Every year, the organization SKAP (Swedish composers and lyricists) deliver scholarships to Swedish musicians who they feel have contributed to Swedish music and culture. This year Mikael Åkerfeldt was awarded an exclusive scholarship for his services to the Swedish and international music scene.
Mikael was presented with the scholarship and diploma at an intimate event in the south side of Stockholm on the 9th of December.
"I'm quite honored to receive this. Apparently you can't apply for this scholarship, a board of legendary musicians decide that you're the right person for this award. I had never even heard of SKAP before they contacted me. I'm happy and surprised there's some focus on heavy Swedish music and genuinely chuffed that they focused in on me. Through time I've been handed some awards and whatnot, but this one resonates more in me personally. No glitz and glamour, just some appreciation for what we and I do musically. It's well appreciated!"
Mike sure is loving his curator job for the Roadburn Festival. He personally invited a few more of his favourite bands which can now be added to the bill: Candlemass (who will exclusively play their entire 'Ancient Dreams' album, celebrating its 25th anniversary), Elephant9, Obliteration, Promise and the Monster, Avatarium and Trettioåriga Kriget.
Just a handful of tickets left available here: roadburn.com/roadburn-2014/tickets
Opeth are confirmed to play Slottsfjell Festival in Tønsberg, Norway which takes place on 17-19 July 2014.
For more information, full line up details or to buy tickets visit the official festival site: slottsfjell.no
Opeth are confirmed to play Malakoff Rockfestival in Nordfjordeid, Norway which takes place on 17-19 July 2014.
For more information, full line up details or to buy tickets visit the official festival site: malakoff.no
Opeth are confirmed to play Getaway Rock Festival in Gävle, Sweden which takes place on 7-9 August 2014.
For more information, full line up details or to buy tickets visit the official festival site: getawayrock.se
Opeth are now confirmed to play METALDAYS 2014 Festival in Tolmin, Slovenia which takes place 20-26 July 2014.
For full line-up details, tickets and further information go to the official festival website: metaldays.net
Opeth have been confirmed for Hellfest Open Air 2014 which takes place 20-22 June 2014.
The band will be headlining the Altar stage on June 22.
For more information and to buy tickets head over to the official festival website: hellfest.fr
Hola amigos! Opeth are now confirmed to play at the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest on March 16th, 2014 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
For tickets and ful line-up details go to the official festival website: hellandheavenfest.com
Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt To Curate 2014 Roadburn Festival
We're elated to announce that Mikael Åkerfeldt has agreed to curate Roadburn Festival 2014 on Friday, April 11th 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, too!
Musically, Mikael has consistently pushed the boundaries. Over the last two decades, he guided Opeth's evolution, drawing the band out from under the doom-laden shade of occult-infused Scandinavian death metal and into a place in the sun as revered progressive rock / metal innovators, never once sacrificing the authentic spirit of previous artistic endeavours.
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. At the same time, he has steadfastly honoured 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.
Opeth's body of work is highly respected by Roadburn audiences, which makes Mikael the ideal choice to carry on the tradition that began in 2008 with David Tibet / Current 93, and continued with Neurosis, Tom G Warrior, Sunn 0))), Voivod and Jus Oborn / Electric Wizard.
"It's with great honour that I accepted the invitation to be the curator for the 2014 Roadburn festival", says Mikael 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."
"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!"
We are so excited and proud to be working with Mikael and to have Opeth headline his curated Roadburn 2014 event. It will truly be a celebration of progressive rock, psychedelic folk, the heavy 70s and beyond. We look forward to this collaboration and cannot wait to see how he will expand Roadburn Festival's musical horizons as well as explore more familiar territory from new angles. We will definitely be in for some artistic surprises.
Roadburn Festival 2014 will run for four days from Thursday, April 10th to Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
For more info: www.roadburn.com