As announced at this year’s RoSfest: The first band signed to RoSfest 2019 are Polish veterans Riverside, who will be our Sunday night headliner for the 16th edition of the Rites of Spring Festival.
RIVERSIDE are back in the game. The band who have been around since 2001, who have so far released six albums, a compilation, two mini-albums and two live albums, and who have played numerous tours across the world. That band is coming back this year with their seventh studio album called “Wasteland”, recorded as a trio: Mariusz Duda – vocals, guitars and basses, Piotr Kozieradzki – drums, Michał Łapaj – keyboards and Hammond organ.
“I remember the moment when we officially announced that we would continue as a trio,” says Mariusz Duda, the vocalist and main composer in the band. “We were doing a photoshoot at the Polish seaside. I said to the guys, ‘Let’s remember that this is just the beginning. Many of our fans can’t imagine an album without Grudzień and for some of them the band ceased to exist when he died. We have to prove that we are able to survive not only by playing concerts but, most of all, by recording a new album.'”
Riverside were set to be the headliners for RoSfest in 2016, but the tragic passing of their guitarist Piotr Grudziński in February that year halted the band’s career for obvious reasons. The band have opted to continue however, and they have a new studio album, “Wasteland”, set to be released in the early fall of 2018.
The tragedy that befell in February 2016 called into question the very existence of RIVERSIDE. The co-founder and guitarist of the band, Piotr Grudziński, died suddenly just before his 41st birthday. RIVERSIDE cancelled all the concerts planned for that year and dedicated the album “Eye of the Soundscape”, released in September 2016, to their late friend.
“‘Eye of the Soundscape’ is a compilation of old and new things,” says Duda, “but it’s not a successor to ‘Love, Fear and the Time Machine’. It is not yet a new music chapter. The new chapter begins now, this year.”
We are glad to be able to announce that Riverside will return as headliners for ROSfest in 2019.
ROSfest 2019 will take place on May 3rd through 5th 2019 at the Sarasota Opera House, Florida. The final line-up and schedule for the festival are still TBA. Confirmed bands to appear so far: Riverside, Jethro Tull – Martin Barre 50th Anniversary tour, Phideaux, Entransient, Traverser, Karmamoi and Edge of Reality.