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February 2016



Buma ROCKS! welcomes Wacken Open Air to the conference, Danish band EVRA added to showcases, registration for last Dutch showcase slot until end of February

The fourth edition of Buma ROCKS!, the international conference and showcase festival for loud music, will take place on Saturday 4 June 2016. After presenting a Heavy Panel and a successful showcase evening LOUD & PROUD at Eurosonic Noorderslag, Buma ROCKS! is now announcing new names for its next edition on June 4. Panelists Thomas Jensen and Thomas Kreidner are co-director and head of bookings of Wacken Open Air, respectively. Danish band EVRA has been added to the line-up of the Buma ROCKS! stage at FortaRock. For Dutch bands registrations for the remaining slot are open.

The men behind Wacken Open Air
When you mention Thomas Jensen, you mention Wacken Open Air. The insanely popular German metal festival started as a wild idea of Thomas and his friend Holger Hübner, and has grown from 6 bands/800 visitors in 1990 to 158 bands/84.500 visitors in 2015. Jensen and Hübner have built a flourishing company on Wacken’s success: ICS Network. They are active in many fields, amongst which metal festivals like Full Metal Cruise, Wacken Roadshow, Full Metal Mountain, Wacken Winter Nights, the yet to be realised Full Metal Ibiza and conference Hamburg Metal Dayz during the Reeperbahn festival. As of 2009, the non-profit Wacken Foundation is supporting ambitious bands and even festivals in their development. Thomas Kreidner is head of the bookers of Wacken Open Air. He is also one of the bookers of Seaside Touring, an international booking and touring company in ICS Network. Rock and metal bands that have been contracted by Seaside Touring are Doro, Endstille, Prong, Morgoth, Saxon, Devil Driver, Iced Earth and Annihilator, next to newcomer bands like Djerv, Tenside, Steak Number Eight and Dunderbeist.

Danish metal band EVRA added to Buma ROCKS! line-up
For the third year in a row, Buma ROCKS! will exchange bands with the Danish showcase festival When Copenhell Freezes Over, an initiative of Music Export Denmark and metal festival Copenhell. Mandrake’s Monster opened When Copenhell Freezes Over in Copenhagen rock club VEGA on January 30. Of the five Danish bands performing that night, EVRA has been selected to play a showcase on the Buma ROCKS! stage at FortaRock. This young five-piece from the Danish capital caught the attention with their powerful stage presence and the way they manage to bring together various modern metal and hardcore styles in their songs. After Redwood Hill (2014) and Night Fever (2015), EVRA is the third Danish band to be featured during Buma ROCKS!.

Registration is open for the remaining showcase slot of Buma ROCKS! @ FortaRock
With the announcements earlier on of Legion Of The Damned and Heidevolk and now EVRA for the Buma ROCKS! stage @ FortaRock, there is still one slot in the showcase programme to be secured. Dutch bands who are interested in performing can register the whole month of February through the Buma ROCKS! website. There you will as well find a report on all Buma ROCKS! activities during Eurosonic Noorderslag (i.e. showcase gigs LOUD & PROUD with John Coffey, Mandrake’s Monster and The Charm The Fury and a Heavy Panel).

Buma ROCKS! 2016
Saturday 4 June 2016, Doornroosje (conference) and FortaRock (Buma ROCKS! stage)

The event is open to the general audience and aims to connect ambitious and upcoming acts in hard rock, metal and related genres to professionals from the rock business both from the Netherlands and internationally. Doornroosje in Nijmegen will again be the venue of choice for the conference. Four bands will play on the Buma ROCKS! stage at FortaRock in the Nijmegen Goffertpark on Saturday night. Tickets for Buma ROCKS! 2016 are set at € 45 and are available through

Ticket Buma ROCKS!: € 45.
Ticket covers: Keynote Speech, Panels, Networking Drinks, Trade BBQ and Buma ROCKS! @ FortaRock
Doors Buma ROCKS!: 10.00 AM
Start of conference: 11.00 AM
Ticket sales for Buma ROCKS! have started through
Buma ROCKS! is an initiative of Buma Cultuur and is made possible with help from MOJO, FortaRock and Doornroosje.