PROG LOG #9. Our Week In Prog
It was one of those weird weeks where we stumble towards deadline, but actually end up wrapping up the issue at the beginning of the next week (in real terms that’s today and tomorrow), so despite the heavy flow of work to be done, there’s still time for fun and games. In other words Jo Prog doesn’t have to cancel any of the Eds appointments to make certain he doesn’t disappear off for a long lunch at any inopportune moments!
Tuesday found Rus and Jo Prog in Finsbury Park conducting the cover shoot for Prog 29. And having seen the finished article we can safely say we’re pretty pleased with the way things turned out. Obviously we’re not going to let you know just what we’ve come up with, but suffice to say we did a similar cover last year which worked a treat, and we think you’ll like this one too.
Gigwise Jo Prog went to see shouty French prog metallers Gojira at Islington Academy and had a mighty fine time, whilst the Ed dusted down his glam rock duds and went to the album playback of the new Darkness album at the Hotel Street Bar on Charing Cross Road. The weekend provided even more opportunity for prog giggage, with the Ed popping down to se the Solstice/IO Earth show at the Underworld. Good to have a natter with Steven Wilson down there, the latter intriguing us with his Hobbit test (something that might appear in a future issue of Prog), but it was disappointing to note the size of the audience. Suffice to say promoting a gig and attracting an audience goes way beyond announcing it in your own website or Facebook page!! Lessons not missed by House Of Progression who had teamed up with Prog magazine for Sunday’s show with Haken and support band Bleeding Oath at the Borderline. A very healthy crowd for HOP’s first gig in central London and a top night’s entertainment. It went so well we even made allowances for Rus trying to talk to people about Wishbone Ash. Although he admits he can’t remember getting home!
Oh, and we even found ourselves in the posh confines of BAFTA in London’s Piccadilly for the launch of MP Mike Weatherley’s Film The House campaign, which highlights the need for greater protection of intellectual property in filmmaking. We have to say the canapes and free beer went down a lot better than the Ed’s combat shorts and tattooed legs!!