavy bands as fans of modern, alternative heavy Music worldwide. The name of a festival you must have been to when you call yourself a fan of stoner, heavy psych, prog metal, hipster black metal, shoegaze, psychedelic rock or whatever heavy subgenre. The festival you want to have played at – no must have played at as a band. A festival as well that makes Tilburg the meeting place for a global community of like-minded alternatives (or weirdo’s as the locals call them lovingly). During that one long weekend in April there is not a single hotel room or airbnb location to be booked in the city or the surrounding area. At least not for normal prices and the chance of hearing English, Finnish or German spoken is bigger than someone starting to talk to you in the local Brabant dialect.
The festival began with a few bands playing on one evening and used to be exclusively stoner oriented. For many Roadburn Music is still another word for stoner rock, but Roadburn stopped being a pure stoner festival a few years ago. That role has been taken over by various Desertfests and other clones. Roadburn, led firmly by artistic director Walter “Mr. Roadburn” Hoeijmakers, has move don and evolved into a festival at which anything is possible under the catchall term “heavy”.
So it came to be the twenty-second edition of the festival, held from 20 to 23 April, offered a wide display of progrock, black metal (ranging from orthodox “trve” to unexpected fusions with other genres), doom, space rock, sludge, synthesizer fun, alt-folk, heavy psych, garage rock, jazz punk, hip hop with Dälek – and even a few old-fashioned stoner bands. 120 shows over four days and five stages, with a number of “album played in full” shows (a trend pioneered at Roadburn for a few years already), remarkable, often one-off collaborations and truly unique appearances by genre defining bands (meaning Coven).
It has become a tradition that Lords of Metal reports extensively from Roadburn and therefore five brave reporters in top condition were sent off to epicenter 013 to immerse themselves for four long days in an almost frightening amount of loud music of (mostly) high quality, looking for the ultimate riff. Traditiegetrouw doet Lords of Metal uitgebreid verslag van Roadburn en daarom trokken dit jaar vijf dappere reporters in topconditie richting epicentrum 013 om zich vier lange dagen te laven aan een bijna beangstigende hoeveelheid luide muziek van (meestal) hoge kwaliteit, op zoek naar de ultieme riff. The adventures of Evil Doctor Smith (EDS), Cedric (C), Jan-Simon (JS), Martin (M) and William (W) you can read here.