I understand if he couldn’t do it they were going to ask me.
I’m glad Mikael Åkerfeldt was able to commit, since I know nothing about curating festivals.
Opeth’s leader will curate Roadburn Festival 2014, which is set for April 11 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
As curator, Mikael will personally select the bands for his special event, and play a headline show with Opeth, as well.
“It’s with great honor that I accepted the invitation to be the curator for the 2014 Roadburn festival,” says Åkerfeldt.
“I’m pretty damn far from being a professional booker/promoter, and I’ve never been part in choosing bands for an event apart from bands that Opeth has toured with. So this is a first for me, but I have to say I’m very excited.”
He continued: “I’ve reached out to a handful of my favourite 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 I’m going to be like a kid at Christmas. It will be amazing! Plain and simple. 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!”