Conference Nijmegen 2017

In its fifth year of existence, Buma ROCKS! will be present during festival FortaRock In The City on Saturday 27 May in Doornroosje in Nijmegen.

Buma ROCKS!, the international conference and showcase festival for loud music, aims to connect ambitious and upcoming acts in hard rock, metal and related genres to professionals from the rock business both from the Netherlands and abroad.

This year during FortaRock In The City Buma ROCKS! will offer Heavy Chats, a matchmaking programme between artists and a number of hot shots from the heavy music business invited to FortaRock In The City. They will check out the Dutch bands playing and they are available for matchmaking sessions to share some of their wisdom and exchange ideas.

Confirmed are: Lulu Davis, Roman Hödl, Jan-Martin Jensen, Becky Laverty, Gunnar Sauermann, Bindu De Knock, Enzo Marangelli, Jef Verheijen en Wilfried Damman.

More on them and the Heavy Chats here.


Our first Q&A features Never Mind The Hype's Waldo Volmer vs Aardschok's Metal Mike! Mike is best known as the big man behind one of the world's longest running metal magazines (founded in 1980), Aardschok. For some decades now he has been running the radio programme and lately the internet radio channel of the same name as well. Waldo will lead Mike through Aardschok’s rough and tumble history, but there will be room to ask the man everything you have always wanted to ask him.
Musicians trying to survive in the heavy rock business will want to listen to what Periphery drummer Matt Halpern, one of metal's most prolific entrepreneurs, has to say in his Q&A. The founder of Bandhappy, The Entertainment Institute, and GetGood Drums, and as an award-winning drum educator and clinician, speaker, and co-host of the Chocolate Croissants Podcast, Matt knows all about playing, studying and broadening your horizon as an entrepreneur.

The Wheel Of Steel Rock Quiz will take place during FortaRock In The City, presented by Goe Vur In Den Otto, the Belgian DJ duo that will round off the festival as well. As was the case during the Eurosonic Noorderslag Conference, teams will battle each other during the quiz on hardrock and metal facts and trivia. The Wheel Of Steel Rock Quiz will be Dutch spoken. Sign up for a quiz round here!

Buy your tickets to FortaRock In The City including Buma ROCKS! here!