“Redefining heaviness”, Roadburn Festival has made its first line up announcement for the 2022 edition, which will take place between April 21-24 in Tilburg, The Netherlands. The majority of tickets to the festival have already been sold, but a limited number will go on sale today (October 26) at 7pm (CEST) via Ticketmaster.nl.

Roadburn’s artistic director, Walter Hoeijmakers comments: “After two years of not being able to host a physical festival, we’re extremely excited to actually return in 2022. Given the circumstances, everything about this has been a real challenge, but we wanted to make sure that next year’s Roadburn will be a stronghold for the forward-thinking artists we all love so much – whether genre-defining established acts or young, up-and-coming artists. We really want to reconnect them with our international community – artistically, musically and physically – and to see them do what they do best: be on stage. We want to give them a platform in front of a live audience again, as it’s time to celebrate the music they’ve written over the past two years or the much-acclaimed albums that helped us through these strange, unprecedented times.

“It’s equally exciting to have Milena Eva and Thomas Sciarone as our 2022 curators; their commissioned music project for Roadburn Redux, This Shame Should Not Be Mine, elevated GGGOLDDD to a whole new level, as it made such a huge impact – musically, emotionally, and spiritually. The intimate connection felt by everyone online will be greatly amplified at Roadburn 2022, and we could think of no one better than Milena and Thomas to get us all reconnected.”

Amongst the special sets lined up for the event, Ulver will be performing a special set to mark their return to the live arena, focussing on their most recent release, Flowers of Evil. As part of the curated element of Roadburn, avant-garde black metal band, Liturgy, will be performing their 2019 album H.A.Q.Q in full, as well as bringing to life their 2020 album Origin of the Alimonies, performing it as an opera on the main stage in sync with a film created by Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Milena and Thomas will also present the European debut of Backxwash – the celebrated artist fuses rap and metal, and will perform two special sets at Roadburn.

Further commissioned projects – originally planned for 2020 – will finally see the light of day as James Kent (Perturbator) joins forces with Johannes Persson (Cult of Luna) to perform Final Light. Cellist Jo Quail will perform her commissioned piece, entitled The Cartographer, and Vile Creature and Bismuth will unite to perform A Hymn of Loss and Hope.

Full Of Hell will be Artists In Residence for the festival performing four times over the course of the event, including a collaboration with Nothing entitled Full of Nothing. Alcest will perform their groundbreaking album Écailles de Lune, whilst Solstafir will perform their expansive album, Svartir Sandar.

Elsewhere on the bill Roadburn welcomes back some familiar faces such as Russian Circles and Primitive Man, whilst also inviting some new and mysterious members to the Roadburn family, such as underground black metal bands Lamp Of Murmuur and Koldovsvo.

The full currently confirmed line-up reads as follows:

Alcest – performing Écailles de Lune
BackXwash – performing two special sets; European debut
Big Brave
Black Saagan – performing Se Ci Fosse La Luce Sarebbe Bellissimo
Divide and Dissolve
Faceless Entity
Full Of Hell – Artists in Residence, performing four sets
GGGOLDDD – performing commissioned music, This Shame Should Not Be Mine
Green Lung – performing Black Harvest
Helms Alee
James Kent & Johannes Persson – performing commissioned music, Final Light
Jo Quail – performing commissioned piece, The Cartographer
Koldovstvso – performing Ни царя, ни бога
Lamp Of Murmuur – European debut
Lilil Refrain
Liturgy – performing H.A.Q.Q and Origin of the Alimonies
Milena Eva & Thomas Sciarone – Roadburn 2022 curators
Primitive Man
Russian Circles
Solstafir – performing Svartir Sandar
Spiritual Poison
The Holy Family
Vile Creature & Bismuth – performing commissioned music, A Hymn of Loss and Hope

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