Celebr8 – Running Times & Acoustic Stage Announced
The first Celebr8 prog festival will happen on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8 at the 2000-capacity Hippodrome in Kingston.
A House Of Progression promotion, IQ are to headline the first night, playing the whole of their 1997 double album Subterranea, with a specially designed stage set. It Bites, who recently released the well received Map Of The Past album, top the bill on the second night.
Says House Of Progression mainman Twang: “It just feels like the right time for an event like this. What we’ve got is a line-up that combines both up and coming and more established bands. The venue itself is amazing. Everything is state-of-the-art, and there are three levels, with lots of seating available, as well as wheelchair access and a disabled area. So everyone can watch this in comfort. And the sound will be excellent wherever you are in the Hippodrome.”
The full line-up is as follows:
IQ – 8-10pm
Pallas – 5.30-7pm
The Tangent – 3.30-5pm
Sean Filkins – 2-3pm
Matt Stevens – 7.05-7.55pm
Gary Chandler – 5.05-5.25pm
Kerry Chicione – 3.05-3.25pm
It Bites – 9-10.45pm
Magenta – 7-8.30pm
Touchstone – 5.15-6.30pm
Tinyfish – 3.30-4.45pm
Dec Burke – 2-3pm
Alan Reed – 8.35-8.55pm
Kerry Chicione – 6.35-6.55pm
Gary Chandler – 4.50-5.10pm
Kerry Chicione, who recently left Mars Hollow, who had been due to perform, will not only be appearing as a solo artist on the acoustic stage but will also be guesting with Touchstone (who replaced Mars Hollow on the bill) on a special song, and one more act is to be added to the acoustic stage for July 8.
In addition, there is also to be a special announcement at Celebr8.
“I can’t tell you in advance what it is,” adds Twang. “But it’s going to get a lot of people excited. And we will have a small number of advance tickets for this event on sale during the festival.”
Weekend tickets for Celebr8 itself cost £70, with day tickets also available, costing £45. You can get these from www.celebr8prog.com, or www.themerchdesk.com.