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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.

Zero She Flies about to take flight

Maria MilewskaZero She Flies, the band that evolved out of Mermaid Kiss are about to release their first music. A download single “Small Mercy” will be released very shortly, to be followed by a four track EP called “The River”.  The release date will be announced in the next few days.

Zero She Flies are:
Maria Milewska – lead and backing vocals, piano, keyboards, flute, sequencing
Jamie Field – guitars
Wendy Marks – cor anglais, oboe, recorders, double bass,
Shane Webb – bass, backing vocals

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Panic Room – Wildfire Tour

Panic Room - Wildfire

Just a few days until Panic Room hit the road for the spring “Wildfire” tour!

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Jess and the Ancient Ones – Come Crimson Death

A band citing major influences as Black Sabbath, Mercyful Fate and ABBA could only come from Finland. Great late-60s psychedelic hard rock feel, well worth a listen if you’re into bands like Purson or Blood Ceremony.

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Cambridge Rock Festival takes a gap year

Chantel McGregor at the 2014 Festival

Announced today by The Cambridge Rock Festival.

To all CRF’s volunteers, crew and dedicated festival goers.

As I announced at CRF14 in my closing address CRF would be different in 2015 due to a major family wedding. My aim was to create a simpler event, possibly across earlier dates maybe even a different venue to allow us to run the festival without creating too much stress for the family by avoiding noise control issues we have been rather unreasonably hit with in earlier years.

My last few months have been spent working on plans for 2015 and negotiating with several possible venues. Sadly the outcome has not been as desired, so I have to announce that we will now be taking a gap year!

CRF will be running a variety of fundraiser events and small festivals throughout 2015/16 which I would ask you to support if you can, so that CRF16 can be set on firm foundations. A crowd funding project may also be forthcoming shortly to aid the fundraising project.

The committee met on Tuesday night and after much discussion we decided the next festival will be August 2016. I will publish dates and prices for 2016 tickets very shortly.

Please accept my apologies for not announcing this sooner but I had high hopes of bringing the CRF to you in 2015 right up to Tuesday afternoon this week but alas it was not to be. The CRF team would not wish to serve up anything less than a top notch event so we have decided to take a break and use the time to raise much needed funds.

Thank you all for your support, without your participation we would not be even considering running a festival again next year. I hope too see you at Springfest 15 in Haddenham or one of our other fundraisers and of course CRF16.

This will be disappointing to some, but isn’t totally unexpected, and is probably for the best. Even the biggest of all festivals, Glastonbury, has the occasionally gap year, and CRF should be back, better and stronger, in 2016.

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Touchstone Announce Farewell Shows

Kim Seviour at HRH Prog

After their roof-lifting performance at HRH Prog in March, Touchstone have announced the dates of their two farewell gigs with Kim Seviour, who is stepping down for health reasons.

They will be a Boston Music Rooms in London on November 20th, and the following night at The Assembly in Leamington Spa on the 20th. Full details will be announced on the Touchstone website.

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Ayreon’s Human Equation on Stage

Ayreon Human EquationAyreon’s prog opera “The Human Equation” is to be performed on stage, with a cast including Heather Findlay, James LaBrie and Anneke van Giersbergen, all of whom appeared on the original concept album.

The concerts take place at the Nieuwe Luxor, Rotterdam, on September 18, 19 and 20 this year.

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Cloud Atlas to play York in November

Heifi Widdop of  Cloud Atlas at Fibbers, York

Cloud Atlas will be playing a home town headlining gig at The Post Office Social Club in York on Saturday 14th November. The support act will be Chris Helme of Seahorses fame.

This is the day after Mostly Autumn’s showcase gig at The Grand Opera house, which is all the more reason for travelling fans to make a weekend of it.

If you can’t wait until then to see them, they’re also playing an acoustic show supporting the always excellent Jump at the Wesley Centre in Maltby on 25th April, and headline shows in Norwich and Bilston Robin 2 in July and August. Full details of these on the Cloud Atlas gigs page.

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David Hasselhof lays down a challenge to Power Metal

One of the most ridiculously hilarious music videos ever made? Dinosaurs? Hitler? Whoever directed it is either a mad genius, or has access to an awful lot or drugs…

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Ritchie Blackmore, 70 today

Guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore turns 70 today. To celebrate, here’s one of his finest hours, Stargazer, featuring the vocals of the late, great Ronnie Dio and the drums of the late and equally late Cozy Powell.

The album Rainbow Rising, released in 1976 is an acknowledged classic. It would be one of my desert island disks without question.

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Steve Hackett – Love Song to a Vampire

Official video for the song from the album “Wolflight”.

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