Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt was officially announced as the curator of next year's Roadburn Festival in Netherlands.
His duties will include a personal selection of the bands performing at the festival's 013 venue on April 11, as well as a special headline show with Opeth.
"Mikael's steadfast devotion to aesthetic progression and perfection has proven ground-breaking and highly influential for an entire new generation of musicians practicing the art of progressive rock and psychedelica," reads the announcement. "At the same time, he has steadfastly honored the mystical pioneers of late 1960s and early 1970s psychedelic folk, rock and prog - some of Opeth's albums are named after obscure psychedelic prog outfits or song titles all of which is in perfect sync with Roadburn Festival."
The frontman issued a statement expressing gratitude and sharing his excitement. "It's with great honor that I accepted the invitation to be the curator for the 2014 Roadburn festival," he says. "I've reached out to a handful of my favorite bands from the past and present. As of now it looks like it will be an amazing musical event. Still brainstorming about possible bands for this glorious festival but I already know that Im going to be like a kid at Christmas. It will be amazing!"
He continued, "Obviously Opeth will perform as well, but to be quite honest with you, our own performance doesn't get me nearly as excited as the thought of experiencing the bands that have shown interest. It will be remarkable and memorable. A celebration, bitches!"
Roadburn Festival 2014 is set to take place next year from April 10 to April 13 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Netherlands.