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Thursday 04th, April 2019 / 12:07
By Esmée Colbourne

Boy Harsher. Photo: Nedda Afsari

Where: The Astoria and the Rickshaw
When: April 11 to 14
Tickets: $75 (festival pass) $20-22 (individual tickets)
via www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3920832

At its conception, Verboden was a conversion of many catalysts. Most notably, the absence of a fitting Vancouver music festival for post-punk, EBM and Coldwave. Four years later, Rob Katerwol, the enigmatic organizer, musician and all around music fan is wearing a lot of hats, organising international names like Boy Harsher, Light Asylum and Mr. Kitty. Katerwol, while funding most of the festival out of pocket.

“I’m selling my sins. I’ve got my car up for sale,” he says.

Luckily every year the festival has managed to break even. “I’m going to do it until I completely drown and go bankrupt probably,” he jokes. “I used to have fine art on the walls.”

Dedication to genre and Katerwol’s grassroots approach to collaboration has brought one of the most exciting acts, Brooklyn-based electronic music project Light Asylum to Vancouver. “I always get so excited when somebody doesn’t know one of the headliners, especially with Light Asylum.” Funchess’ voice is big and crazy and Light Asylum’s dark and tense synthpop will definitely blow the audience off their feet.

“Verboden is so fulfilling on the day of,” Katerwol says. “That’s really why I do this. It feels really nice to be around bands you really like and know they’ve travelled here to bring people together. It’s the closest thing that I have to a family reunion in a weird way too, a reunion of friends.” Through Katerwol and his team’s thoughtful curation, friendship and fan-like approach to the music community, Verboden 2019 promises to be a spectacular event featuring a smorgasbord of

Verboden takes place at the Astoria and the Rickshaw Theatre April 11 to 14. Full festival line up and festival passes here.

Light Asylum. Photo: Jason Rodgers

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