Archive for April, 2011

Roadburn 2011, Tilburg, The Netherlands – Day 1 (By The Sleeping Shaman)

Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

So here I am….I finally made it to Roadburn! Flying into Amsterdam the day before it all kicked off, the sense of excitement was palpable. Who would I get to see? Who would surprise me? Who would be a let-down? Well, read on….

I decided to head to the Midi Theatre, just around the corner from the main venue – the 013 – after having picked up my guest/press wristband, in order to see The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, whom I recently reviewed for this very website.

Since the weather outside was so pleasant and sunny, the band had opted to play with very subdued lighting, in order to help conjure up some moody late-night ambience to match their music. It worked a treat. Dark, mean and sultry, the band slithered out deep shuddering slabs of bass, splintered, almost atonal, piano and Chet Baker-esque sobbing trumpet lines, accompanied by a back projected movie with a definite hazy urban-noir quality. A disembodied female vocalist spilled out booze-soaked blues atop the audio collage, chilling the hearts of all present, making us all forget that outside all was sunny and bright.

An inspired choice for an opening act, as the laid-back doom and gloom purveyed by TKDE was exactly what was needed to ease us into the spirit of the festival.

Cutting the set short, I headed back to the 013 in hopes of catching some of Quest For Fire. Sadly, I was denied due to the band playing in the ‘Bat cave’, a tiny room right at the top of the 013 that holds a very small amount of people. The room was RAMMED, with a good many people standing outside too. A shame, as I’d been really enjoying their latest album, but there were plenty more fish in the sea, so to speak!

I managed to catch the tail-end of Year Of No Light‘s set on my way back over to see the wonderful, and highly divisive, Ghost and mighty fine sounding it was! They do the majestic Neurosis-inspired epic post-sludge thing very well indeed, and I heard a great many good things about their live ‘Vampyr’ soundtrack accompaniment the following afternoon too. Another casualty of timing clashes I’m afraid.

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Wardruna: Fan Filmed Footage From Holland’s Roadburn Festival Available

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011

Fan filmed video footage of Wadruna performing at Roadburn Festival 2011 on April 14, 2011 at the Midi Theatre in Tilburg, Holland can be viewed below: Kvitrafn and fellow musicians Gaahl and Lindy Fay Hella explore the history of Norwegian mythology and paganism using traditional instruments such as goat and […]

Terrorizer – Roadburn Review: The Afterburner (by José Carlos Santos)

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011

Roadburn 2011 was my fifth Roadburn already, but this was the first time the gods of doom, airplane flights, hotel fares, volcanoes and other assorted ruling deities of this world converged towards allowing me to stay for the Afterburner. Just like the festival itself became a part of my very […]

Avant-Garde Epiphanies In Tilburg: Roadburn 2011 Reviewed (The Quietus)

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Jamie Thomson reports back on the finest that this year’s Roadburn festival had to offer, from Swans to Sunn O))) and Godflesh to Ghost. Once a year, the cream of the world’s avant-garde, experimental, drone and doom bands converge on a small town in southern Holland under the guise of […]

Doom Legends Winter at Roadburn 2011: Back Into Darkness; Fan-Filmed Footage Available

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Über doom legends Winter reunited to play this year’s Roadburn Festival. Fan-filmed video footage of the band’s performance Friday, April 15th, based on their epic Into Darkness album, is available below:

Roadburn 2011 on YouTube Pt.4 (The Afterburner)

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Quite a few Roadburn 2011 performances were captured on video by audience members. Here is a selection of YouTube clips handpicked by Roadburn (Day 4: The Afterburner). Those moments when it was impossible to instantly transport yourself from the Main Room to the Midi Theatre, Green Room or Bat Cave […]

Roadburn 2011 on YouTube Pt.3 (Saturday, April 16th)

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Quite a few Roadburn 2011 performances were captured on video by audience members. Here is a selection of YouTube clips handpicked by Roadburn (Day 3: Saturday, April 16th). Those moments when it was impossible to instantly transport yourself from the Main Room to the Midi Theatre, Green Room or Bat […]

Blogging from Roadburn 2011: Still in Orbit by Walter Roadburn (A Massive Thanks!!!)

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011

I’m spent and I’m numb! My brain is going nowhere. I’m no longer on Planet Roadburn but I’m not entirely here, either. I’m still in orbit. I can’t seem to adjust to daily life. What just happened during the last few days? Was there magic in the air? Did someone […]

Roadburn 2011 on YouTube Pt.2 (Friday, April 15th)

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Quite a few Roadburn 2011 performances were captured on video by audience members. Here is a selection of YouTube clips handpicked by Roadburn (Day 2: Friday, April 15th). Those moments when it was impossible to instantly transport yourself from the Main Room to the Midi Theatre, Green Room or Bat […]

Roadburn 2011 on YouTube Pt.1 (Thursday, April 14th)

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Quite a few Roadburn 2011 performances were captured on video by audience members. Here is a selection of YouTube clips handpicked by Roadburn (Day 1: Thursday, April 14th). Those moments when it was impossible to instantly transport yourself from the Main Room to the Midi Theatre, Green Room or Bat […]

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