NEUROSIS will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary as headliners at the 2016 edition of the Roadburn Festival. Also appearing on the bill will be pioneering Yorkshire doom legends PARADISE LOST (pictured), who will headline Roadburn Festival on Thursday, April 14, playing their highly influential second album, “Gothic”, in its entirety.
Roadburn‘s 2016 curator will be musician, label owner and sonic pioneer Lee Dorrian.
Said NEUROSIS in a statement: “To be invited to celebrate our 30th anniversary in Europe at Roadburn is an absolute honor. Roadburn is a treasured and unique event that embodies the spirit of open minded community and original, emotional heavy music. We are humbled to be a part of it again.”
The iconic, California-based band have planned just two events to mark this career milestone — one of which will be in San Francisco (March 4-5 at the Regency Ballroom), the other at Roadburn. NEUROSIS will, in fact, perform twice at Roadburn 2016 — as headliners on both Saturday, April 16 and on Sunday, April 17. The two sets will span the band’s entire career, showcasing NEUROSIS‘s comprehensive evolution from their primitive beginnings to the seminal, epic outfit they are today. Each set will be completely different, and each album will be explored, allowing the band and the audience alike to revisit various parts of the band’s history.
NEUROSIS are very much a part of the tapestry that makes up Roadburn‘s legacy; the announcement of their first headline slot at Roadburn 2007, marked a stylistic shift for the festival. Over the years, we have also played host to many NEUROSIS-linked side and solo projects, as well as bands that nestle under the Neurot Recordings label umbrella, and had the band truly kick off a new Roadburn tradition when they curated the festival in 2009.
PARADISE LOST will headline Roadburn Festival 2016 on Thursday, April 14, playing their highly influential second album, “Gothic”, in celebration of its 25th anniversary. The band will play their masterpiece from start to finish, alongside tracks from their latest album, “The Plague Within”.
Renowned Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu will be providing bespoke animated visuals to accompany PARADISE LOST‘s Roadburn set.
PARADISE LOST‘s Nick Holmes commented: “As a young band, we spent a good deal of time in the early ’90s driving around The Netherlands in a small transit van, living off chips with mayonnaise, drinking Chocomel and playing stuff from this album. ‘Gothic’ totally reminds me of those days, so if we were ever going to play the album in its entirety in 2016, it has to be in The Netherlands, and where better than the Roadburn Festival!!”
Having headlined the first Roadburn Festival in 1999 with CATHEDRAL, and celebrated Rise Above Records‘ 20th anniversary at Roadburn in 2008, not to mention the bands that he has guided our way over the years, Dorrian‘s history is very much entwined with that of Roadburn Festival.
“I feel very honoured to be handed this prestigious task to curate Roadburn 2016,” said Dorrian. “Having been involved with Walter on a personal level for many years now, I always felt like part of the family, as opposed to being someone on the outside. So, with that in mind, I was both shocked and excited when he asked me to take on this fantastic opportunity. I promise to make this an event that no one will forget, and I’m already frothing at the potential of possibilities available!! It’s a dream and one that I never expected. This is what I love, so I will not disappoint. Come and join us in this ritualistic nirvana of praise and offerings to the unholy Blind Dead. Templars Arise!”
For the first time, Roadburn‘s curator will take charge over two days — meaning the curator can develop a very specific and definitive vibe each day. Lee will curate the Main Stage on Friday, April 15, before moving across to the iconic Het Patronaat venue on Saturday, April 16 — where his “Rituals for the Blind Dead” will come to life.
Roadburn Festival takes place between April 14-17, 2016 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.