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.

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!