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    Festival News: You Can See Prog At SeaProg 2014
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, June 07 @ 12:47:16 PDT (83 reads)
    Festival News

    The second annual Seaprog festival of progressive/art rock will take place Saturday-Sunday June 21-22 at the historic Columbia City Theater, with a free kickoff event on Friday, June 20 at the Royal Room. Tickets are now on sale at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/588202.

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    Festival News: Festival Updates
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, May 26 @ 22:16:22 PDT (174 reads)
    Festival News

    Short item - in recent weeks, Brainstorm (the German metal band) cancelled their scheduled appearance at August's Falun festival, added to the line up are ReVamp

    Headspace cancelled their appearance at October's ProgPower Europe, Votum have been added to the line up

    Lastly, Megadeth have cancelled their appearance at Sweden Rock, which is scheduled for June, as David Ellefson's brother passed away after battling cancer. No additions have been made yet to festival line up.

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    Festival News: Progressive Nation At Sea 2014 Launch Exclusive Stream Of...
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, December 31 @ 13:24:35 PST (295 reads)
    Festival News

    ...Transatlantic's Cover Of Yes Classic!

    Next year will see the inaugural Progressive Nation At Sea cruise, presented by Sixthman, Del Fuvio Brothers and InsideOutMusic, running from the 18th -22nd February 2014. As previously announced, progressive-rock super-group Transatlantic will take to the stage at this special event, for a grand finale encore alongside the legendary Jon Anderson, where they will play a selection of classic Yes material. In celebration of this, PN14 are extremely pleased to reveal an exclusive stream of Transatlantic's cover of "And You And I" taken from the second disc of the band's forthcoming album Kaleidoscope due out next year. You can check that out here: www.progressivenationatsea.com/premier

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    Festival News: Seaprog Debuts This June
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, April 21 @ 16:00:00 PDT (303 reads)
    Festival News

    "We're very pleased to report that the Seaprog lineup is now complete with the addition of Saturday's headliner, miRthkon," writes the folks behind Seaprog. "This 'Oaklandish Chambercore' ensemble has been making waves in the world of creative music for several years now, and will be playing the prestigious Rock in Opposition (RIO) festival in France later this year. We're honored to bring the group to Seattle. The lineup for the June 28-30 event is now as follows:"

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    Festival News: ROCK ITtervoort 2013
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, January 21 @ 22:40:38 PST (457 reads)
    Festival News

    Landmarq (UK), Knight Area (NL), Martigan (DE) and Silhouette (NL) are the bands for the 7th edition of ROCK ITtervoort. For the first time in history their will be 4 bands performing at ROCK ITtervoort. As usual these bands come all across Europe. This year one English, one German and two Dutch bands will visit the small village Ittervoort to do their shows.

    This annual prog-event will take place at the 19th of April 2013 at C.C. de Mortel in Ittervoort (NL). Ittervoort is situated in the Euregio, in the south of the Netherlands, nearby Germany and Belgium. In previous editiosn of ROCK ITtervoort bands as Arena, Pendragon and Riverside did some outstanding and mostly sold-out shows. Over the years, the festival has had visitors from many European countries and even from Turkey and the US.

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    Festival News: BajaProg Returns for 2013
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, December 29 @ 17:24:18 PST (549 reads)
    Festival News

    Well, I'll be darned! We take an unplanned, intermittent, sabbtical for nearly ... six months ... and surprising things happened whilst we were gone. None more surprising perhaps to me (your dear editor) than reading that there is going to be a BajaProg this coming April! This is a good surprise, especially for the West Coast prog crowd who are, I'm sure, hoping for another chapter of the CalProg story (though Jim does plan on-off events, but...).

    Anyway, enough editorializing, here's the scoop. April 3 - 6, 2013 in Mexicali, Mexico there will be staged BajaProg 2013. What bands are on the bill? Well, it's a corker, as they say...

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    Festival News: The Flower Kings To Perform At RoSFest 2013
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, October 30 @ 23:22:24 PDT (545 reads)
    Festival News

    We're pleased to announce that legendary Swedish band The Flower Kings have been signed for the 2013 edition of the Rites Of Spring festival.

    When progressive rock rose from the ashes in the 1990's, the so-called Scandinavian wave of progressive rock bands were among the leading bands that reinvigorated the genre. Not that progressive rock ever died, but for almost 20 years it was a style that wasn't covered by the music press and for music fans the result was that this kind of music disappeared. But in the second half of the 1990's the internet started to grow and progressive rock alongside it. And The Flower Kings were among the most discussed bands on the message boards of old.

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    Festival News: RosFest 2013 - The Story So Far....
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, October 28 @ 12:00:00 PDT (973 reads)
    Festival News

    Since we've been out of the loop for what seems like forever, but has "only" been four months, we have missed out on sharing with you the band announcements for RoSFest (and I'm sure some for this past September's ProgDay as well). To rectify that oversight, here is the omnibus edition... and while the headline is a Marillion reference, to date, Marillion is not on the bill nor does it suggest anything of the like... all it means is, well, frankly, in addition to Rush (also not on the bill), I've been listening to Marillion... ah, but let me get out of the way and let Fest Organizer George Roldan "take over."

    July 20, 2012: We're happy to announce that Polish band Believe have been signed for the 2013 edition of the Rites of Spring Festival.

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    Festival News: Rush Confirmed For Sweden Rock 2013
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, June 10 @ 21:00:00 PDT (623 reads)
    Festival News

    Sweden Rock 2012 hadn't even happened yet when the following announcement about 2013's festival was made on May 20!

    "It is a great honor, in more ways than one, for us to introduce Rush as the first announcement for Sweden Rock Festival 2013. Firstly, they are one of the most legendary and influential rock bands in history with total album sales exceeding 40 million; secondly, this marks the Sweden Rock Festival debut that so many have longed for; and last but not least - this will be Rush’s first appearance at a European festival in 35 years!

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    Festival News: Eloy Has Medical Exigency, Must Pull Out Of NEARfest Apocalypse Lineup
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, May 28 @ 14:12:50 PDT (1241 reads)
    Festival News

    "We regret to inform the progressive rock community that the legendary German symphonic prog band Eloy must cancel its planned NEARfest Apocalypse headline appearance due to a serious medical exigency," reported NEARfest on May 24. "Back in March, lead guitarist/singer Frank Bornemann was struck by a delivery van while riding his bicycle. Frank's injuries required surgery, hospitalization, and extensive rehabilitation. Nevertheless Frank was hopeful he could recover in time to perform with Eloy at NEARfest in June. Unfortunately some recent setbacks in his recovery have made this impossible, with doctors verifying that any traveling or gigging could lead to the damage becoming permanent.

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    Festival News: The Ministry Of Prog Proudly Presents... Proguphoria
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, May 20 @ 17:00:00 PDT (1822 reads)
    Festival News

    It is with the greatest of pleasure the The Ministry of Prog proudly presents, for your delectation and delight, the inaugural Proguphoria festival to be held at the rather spiffing Mr Kyps rock and roll venue in Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, England on Saturday 20th October 2012 from 4pm onwards. This celebration of modern popular music will feature several well respected bands loosely associated with the rock/progressive genre, namely:

    Galahad will be playing a selection of songs from both their new studio albums Battle Scars and Beyond The Realms Of Euphoria as well as a few golden galaclassics.

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    Festival News: Prog Liguria 2012
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, January 15 @ 18:00:00 PST (488 reads)
    Festival News

    On the 25th of October 2011, the region of Liguria in Italy suffered the fury of a rain storm so fierce that the city of Genoa and the surrounding areas were devastated, causing death and destruction. What remains is the picture of a whole region scarred so deeply it seems impossible that it may ever return to its original beauty.

    One of worlds most beautifull and unique places the "cinque terre" has some areas virtually cancelled from the map.

    As the area surrounding the city of La Spezia is one of the most hit by the storm it has been decided to hold a prog/rock music festival in the city of La Spezia.

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    Festival News: OhioProg Cancelled
    Posted by nightowl on Monday, January 09 @ 22:44:02 PST (420 reads)
    Festival News

    While a few days have passed since this news broke, but... here's the official sattement from OhioProg: "OhioProg 2012 turned to crowd funding platform to make tickets available for the 3-day progressive rock festival in an attempt to ensure enough people would attend to cover the costs and expenses of holding such a grand event. The Kickstarter campaign ended on January 2, 2012 with only 60 tickets pledged. A total of around 400-450 tickets pledged at the various levels would have reached the funding goal.

    "The festival adopted Kickstarter’s project criteria in that, it is all-or-nothing funding. So, since the goal was not reached OhioProg 2012 has been canceled. Also, because funding on Kickstarter is all or nothing, all pledges have been automatically canceled.

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    Festival News: RoSfest Announces Swedish Band Agents Of Mercy For 2012 Edition
    Posted by nightowl on Wednesday, December 21 @ 00:10:00 PST (519 reads)
    Festival News

    RoSfest is happy to announce that Swedish band Agents of Mercy have been signed as Sunday night headliners for the 2012 edition of the Rites of Spring Festival.

    Initially planned as a solo project by Roine Stolt (guitars, vocals) with Nad Sylvan (vocals, keyboards) asked to contribute guest vocals, the last few years have seen Swedish outfit Agents of Mercy develop into a permanent band project. Lalle Larsson (keyboards, vocals), Jonas Reingold (bass, pedals) and Walle Wahlgren (drums, percussion) have been added to the line-up, and this fivesome have established themselves as an active and increasingly popular presence in the live circuit. In their few years of existence their style has developed too. Initially exploring a lighter-toned, careful Genesis tinged style, their latest CD The Black Forest have seen them expand their sonic palette with darker touches, inspired by acts such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and King Crimson.

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    Festival News: OhioProg Announces The Addition Of Glass Hammer, Kinetic Element To 2012 Line-up
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, December 13 @ 23:00:00 PST (1818 reads)
    Festival News

    Glass Hammer is a symphonic-progressive rock band from the USA. Multi-instrumentalists Steve Babb and Fred Schendel formed the band in 1992 and will be celebrating their 20th anniversary at OhioProg 2012. The band recently released their 14th studio album Cor Cordium which is a follow-up to last year's highly acclaimed If. Glass Hammer is certainly one of the most well-known and highly regarded progressive rock acts over the last 20 years and will be featured as a headliner alongside FM, Nightingale and Arena. They will play ahead of FM on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

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    Old Articles
    Tuesday, December 13
    · RoSfest Announces Discipline For The 2012 Edition
    Sunday, November 06
    · Vanden Plas To Headline ProgPower Europe October 5th, 6th And 7th 2012
    · OhioProg 2012 Schedule Announced
    Saturday, November 05
    · NEARfest Apocalypse Lineup Announced
    · RoSfest Announces UK Band Sanguine Hum For The 2012 Edition
    Saturday, October 22
    · Pledge Your Ticket To OhioProg 2012 And Enter To Win A ''Prog Prize Pack''
    Friday, October 21
    · IQ Comes To RoSFest 2012
    Monday, October 17
    · NEARFest Apocalypse To Be The Final Edition
    Sunday, October 16
    · Dag Swanö & Gravity To Play At OhioProg 2012 ''After-Party''
    Saturday, October 15
    · Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion To Play ROSFest 2012
    Wednesday, October 12
    · NEARFest To Return In 2012
    Friday, October 07
    · Aaron English Band Announced For ROSFest 2012
    Tuesday, September 20
    · ROSfest Announce Resistor For 2012 Edition
    · Bands For ProgPower USA XIII Announced!
    Monday, September 05
    · IO Earth Announced For RoSfest 2012
    Saturday, September 03
    · Cuneifest 2011
    · DGM Completes Line Up Of ProgPower Europe
    Saturday, August 13
    · Andromeda Headlining Generation Prog Festival 2011
    Wednesday, July 27
    · OhioProg 2012 Venue Announcement & More News
    Tuesday, July 26
    · Farfest Plans Continue, Proposed For Fall 2012

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