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Sonic Whip, the multi-headed rock monster that combines ripping guitars with steaming bass lines, pounding drums and other sonic, psychedelic excesses. The 2023 edition takes place on May 5 & 6 in Doornroosje, Nijmegen.

The following acts will make their appearance: King Buffalo, SLIFT, Stoned Jesus, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Causa Sui, Lowrider, Somali Yacht Club, Les Big Byrd, GNOD, Radar Men From The Moon, Ecstatic Vision, Iron Jinn, USA Nails, The Gluts, Deathchant, Dommengang, Psychlona and Madmess. More bands to follow.

Weekendtickets and daytickets are available now. Click here.

All other relevant information including can be found below.

Line-up

King Bufffalo
Friday 5 May

King Buffalo (usa)

King Bufffalo

King Buffalo (usa)

Friday 5 May

It is amazing to see how the pandemic carried several artists to great heights. Progressive psychedelic rock band King Buffalo is one of them with its breathlessly expansive soundscapes full of riff music and swelling outbursts. Suddenly the genie of King Buffalo’s musical creativity was completely out of the bottle and their heavy, yet very accessible sound has flowed unbridled with three fantastic albums as a result. Extended songwriting with shimmering reverb, psychedelic soundscapes, and occasional sudden walls of sound. King Buffalo’s music is consistent and compelling, using warmth and optimism to channel friendly vibes before pulling you back into the churning, heavy soundscapes they’ve grown so skilled at developing. No wonder their fanbase is growing every day. We are thrilled to have them on the 2023 line-up!

SLIFT
Saturday 6 May

SLIFT (fra)

SLIFT

SLIFT (fra)

Saturday 6 May

SLIFT, from Toulouse in France, have made quite a name for themselves in recent years with their rock-hard fuzzing space rock, which has been considerably infused with elements of garage, stoner rock and a touch of doom. ‘UMMON’, their third full-length is a beast of a record. It’s a ravaging, colourful journey that pushes and breaks through boundaries without production tricks of any kind, relying on a fantastic live performance to bring to life one of the best psychedelic rockmusic in recent times. SLIFT constantly proves itself as a master of controlled chaos, with the transition from turbulent to tenuous passages sounding just as captivating as the other way around. We’re stoked to welcome SLIFT to Sonic Whip as one of the headliners.

Stoned Jesus
Saturday 6 May

Stoned Jesus (ukr)

Stoned Jesus

Stoned Jesus (ukr)

Saturday 6 May

Without a doubt the biggest band to emerge from Eastern Europe’s psychedelic scene, Stoned Jesus started their European expansion with 2012’s now-legendary ‘Seven Thunders Roar’ album and the stoned cold classic ‘I’m the Mountain’, generating millions of streams on YouTube alone. Not content to rest on their laurels, the band kept honing their sound into more experimental directions, without ever losing that classic touch which makes them crowd favourites on every one of their frequent and intensive tours around the world and back.

Pigsx7
Saturday 6 May

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (uk)

Pigsx7

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (uk)

Saturday 6 May

“I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig” reasoned George Bernard Shaw. “You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”  True to form, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have left the wiser of us aware that they are no band to be messed with. In the nine years since this band’s inception, the powerful primal charge at their heart has been amplified far beyond the realms of their original imagination. The band’s upward trajectory has done nothing to make the Newcastle-based quintet complacent however, as they’ve used the cumulative force behind them as fuel for their most ambitious and hard-hitting record yet. ‘Viscerals’, their third proper (released on Rocket Recordings) is an enormous leap forward in confidence, adventure and sheer intensity even from their 2018 breakthrough ‘King Of Cowards’. Incisive in its riff-driven attack, infectiously catchy in its songcraft and more adventurous than ever in its experimental approach, ‘Viscerals’ is the sound of a leaner, more vicious Pigs, and one with their controls set way beyond the pulverising one-riff workouts of their early days.

Causa Sui
Friday 5 May

Causa Sui (den)

Causa Sui

Causa Sui (den)

Friday 5 May

They’ve been on our wishlist for a while, so it’s goes without saying that we are stoked to have Causa Sui on the line-up for Sonic Whip! The Danish collective, led by Jonas Munk, is the figurehead of the Danish psych and stoner movement. The band excels in extended and well-thought-out songs that rise up into the stratosphere. Even though they’re a highly productive band in the studio (just look at the high number of releases on their own El Paraiso label), they hardly ever play live. But on those rare occasions that they do you’re immediately reminded of the fact that they’re just as good in the studio as they are live on stage. Just listen to the record “Live in Copenhagen”. That recording alone should inspire you to move right to the front early may.

Lowrider
Friday 5 May

Lowrider (swe)

Lowrider

Lowrider (swe)

Friday 5 May

Back in 2000, four Swedish teenagers decided to unleash ‘Ode to IO’ to the world, which opened the path to a whole generation of fuzz lovers in Europe after Kyuss quit. And then, nothing. So little. Just a few liveshows was all that remained. Until 2020 when suddenly a new monster of an album appeared; ‘Refractions’. Contrasting with the impetuosity and sense of urgency of  the early days, the songs on this record are marked with nostalgia yet they embrace their history without being backward-looking. From fierce, dust-kicking rhythms to vertiginous heights taking us for psychedelic takeoffs, not to mention Peder Bergstrand’s sublime performance on vocals, everything on this album is perfectly thought-out and played, creating a feeling of plenitude just like when you reach the highest peak and contemplate the beauty of the surrounding landscapes. Stoner rock that is meant to be played live and that is just what is going to happen.

Les Big Byrd
Saturday 6 May

Le Big Byrd (swe)

Les Big Byrd

Le Big Byrd (swe)

Saturday 6 May

The Swedish superband Les Big Byrd mix their wayward concoction of psychedelic rock, kraut, swirling synths with irresistible pop hooks to create something that breathes true freedom. Monotonous, hypnotic and driving but never for a moment dull, Les Big Byrd’s mind-expanding space rock is a perfect vehicle for anyone who wants to travel to the cosmos in a space rocket scribbled with forlorn romance. On their latest release ‘Eternal Light Brigade, Les Big Byrd supply everything they have come to be loved for — repetitive beats edged by fuzzy guitars, swirling synths, mind-expanding reverb and Åhlund’s unique ability to combine the melancholic beautiful with the unexpected messy.

Somali Yacht Club
Saturday 6 May

Somali Yacht Club (ukr)

Somali Yacht Club

Somali Yacht Club (ukr)

Saturday 6 May

Named after the real-life pirates who attack vessels off the Somalian coast and the peaceful leisure of those with time to kill and money to burn, Somali Yacht Club musically embodies the boundless, wide-open, quiet/loud spaces that atmospheric post-stoner-psychedelic rock occupy. The Ukrainian band released an outstanding album this year to bring some light to the smoke-filled and dark skies in their home country. The music is layered with delay, reverb, fuzz, spacey vocals, and have an underlying heaviness creating a soundscape that could bring hope into a hopeless era. Even through years of struggle and now more recent tragedy, music prevails and that needs to be praised, a lot!

GNOD
Saturday 6 May

GNOD (uk)

GNOD

GNOD (uk)

Saturday 6 May

Since their inception, Gnod’s musical trajectory has been one of constant fluctuation borne out of an incessant need to discover new sonic worlds. The current live incarnation of the band is characterised by a crushing, cataclysmic new protest music whose call to arms gravitas offers a meaningful defiance to Britain’s austerity. Gnod have taken their very namesake and charged it with bludgeoning new edge that is as euphoric as it is nihilistic. Gnod offer a gateway to an aural black hole and along with firm guiding hand, the opportunity to dive head and body first into a powerfully new psychedelic maelstrom full of possibilities. The guitars slash like knives, and the drums batter on remorselessly, and everything sounds as intense as possible.

RMFTM
Saturday 6 May

Radar Men From The Moon (nl)

RMFTM

Radar Men From The Moon (nl)

Saturday 6 May

The Dutch collective Radar Men Fro The Moon have expanded to a six-piece on their latest full-length, ‘The Bestial light’. Ushering in an explosive new sonic direction on the back of duel-drummers and an industrial-strength bravado that even their record label calls “borderline-depraved”. It sees also a band move on from the electronic experimentations of the Subversive album trilogy. The repetitive opening clang, strangulated screaming vocals, and tribal dual drumming nods towards other experimental noise mongers like Public Image Ltd., The Fall, Einstürzende Neubauten, and Faust with doomy, gloomy overtones, while some of the new material is razor-sharp punk on steroids. And that i just the way like i tand make RMFTM a perfect addition to the 2023 line-up of Sonic Whip.

Ecstatic Vision
Saturday 6 May

Ecstatic Vision (us)

Ecstatic Vision

Ecstatic Vision (us)

Saturday 6 May

Ecstatic Vision introduced their brand of heavy primal psych influenced by groups like Hawkwind, Aphrodites Child, Can and early Amon Duul ll in late 2013. Formed in Philadelphia to primarily “play what they wanted to hear”, the band quickly rose to those in the know as a force to be reckoned with. Their records are showcasing a tripped out raucous mix of troglodyte Detroit rock grooves, soothing motoric kraut sounds, filthy Beefheartian blues and Hawkwindian world of heavy psych. Prepare for one of the dirtiest sounding shows you have witnessed during Sonic Whip.

The Gluts
Friday 5 May

The Gluts (ita)

The Gluts

The Gluts (ita)

Friday 5 May

Somewhere between the devastated wasteland of the American underground, in the desert where wasted youths search for something different to a spoon-fed mainstream. Swapping their psych swirl for abrasive danger, The Gluts from Italy are mining that US underground sound of the early ’80s. And they do it well. Twisted, dense and clanging sounds crash and warp in unison; provocative and unadulterated, turned up so loud that the hypnotic mesmerizing fuzzy guitars suck you deep into a deep kaleidoscopic hole, only for Nicolo’s vocals to rip you open before you do.

Deathchant
Friday 5 May

Deathchant (us)

Deathchant

Deathchant (us)

Friday 5 May

If you’re into psychedelic proto-rock, with all sorts of other spices added in, then Deathchant, hailing from Los Angeles, is definitely something for you. Their latest record ‘Waste’ is bursting at the seams with catchy riffs, Lizzy-esque leads, driving rhythms, and all the twists and turns any proto-rocker could ask for. The seven-track album rips by you faster than a drag strip car, barely coming in over half an hour in length. These guys don’t fool around or waste time. Take your medicine and strap yourself in. You won’t know where you’re going and you’ll have no clue where you’ve been, but you’ll know you were on one hell of a ride.

USA Nails
Friday 5 May

USA Nails (uk)

USA Nails

USA Nails (uk)

Friday 5 May

USA Nails are nothing if not prolific. With every release, they have proven themselves a raucous, abrasive, and scathing band difficult to pigeonhole into a single genre. Formed in early 2013 through a mutual love for noise rock, punk and krautrock, the Birtish band are gleefully complicit in the resurgent post-punk-noise scene in London. The ethos of not over-thinking the song-writing process is carried through into all of their recordings. The snotty spoke-sung vocals deliver an often menacing and uncomfortable tone across an array of unpolished, sonical garage-noise riffs and drums. Be sure to check them out!

 Sonic Whip
Saturday 6 May

Dommengang (us)

 Sonic Whip

Dommengang (us)

Saturday 6 May

The problem with artists who lean heavily on the past for musical influence is that it can sometimes sound overly reverential or derivative. It’s hard for a band to be taken seriously if they sound so much like their idols that it verges on self-parody. Fortunately, that’s never really been the case with the L.A.-based trio Dommengang. Their latest effort ‘No Keys’ emphasizes a sound that combines the doom-laden metal of Black Sabbath with the blues-rock rawness of the Black Keys. Guitars are front and center, along with an innate yet understated nod to psychedelica. It is a soundtrack to a personal journey or to your next road trip. It speaks to the explorer, and to the abandon of those willing to go all in. It is for the rocker giving it all, living out of a van, without a key to a permanent home. Perfect material for Sonic Whip.

Iron Jinn
Saturday 6 May

Iron Jinn (nl)

Iron Jinn

Iron Jinn (nl)

Saturday 6 May

The debut full length of the Dutch psych band Iron Jinn on Stickman Records is a frantic album that follows the logic of a dream; none. The nine songs on the album are the result of a chaotic accumulation of modern world impressions, information and conversations that are forcefully pushed through a human funnel: the minds of Oeds Beydals and Wout Kemkens. The album took shape against the background noise of shifting paradigms, universal cramps, massages of the primal brain, plays full of mad lines, and it hesitantly kisses the underbelly that got fed oh so well. The band and the music itself sounds downright exciting. The voices of Wout and Oeds reverberate passionately over mesmerizing grooves and pure melodies and harmonies, a rare combination in contemporary
(rock) music.

Psychlona
Saturday 6 May

Psychlona (uk)

Psychlona

Psychlona (uk)

Saturday 6 May

Catchy melodies, huge riffs and those monumental grooves it’s no wonder Psychlona were picked up by Psycho Waxx, who are the in house label for one of the biggest stoner festivals in the United States. Hailing from Bradford, UK, the band draws inspiration not from its maritime home, but from the dust and bones of the Palm Desert scene of the 60s and 70s along with some punk and psychedelic sounds. Traversing the sonic cosmos in a riff-fuelled time machine, the band’s third and new album ‘Palo Verde’ is their most electrifying effort yet. Kicking up the dust across the desert as they cruise in their Cadillac under the sun, the album is a luxuriously rich kaleidoscope of heatwave hallucinogenic colour.

Madmess
Friday 5 May

Madmess (por)

Madmess

Madmess (por)

Friday 5 May

Spaced-out doom, and eerie psychedelic vibrations that can take you as far as the eye can see. The music of the Portuguese trio Madmess can make your skin crawl. It is a knock-out voyage to unbelievable worlds. Their latest album ‘Rebirth’ released on the UK label Hassle Records is a sonic force with magnificent arrangements. Five towering songs of stoner jams and psychedelic freak outs that paint many colours in the mind. Madmess are masters at driving the energy of the song through different stories in place of lyrics as the next distorted section glides between stoner rock and the earlier krautrock. You can feel the passion oozing out of the songs at every juncture. ‘Rebirth’ is a piece of beauty and a brilliant delight full of heaviness, spaced out experiments, glory and sheer joy. No wonder we’ve invited Madmess to play at Sonic Whip 2023.

Ticket Info

Weekendtickets and daytickets are available now.

Weekendtickets – €85 – click here
Friday 5 May – €42,50 – click here
Saturday 6 May – €52,50 – click here

Weekendtickets Limited – €75 – click here (SOLD OUT)

An account is needed to purchase tickets. If not sold out, tickets will also be available to purchase directly at the box-office on the festivalday itself.

Frequently Asked Questions

Every May (for 2023 it will be May 5 & 6) at the Doornroosje venue, Stationsplein 11, Netherlands.

Friday 5 May
16.00 – doors & box-office open
16.30 – start first band

Saturday 6 May
13.30 – doors & box-office open
14.00 – start first band

The exact time schedule will follow soon. Times are subject to change.

Tickets are available here. If tickets are not sold out, they will also be available to purchase directly at the box-office.

Yes, you should receive a confirmation within 24 hours. Make sure to check your spam folder. If you did not receive anything or if you have any other ticketing-related issues with your order, get in touch: info@doornroosje.nl.

The Doornroosje venue is within 1-2 minute walking distance to Nijmegen Central Station.

Yes, band and festival merchandise. Cash and card payments.

Next to our regular array of beverages there is a specialty craft beer bar in the foyer of the purple stage. There will be hot meals and sandwhiches available.

Yes. You will receive a stamp which allows you to leave and re-enter the venue.

Click here for an overview of hotels and accomodations in Nijmegen.

The Keizer Karel Parking garage is nearby (in opposite of the train station). You can find all the details for parking here (in Dutch).

Make sure you get home safely, you can always share a ride or call a taxi.

It is card or PIN only in Doornroosje at the bar and food stands. Merchandise can be purchased with cash only, but more often also with card. There are ATM’s nearby the venue.

There is no minimum age for the Sonic Whip festival. If you’re under 14 years old, you must be accompanied by someone over 18.

Please note the music volume can be loud and consider suitable ear protection.

Please contact info@doornroosje.nl for press enquiries.

If you need medical attention, please alert somebody of the venue staff-member of security staff and we will assist you.

Yes, you can bring a basic camera without removable lenses and other accessories including monopods, selfie sticks, tripods. Please be respectful of the artists and the people around you when using your camera and turn the flash off. Professional camera’s or filming equipment are prohibited.

Doornroosje is fully accessible for wheelchairs (except for the balcony in the main room).

There is a wardrobe which is free of charge and where you can leave bags and items. There are also a limited amount of lockers availabe for €2.

Please contact us via info@doornroosje.nl for anything that isn’t covered here already.

No refunds or exchanges allowed although you can give / sell your ticket to someone else. Line-up subject to changes.

Please contact us via info@doornroosje.nl for anything that isn’t covered here already.

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