Opeth Frontman Curating Roadburn Festival 2014

Mikael Akerfeldt to select bands for the event and perform with Opeth.

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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.

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    Glad to see some respect payed to Michael in this fashion.They couldnt have picked a better guy for it. Fucking love Opeth!
    Roadburn is one of the biggest things I want to go to at least once in my life. But I seriously can not afford to fly all the way to the Netherlands, find some place to stay for the duration of the festival, and then be able to afford tickets for said festival. And even if I could I have no one who'd go with me there since no one I know listens to the music I listen to. And I don't really feel like leaving the country to go alone to some place I have never been to before and having no one to even talk to.