In September 2019 the 8th edition of the Progdreams Festival will take place. The indoor festival has grown into an annual event that many prog fans from home and abroad look forward
to. The prog scene seems livelier than ever and we received requests from bands from all over the world for a spot at the festival.
A total of 12 bands will be performing over
three festival days, including Gazpacho, The Watch, John Hackett Band, Sky Architect, Von Hertzen Brothers and many more. Both established names and newcomers get the chance to present themselves to fans of the genre. On Friday, the following bands will take
the stage: Von Hertzen Brothers, The Paradox Twin and Sky Architect. Scroll down for more information about these bands.
Von Hertzen Brothers:Von Hertzen Brothers originates from Finland and is already extremely popular in their home country. Three of their albums reached top spot in the Finnish charts. The core of the group consists
of three brothers Von Hertzen: Mikko, Kie and Jonne. The music is influenced by bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Pink Floyd. The band debuted in 2011 with the album "Experience". Meanwhile, these men have seven studio albums to their name. Their latest
album "War is Over" (2017) received rave reviews. "Without a doubt one of the best albums of 2017", says Maarten Goossensen (Progwereld). http://www.vonhertzenbrothers.com/
The Paradox Twin:
Following in the footsteps of Voices Of The Fuselage and Kepler Ten, British band The Paradox Twin
has chosen to release their debut album, "The Importance of Mr Bedlam" (2018), through the White Star Records label of John Mitchell (Arena, Frost *) and Chris Hillman. Singer Danny Sorrell is the musical brain behind the music of The Paradox Twin. Influences
of The Pineapple Thief, Porcupine Tree and Marillion are clearly audible. An impressive debut and a band that is definitely worth keeping an eye on!
Sky Architect has established itself in recent years as standard-bearer of the Dutch progressive rock
scene. The band is inspired by science fiction classics. Their music is packed with surprising elements, polyrhythms and elaborate song structures. The band was founded in 2008 and now has four albums to its name. Their latest album "Nomad" (2016) marks a
new era. Sky Architect previously shared the stage with bands like Dream Theater, Riverside and The Tangent. The band achieved fame at festivals like Night of the Prog and ProgPower.
the following bands will take the stage: Gazpacho, IO Earth, Finch, Knight Area and The Dame.
The Norwegian band Gazpacho was founded in the 90s and is praised for its unique sound. The music of Gazpacho is difficult to describe,
but comparisons with bands such as Radiohead, Marillion, Porcupine Tree and Anathema are frequently made. The band has several successful albums to its name. Their latest album "Soyuz" (2018) was released via the Kscope label (Steven Wilson, Anathema).
IO Earth is the
band of keyboardist Adam Gough and guitarist Dave Cureton. They determine the sound that evokes associations with Iona, Blackmore's Night, Magenta, Epica, Within Temptation, Mostly Autumn, Karnataka and Flaming Row. But IO Earth sounds different, unique. The
band shows a multitude of styles. At the beginning of 2018 the fourth IO Earth album was released. On this new album, called "Solitude", singer Rosanna Lefevre can be heard for the first time.
Especially for Progdreams, Peter Vink and Cleem Determeijer, together with Mark
Bogert and Pieter van Hoorn, will provide a set with material from legendary band Finch. This Dutch instrumental progressive rock band released three albums in the seventies.
Knight Area:Heavy guitars, a thundering rhythm section,
smooth synths and melodic vocals, that's what Dutch band Knight Area stands for. Founded in 2004 by composer/keyboard player Gerben Klazinga, Knight Area has grown into an established name in symphonic and (neo-) progressively tinted rock through successful
albums and performances. The band now has six studio albums to its name. On their latest album "Heaven and Beyond" (2017) you can enjoy the dexterity of guitarist Mark Bogert, the strong rhythm section of Pieter van Hoorn and Peter Vink, the powerful voice
of Mark Smit and mastermind Gerben Klazinga’s keyboard play will certainly not be lacking . http://knightarea.com/
The Dame takes you back to the romantic era of the roaring 20's: back rooms in smoky nightclubs, whiskey in coffee mugs ... This Hague-based progressive rock band is busy making a name for
itself. The voice of frontwoman Marian van Charante is clear and sensual. Their debut album "Losing Sight of What You Want" (2018) was immediately picked up by the renowned progmedia in Holland. "An album full of passionate, timeless music that is as honest
as gold" according to Dick van de Heijde (Progwereld).
the closing day, the following bands will take the stage: The Watch, John Hackett Band, Moonparticle and Franck Carducci. Scroll down for more information about these bands.
The Watch is from Milan and is known for their pure passion for Genesis.
The voice of frontman Simone Rossetti is very similar to that of Peter Gabriel’s. Under the name The Watch, the band also plays their own material alongside Genesis songs. During this show the band will mainly play songs from their third album "Vacuum"
(2004). The band has played hundreds of shows over the years and is even embraced by Steve Hackett himself. Of course, some Genesis classics will not be missing.
John Hackett Band:
When you mention the name Hackett, many will call out 'Steve', but the
Hackett family has produced another musician that is at least as good, namely John Hackett. Steve’s younger brother is a multi-instrumentalist, who plays guitar, bass and keys alongside the flute, his main instrument. He has a classical and jazz background,
has been part of his brother's band and has worked with Anthony Phillips (Genesis), the English Flute Quartet, Westminster Camerata and was a member of the Symbiosis trio, with which he made so called ambient music. With his own band he makes a combination
of progrock, folk, classic rock and jazz. He just produced an excellent new album, together with guitarist Nick Fletcher, entitled “Beyond The Stars”.
Moonparticle is a music collective put together by Guitarist/Producer Niko Tsonev (ex-Steven Wilson,
featuring an extraordinary group of musicians among which Theo Travis and future Steve Hackett’s tour drummer Craig Blundell
Franck Carducci grew up in a family where music is a way of life. At the tender age of 5 he had his first encounter with a Hammond organ, later went on playing guitar and joined his first rock band when he was just 14 years old. After falling in love with
bands like Pink Floyd and Genesis, he devoted himself to progressive rock.
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