Roldan Entertainment are happy to announce the return of UK band KYROS to ROSfest 2017!
For those of you who don’t recognize the band name, they performed with us as Synaesthesia in 2015.
This young British band went down a storm when they played for us in 2015, both their music as well as their performance making them one of the standout bands of the festival. Not too long after their ROSfest appearance, the band chose to sever ties with their record label, subsequently releasing an EP that marked both their transition between band names as well as their first independently released production.
Come 2016, KYROS returned with the double album “Vox Humana,” opting to again release independently. Fans and critics alike have been heralding its superior quality, and when we had the chance to book them for ROSfest 2017 we jumped at the opportunity. We said that this was a band that would be going places when we booked them the first time around, and from what we can see and hear that prediction is as sound in 2017 as it was in 2015.
Adam Warne, Sam Higgins, Joey Frevola, Robin Johnson, and Peter Episcopo are a very talented group of young men that together form KYROS. We have selected them to play on the first slot on Friday, to open the festival in 2017.
Roldan Entertainment are happy to announce that US tribute band ProgNation have been signed as the Friday night After Hours band, where they will entertain us at the traditional party at the Aspire Hotel from 11:30 pm to 1:30 am on Friday, May 5th.
Created in 2015, the band provided the best explanation for their formation via a press release: “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that they have once again disrespected prog rock pioneers, YES, by failing to garner the required votes to enshrine the iconic band even though they finished second to Chicago in the fan balloting. In response, we are announcing the creation of a new tribute band, ProgNation, to celebrate the accomplishments of some of the greatest prog rock bands/musicians currently being ignored by the Rock Hall.”
The members of ProgNation are Chris Cuda (guitars), Tony Cuda (bass), Steve Kolesar (vocals), Bruce Kowalski (Keyboards/Vocals), and Marty Zlocki (drums). To quote further from their initial press release: “Everyone in ProgNation has been a fan of prog rock since Yes came out in 1968. ProgNation will be an outlet for us and all the fans who know how great these musicians are and want to enjoy their music in a live setting. We also want to send a message to the Rock Hall that until they recognize Yes and all the other prog rock bands they have ignored, we will be there to remind them of their neglect.”
So we can expect a dedicated band to entertain us at the Friday Night After Hours party at Rosfest 2017. As for the music one can expect to hear from them, their repertoire includes Yes, King Crimson, ELP, the Moody Blues, Genesis, and a handful of other prog acts from the late ’60s/early ’70s.
Summer’s End Festival – the UK’s longest-running Progressive Rock festival.
We are delighted to announce that the plans for 2017 are already advancing apace and are thrilled to welcome the first two confirmed bands to our line-up – The Tangent and Karmakanic!
The location and venue are not yet confirmed but the dates are.
Summer’s End 2017 will take place on the 6, 7 & 8th October.
As with previous years, we are delighted to offer Leap of Faith tickets for those willing to take a chance on the line-up. The income these early ticket sales generate is vital in allowing us to secure the bands we think you’ll enjoy. Leap of Faith tickets are priced at £105, which is cheaper than a Hero ticket but more expensive than pie and chips. Unless you live in central London 🙂
This New York-based band can trace its origins back to 2002, and the core members of the band actually worked together in a band back in the 1990’s. They released their debut album, “The Fruit Fallen,” in 2008.The qualities of which secured them a slot at the prestigious ProgDay festival in 2009, as well as appearances at the Three Rivers Progressive Rock festival the same year and Canadian festival Terra Incognita the year after. In 2010 they also released the EP “Echoes of Edensong”.
Edensong’s current line-up consists of founding member James Byron Schoen (vocals, guitars), Tony Waldman (drums, percussion), Stefan Paolini (keyboards), TD Towers (bass) and Barry Seroff (flute). When they reached out to record labels for a possible release of their new album, they quickly landed an agreement with noteworthy US label The Laser’s Edge. “Years in the Garden of Years” is the name of their latest CD, which was released in the fall of 2016 to high praise for it’s eclectic, enthralling qualities, with comparisons made towards bands as different as Jethro Tull and Dream Theater.
Edensong is still a fairly young band, but with two strong albums to their name and now signed to a noted label, we believe that they will be going places quickly. Their qualities as a live band are well proven, and we’re looking forward to seeing them perform for us as the second to last band at ROSfest 2017.
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.
Depending on the point of view, The Fierce and the Dead play either post-punk, post-rock, math metal or a King Crimson-oriented variety of progressive rock. Their songs are instrumental, quirky, fairly difficult to pigeonhole, and at times rather challenging to digest. Despite of, or because of, these traits, their stature has risen steadily in the 6 years since their formation. They’ve received numerous top end placements in the best album of the year lists in 2013, have been nominated as best new act by the Prog Magazine, and have a steadily growing fanbase.
We can’t wait to see this band make their live US debut at ROSfest 2017, and we’re certain that our first-rate audience will give Matt Stevens, Kev Feazey, Stuart Marshall and Steve Cleaton a warm welcome.