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What’s happening in the world of prog and other related scenes. News about gigs, record releases, new videos and band changes.

Cambridge Rock Festival 2016 is on!

CRF from the airAfter taking a break in 2015, The Cambridge Rock Festival is back for 2016, at the festival’s established site of Haggis Farm Polo Club just outside Cambridge, on the 4th to 7th August 2016.

It’s a great festival for classic rock, blues and progressive rock, with undercover stages for when The Great British Summer does its worst.

Early Bird tickets are available right now!

As yet no bands have been announced, though I’d be very surprised if Mostly Autumn weren’t on the bill. Headliners in recent years have included Wishbone Ash, Magnum, Caravan, FM and The Enid.

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Cloud Atlas + Howard Sinclair at Bilston!

Cloud Atlas and Howard Sinclair at Bilston Robin 2 on Sunday August 16

The splendid Cloud Atlas headline Bilston Robin 2 on Sunday 16th August. It’s also a rare chance to see Howard Sinclair with a full band as support.

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Universe on Fire!

The lead track from Gloryhammer’s second album, “Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards”.

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Chantel McGregor announces new album Lose Control

Chantel McGregor has announced her long-awaited second album “Lose Control”, released in October

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Chantel McGregor will release her highly anticipated new album, Lose Control, on Friday 9th October 2015 on her independent boutique label Tis Rock Music. The new album is the follow up to her critically acclaimed 2011 debut solo album, Like No Other.After four years of touring and festival appearances, Chantel returns with a vengeance with ten new songs that not only salutes contemporary rock, but shows her gradual transition from conventional Blues to a harder, bigger and bolder rock sound with progressive influences.

From the sound clips it sounds like a far darker and heavier album than her debut. She’s taking pre-orders now from her website.

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Zero She Flies – The River

Zero She Flies, the band formerly known as Mermaid Kiss, follow up their earlier single “Small Mercies” with the four-track EP “The River”, available today as a download from Bandcamp.

The EP features a number of guest musicans including Panic Room’s Jon Edwards alongside the core quartet of Maria Milewska, Jamie Field, Wendy Marks and Shane Webb. More detail including full credits and lyrics can be found on the band’s website.

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The Fierce and The Dead announce Magnet

TFATD - Magnet The Fierce and the Dead have just announced on Twitter that they will be taking pre-ordered for a new EP, titled “Magnet” this coming Friday, July 17th.

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Mantra Vega Live

Mantra Vega & Dave Kerzner Poster

Mantra Vega and The Dave Kerzner band have announced two co-headline live dates at the 350-seat Joseph Rountree Theatre in York on the 3rd and 4th October.

Tickets go on sale on Friday July 17th, full details on the Mantra Vega website.

Update: Unfortunately these dates have been postponed. As stated by the band:

Due to unforeseeable circumstances touring plans have been placed on hold.

We apologise for any incovenience caused. 

Meanwhile we will be keeping you updated on the progress of ‘The Illusion’s Reckoning’ which is scheduled for release 5/10/15.

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Cats are Metal

The video for Mastodon’s “Asleep in the Deep” is definitely a bit surreal, but does star a cat.

Cats are indeed metal. We had a cat (black, of course) who was a devoted fan of Tommy Vance’s Friday Rock Show. Don’t try to claim it was just because he knew he’s be fed at the end of the show and had come to associate the sound of Tommy Vamce’s vpice with “food”. He surely had a deep and abiding love for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

Cats may be metal, but they aren’t punk. We had another cat who absolutely hated The Damned.

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Halo Blind Live

Announced by Chris Johnson of Halo Blind:

There will be a rare live performance by Halo Blind on Friday 17th July at Fibbers in York.

Most of the the new album and a bit of The Fabric (our debut album) will by played. I am delighted to tell you that my Mostly Autumn band mate and all round awesome dude Alex Cromarty is on the drum stool.

PLUS, the evening will also play host to the first ever live performance by Mantra Vega, who will be performing acoustic versions of material from their debut album. Mantra Vega is a new transatlantic band fronted by Heather Findlay (Mostly Autumn) and Dave Kerzner (Sound of Contact).

AND IF THAT WASN”T ENOUGH exciting live music for you, the uber talented Chris Helme (The Seahorses) is also on the bill.

Tickets are available from the Fibbers website

It’s been a long, long time since Halo Blind last played live, so this is a very rare opportunity to hear the excellent album Occupying Forces performed live.

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Dave Foster launches Kickstarter for 2nd Solo Album

Dave Foster, guitarist for Panic Room, Mr So and So & The Steve Rothery Band has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his second solo album, to be titled “Dreamless”.

His first solo album, 2012′s “Gravity” was excellent, largely instumental but also featuring a wonderful guest vocal contribution from Dinet Poortman. The new album is likewise going to be a mix of vocal and instrumental tracks, and Dave Foster is promising ‘an array of guest musicians’, the identities of whom are yet to be announced.

If you like the sound of that, go and pledge now!

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