Sáwol can't come over, replacement will be TerraDown

Due to the ever-changing Covid-19 measures in the world, Sáwol has decided, by mutual agreement with the Brainstorm Festival, to postpone their show for a year. The Finns will return in 2022. Coming edition the Dutch melodic/groovy death-metal band TerraDown will take their place.

Sáwol says: ,,We’re really sorry to announce that we’re not able to make it to Brainstorm festival this year! The line-up is amazing and it would have been an honor for us to share the stage with all the great bands! However we are really excited that we can join the festival in 2022!”

Brainstorm Festival says: ,,We are sad that Sáwol can’t make it to Brainstorm Festival 2021, but we look forward to welcome the band on our 2022-edition. In the meantime we move forward with the preparations for our upcoming festival that is scheduled for 5-6 November 2021.’’

Pre-sales are going very well for Brainstorm Festival 2021. Headliner this year is Orden Ogan. Amongst the other bands performing are names like Leaves’ Eyes, Narnia, Majestica, Eric Clayton, Hamferd, Morgarten and Temperance.


We have a green light!

On November 5th and 6th we can host the 14th edition of the Brainstorm Festival in Podium Gigant in Apeldoorn! We hope to meet you all there!
The Dutch government has determined that we have to work with a room occupancy of 75 percent. That means we can sell fewer tickets. And since the advance sales are going like crazy, the number of available tickets is decreasing rapidly. In short, don't hesitate too long and make sure you get a ticket for this first metal party after the corona pandemic!
If you are still in doubt, check out our bands: Orden Ogan // Narnia // Leaves' Eyes // Eric Clayton And The Nine // Majestica // Hamferd // Temperance // Morgarten // Scarlet Stories // Catalyst Crime // Sáwol
We also have some cool theater shows. Eric Clayton sings hits from his band Saviour Machine. Temperance is giving an acoustic performance. And Morgarten will be playing cheerful folk tunes.
And then we have our annual exhibition, a beer tasting and a small CD market. In short, reason enough to celebrate the end of a dark period with us!

The Brainstorm Festival will once again be held in Podium Gigant in Apeldoorn (NL). Besides a main stage there will be a theater stage, an exhibition, a beer tasting and a small cd market. Enough ingredients to make it a great party! We sell combi-tickets for the whole weekend, but daily tickets are also available. And if you're not yet 18 years old, you can come with a discount. Tickets can be bought through Podium Gigant (iDeal / creditcard NL) or the Brainstorm webshop (paypal / creditcard English).


Zwaremetalen.com and Brainstorm Festival join forces

The popular Dutch webzine Zwaremetalen.com has become a media partner of the Brainstorm Festival. Both parties look forward to the fruits of this collaboration.

The arrival of Zwaremetalen.com has no influence on the cooperation of Brainstorm Festival and Aardschok. The Netherlands' largest rock and metal magazine will remain a media partner of the festival.
"Our festival has been growing steadily the last few years and bringing in Zwaremetalen.com as an extra media-partner fits in well with our ambitions", according to the Brainstorm Festival organization.


Swiss bring new album to Brainstorm Festival

The folk/black-metal band Morgarten (CH) has scored a record deal with the Swedish quality label Inner Wound Recordings. On June 18 the new album 'Cry Of The Lost' will be released. The gentlemen will bring this new album to the Brainstorm Festival. To get in the mood, they released their first video: 'To Victory'.

Regular visitors of the Brainstorm Festival will undoubtedly feel the name Inner Wound Recordings ring a bell. We have welcomed bands from this label before. Think of Wind Rose, Pyramaze, Dark Sarah, Angel Nation and Kalidia. You can bet that Morgarten will be giving an equally impressive performance at the Brainstorm Festival.

The Brainstorm Festival will once again be held in Podium Gigant in Apeldoorn (NL). Besides a main stage there will be a theater stage, an exhibition, a beer tasting and a small cd market. Enough ingredients to make it a great party! We sell combi-tickets for the whole weekend, but daily tickets are also available. And if you're not yet 18 years old, you can come with a discount. Tickets can be bought through Podium Gigant (iDeal / creditcard NL) or the Brainstorm webshop (paypal / creditcard English).


Line-up Brainstorm Festival 2021 is complete

De line-up for the Brainstorm Festival 2021 is complete. As our final bands Hamferd (FO) and Scarlet Stories (NL) have been added to our already impressive line-up. As is well known, Orden Ogan (DE) is headlining, and we have also secured the likes of Narnia (SE), Leaves' Eyes (FIN/DE), Majestica (SE) and Temperance (ITA).

We are particularly proud of the addition of Hamferd. Not before a band from the Faroe Islands played at the Brainstorm Festival. And Hamferd has been on our wish list for years. Now it is really going to happen. Heavy metal, with deep grunts and plaintive vocals, that is what Hamferd has to offer.

No less proud are we of Scarlet Stories, the Dutch progressive rock/metal band that is causing a furore in our country. The band was supposed to play at our 2020 edition, which had to be cancelled at the last minute due to corona measures. We are therefore very happy that Scarlet Stories will be playing after all.

The total line-up for the 14th edition of the Brainstorm Festival is now as follows:

Friday, November 5th: Eric Clayton And The Nine (mainstage) / Majestica / Morgarten (mainstage en theater) / Scarlet Stories

Saturday, November 6th: Orden Ogan / Narnia / Leaves’ Eyes / Eric Clayton And The Nine (theater: Saviour Machine-classics) / Hamferd / Temperance (mainstage en theater) / Catalyst Crime / Sáwol

The Brainstorm Festival will once again be held in Podium Gigant in Apeldoorn (NL). Besides a main stage there will be a theater stage, an exhibition, a beer tasting and a small cd market. Enough ingredients to make it a great party! We sell combi-tickets for the whole weekend, but daily tickets are also available. And if you're not yet 18 years old, you can come with a discount. Tickets can be bought through Podium Gigant (iDeal / creditcard NL) or the Brainstorm webshop (paypal / creditcard English).


Extra acoustic performance by  Eric Clayton and the Nine

Eric Clayton and the Nine (USA/NL) have been signed for a second show at Brainstorm Festival 2021. On Saturday night, singer Eric Clayton will give an acoustic performance in the theater, performing only classics from his cult band Saviour Machine.

Earlier we announced that Eric Clayton and the Nine will end the mainstage on the Friday night. That show is dedicated to the new album 'A Thousand Scars'. The acoustic performance in the theater will now be added to that. Eric Clayton is known as the lead singer of the American gothic-rock band Saviour Machine, and this acoustic performance will feature numerous hits.

This means that - after the Temperance and Morgarten shows - we have another great concert for our theater. And that this will be special, is a fact. Because how many metal festivals have access to a real theater? So come along, settle down in one of those nice, soft red chairs and enjoy the golden voice of Eric Clayton!

The Brainstorm Festival will once again be held in Podium Gigant in Apeldoorn (NL). Besides a main stage there will be a theater stage, an exhibition, a beer tasting and a small cd market. Enough ingredients to make it a great party! We sell combi-tickets for the whole weekend, but daily tickets are also available. And if you're not yet 18 years old, you can come with a discount. Tickets can be bought through Podium Gigant (iDeal / creditcard NL) or the Brainstorm webshop (paypal / creditcard English).


Catalyst Crime and Sáwol are confirmed

Once again, new names have been confirmed for the Brainstorm Festival 2021. Catalyst Crime and Sáwol are coming to Apeldoorn in November. Both bands will play on Saturday November 6th. Earlier Orden Ogan, Narnia, Leaves' Eyes, Eric Clayton And The Nine, Majestica, Temperance and Morgarten were confirmed.

The arrival of Catalyst Crime (USA) will be no surprise, as the band is on tour with Leaves' Eyes. The music, on the other hand, does promise to be surprising, as the debut album is to be released this year via Massacre Records. With the drummer from Xandria and the keyboard player from Pyramaze in the band, you know that quality is guaranteed.

Quality is also something that Sáwol (FIN) stands for. The Finnish band has been on the road for years, mainly in their own country. As far as we are concerned, they are ready for a bigger, international stage. And so these gentlemen will be here on stage. After Swallow The Sun, Dark Sarah, Immortal Souls and Mehida, among others, we are bringing another Finnish talent to our country.

Het Brainstorm Festival wordt wederom gehouden in Podium Gigant in Apeldoorn (NL). Naast een hoofdpodium is er een theaterpodium, een expositie, een bierproeverij en een kleine cd-markt aanwezig. Genoeg ingrediënten om er jaarlijks een mooi feest van te maken! We verkopen combi-tickets voor het hele weekeinde, maar ook dagkaarten zijn verkrijgbaar. En ben je nog geen 18 jaar, dan kun je met korting naar binnen. Tickets koop je via Podium Gigant (iDeal / creditcard NL) of de Brainstorm webshop (paypal / creditcard English).


German success formation comes to Apeldoorn

With Orden Ogan (DE) we have confirmed a rock-solid headliner for the Brainstorm Festival 2021. The German band mixes power metal with progressive and folk metal in a refreshing way, while the new songs are also accompanied by a good portion of electronics. Something for everyone, so to speak.

Orden Ogan is among the most successful power-metal bands from Europe. The Germans played all major festivals, toured Europe several times and will release their new album 'Final Days' this year. The Brainstorm Festival is the first show in the Netherlands where Orden Ogan will present their new work!

The band will close the 14th edition of the Brainstorm Festival on Saturday, November 6. Other bands making their appearance at Gigant in Apeldoorn on November 5 and 6 are Narnia (SE), Leaves' Eyes (FI/DE), Majestica (SE), Temperance (ITA) and Morgarten (CH). More bands will be announced in the near future.

The Brainstorm Festival will once again be held in Podium Gigant in Apeldoorn (NL). Besides a main stage there will be a theater stage, an exhibition, a beer tasting and a small cd market. Enough ingredients to make it a great party! We sell combi-tickets for the whole weekend, but daily tickets are also available. And if you're not yet 18 years old, you can come with a discount. Tickets can be bought through Podium Gigant (iDeal / creditcard NL) or the Brainstorm webshop (paypal / creditcard English).


Temperance and Morgarten give two concerts

Every year, the programming for the Brainstorm Festival's theater stage is eagerly awaited. The first bands to perform here are now confirmed: both Temperance (ITA) and Morgarten (CH) will be giving - in addition to their show mainstage - an intimate concert on the theater stage.

That Temperance will be performing at the theater stage should not come as a surprise. The band recently released their new EP 'Melodies Of Green And Blue', which once again makes it clear that Temperance will be a vocal highlight.

The gentlemen of Morgarten have also been persuaded to perform a show at the theater. Naturally, this performance will have a high folk content. So fill your drinking horn and settle down in one of those lovely chairs to enjoy our Swiss heroes.

The Brainstorm Festival will once again be held in Podium Gigant in Apeldoorn (NL). Besides a main stage there will be a theater stage, an exhibition, a beer tasting and a small cd market. Enough ingredients to make it a great party! We sell combi-tickets for the whole weekend, but daily tickets are also available. And if you're not yet 18 years old, you can come with a discount. Tickets can be bought through Podium Gigant (iDeal / creditcard NL) or the Brainstorm webshop (paypal / creditcard English).


Majestica and Morgarten are coming to Apeldoorn

With Majestica and Morgarten we again booked two beautiful bands for the Brainstorm Festival 2021, which will be held on Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th of November. Earlier Narnia, Leaves' Eyes, Eric Clayton and the Nine and Temperance were confirmed.

With Majestica (SE) we gain a special band for the festival. The band around singer/guitarist Tommy Johansson was previously active under the name ReinXeed. After joining Sabaton Tommy transformed his own band into Majestica. Count on a delicious dose of power metal.

Things are very different with Morgarten (CH). The Swiss play folk metal and provide their melodies with fierce black metal. The band will present their new album at the Brainstorm Festival, which will be released to the Dutch public in the course of this year.

The Brainstorm Festival will once again be held in Podium Gigant in Apeldoorn (NL). Besides a main stage there will be a theater stage, an exhibition, a beer tasting and a small cd market. Enough ingredients to make it a great party! We sell combi-tickets for the whole weekend, but daily tickets are also available. And if you're not yet 18 years old, you can come with a discount. Tickets can be bought through Podium Gigant (iDeal / creditcard NL) or the Brainstorm webshop (paypal / creditcard English).


Brainstorm 2021 with Narnia, Leaves' Eyes and Eric Clayton 

Narnia, Leaves' Eyes, Eric Clayton and the Nine and Temperance are the first bands to be booked for the Brainstorm Festival 2021. Until Monday, January 4, you can buy your early bird festival tickets to be there on November 5 and 6. By that time, the coronavirus is expected to be defeated and we are going to celebrate it for two days with lots of great international rock and metal bands.

The appearance of Narnia (SE) will be a special one, as the hardrock band celebrates their 25th anniversary at the Brainstorm Festival. And with an exclusive show in the Netherlands, where all the hits will undoubtedly pass by one more time. More hits can be expected from Leaves' Eyes (DE/FIN) who are touring Europe to promote their successful new album 'The Last Viking'. This show will certainly appeal to fans of folk metal and female fronted gothic metal.

We are also very proud with the arrival of Eric Clayton and the Nine (USA/NL). The singer of Saviour Machine presents his new solo album with his Dutch band. Undoubtedly some more classics from his overwhelming musical history will pass by. And then another great name has been captured: Temperance (ITA). With a female vocalist and two male vocalists, this band promises to make a vocal spectacle.

The Brainstorm Festival will once again be held in Podium Gigant in Apeldoorn (NL). Besides a main stage there will be a theater stage, an exhibition, a beer tasting and a small cd market. Enough ingredients to make it a great party! Early bird tickets can be bought until January 4 through Podium Gigant (iDeal / creditcard NL) or the Brainstorm webshop (paypal / creditcard english).

 

Due to Covid-19 this special edition of Brainstorm Festival can't be held 

Much to our regret we have to announce that the Covid-19 edition of the Brainstorm Festival has been cancelled. The special show with Eric Clayton and The Nine and Scarlet Stories would take place next Friday in Podium Gigant. The Dutch government has just announced that all podia have to close, which will also put a stop to our show. Anyone who has bought a ticket will receive a personal message about this tomorrow.

Of course we very much regret the decision, but we respect this difficult decision of the cabinet. We ourselves focus on 2021. Behind the scenes we are working on an unforgettable edition with a better line-up than all our previous editions, and that work is now going on at full speed. We hope to meet you all again. Until then: stay healthy, watch each other and stay metal!

 

Special edition of Brainstorm Festival sold-out in 36 minutes 

A nice, but also strange feeling, nice that we can organize something this year, but also strange that we won't see so many of you. We have heard a lot of people who unfortunately have not been able to buy a ticket, because it was already sold out. Thank you very much for your support. For the people who unfortunately can't be there this year: in 2021 we hope to have a real banging edition again! And then hopefully you will all be there again!

 

Eric Clayton and the Nine and Scarlet Stories signed 

The 13th edition of the Brainstorm Festival will go into the records as a special corona edition. Instead of two days of fireworks, this year the festival will have to limit itself to one evening, where there will be room for only two bands. Also, the size of the audience is limited: there will be room for 42 seated visitors.

Now we can mourn the fact that the annual festival cannot proceed in normal form. Rather we look forward to what promises to be a special and intimate evening. Eric Clayton and the Nine (USA/NL) presents their new album and with Scarlet Stories (NL) we've captured a strong upcoming band from the Low Countries.

In summary, write down Friday 6 November 2020 in your schedule for a new edition of the Brainstorm Festival! Once again the festival will be held in Gigant in Apeldoorn. Ticket sales will be done entirely through Podium Gigant this year and there will be no VIP tickets available this time. Anyway, we hope to welcome some of you at the Brainstorm Festival 2020!

For ticket sales see the website of GIGANT.

 

New date for the first Brainstorm presents concert 

After the first edition of Brainstorm presents on 9 May 2020 has been postponed because of the coronavirus, we are happy to announce the new date. On the 12th of February 2021 we hope to see you again at GIGANT in Apeldoorn. 

On the 12th of February 2021 you can enjoy an evening of Ball Noir (medieval folk metal, NL), Scarlet Stories (dark prog rock, NL) and Askara (gothic prog metal, CH) at GIGANT.

Voor meer informatie en kaartverkoop zie de website van GIGANT.

Intensive cooperation brings gems to Apeldoorn

GIGANT and Brainstorm Festival intensify their collaboration. In addition to the annual Brainstorm Festival in November, from now on concerts will be held throughout the year under the title 'Brainstorm Festival presents'. The joining forces makes GIGANT in Apeldoorn even more of the place to be for the best metal concerts.

The first result of the in-depth cooperation can be seen on Saturday May 9th. That night Ball Noir (medieval folk metal, NL), Scarlet Stories (dark prog rock, NL) and Askara (gothic prog metal, CH) will play in GIGANT. Three bands that are working solidly and fit well within the concept of the annual Brainstorm Festival.

Talking about the Brainstorm Festival. The 13th edition of the 2-day rock and metal event will be held on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November in GIGANT. As in previous years, the festival will be feature on both the mainstage and in the theatre. The first names will be announced in the spring.

For more information and for ticket sales visit the website of GIGANT.

Dine backstage with your favorite band

Just as in previous years, a limited number of VIP tickets are available again. If you have already purchased a ticket, it is possible to upgrade it to VIP status. In all cases, please contact us by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VIP guests get a guided tour backstage, so they can see for themselves what's involved in organizing the annual Brainstorm Festival. In addition, they dine backstage with a band of their choice. There will be plenty of time to talk to your favorite artist. The meeting is also captured by one of our photographers. These photos will be sent to you by e-mail afterwards as a permanent reminder.

This year it is possible for VIP-guests to meet one of the following bands backstage: Sirenia, Cellar Darling, Darkwater, Nightland, Drottnar, Kalidia of Hypersonic.

The 12th edition of the Brainstorm Festival will be held on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 November 2019 in Gigant in Apeldoorn. Combi-, youth-, VIP- and daytickets are available from Gigant (iDeal) or the Brainstorm webshop (creditcard/paypal).

Nightland last band, Necrolord is coming to exhibit

The lineup for the Brainstorm Festival 2019 is complete. The last band to be added is the Italian band Nightland. The band plays symphonic death-metal and have already previously played in Apeldoorn. That show made a deep impression, so we are very happy that Nightland will present their new album with us!

Nightland is no stranger to the Netherlands anymore. After the Brainstorm Festival the band regularly played in the Dutch club circuit. The band also performed at Occultfest. Finally an extensive European tour followed as support of Fleshgod Apocalypse and Carach Angren.

Besides the arrival of Nightland, we are very happy to announce that Kristian 'Necrolord' Wåhlin will be exhibiting. He is of course known for the album covers he made for artists like Dissection, Extol and of course In Mourning, which can also be seen at the Brainstorm Festival. Be sure to check out his exhibition!

 

The 12th edition of the Brainstorm Festival will be held on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 November 2019 in Gigant in Apeldoorn. Combi-, youth- and daytickets are available from Gigant (iDeal) or the Brainstorm webshop (creditcard/paypal).

VIP tickets will be available at a later time and it will be possible to modify your ticket at that time.

Italian success band exclusively in the Netherlands

The Brainstorm Festival has two nice additions. Both the Italian power-metal band Kalidia and the Polish gothic-wave band Metus can be seen in the Netherlands for the first time. Kalidia at the mainstage, Metus in the theatre.

No-one seems to be able to stop Kalidia anymore. The Italian band is on the rise in Europe with shows in Germany, England, Switzerland and of course Italy. Brainstorm Festival has the honour of being the first in the Netherlands to offer the band a stage. You bet the band around singer Nicoletta Rosellini will surprise you with modern, infectious power metal.

At least as special is the coming of Metus, the Polish band that has been releasing albums for many years but scarcely can be seen live. The band hasn't played in the Netherlands before. Metus gives a performance in the theatre of the Brainstorm Festival. In other words, an environment that suits the melancholic gothic, doom and wave of the band. This promises to be a show not to be missed.

The lineup for the Brainstorm Festival is all but one loud band. Here's the daily schedule:

Friday 8 November: Cellar Darling (CH), War Of Ages (USA), Blackbriar (NL), Hypersonic (ITA), plus één!

Saturday 9 November: Sirenia (NO), Darkwater (S), In Mourning (S), Drottnar (NO), Charles-Henri Maulini (FR), Kalidia (ITA), Metus (PL), Askara (CH), Monograf (NO).

The 12th edition of the Brainstorm Festival will be held on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 November 2019 in Gigant in Apeldoorn. Combi-, youth- and daytickets are available from Gigant (iDeal) or the Brainstorm webshop (creditcard/paypal).

VIP tickets will be available at a later time and it will be possible to modify your ticket at that time.

Swedish progressive band co-headliner

With the Swedish progressive metal band Darkwater, the Brainstorm Festival has brought in a great co-headliner for Saturday night. The band presents their new album 'Human' in Apeldoorn. The Swiss gothic-doom rock band Askara will also be present at the festival.

Darkwater heeft een trouwe fanschare in Nederland. Die werd jaren geleden reeds opgebouwd met shows op ProgPower Europe en het Brainstorm Festival. Nu keert de band terug naar Nederland. Darkwater staat garant voor een hoogstaande live-show die hun geweldige muziek recht doet.

The Swiss of Askara gained an international foothold last year. The band toured Europe that year as a support act for Sleeping Romance. The band was appreciated and a show at the Brainstorm Festival is the logical continuation.

With the arrival of Darkwater and Askara, the lineup of the Brainstorm Festival is almost complete. Three more artists will be announced in the near future. Confirmed are the arrival of Sirenia (NO), Cellar Darling (CH), War Of Ages (USA), In Mourning (S) and Drottnar (NO).

The 12th edition of the Brainstorm Festival will be held on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 November 2019 in Gigant in Apeldoorn. Combi-, youth- and daytickets are available from Gigant (iDeal) or the Brainstorm webshop (creditcard/paypal).

VIP tickets will be available at a later time and it will be possible to modify your ticket at that time.

Blackbriar and Monograf to Brainstorm Fest

The theatre programme of the Brainstorm Festival 2019 is increasingly taking shape. On Friday evening November 8th you can expect a special show of the Dutch gothic-rock band Blackbriar. A day later, the new Norwegian post-rock band Monograf will give their showpiece.

Blackbriar is a gem from the Dutch rock scene. Millions of people have already discovered the band on YouTube, but the final breakthrough is yet to come. At the Brainstorm Festival we would like to give the band a helping hand by offering them a beautiful stage.

The Norwegians of Monograf will be on stage on Saturday, November 9th. The post-rock band is breaking through in their own country, and that success is now getting a sequel to our festival. Anyone who has seen Leonov at work in recent years should not miss the Monograf show.

The attendance of the French pianist Charles-Henri Maulini was previously announced for theatre programming. In the near future, more artists will follow for both the theatre and the mainstage.

The 12th edition of the Brainstorm Festival will be held on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 November 2019 in Gigant in Apeldoorn. Combi-, youth- and daytickets are available from Gigant (iDeal) or the Brainstorm webshop (creditcard/paypal).

VIP tickets will be available at a later time and it will be possible to modify your ticket at that time.

Drottnar loudest band at Brainstorm Fest

De progressive extreme metal band Drottnar (NO) has been signed for the 12th edition of the Brainstorm Festival. The Norwegians will present their new album 'Monolith'.

Drottnar was last to be admired in the Netherlands in 2011. Despite the lack of shows and the long time between their releases, the band has always remained a fixture in the Norwegian metal scene. At the Brainstorm Festival we get to see their new live show. It's the only show in the Netherlands this year, so it's a must see for the fans.

The arrival of the French pianist Charles-Henri Maulini is of a completely different order. He is giving a piano concert in the theatre of the Brainstorm Festival. Maulini has a contract with the Dutch alternative record label Volkoren. This promises to be a special point of rest between all the guitar violence. 

The 12th edition of the Brainstorm Festival will be held on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 November 2019 in Gigant in Apeldoorn. Combi-, youth- and daytickets are available from Gigant (iDeal) or the Brainstorm webshop (creditcard/paypal).

VIP tickets will be available at a later time and it will be possible to modify your ticket at that time.

In Mourning returns to Brainstorm Fest

With the return of In Mourning (S) and with Hypersonic (ITA), the Brainstorm Festival adds even more colour to the 12th edition. The two bands are on top of the previously announced names: Sirenia (NO), Cellar Darling (CH) en War Of Ages (USA).

Besides new bands we also announce on which days the bands will perform.

On Friday you will see Cellar Darling (CH), War of Ages (USA), Hypersonic (ITA) + more.

On Saturday we have Sirenia (NO), In Mourning (S) + more to see.

The melodic death-metal of In Mourning could already be heard at the Brainstorm Festival in 2012. The band hasn't been idle in the intervening years and has grown into a high quality band in the genre. Their new album will be released this autumn.

Even though the name Hypersonic doesn't ring a bell for many people, the Italians have already played in the Netherlands before. That beginning fan base is hoped to be expanded by the power-metal band during the Brainstorm Festival, where a new singer will be presented.

The 12th edition of the Brainstorm Festival will be held on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 November 2019 in Gigant in Apeldoorn. Combi-, youth- and daytickets are available from Gigant (iDeal) or the Brainstorm webshop (creditcard/paypal).

VIP tickets will be available at a later time and it will be possible to modify your ticket at that time.

First bands for 12th edition announced

Sirenia (NO) is the headliner of the 12th edition of the Brainstorm Festival that takes place on Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th of November 2019 in Gigant at Apeldoorn. Next to this Norwegian gothic-metal band we are announcing Cellar Darling (CH) and War Of Ages (USA). More bands will be the will be announced in the near future.

If you want to experience this annual festival at a sharp rate, you can buy early bird tickets until Friday the 17th of May until 16.00 through Gigant or the Brainstorm webshop. This will give you access to both of the festival days. After the 17th, the regular presale will start, including the sale of day tickets.

With Sirenia the Brainstorm Festival has an absolute star in their genre. The band toured Europe earlier this year to present their new album 'Arcane Astral Aeons' and during the Brainstorm Festival that party will be repeated extensively.

Eluveitie fans have undoubtedly already picked up Cellar Darling's  reeds opgepikt. The progressive folk-rock band from Switzerland, led by singer Anna Murphy (ex-Eluveitie), sounds phenomenally.

Melodious and aggressive: that combination can be found in War Of Ages. The American metalcore band has performed at the Brainstorm Festival twice before and the return to promote new work. War Of Ages is a guarantee for a big party.

Early bird tickets almost on sale

It's about to start! Friday May 10th the 'early bird tickets' for the 12th edition of the Brainstorm Festival will be on sale. At the same time we will also announce the first artists. The two-day cultural rock and metal festival will be held on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 November 2019 in Podium Gigant in Apeldoorn. Don't miss it! You can buy early bird tickets between 11 and 17 May at www.brainstormfestival.com or www.gigant.nl.

Reminiscence of 2018 edition

A nice look back at Brainstorm Festival 2018. A beautiful edition thanks to the efforts of the bands, the volunteers, Gigant and of course by your coming! On to 2019!


Put these dates in your calendar

With a very satisfied feeling we woke up and look back on a dyke of a festival that, as always, can only be a success by YOUR visit! What were your highlights? What should we do again? Let us know and especially put the dates for 2019 in your agenda!

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

Brainstorm Festival will almost start

Just one night of sleep and the 11th edition of the Brainstorm Festival bursts loose. The doors will open at 18.00 on Friday, after which the Despicable Heroes (NL) will break loose on the mainstage. Pyramaze is headliner that day.

On Saturday the party will continue from 14.00 hrs with J'Accuse (NL). That evening will include Tourniquet (USA, for the first time since 2009 back in Europe) and Eric Clayton (USA, 'the voice of Saviour Machine') on stage.
Besides numerous concerts, the Brainstorm Festival offers a lot more.

How about a band T-shirt exchange, a tasting with dirty cookies and an exhibition of horror movie posters. Of course, on both days there will also be programming in the theatre with special concerts by Leonov (NO), Federico Truzzi (ITA), Opus Irae (DE) and 2Strings (ITA).

Tickets are available in presale until the doors open. If you are too late, no worries: tickets are still available at the ticket office. So we hope to meet you on Friday and Saturday at the Brainstorm Festival.


Extra benefits with a donation to Brainstorm

We have some SUPER EXCITING NEWS to report! The Dutch Tax Authorities have approved our Brainstorm Festival Foundation as a 'Cultural ANBI'. People who support us with a donation get an extra tax advantage in the Netherlands!

 

The Dutch Tax Administration formulates it as follows:
For donors of cultural ANBIs, an extra donation deduction applies. Private individuals may deduct 1.25 times the amount of the gift in the income tax return. Companies that are subject to corporate income tax may deduct 1.5 times the amount of the gift in the corporate tax declaration.'''.

And of course we are SUPERGLAD with that. So if you want to support us, this is your chance!

Our account number: NL11 RABO 0140 7620 86 of Stichting Brainstorm Festival.

Feel free to contact us at the Brainstorm Festival with any questions you may have. And if you would like to support us: thank you very much!

Experience the taste of a cancer patient

How does a cookie taste for a cancer patient? It is precisely this question that will be answered at the Brainstorm Festival.

Robert Greene, chairman of the Hunger and Thirst Foundation, states that the sand cookie helps to make people more aware of the taste of a cancer patient. Because as many as 75 percent of cancer patients suffer from taste disorder as a side effect of medicines. Greene himself has had colon cancer and therefore knows exactly how patients experience the food. Everything you eat has a dirty taste. You can hardly explain how it is to eat. It just becomes a burden. Nothing tasted good according to him still. Not even water".

At the Brainstorm Festival Greene gives a presentation of these 'cancer biscuits', or ATE (Awareness Through Experience) biscuits. Moreover, visitors have the opportunity to taste the cookies on Saturday during a tasting in the foyer.

Christian Boomker worked as a cook for three quarters of a year on the development of this special biscuit. According to Greene, he succeeded in imitating the taste in one go. Would you like to experience that for yourself? Then come and taste it in the foyer. You get a biscuit against payment of a voluntary gift, the proceeds of which will go entirely to the Hunger and Thirst Foundation.

Friday at 18:00 the festival opens

It's almost there again, in 10 days the Brainstorm Festival 2018 will start. It' s about time to announce the timetable for the festival!

On Friday the doors will open at 18:00 with fifteen minutes later the opening of the festival by Despicable Heroes. After this there will be performances by Angel Nation, Leonov and Signum Regis, to be concluded with Pyramaze. A nice start of the festival.

On Saturday the doors will open at 14:00 and we will start the day fifteen minutes later with the heroes of J'Accuse. After this there will be performances by Opus Irae, 2Strings, Diviner, Power Quest, Federico Truzzi and Eric Clayton And The Nine. At the end of the festival there will be a legendary performance by Tourniquet.

For the exact times, see this link.

Ronald Simons (Eye Filmmuseum Amsterdam) exhibits

Metalbands often use dark artwork for their albums and merchandise where the average horror fan would be jumping from joy. In recent years we have exhibited some very nice examples of this at Brainstorm Festival. Especially those explicit, hand-drawn album covers were always very popular.

This year we went looking for artwork from horror and science fiction films from the seventies and eighties, when whole spectacle pieces were put on paper to lure the curious viewer into the cinema. For some film posters you can safely say that the quality is better than the film itself.

Ronald Simons, film programmer at Eye Filmmuseum Amsterdam, spends all his life collecting special film posters and he comes to Brainstorm with a number of highlights from his collection. You will find him on Saturday in the foyer, where you can admire his proud possessions and talk to him about your favorite movies. Don't miss it!

 


Eric Clayton (Saviour Machine) extra headliner

The line-up of the Brainstorm Festival 2018 is complete. Earlier this week, Tourniquet (USA) had already been presented as headliner, today Eric Clayton And The Nine (USA/NL) is added as second headliner. In addition, Diviner (GR), Federico Truzzi (ITA), 2Strings (ITA) en J’Accuse (NL) join the party.

Eric Clayton And The Nine is the new band around the front man of Saviour Machine. Expected covers from Saviour Machine, but also songs from David Bowie. And who knows, the band might present some more own material. Anyway, it is going to be a special show that the real Saviour Machine fans should not miss.

Less known but at least as convincing are the gentlemen of Diviner. The Greek heavy metal band relies heavily on thrashy guitar riffs and combines that with a passionate live show. The band had already been in the Netherlands before and managed to win many souls there. On the Brainstorm Festival, the audience is sure to get a taste of their new album.

Federico Truzzi is a child at home at the Brainstorm Festival. In the past few years he has been regularly present with his band Sleeping Romance and became a favourite with the public. This year Truzzi released released a solo album, which he presents in our theatre. For a moment no guitar skills but piano, accompanied by cello and violin.

2Strings is the accompaniment band of Federico Truzzi but also give an independent performance in the theatre hall of the Brainstorm Festival. Famous songs are given a classic look. At right angles to the serene tranquillity in the auditorium is the tough performance that J'Accuse is going to give. The Dutch hardcore band opens the second day of the Brainstorm Festival.


Special guest: singer Les Carlsen (Bloodgood)

Tourniquet (USA) has been confirmed as the headliner of the Brainstorm Festival 2018. The band returns to Europe for the first time since 2009 and presents their new album 'Gazing At Medusa' at the Brainstorm Festival. As a special guest, singer Les Carlsen (Bloodgood, USA) will come along, who recorded an album with Tourniquet exactly 25 years ago.

With 'Gazing At Medusa', Tourniquet is back in action. On the new album, the band went all out with on microphone singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens (Judas Priest / Iced Earth) and a guest role for singer Deen Castronovo (Journey). For the guitar work, the band managed to attract Chris Poland (Megadeth). More than enough reason to see Tourniquet live at work at the Brainstorm Festival in Apeldoorn on November 10th.

Power Quest, Angel Nation and Despicable Heroes to Brainstorm Festival

The programming of the 11th edition of the Brainstorm Festival is steadily taking shape. Power Quest (UK), Angel Nation (UK) and Despicable Heroes (NL) have been added to the line-up of the event that will take place on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November 2018 in Gigant, Apeldoorn. The headliner of the festival will follow, as will many other bands.

With Power Quest, Brainstorm Festival brings DragonForce's 'brother' into its home. The English band was founded by Steve Williams, who was active in the early years at DragonForce. Power Quest also knows how to play infectious power-metal. Since their come-back in 2016 it's the band for the wind, as witnessed by the strong album 'Sixth Dimension'.

Angel Nation has no less than Elina Siirala standing behind the microphone. Nowadays we also know this Finnish singer from Leaves' Eyes, but Angel Nation is her first love. Like Power Quest, Angel Nation has released a new album through Innerwound Recordings, and the hit single 'Burn The Witch' is driving the gothic-metal band to ever-increasing heights.

What else can we say about Despicable Heroes? After winning the Metal Battle earlier this year, the band is a welcome guest on many festivals. The band had already performed at the Brainstorm Festival before and we are now adding a new chapter. Despicable Heroes operates on the border between metalcore and death metal, so it's going to be wild.

Earlier the Brainstorm Festival announced the arrival of Pyramaze (DK/USA), Signum Regis (SK), Leonov (NO) and Opus Irae (DE). The early bird action is over, but regular tickets (weekend combi and day tickets) are available from now on via:

The 11th edition of the Brainstorm Festival will take place on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November in pop venue Gigant in Apeldoorn. In addition to the mainstage, the festival also makes use of the theatre for special performances, interviews and debate. There is also an exhibition, a beer tasting and a small metal market.


Headliner for Brainstorm 2018 to be announced soon

Although we are still holding the headliner secret for a while, we already have a number of fantastic acts to announce! Reason enough to attend the Brainstorm Festival in Gigant in Apeldoorn on the 9th and 10th of November. A week you long you can buy early bird tickets at an attractive price.

 

The progressive metalband Pyramaze (DK/USA) will come to the 11th edition of the Brainstorm Festival. Last year the band performed at ProgPower Europe, and that convincing show was reason enough to invite the gentlemen to the Brainstorm Festival this time. 

Also joining the party: Signum Regis (SK), who have already performed at the Brainstorm Festival in the past. In recent years the band has built up a huge fan base in the Netherlands and this will be their only show in 2018 on Dutch soil.

 

You can relax at the Brainstorm Festival with the show of Leonov (NO). The Norwegians perform in the atmospheric theatre of stage Gigant. Two years ago Leonov was the surprise of the Brainstorm Festival, which last year resulted in a show at the Female Metal Event FemME in Eindhoven. Now the band returns to Apeldoorn!

Those who prefer their music to be rock-hard should not miss the show of Opus Irae (DE). This symphonic black-metal band presents their debut album. Besides a show on the mainstage, the band also gives a subdued, classically oriented performance in the theatre.

Now that the first names are announced, it is also possible to buy an early bird ticket. For only 30 euros you can experience the whole festival on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November! The promotion will last until Tuesday 3 July, after which the prices will be adjusted. So go here quickly!


First teaser Brainstorm Festival 2018 online

As you probably will know, the next edition of the Brainstorm Festival will be on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November 2018. In order to be able to share this with others in a fun way, we have a video online with the data and some nice images from last year.
Enjoy.

11th edition on the 9th and 10th of November 2018

The 11th edition of the Brainstorm Festival will be held on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 of November 2018. Once again, Podium Gigant in Apeldoorn is the place to be! Behind the scenes, a great line-up is being worked on, with something for everyone. In the new year we will present the first names and early bird tickets will be for sale.

10th edition Brainstorm Festival

A long time ago we had a dream: a rock/metal festival with a mix of styles, other programming in a theater and an exposition. An event where music lovers can feel at home. A place where there is room for every human being, regardless of his/her background.
This weekend we had the privilege to celebrate the 10th edition with you! What a great party! Thank you for your support! We hope to see you all back at the 11th edition next year, because our dream is not finished yet. See you then!