News of the Summer’s End Festival at the Drill Hall, Chepstow on 5th to 7th October 2018.
Unfortunately, September Code from Greece cannot now play the festival due to personal issues affecting a member of the band. We are, however, very pleased to announce that Silhouette from the Netherlands have agreed to make a return to the festival having first played in 2013. The band released their fifth album “The World is Flat” in 2017 to great acclaim, and we’re excited that they have agreed to return on Saturday afternoon.
All ticket types remain on sale, although with 80% of tickets now sold, early purchase is recommended.
Saturday or Sunday day £40. Friday £20. Saturday and Sunday £75. Three-day tickets remain on sale priced £90 for a weekend ticket and £110 for a sponsor ticket (which includes a T-shirt)
Friday, October 5th
Moonparticle (International) will be a new name to most, but the band is awash with pedigree. Led by Nico Tsonev (ex-Steven Wilson / Lifesigns), the bands’ debut album “Hurricane Esmeralda” features Adam Holzman, Theo Travis, and Craig Blundell. This exclusive performance may well be the band’s first gig! www.moonparticle.com
Sky Architect One of the most exciting young bands on the progressive rock scene at the moment, with four albums already under their belts, and we’re very excited that Sky Architect have to join us. www.skyarchitect.com
Saturday, October 6th
Lazuli Much-loved French band Lazuli will make their third appearance at the festival following inspirational sets in 2011 and 2013, and recent tours with Fish that have seen the band massively increase its fan base, so we are thrilled to welcome them to the festival for a third time. www.lazuli-music.com
Landmarq We are also delighted to announce the return of Landmarq to the festival – and indeed to live performance – following the recent departure of Tracey Hitchings, now resident in Australia. Currently working on a new album, the band will showcase their new vocalist at Summers End. www.landmarq.net
Frequency Drift (Germany). Switching from Winter’s End to Summer’s End, German cinematic rock band Frequency Drift return to the festival after a spellbinding performance in 2014. Their new album “Letters to Maro” will be released in 2018. www.frequencydrift.com
Silhouette (Netherlands). We are very pleased to announce that Silhouette from the Netherlands have agreed to make a return to the festival having first played in 2013. The band released their fifth album The World is Flat in 2017 to great acclaim, and we’re excited that they have agreed a return on Saturday afternoon. www.silhouetteband.nl
When Mary (Norway). Combining art rock with electronica, When Mary – fronted by former White Willow vocalist Trude Eidtang, who played the festival with the band back in 2006 – released their 2nd album “Tainted” on Huw and Stephen’s Sonicbond label in November 2017. www.whenmary.no
Sunday, October 7th
Magenta Another returning band are Magenta, making a record-breaking fifth appearance at the festival following their rapturously-received 2017 album “We Are Legend”. www.magenta-web.com
Tim Bowness Making his debut at the festival will be art rock legend Tim Bowness and band, who released his latest solo album “Lost in the Ghost Light” in 2017 alongside a deluxe edition of No Man’s remarkable “Returning Jesus” album. www.timbowness.co.uk
Kaprekar’s Constant Also from the UK are emerging Prog collective Kaprekar’s Constant, whose debut album “Fate Outsmarts Desire” has been very well received for its intricacy and history-based songwriting, with favourable comparisons to Big Big Train. The band will feature ex- VDGG woodwind legend David Jackson alongside his vocalist daughter Dorie and ex Level 42 drummer Phil Gould. www.kaprekarsconstant.com
Edensong (USA). With a 13 year history, this New York-based prog band will make their debut at the festival. Their latest album “Years in the Garden of Years” was released on Laser’s Edge in 2016. www.edensongtheband.com
Golden Caves (Holland).Hailed as one of the best young Prog bands to emerge in recent years, Golden Caves’ superb debut album “Collision” was released by Freia Music in 2017. www.goldencaves.com
If you are of a mind to further support Summer’s End, donations to help us organise, promote and pay for the festival are always very much appreciated. Please note, though, that we are not a charity: your donation is simply added to the festival’s income to help us continue booking bands, hiring/buying equipment etc.
The Rites of Spring festival aka RoSfest is an annual progressive rock festival which takes place at the end of April or in early May. Established in 2004, the festival was held at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania until 2007, and then moved to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania for 2008 and 2009. In 2010, the festival moved to the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, PA. where it celebrated its15th Anniversary throughout the weekend of May 4th, 5th, and 6th. 2018. On the last day of the festival, George Roldan announced that Polish Prog Metal Band “Riverside” will be one of many bands that will grace RoSfest in 2019.
May 21 just 14 days after the festival George Roland makes an announcement that RoSfest will be relocating to Sunny Florida for the No. 16, here is a posting from the official website.
The RoSfest community is very important to me on so many levels and my long-term goal is to keep RoSfest going for as long as we can in order to benefit the “progressive music family” as a whole for both musicians and Prog music lovers alike. The Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, PA has been a memorable host to us for the past eight years, but even though our reputation continues to grow as the best North America Progressive Rock Festival, our audience attendance has been slowly declining.
As many of you are aware, we recently relocated to Sarasota, Florida. Our decision in selecting this location was not only because of its beauty, beaches, arts, and entertainment but because we believe Sarasota would make the perfect location for RoSfest to continue to survive and grow. Besides having an incredibly approachable downtown social area with blocks of restaurants, bars, hotels, Saturday morning Farmer’s Market, and shops that are bordered by Parks on the Sarasota Bay, Sarasota is home to the SARASOTA OPERA HOUSE offering an incredible acoustic experience residing in a $20 Million renovated theater. Our new home theater is in WALKING DISTANCE to hotels, restaurants, shops, and parks surrounded by views of the Gulf.
There are many additional attractions that people from all over the world visit Sarasota as a destination vacation spot for such as Siesta Key Beach, “Rated as the #1 Beach in the USA, 2017”, Selby Botanical Gardens, The Ringling Museums and Grounds, The Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium, the Art Center Sarasota, The Circus Arts Conservatory, Longwood Key, St. Armands Circle, and Lido Key for Kayaking the Mangroves or the Bay. In the coming weeks, we will share additional information about Sarasota that will include maps, photos, videos, and details to help familiarize everyone with the area. New host hotels will be designated and after hour parties will continue, but all within walking distance as most of you have requested.
I’m aware that this news may upset some of our supporters, but please understand that in order for RoSfest to survive, we’re hopeful that our RoSfest family will give Sarasota a chance so that we can keep bringing you the best that progressive music has to offer!
Tickets at the “Prog-Moter” level are on sale now, as of May 8th at 12:00 PM EDT, via the Union County Performing Arts Center (UC PAC) box office. The price of these tickets is $295.00 for the entire 3-day festival, October 5-7 at UCPAC in Rahway, NJ. This package lets you choose your favorite seat within our amazing theater, and entitles you to receive a merchandise gift from the producers of ProgStock as a token of our appreciation. Act fast…this package will only be available until June 12, 2018!
Oak is an Oslo based quartet made up by Simen Valldal Johannessen (vocals, keyboards), Øystein Sootholtet (bass), Ole Michael Bjørndal (guitars) and Sigbjørn Reiakvam (drums, percussion, programming). All the band members are in their late 20’s or early 30’s and have mostly grown up in the Oslo area. They have a huge variation in their musical inspirations – everything from classical composers and singer/songwriters to electronica, progressive rock, and metal.
Oak released their debut album, Lighthouse as a digital release in September 2013. In addition, a limited run of CD’s was produced for promotional purposes and to accommodate sales at gigs. The album was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios by noted producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Symphony X, Paradise Lost).
As of January 2015, the band is working on new material for their second album, and are working towards getting international distribution for this forthcoming album as well as becoming a more active band in the live circuit.
Progtoberfest Festival is happy to welcome The Knells!!!
The brainchild of guitarist Andrew McKenna Lee, Brooklyn, NY based band The Knells is a band that belongs to a genre inhabited perhaps by themselves alone. The band is self-proclaimed as a post-rock neo-psychedelia act, but the musical collective is so much more than that. And indeed the band is a collective more than just a band, as Lee utilizes a trio of vocalists, Nina Berman, Amanda Gregory, and Katya Powder, two guitarists, Lee and Paul Orbell, drummer Michael McCurdy, mallet percussionist Jude Traxler, electric bassist Joseph Higgins, and the critically lauded Mivos String Quartet. The twelve-piece band weaves a sonic blanket that ranges from choral chamber rock to avant post-psych to melancholic psych-blues.
The Knells released their debut self-titled album in 2013 on New Amsterdam Recordings. The album is an enveloping one hour song cycle that follows the concept of the meaning of life, the meaning of time, the beauty and violent tendencies of nature, and the questions that plague humanity’s existence. A dense theme for a dense album – and the band pulls it off.
While the uniqueness of this band makes it difficult to relate artists to them, fans of impossible creative avant-garde rock will likely enjoy this band. The band fuses elements of chamber rock, choral music, psychedelic and post-rock, and the raw power of classical composition.
Norwegian progressive Rock group LEPROUS are starting out their first tour across North America for their latest and much-acclaimed album “Malina” today with a sold-out show in Chicago.
LEPROUS will be supporting none other than Between The Buried And Me and The Dear Hunter on a comprehensive tour across the US, for which the band comments: “It’s exciting times ahead for LEPROUS. 5 weeks of touring with our friends in Between The Buried And Me and The Dear Hunter are starting today, and there are several great festivals shows ahead as well as more live shows in the planning for the fall. New material has also slowly but surely started its process!”
Here is a list of the exact tour dates as well as other upcoming shows (newly confirmed additions marked *) for LEPROUS in 2018:
Between The Buried And Me, The Dear Hunter & LEPROUS – North American Tour:
Fri. 03.02.2018 Chicago, IL (USA) – House of Blues (Sold out!)
Sat. 03.03.2018 Minneapolis, MN (USA) – First Avenue
Mon. 03.05.2018 Denver, CO (USA) – Ogden Theatre
Tue. 03.06.2018 Salt Lake City, UT (USA) – The Complex
Thu. 03.08.2018 Seattle, WA (USA) – Showbox
Fri. 03.09.2018 Portland, OR (USA) – Wonder Ballroom
Sat. 03.10.2018 San Francisco, CA (USA) – The Regency Ballroom
Sun. 03.11.2018 Anaheim, CA (USA) – House of Blues
Tue. 03.13.2018 Los Angeles, CA (USA) – Belasco Theater
Thu. 03.15.2018 Las Vegas, NV (USA) – House of Blues