Russian chamber-prog duo Iamthemorning have been added to the Prog Stage on Sunday 30th July at The Rambiin’ Man Fair. And though not yet confirmed on the website, Summer’s End have posted on Twitter that they’ll also be the Friday night headliners on October 6th
Disappointingly for many prog fans, especially those who bought full weekend tickers before the bill was announced, the Prog Stage at RMF is just on the Sunday this year, with a hard rock stage taking its place on the Saturday. Fortunately single day tickets are available.
With the Friday night headliner still to be confirmed, Frost* will headline on Saturday night, with The Tangent and Karmakanic co-headlining on Sunday.
The bill also includes Franck Carducci, Maschine, Southern Empire, Elephants of Scotland, Midnight Sun, Half Past Four, Karobow and Weenbo. If you haven’t heard of half of those, neither have I, but that’s the whole point of Summer’s End. It’s not one of those festivals with a predictable lineup heavy with heritage acts; it’s all about new discoveries, and brings in bands from Australia and the US who seldom perform in the UK
The festival will be held on October 6th to 8th 2017 at The Drill Hall, Lower Church St, Chepstow.
More details on the bands at the The Summer’s End Progressive Rock Festival website.
Dutch neo-proggers Knight Area are out of Summer’s End festival.
As reported by Prog
The band say: “Due to technical demands which cannot be met, we have to withdraw from Summer’s End. Both organising committee and we as a band decided together in good harmony that we would not be able to take care of a top-notch show as the technical conditions we need to give our audience the show they deserve could not be fulfilled.
“Knight Area will be part of the Summer’s End festival in a future edition of the festival and we look forward to this. We feel sorry not to play, especially for the fans who bought tickets, but we hope you will understand that we only want to play if we can perform to the standards we think are necessary for a good show.
One can only specululate as to what these technical demands might be. But those of us with long memories may remember The Classic Rock Society’s Octoberfest in Wath-upon-Dearne way back in 2009.
Knight Area were special guests, with Breathing Space headlining on a bill that also included Mermaid Kiss (playing a very rare electric set) and Tinyfish. Despite not being the headliner Knight Area insisted on using their own sound board and sound engineer. This caused a significant delay to the start, throwing out the entire schedule, and forcing the headliners to play a truncated set because of the venue’s curfew. None of the other bands on the bill were impressed.
The replacement on the bill for Summer’s End is The Heather Findlay band, who were on superb form at the Cambridge Rock Festival in August.