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Festival News: Festival Status Update - September 12, 2020

Posted by admin on Wednesday, September 16 @ 18:24:36 UTC (2768 reads)

As of 4:25pm PT Sep 12, 2020

In response to the Covid-19 (or coronavirus) outbreak, we wanted to post here a update regarding many upcoming festivals' status. Of course, many bands are cancelling or postponing tours and we have updated the Event Calendar as well. As we update this page, we'll highlight the changes with a "new" icon.

The following festivals have been rescheduled (or cancelled for 2020, and their 2021 dates announced):

September 2020:

  • Artrock - Festival Reichenbach - rescheduled for September 18 - 20, 2020

November 2020:

  • We Lave Rock, rescheduled for November 28, 2020

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Festival News: Trinity Live 2017 Completes Line-up

Posted by admin on Saturday, January 21 @ 15:48:33 UTC (4657 reads)

As reported by Prog magazine*, they - in the form of editor Jerry Ewing - will host Trinity Live 2017 to benefit Cancer Research UK, Teenage Cancer Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support. Artists performing at this one day event, to be held May 27 at The Assembly in Leaminton Spa, are: A Formal Horse, Dec Burke Band, Ghost Community, Lonely Robot, Kim Seviour, and Touchstone. This is a charity auction event, so folks can bid on unique, signed and rare items from bands/artists such as Yes, Asia, Steve Hackett, Roger Dean, Steven Wilson, Rush, Magnum, Marillion, Rodney Matthews and more...

"We are utterly delighted to have these amazing musical acts join the festival," say the Trinity team [in Jan 17 post]. "We are sure they need no introduction but trust us, you will be enthralled! Let’s get The Assembly rammed full of people, make some new friends, make some great memories and help to make a difference."

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Festival News: RosFest Branches Out

Posted by admin on Tuesday, September 13 @ 13:33:18 UTC (3222 reads)

The folks behind RosFest (mainly George Roldan), are branching out by initiating RoSFest On Tour, with the first announced date and artists being November 18, 2016 with Jolly and No More Pain (NMP). The event will take place at Venice Island in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, PA.

Jolly are a "New York band well established in alternative and progressive rock circles, with three full length albums to their name and extensive world wide touring experience," the announcement notes. No More Pain are a four-piece from New Jersey. "They are concentrated as a true progressive rock arrangement with a grungy epicenter," the band note on their website. They have released two full length albums plus one EP, which came out just this past May.

Ticket info to come soon

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Festival News: Knight Area Withdraw From, Heather Findlay Band Added To Summer's End Festival

Posted by admin on Sunday, September 11 @ 17:39:47 UTC (3047 reads)

As reported by Prog, Knight Area have withdrawn from the Summer's End festival (September 30-October 2, Drill Hall, Chepstow, UK) due to "technical demands." The full quote (well, most of it) is, "Due to technical demands which cannot be met, we have to withdraw from Summer's End. Both organising committee and we as a band decided together in good harmony that we would not be able to take care of a top-notch show as the technical conditions we need to give our audience the show they deserve could not be fulfilled.

“Knight Area will be part of the Summer's End festival in a future edition of the festival and we look forward to this. We feel sorry not to play, especially for the fans who bought tickets, but we hope you will understand that we only want to play if we can perform to the standards we think are necessary for a good show."

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Festival News: Line Up Change For ProgPower USA XVII

Posted by admin on Saturday, September 03 @ 10:48:46 UTC (2783 reads)

It was announced earlier this week that the previously announced Gloryhammer had to cancel their appearance at next weekend's ProgPower USA XVII festival, owing to the periennial "fly in the ointment" - visa issues.

In their place, opening on Day Two (Thursday, September 8) will be Ghost Ship Octavius, a group that includes guitarist Matt Wicklund (God Forbid, Himsa, Warrel Dane), drummer Van Williams (Nevermore, Ashes of Ares, Pure Sweet Hell), vocalist Adõn Fanion, and bassist Dagna Silesia (Warrel Dane, The People Now). They have released one album so far, 2015's Ghost Ship Octavius.

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Festival News: UK Band The Fierce And The Dead Are RosFest's Sunday Morning Opener

Posted by admin on Tuesday, August 30 @ 20:19:51 UTC (3140 reads)

In posting yesterday's update on RosFest, we overlooked an earlier update:

"We're happy to announce that The Fierce and the Dead will be the opening band for Sunday at Rosfest 2017. This slot at the festival is often dubbed The Church of Prog; the truly dedicated audience filling these chairs on an early Sunday morning, receptive to good music and eager to spread the word about it, is the equivalent of a congregation in progressive rock circles.

The Fierce and the Dead formed accidentally, beginning with the recording of UK artist Matt Stevens' solo album and instead leading to the formation of a band. This band has become so popular that Matt's solo career has taken a back seat. After signing with Bad Elephant Records in 2013, the band released their second album Spooky Action, followed by the EP Magnet in 2015, with more material on the way.

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Festival News: Riverside To Release All Instrumental Album October 21, 2016

Posted by admin on Monday, August 29 @ 23:09:38 UTC (3088 reads)

Earlier this month, Riverside announced the October 21, 2016 release of a new album, Eye Of The Soundscape, "the first instrumental [album], which is a compilation of songs from the years 2007 to 2015 as well as new tracks recorded at the beginning of 2016.

"Mariusz Duda about the upcoming release:

"'I had a feeling that the sixth Riverside album might be the last chapter of a story. That the future releases might have a different sound, a different character... Unofficially, I called our latest three albums "the crowd trilogy." Each subsequent title was longer by one word - four, five, six. Six words was long enough as a title and I thought that was the one to finish it off with...

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Festival News: RosFest Announce 2017 Headliners Anglagard

Posted by admin on Monday, August 29 @ 22:46:56 UTC (3294 reads)

On August 26, RosFest announced: "We're excited to announce that legendary Swedish band Änglagård will be the Sunday night headliner at ROSfest 2017, concluding the festival as the final band.

"Änglagård was initially formed in 1991, and in just a few hectic years they released their debut album Hybris, played at Progfest in Los Angeles, and released their second album Epilog. They then disbanded, although a live album Buried Alive surfaced a couple of years later. In 2002 the band reformed, played at festivals in Germany (Freakfest) and the US (Nearfest), and then went into hiatus.

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Festival News: Recalling RosFest 2017's First Three Band Annoucements

Posted by admin on Saturday, August 20 @ 18:52:53 UTC (3313 reads)

Let's catch up - and catch you up, maybe - with some recent RosFest news, namely, the first three bands announced for 2017!

On June 20, it was announced that the Saturday headliner would be The Neal Morse Band. "Neal Morse is a household name in the world of progressive rock. His tenure as a founding member of legendary US progressive rock band Spock's Beard initially brought him to fame, but his name and stature as a band musician and solo artist have continued to soar after leaving the band in 2002. Neal has produced numerous solo albums, some exploring progressive rock and others focusing on Christian worship music. He is also a key member in progressive rock supergroups Transatlantic and Flying Colors, and was an instrumental member in The Beatles cover band Yellow Matter Custard, where he worked with Mike Portnoy and Paul Gilbert.

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Festival News: HRH Prog V Set For March 16 - 19, 2017

Posted by admin on Sunday, May 22 @ 22:04:31 UTC (3017 reads)

The fifth edition of HRH Prog is scheduled for March 16 - 19, 2017 at Camp HRH (Hafan & M&ocaret;r) in Pwllheli, North Wales. This year's lineup includes IQ, Pendragon, Karnataka, The Enid, Gong, Curved Air, The Strawbs and many more.

In a recent (May 20) Facebook post, the following update was shared: "Well then, what a lineup that is folks, all voted by you, curated and booked by us ... we are practically sold out now on Royalty & VIP accommodation packages, and as tradition has it - we are running a competition to win the last Royalty room... we also have 20 sets of weekend passes for our runners up...

"So if you want indulge in a weekend of amazing sounds and outstanding bands... enter here and test your line of fortune... www.hrhprog.com/competition.html.

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