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Dealing with live requests from our fans and friends.

The effort and initiative from our fans and friends in South America is touching and will produce results some day, but I’m sorry to announce today that we can’t make it to Chiles Metal Fest in April -13. This has opened for dialogue between the band and the festival promoters and this might result in a later appearance.

Making Borknagar play live is a strange puzzle and it has always been like this. It’s not like we lack offers, we have standing offers from more or less the whole globe to play live, and it hurts as much every time we turn down an adventure like a trip to Chile would have been. But we are all tied up with family and work obligations, all of us. And when we do agree to a gig we want to do a good job, not a stressed appearance with minimal preparations. It’s a picture that is hard to explain, but this is why we have done less then 10 gigs the last 10 years!

And you people are making quite the impression on me with all the support, involvement, effort and initiative. The positive side of the new media is how directly we can stay in touch with people from all corners of the world and deal with the requests and input. You should all know that with your comments and requests you are also creating more offers and possibilities for us like it did this time. This is something that we appreciate as we see that a decade of turning down tour offers and festival offers are resulting in less offers coming in. And we don’t want that…

The positive vibe from you all has also created a more curious band by now. We don’t want to turn everything down, but we just need to get the right offers where everyone has the opening to accept. This is why we played Inferno last year for example, it was in our Easter holiday. And the band vibe these days is that we want to meet you guys, we want to play more live for you, if we only get the offers that everyone can agree to.

With this I want to ask you all not to give up even though we couldn’t make it to Chile this time, you’re voices are being heard! Keep up with the support you have shown lately and be aware that you are making an impression with the band, and also with concert promoters around the world.  This sort of support is bound to make a difference at some point. Without this sort of feedback we would not have been aware about the following we have in South America, and you guys should know that it makes quite a difference to our priorities.




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6 Responses to Dealing with live requests from our fans and friends.

  1. Kveldulf/Allfader January 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    It’s such a pity that you couldn’t come, especially taking into account that Arcturus will, which means Simen will be here anyway.

    I pretty much understand what happens to you (although in a WAY lesser scale), being also in bands, having job and family; to simply go on the road for months it’s not an option by any means. Still, I’m quite sure that you could play at least a couple more of shows per year, since you’re one of the biggest forces in progressive black/extreme metal and as you said, you’re constantly receiving offers that you can program from 1 year to another (like confirming now a gig in early 2014, so you can arrange reharsals and everything with enough time to be an experience to enjoy for everyone).

    Obviously, I’m a fan and I would like to see you live the asap! and while I understand what you need to do in order to play a gig, I still hope you’ll come someday or at least that you’ll play a bit more often, so I might arrange things to travel to Europe (as a friend from Santiago did for the Inferno show).

    Greetings and Jens, don’t give up!!

    • Jens F. Ryland January 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

      Thank you. I’m sure we will meet, eventually!

  2. Ela January 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    Hey Jens and rest of Borknagar guys,

    it’s nice for me to get this news from one of my favorite bands! Even if it’s sad to hear you can’t play that much as I maybe like you to… I hope you can manage this one day.
    If I personally would be member of some bands, I would decide to tour with that band I am the most successful with. So I would plan my preferences through that thought- so my other activities would need to wait. I’m for sure you all do your very best- but for my thought (and here in Germany) was Borknagar the most popular, of all of your other projects. So it’s sad that there is no possibility to see you live. I’m sure your success would even get bigger if you would tour some more- in thought of advertising yourself. But yeah, maybe that sound very naive and way too easy….just a thought of a fan who LOVES and adores your so good work!
    One day, I’m sure, and I really long for that day!, there will be the possibility to see you!
    So to all of you my loving regards, and rock on!

    • Jens F. Ryland January 13, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

      Thank you for supporting us Ela.
      No, your views on the situation isn’t naive, and our situation is special and after 10-12 years like this we are still adjusting. That’s also why it’s hard to explain to our fans and friends, and I appreciate that people accept this respect this like you do instead of creating speculation. This is how we roll…


  3. Christopher January 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Hey guys, much respect for getting in touch with your fans and telling it how it is.
    I myself am in a band although nowhere near touring “status” yet , it is indeed important for a band to pick its shows wisely.
    Less is more in this case and I think it sets a precedent where when you DO play live it is even more special as it will be rare and even more intimate
    I also think more people will come out to see you because of this. Quality over quantity.

    You guys have been a huge influence and I truly enjoy listeneing to the magic that you create called music and I wish you all the best.

    I hope one day to see you in the USA.

    Keep doing what you are doing!

    -Christopher/Crestfallen Still

  4. BV January 31, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    As someone who has been trying to just get a group of guys together on a consistent basis in order to play some music I can appreciate the huge challenges associated with putting your “real” life aside for a couple weeks in order to tour.

    That said, next time you play, make us a high quality blu-ray! You just put our your best album in years and we need to capture the band at one of its peaks.

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