RoSfest Gold tickets go on sale October 19th at 12:00 noon EST.
Gold Seat tickets gives you admittance to three days of the festival for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will be available for sale at the total ticket price of $355.00 each.
For credit card purchases, add an additional TBA.
Gold Tickets provide you with select premium seating, a special limited-edition Gold ticket wrist band and a 11″ x 17′ RoSfest autograph poster.
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Payment must be received within 10 days or your seat selection will be released. Once payment is received, your tickets will be mailed out to you. That’s it!
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About RoSfest The Rites of Spring Festival, better known as RoSfest, is the Premier International Art Rock Festival in North America and has successfully featured 159 Progressive Rock Bands over the past 15 years from around the world. Now in our 16th year, RoSfest is an annual 3-day event showcasing 11 prominent live bands featuring ALL original music from around the globe. Our new home at the Sarasota Opera House (an audio-files dream) located in Sarasota, Florida raises the bar even higher as RoSfest delivers an incredible line-up to perform in a spectacular venue located in one of the best vacation destinations in the USA
2020 Lineup: Cast – Big Big Train – Thank You Scientist – United Prog Fraternity – Pattern Seeking Animals – Arc Iris – Dilemma – Lobate Scarp – Moon Letters – The Tea Club
We are really happy to announce that United Progressive Fraternity have been signed for RoSfest 2020. Originally, revolving around the talents and vision of former Unitopia member Mark Trueack, United Progressive Fraternity has explored their visions about the human condition and the state of the environment on two albums to date; with a third in production. US multi-instrumentalist, Steve Unruh has joined the cause on a permanent basis and with him onboard, the musical nature of the band has developed as well. While initially more of a heavy progressive rock band, UPF is rather more expansive in terms of style as of 2019.
While not clearly defined as a band as such, the word, “fraternity” reveals a lot about how the band’s albums have been crafted. There are two musical sides to UPF: version 1 is a variation made up of musicians from around the globe. Version 2 UPF: Acoustic has been formed in Adelaide. UPF Acoustic will launch in 2021 and will perform new arrangements from both Planetary Overload Loss and the upcoming double package, HOPE.Those who like high quality, accessible progressive rock that covers multiple bases will have a lot to look forward to when United Progressive Fraternity hits the stage as the third band out on Sunday, May 10th. Those who are concerned about the environment and the current and future state of Mother Earth, can look forward to hearing kindred spirits sharing their concern using music and lyrics as the main tools to spread the word and their thoughts on these and related subject matters.
We are so excited about this new album which is somewhat darker than “On Track” and features a three part epic suite called “Big Eastern”.
3. The Crawler
4. Moon-Catcher (Heaven Song Pt.2)
5. The Crossing
6. Big Eastern (Part One – Cruel Skies)
7. Big Eastern (Part Two – The Shaking Earth)
8. Big Eastern (Part Three – A Life in Chinatown)
Guy Manning, Sean Timms, Marek Arnold, Dan Mash
with our guests Luke Machin, Brody Green, Antonio Vittozzi, Tzan Niko, Raf Azaria, DavidB, Julie King, Kev Currie & the Gospo Collective and Jones Commentary choir.
Music & Lyrics Guy Manning
Mix & Production: Sean Timms
The album is described as “Dark and Dense, Intense and Immense…. ”
The Damanek Web site will be updated as the album is released with pages for each song, the lyrics, the players plus some insights into what the piece is about and background information.
GEP Presents “Damanek and Southern Empire ‘In Flight’ tour of the U.K. and Europe November/December 2018”
In November 2018, internationally renowned progressive rock bands Damanek and Southern Empire will join forces and embark upon their debut tour of the United Kingdom and Europe.
Damanek, featuring members from three different nations, is the brainchild of visionary multi-instrumentalist / singer-songwriter Guy Manning. The group released their debut album ‘On Track’ in early 2017 to critical acclaim appearing in many ‘Best album of 2017’ polls and will release their follow-up album ‘In Flight’ on the 5th October this year through GEP Records.
Guy Manning, commenting on the upcoming album and tour stated, “Since we played that memorable set at Summers End X Festival in 2016, I have been constantly asked ‘When are you going to play live again?’ and I have always had to say “…as soon as we can”…but now I can say “SOON!” The new album “In Flight” will be ready for the tour and it has some fantastic new pieces on it, which we are keen to perform live along with some of the favorites from ‘On Track’. Should be one hell of a show!”
Southern Empire, hailing from Adelaide, South Australia have just released their second album “Civilisation” through GEP.
We are happy to report that it is getting some fantastic reviews in its first few weeks!
Led by composer / producer / keyboardist Sean Timms, Southern Empire was formed from the ashes of symphonic prog. band Unitopia in 2014 and have quickly established themselves as one of the premiere live and studio acts of the current prog. era.
“It’s always extremely exciting to release a new album and then take those songs on the road. I think we have a very strong set of new songs to compliment the older material and we’re really looking forward to bringing our unique blend of ‘prog ’n’ roll’ (as Danny Lopresto, our lead vocalist calls it) to our friends and fans in the U.K. and Europe.” – Sean Timms.
For the European leg of the tour, Damanek and Southern Empire will be joined by special guests / friends Seven Steps to the Green Door.
“It’s great to be back on stage with Damanek 2 years after our first set at Summers End festival and promoting a brand new album. For the European dates of the tour, my mates in “Seven Steps to the Green Door” will join in for a triple bill of great songs from all the current albums and from our forthcoming new album THE?LIE, which will be released right in time for the tour! – Marek Arnold.
17/11/18 – HRH PROG Festival, Pwllheli, North Wales.
Damanek, Southern Empire and our Special guests, Seven Steps to the Green Door
Wed 21/11/18 – Bergkeller, Reichenbach, Germany.
Thu 22/11/18 – Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium.
Sat 24/11/18 – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands.
Damanek and Southern Empire
Tue 27/11/18 – The Vic, Swindon, U.K.
Wed 28/11/18 – The Joiners, Southampton, U.K.
Thu 29/11/18 – The Robin 2, Bilston, U.K.
Fri 30/11/18 – Boston Music Room, Tufnell Park, London, U.K.
Sat 01/12/18 – Classic Rock Society (CRS), Maltby, U.K.
Please note: As joint headliners on the tour, Southern Empire and Damanek will be alternating and mixing up the final slot of each night to allow both bands a chance to play slightly extended sets…however we are not telling who / when!
Just a little update on the recording of Planetary Overload-Loss Part1
We are hoping to announce a label deal in the coming weeks, the album itself has taken a little longer to make than we first thought, there are so many great people involved in a project like this and it takes time for them to deliver their special arrangements. Patience is rewarding
We hope that fans, friends and new listeners will embrace the sound and the strong messages we are presenting
Here is a little snapshot on how the album will present
Planetary Overload – Part 1: Loss
Phase 1 Dawning on Us
1. Loss (Anthem)
2. What Happens Now
3. What Are We Doing to Ourselves
4. Cruel Times
Phase 2 Destruction and Distraction
5. Stop Time
6. One More
8. What If
9. Forgive me my Son
Phase 3 Growing
10. Dying to be Reborn
11. Seeds for Life
12. Loss to Lost
The Surreal Moments
1. Seeds for Life (Fraternity Symphonic Orchestra) Alternative version
2. One More (Chris Lebled arrangement)
3. Seeds for Life (Chris Lebled arrangement)
4. Cruel Times (Chris Lebled arrangement)
5. This Time (Chris Lebled arrangement)
6. Loss to Lost (Chris Lebled arrangement)
There may be some minor changes, but the track listing is mainly complete.
Seeds for Life
We received an early demo of Seeds for Life with the Fraternity Symphony Orchestra arranged by Cornel Wilczek. The original arrangement was produced by the amazing Gordo Bennett The arrangements are wonderfully placed and fit perfectly with Steve Hackett’s Spanish guitar solo. The combination of Dan Mash (Bass), Nick Magnus (Piano, Keyboards) Steve Unruh (Violin, Flute) Jesús Gancedo García (Drums) Marek Arnold (Sax) Michel St-Pere: (Lead and Rhythm Guitars) is something quite special. The track will have a special narration by our own Matt Goodluck with an amazing soundscape by Mathew Atherto
MUSIC VIDEO DEBUT FOR ‘TRAVELLING MAN (THE STORY OF ESHU)’ BY UNITED PROGRESSIVE FRATERNITY (21 Dec 2016). Special guest appearance by Steve Hackett (Genesis).
Stunning live action, CGI, digital artwork and stop-motion animation combine with live band footage to tell an epic story of trust, perspective, relationships, change, making choices, purpose in life, and love. ESHU is the Travelling Man, ‘Keeper of the Crossroads’, a mythical god in African culture who guides and teaches by teasing and tricking. Discover the wisdom in this masterpiece of songwriting. Travelling Man (The Story of ESHU) by United Progressive Fraternity (UPF).
Featuring the Blender Open Source movies produced by Ton Roosendaal – Elephants Dream, Sintel, and Tears of Steel; International Short Film Festival participant ‘The Flower in the Bottle’; Maxim Mildenberg; anime from Konstantin Dmitriev, creator of the Open Source Morevna film project, amazing stop motion from Gabriel Nóbrega & PG Santiago, and dystopian realities from Adrian Bonaventura.
Synopsis: Take a surrealistic sci-fi and fantasy journey through past, present, and future with ESHU – the Keeper of the Crossroads and discover what awaits you on the right path. Directed by Mark Truey Trueack. Produced by Ted Ollikkala, Singapore. Travelling Man (The Story of ESHU) is taken from the UPF album ‘Fall In Love With The World’, released by InsideOut Music, 2014.
Travelling Man (The Story of ESHU) – [Trueack/Williams/Timms]
Mark Truey Trueak – Vocals
Guy Manning – Keyboards
Guitars – Matt WIlliams
Acoustic Guitar – Steve Hackett
Drums – David Hopgood
Percussion – Tim Irrgang
Bass – Daniel Mash
Sax – Marek Arnold
Flute & VIolin – Steve Unruh
LIVE – Heerlen, The Netherlands (3 Oct 2014)
Vocals: – Mark Truey Trueack
Keyboards – Guy Manning
Sax & Keys – Marek Arnold
Guitars – Matt Williams
Bass – Daniel Mash
Drums – David Hopgood
Percussion – Tim Irrgang
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