Roadburn 2018 First Bands Announced, Jacob Bannon Of Converge To Curate Festival

Converge, photo by Susanne A. Maathuis

The pinnacle of underground music festivals, Roadburn has released its first wave of bands. Owning up to their vaunted reputation the fest has named acclaimed acts such as headliners Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Converge, Einar Selvik & Ivar Bjørnson
performing Hugsjá for the first time outside of Norway, Bell Witch, Panopticon and more. Converge frontman Jacob Bannon has been named Festival Curator, and Converge will play two sets, one being You Fail Me (Deathwish Inc.) in full!

Other bands announced are Ex Eye, The Heads, Igorrr, Aerial Ruin, and Sangre De Muerdago. Many more to come in the next few months.

Tickets Will Go On Sale On October 19, at the 013 venue, Tilburg, NL between April 19-22. The event is often sold out well in advance. Roadburn’s official poster artist for 2018 is Richey Beckett.

Artistic Director, Walter Hoeijmakers commented:

“At Roadburn, we’re always looking to push the envelope when it comes to working with creative and diverse artists; we’ll never settle for toeing the line. These first artists should give you an idea of the direction that Roadburn will be taking in 2018, but as ever, don’t assume you have us sussed – we always have more up our sleeve!”

Jacob Bannon commented:

It is an honor to be working as the curator for Roadburn Festival 2018. The festival is unlike any other, showcasing the most forward thinking artists and musicians of the heavy music world. As this year’s curator I will reach across its sub-genres to bring together an array of incredible bands/musicians, expanding the reach of the festival while celebrating the world of extreme music that we all love.