Heavy Hops Ep. 051: Roadburning (Walter Hoeijmakers & Becky Laverty/Roadburn Festival)

During the first weekend after Easter, Tilburg – a university town in the south of Holland – becomes a destination for curious music enthusiasts from around the world seeking to discover and enjoy up and coming, and select established names, in heavy music. Roadburn Festival’s influence and role as a forward-thinking tastemaker is immeasurable; every metal festival organizer in Europe – and some in North America – watch its announcements extremely closely and labels take careful note of its lineup. 

In our conversation with artistic director Walter Hoeijmakers and Becky Laverty (Communications/PR + Side Programme Organizer) we discuss the Roadburn’s origins, watershed moments; how curation, commissioned sets, and fan experience are approached, and the festival’s evolving interpretation of what encompasses heavy music. How has Walter’s vision of the festival shifted over the last fifteen years? What expectations should attendees have going into the 2022 edition?

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