The first artists have been announced for the 2017 Roadburn Festival. The event will take place at the 013 in Tilburg, NET on April 20-23, and so far the daily lineups include:
April 20: Coven (reunion show)
April 21: Baroness, Zeal & Ardor, Shacmmasch (performing “Triangle“), and Perturbator
April 22: Warning (reunion show) (performing “Watching From A Distance“), and Oranssi Pazuzu
April 23rd: Les Discrets, and Pillorian
GNOD will also be on hand as the ‘artist in residence’, with four special sets planned.
In other news, Baroness’ John Baizley has been revealed as the 2017 curator. He said the following about that:
“Over the course of my career, as musician and visual artist, I have come to realize that the Roadburn Festival, 013 Venue, and city of Tilburg have become a critical and integral part of my yearly routine. Both the festival, and so many of the wonderful people who work diligently throughout the year on the festival have, over time, become very dear friends of mine, helping make the Tilburg and Roadburn a real home-away-from-home for both myself and our band.
Baroness got one of our first real opportunities to play to a larger, welcoming crowd playing the main stage at 013 Venue in 2009 (the recording of which was included on a deluxe version of Blue Record, I held my first international art exhibition as the resident artist at Tilburg’s Gust Van Dijk Gallery during Roadburn 2013, and it seems I’ve played just about every stage in Tilburg at some point or another. While on tour, Baroness regularly stops in Tilburg on our days off to visit our friends, many of whom we met on our first European tour in 2006. In short, Baroness and I have always felt a very strong connection to the organizers, fans, and spirit of Roadburn.
It is with great excitement that Roadburn and I are announcing my upcoming involvement as the curator of Roadburn 2017. It is such a high honor to have even been considered for the role; I feel genuinely privileged to have fostered so many wonderful relationships within the microcosmic-world that surrounds this incredibly unique festival. Without revealing anything too specific concerning the lineup, the groundwork that Walter and I have laid already is staggering, both in its scope and diversity.
I never dreamed that I’d get to communicate with, let alone invite and present so many incredible bands during this one consolidated musical event. I am proud to have the opportunity to showcase so many of those artists, who have had an indelible impact on my own work, so many esteemed friends and tour-mates, and people/ bands with whom so many in our community share fundamental creative ideals.
Additionally, it is yet further honor to have been offered the headlining slot at 013’s main stage on Friday night. When Baroness formed in ’02/’03, we could never have foreseen anything like this; and when I look at this upcoming year (with as much perspective as I am able), it’s obvious how enormous the network of support we’ve been granted has been; and how much back-breaking work has been done by our crew, our team, our friends, and our fans, such that we are able to attend and play a festival in this fashion.
I know I speak for Baroness when I extend a deeply heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who has offered us any type of support over the past 15 years. Every step forward has been painstaking and not without sacrifice, and I/we would like to show our utmost gratitude to any and all who’ve helped us along the way. We will be piecing together a very special set for Roadburn 2017, one which we hope will highlight our history with this festival and our shared history as a band.”