By now, it’s clear that many spring and summer events are cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting our planet. One such event is Roadburn Festival which takes place every April in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
The festival is best known for bringing excellent music to a dedicated audience and this year they really pushed themselves and their curators to convoke an interesting line-up. Artists would collaborate, albums would be debuted and newly commissioned works would be premiered. It is a shame that the 2020 edition is now postponed, in as much of its entirety as possible, until 2021 but there is still much that can be done to support the artists who will be losing income over these coming months from missing shows and being unable to ship merchandise to some parts of the world. The health of the world hangs in the balance and this is the only sensible and reasonable action that can be taken.
Roadburn Festival is truly a magical place and brings with it a plethora of emotions that can’t be matched by any other event (perhaps Gilead II or Migration I are similar events in my memory that I still think about often). You can check out the first part of my coverage for last year here and the second here.
With that magic in mind, I created these small playlists to highlight the artists I personally would have checked out each day and links to their bandcamp pages or merch stores can be found, also. I was, of course, limited to what’s actually available on Spotify and my own personal taste/interests so some liberties have been taken for commissioned music, for example as well as the fact that there would likely have been a lot more music that I would have seen out of curiosity or word of mouth – that’s the most exciting part of the Festival. You can find the first playlist here.
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