Into the Void
After five editions Into the Void has become a much appreciated music festival when it comes to stoner, sludge, doom and everything related. The sixth edition will take place on the Friday October 19 and Saturday October 20th, 2018 in the cultural capital of the north: Leeuwarden (also the home of Into the Grave, in the venue Neushoorn. Into the Void will present you with more than 25 bands divided over 2 days. Each of those bands will (literally) blow you away with heavy, slow riffs or surprise you with their distinct and hybrid sound.
The festival is not only known for its massive line-up, but also for the good atmosphere, the beautiful artwork (posters are available at the festival) and t-shirts. And let’s not forget about the vinyl you can buy for your collection and the beer that will definitely flow! Check the line-up on this website, check our Facebook.
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John Garcia is best known as the vocalist and founding member of the bands Kyuss, Slo Burn, Vista Chino and Unida. Having performed with all these bands, Garcia’s vocals have become the epitome of California's stoner/desert rock scene. Ever since 2014, the vocalist started his solo project, releasing two albums to date, the self-titled debut and more recently The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues (2017). This last release is an unplugged recording with Kyuss songs and new, Garcia originals. Expect a mix from his Garcia’s solo work and the band era and prepare yourself for a performance by one of the legendary voices of the desert rock genre.
The band Elder is the definition of a work in progress, as the group continues to meld the familiar sounds of Sleep‘s colossal riffage with their ever-evolving vision of soaring melodies and sonic soundscapes. Listeners will find themselves locked into the trio’s lengthy epics, which toe the line between the chasms of classic stoner metal and mindblowing psychedelia. With every release, Elder has continued to push their sound in more dynamic and inspiring directions, while still holding true to their original methodology: all heavy, no filler.
After their lead singer left in 2011, German stoner rock band Mother Engine has been putting out instrumental music only. In each of their 3 released albums the band perfectly manages to tell a story without any vocals. The band gets inspired by sci-fi and space themes which they translate into their music with layers and layers of instruments. The complexity of sounds made their latest album Hangar a two year long process. Mother Engine brands this album as a big evolution from 60s and 70s progressive bands such as the iconic Led Zeppelin which is a story to experience.
“Smoking Marijuana and transferring senses with the help of sounds”. Nijat Hasanzadeh started Pyraweed as a one man project, which in 2015 became the trio as it is today. The young band, hailing from Azerbaijan makes sludge/stoner metal, listing doom metal band Sleep as their biggest influence. Pyraweed has since released 3 full lengths of dark and mysterious tracks, carrying strong green themes. The long tracks are fairly slow, allowing the listener to soak up the atmosphere of the steely guitars and raspy vocals. The band was received very well during their 2016 WOA performance and are guaranteed to put up a great show at Into the Void.
1993 was the year of reckoning, when American stoner/doom band Acid King became an entity. The album Middle of Nowhere Center of Everywhere in 2015, was lauded by tastemakers such as Noisey and Blabbermouth. Since then, the band has been playing at festivals like Psycho Las Vegas, Erosion Fest, Desert Generator, and more as well as sharing the stage with everyone from Sleep and Down to Blue Öyster Cult, Red Fang, and YOB. For as loud as their riffs and roars are, Acid King’s legacy is as unassuming as it is enduring, casting a quiet shadow over the underground for over two decades.
Berlin/London based heavy doom rock band, LUCIFER, immediately generated a significant buzz when they first descended onto the scene in early 2015 with their debut 7" 'Anubis', followed by their highly anticipated debut album, 'Lucifer I'. The record, co-written by Johanna Sadonis and ex-Cathedral guitarist Gaz Jennings, lit a blazing fire for the band and spawned a wave of global press coverage. Although still firmly rooted in the fertile soil first cultivated by Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Blue Oyster Cult, LUCIFER exist in a proudly liberated and limitless sonic realm, where the heaviest doom rock is a mere starting point for the band’s skyward creative trajectory.
Naxatras is a stoner/psychedelic rock band from Thessaloniki, Greece. As a combination of great musicians with a clear universe in mind they try to bring back psychedelic music to its core. Using analog equipment only the band have recorded 2 full lengths and an EP, which has given Naxatras a distinctive sound that sets them apart. These releases immerse you into their universe through one long trip of jazzy, trippy rock with floating notes and a deep bass. Not only their music is an experience, the band gives high energy performances that aims to stimulate your senses. Join the trip at Into The Void!
Little is known about Belgian post metal band Briqueville. Having worn their masks and robes on stage for over ten years they shroud themselves in mystery, keeping themselves anonymous as an act of equality. Their performances are an instrumental mantra of spooky guitars and eerie chants, who’s repetition is ripped apart by sudden outbursts of sheer heaviness. Both the heavy sound and feel of the band shares its likeliness with names as Pelican and fellow Belgians Amenra. In order to understand the mystery behind Briqueville their music demands to be experienced live. Join them at Into the Void and see for yourself!
In recent years, the English stoner/doom metal band Conan has taken a prominent place in the stoner metal genre. The musicians describe their own music as ‘caveman battle doom’ and when you listen to the music, it actually makes a lot of sense. The songs of the band are characterized by a typical sludge sound, yet also by aggression and eery primal screams. Conan has recently started working on a new album that will be the successor of Revengeance (2016) and we are looking forward to hear some new tunes from these guys at this years Into the Void!
Irish death/doom metal band Mourning Beloveth started out in winter 1992, yet the first untitled recording did not see the daylight until 1996. With a long and impressive discography built up over the years, the most recent studio-effort of the band is Rust & Bone (2015), released by the German label Van Records. Musically speaking, comparisons to early Anathema and My Dying Bride are often made. The band does not shy away from experimenting with their sound, especially with the last album, where Mourning Beloveth incorporates some black metal elements.
Blood Of The Sun
American rock band Blood of the Sun was formed in 2002 by Saint Vitus-drummer Henry Vasquez and Dave Gryder (Storm At Sunrise) on keyboards. Blood of the Sun’s goal from the beginning has been to carry on the tradition of the classic rock style of the seventies, think In Rock era Deep Purple, with contributions from highly respected icons from Ted Nugent and Point Blank on the record Burning on the Wings of Desire. The strength of the band lies in modernizing a classic rock sound rather than copying it. Check it out for yourself at Into the Void 2018.
Buy your tickets here! Tickets for the next edition are now on sale via Ticketmaster. A weekend ticket is 45 EUR(service fees of 2,50 EUR excluded) and gives you access for both Friday and Saturday. Day tickets will be made available at a later moment.
Location and transport
Here is some practical information for when you are planning on coming to Into the Void. The address of the venue is: Neushoorn, Ruiterskwartier 41, 8911 BP, Leeuwarden. You cannot park in front of the venue, but there are two car parks nearby called Oldehoofsterkerkhof and Zaailand. For more information, check THIS website (in English).
When you arrive by public transport, you can use NS.nl for planning the route by train and 9292.nl - for a journey that includes buses or other means of transportation. The venue is five minutes away from the central train station. Make sure to check your journey on the day of your travel, since the times are subjected to changes and delays.
Food and drinks
Around the venue you can find several places to eat, either for a quick bite, but also if you want to dig in and dine out. The venue also offers food in the cafe. For drinks you have to buy tokens in the venue, which you can pay with cash or by card.
Spending the Night
The festivals has a small market, with festival merch and some vendors who sell CD's and records. Some of the bands will also sell merch at the event. Make sure you have some cash if you go shopping, since not all vendors will have a pin machine.
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