Archive for February, 2017

Official Roadburn 2017 Artwork by John Dyer Baizley

Posted on Friday, February 24th, 2017

“I’m equally excited and relieved to unveil the artwork that I’ve made for Roadburn 2017 today. Creating this painting has been a tremendous labor of love these past few months, while curating the musical aspect of the festival. Suffice it to say, the amount of time it takes for both can be overwhelming at times, but the end result is always a validation for all the time poured into projects like this.

“In 2016, I made a conscious decision not to take on any commissioned projects, album covers or large scale projects. I felt as though the fundamental idea of making images with a commercial slant was becoming a slippery slope. I got into the arts in part because I never wanted to concede this power of freedom to anyone else; I never wanted a boss of any sort. Additionally I’ve always found that a pure freedom of expression allows for greater substance and a more intimate and accurate sense of personality, which made my process more challenging and satisfying.”

“When I was asked to curate the Roadburn stages, the idea of also creating the poster imagery came up as well. I felt that, after over a year of working purely on personal work (short-term studies and preparatory drawings), it was due time to approach a larger painting, hopefully with an elevated sense of creativity, craftsmanship, and enthusiasm. At the risk of being overly ambitious, I decided to take on both Roadburn-related projects, and I have been slaving away at them since. Walter and I had talked many times in the past about making the artwork for the festival, and I couldn’t kick that can down the road another year. I dove straight in.”

“This piece became something of a watershed moment for me. I used a variety of new techniques, new media, new tools, and I painted at a scale slightly larger than I traditionally work. And I moved fast, without looking back. In fact, after all the practice drawings and paintings I created (usually 1 per day) in 2016, I finished this piece about 3 or 4 times faster than former similarly-scaled paintings. Conceptually, I wanted to pay my respects to nearly a decade of personal experiences with the festival; and I sought to express my admiration for it’s overarching philosophy. I’ll readily admit, like the majority of my work, the concept can be tricky to delineate.

“I prefer to treat the audience as the code-breakers, or to let people enjoy the image without an excess of “art-speak.” I researched and calculated all the specific symbols contained in the painting, some of which speak more to my personal relationship to Roadburn, some which might convey this festival’s focus on diversity and creativity within our specific scene. I made sure to work from life, using a model and several specific landscape settings that I created in my studio. In writing this statement, I realize I’ve already written far more than necessary when revealing new artwork; I can talk FOREVER about this stuff, but I’ll stop myself now. Feel free to find me in April, wandering around Tilburg, and we can further this discussion. Or we can just leave it be.”

“As always, thanks for your patience in reading”John Dyer Baizley.

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Roadburn 2017 – Cul de Sac, Thu, April 20: Bathsheba, Harsh Toke, JOY, Ortega, Ritual Object and Verwoed

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

In keeping with what has become Roadburn tradition, Cul de Sac – our fifth, and most intimate stage – returns for the 2017 festival. Once again, in collaboration with Never Mind The Hype (a independent Dutch music platform for everything heavy, alternative and deviant), we will focus on bringing you […]

Roadburn 2017 – Cul de Sac, Fri, April 21: Jonkoklapper, Kuro, Ritual Object, Telepathy and Zaum

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

On Friday, April 21, the Cul de Sac will serve as the very centre of our overloaded brains once more, as Amsterdam (NL)-based Jonkoklapper will gladly extend the 420 celebrations by offering a drugged-out sort of ritualistic doom-pop. Appealing to any dopesmoker making the pilgrimage to Roadburn, Jonkoklapper might be […]

Roadburn 2017 – Cul de Sac, Sat, April 22: Bear, Hedonist, Lotus, Mantis and Slow Crush (RuffStuffMusic Showcase)

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

For the last two years, we have looked down south and focussed on Belgium, together with one of the country’s foremost bookings agencies, RuffStuffMusic. Belgium remains such a fertile breeding ground – this hotbed of musical creativity ranges from tech-core and shoegaze to post-rock, and virtually everything in between – […]

Roadburn 2017 – Cul de Sac, Sun, April 23: Faal, Jaye Jayle, MNHM, Sink, Stone In Egypt

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The last day of Roadburn is always a day of mixed feelings – your body and mind battered by a constant barrage of sounds and images from the previous days, you’re blissfully exhausted, but somehow… not yet fully spent. So steady yourselves, and get ready for one last push at […]

Roadburn Festival 2017 Introduces: Laster

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

In collaboration with Never Mind The Hype – an independent Dutch music platform for everything heavy, alternative and deviant – we’re excited to announce the eighth instalment of Roadburn Festival Introduces. The idea is to present very promising Dutch or Belgian bands that have their own vibe, while at the […]

AntropomorphiA Will Mercilessly Brutalize Roadburn 2017!

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

We do pride ourselves in our permanent mission of discovery and exploration here at Roadburn, but while there is a special delight in discovering a spectacular new hybrid of freejazz and acid sludge from Timbuktu to share with all our Roadburners, sometimes a bit of balancing out is needed. And […]

Roadburn 2017: Tickets Are Selling Extremely well!

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

We always promise to keep you informed, but don’t want to bombard you, so here’s how things are looking: 4-day weekend tickets – SOLD OUT 3-day weekend tickets – SOLD OUT Thursday only – limited availability (59 Euro) Friday only – SOLD OUT Saturday only – SOLD OUT Sunday only […]

Roadburn 2017: Hardrock Hideout With Distillator, Heretic and Atala! Wednesday, April 19 at Cul de Sac, Tilburg (NL)

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Our traditional Hardrock Hideout at the Cul de Sac serves every year as a warm welcome to keen Roadburners, and this year we have some high-octane metal to get everyone in the right mood for the following days. Whilst the festival proper is looming large over Tilburg, newbies and return […]

Visual art at Roadburn 2017: Fursy Teyssier

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Over the years, visual creativity and art has always been a defining element of Roadburn – ranging from our official poster art to individual band poster collections and from exhibitions of concert photography to the comic book world –  and 2017 is no different as this year the 013 venue […]