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Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved and Wardruna’s Einar Kvitrafn Selvik To Curate Roadburn Festival 2015 ; Special shows by Enslaved and Wardruna

Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

We’re beyond thrilled to announce that Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved and Wardruna‘s Einar Kvitrafn Selvik will curate the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival, on Friday, April 10, 2015 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

As curators, both Ivar and Einar will personally select the bands for their curated Roadburn event, named ‘Houses of the Holistic’, and play special shows with Enslaved and Wardruna respectively as well.

The Norwegian pair, both former Roadburn performers, have played an important role in bringing together the past, present and future sounds of hard rock, progressive metal, and alternative scenes, which makes them the ideal choice to carry on the tradition that began in 2008 with David Tibet of Current 93, and continued with Neurosis, Tom G. Warrior, Sunn 0))), Voivod, Jus Oborn of Electric Wizard and Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth.

One of the most hard-hitting and progressive bands to come out of Norway, Enslaved has drawn other musical genres and artistic expressions into the realm of metal, while being recognized for merging tradition and modernity in a unique blend of rock, prog and black metal, earning them Spellemann Awards (Norwegian Grammys) for much acclaimed and groundbreaking albums such as Isa, Ruun, and Vertebrae among others.

Enslaved’s performance, dubbed ‘House of Northern Gods’, will consist of a set list specially put together for ‘Houses of the Holistic’, featuring songs from the band’s entire catalogue that embody the Norse gods, with accompanying visuals created by revered Romanian artist, Costin Chioreanu. Be prepared for a surprise or two, or even more.

Ivar Bjørnson comments: “To say that my dream as a kid was to one day curate the Roadburn Festival would perhaps be to take it a tad too far – but it isn’t that far from the truth. There’s some ridiculously big shoes to fill, but luckily negative pressure, idea draught and performance anxiety aren’t something I’m into. It is my favourite festival in one of my favourite parts of the world; so this is nothing short of one the biggest honours I’ve been given! It is a privilege to undertake this challenge in twosome with Einar; an artist I truly feel in tune with artistically and philosophically – now it is all about hard work and dedication to ensure that the audience and the festival itself is given a Friday to enjoy, experience and remember. I for one can’t wait!”

Winning the award for Best Underground Band at the 2014 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, Wardruna has taken Einar Kvitrafn Selvik‘s musical visions out of the contemporary framework and back into the authentic sounds and instrumentation of ancient Northern Europe. Wardruna (featuring Gaahl and Lindy Fay Hella, alongside Einar) received rave reviews for their mesmerizing 2009 debut Gap Var Ginnunga and equally exciting follow up, Yggdrasil, the first two albums in the planned ‘Runaljod’ trilogy that interprets the ancient runic alphabet of the Elder Futhark.

Wardruna’s special ‘Houses of the Holistic’ performance will definitely add another dimension to the kaleidoscope of styles and sounds associated with Roadburn.

“It is such a great honour for me; to be awarded the responsibility of carrying out the traditional role of the Roadburn curator”, says Einar Kvitrafn Selvik. “Doing it together with Ivar makes it even more special. Roadburn is in my opinion such a high-level music festival – all quality to the fingertips. It is also a festival where presenting high quality musical art is more important than anything else, such as genre distinctions and scene divisions. We will work hard to deliver a program that both explore territories one has come to expect at Roadburn, while at the same time continue to expand its boundaries into new sonic realms.”

While the two curators’ musical output differs instrumentally and stylistically, Bjørnson and Selvik have a common direction towards the primeval and undiluted, not only in their own artistic expressions but also in their taste for other music, which is ultimately what they wish to present at Roadburn 2015 during ‘Houses of the Holistic’. We look forward to this collaboration and cannot wait to see how both Ivar and Einar will expand Roadburn Festival‘s musical horizons as well as explore more familiar territory from new angles. We will definitely be in for some artistic surprises, and Norway‘s Norse history, too!

Roadburn Festival 2015 will run for four days from Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

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The Heads (Allen, Maskell, Morgan, Price) – Artist In Residence Roadburn Festival 2015

Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

We’re elated to announce that The Heads (Allen, Maskell, Morgan, Price) will return to Roadburn, their spiritual home in Europe, to follow in the footsteps of Enslaved, Circle, Justin K Broadrick and Neige (Alcest) as Artist In Residence at the 2015 festival (the 20th edition), set for April 9 – […]

Hear It Here: Roadburn Festival 2014 Audio Streams Online; Bong, Noothgrush, Samothrace and Windhand Among Others

Posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

How to summarize the 2014 Roadburn Festival? The name of one of the many fantastic bands that performed comes to mind: Promise and The Monster. The festival promised to be something special, and like always there were some monster clashes to deal with! Many of us made a promise to […]

Hear It Here: Roadburn Festival 2014 Audio Streams Online; Lenny Kaye & Harsh Toke, Mantar, The Great Old Ones and Goatess Among Others

Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

How to summarize the 2014 Roadburn Festival? The name of one of the many fantastic bands that performed comes to mind: Promise and The Monster. The festival promised to be something special, and like always there were some monster clashes to deal with! Many of us made a promise to […]

Lenny Kaye Talks About His Apprearance (w/ Harsh Toke) at Roadburn Festival 2014

Posted on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

“It’s perhaps fitting that Tilburg is the boyhood home of Vincent Van Gogh, since I can only imagine what his missing ear would make of the amps-on-stun overload that characterizes the Roadburn Festival. I am here courtesy of artistic director Walter Hoeijmakers, and Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth, who is curating […]

Roadburn 2014 by Paul Verhagen (Achrome Moments)

Posted on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

We asked Paul Verhagen (Achrome Moments Photography) to share some of his finest photos of Roadburn 2014. With Paul as your guide, you might see things you have seen never before. Paul presents Roadburn in a new black and white dimension. Here are his choices:

Roadburn Festival 2014 On YouTube (Our Unofficial Roadburn Channel)

Posted on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

We have christened Kkpgijsbers Youtube channel as our unofficial home of Roadburn due to its amazing content of fan-filmed, high-quality video footage of Roadburn 2014. If you missed anything at the festival, or if you want to relive your favorite moments, check it out HERE. Watch some teasers below.

Roadburn Festival 2014: THANK YOU!

Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014

Roadburn 2014 has been so special. From the very beginning, all the bands, the crowd and the staff of 013 – everything came together to make this year’s Roadburn something wonderful to take part in. The electricity from the bands spurring each other on to play better, visiting each other’s […]

Roadburn Festival 2014 Video Report: Day Three

Posted on Sunday, April 13th, 2014

We’re very happy to have Mark208 doing daily video reports from Roadburn 2014. All weekend, the camera crew has been in the crowd and around the festival showing the atmosphere and of course the music of Roadburn! Enjoy the video.

Roadburn Festival 2014 Video Report: Day Two

Posted on Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Our video crew from Super 208 Productions roamed this year’s festival, this is their report, this is the result! Enjoy!

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