Progressive Music Awards 2013: Vote For Your Live Event Choice Now!
We’ve not been short of live spectacles in the prog sphere. It was tough to narrow it down, but here are the ones that stood out in the last 12 months. Make sure you let us know your favourite live event here.
Opeth/Anathema – Union Chapel
They’re two very special bands anyway, but stripping down their unique sounds for the delightful Union Chapel setting, both Opeth and Anathema add extra dimension to modern progressive music.
The inaugural weekender from the Hard Rock Hell stalwarts won us over with a tremendous and eclectic bill that featured legends Hawkwind, Caravan and Curved Air among newer acts such as Von Hertzen Brothers, TesseracT and Haken. A great start to the prog festival season.
Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited II, Hammersmith Apollo
A packed out crowd pretty much sang every word of the Genesis classics that Hackett has reinvented for a new progressive age. An unforgettable experience for those in attendance.
Marillion – Weekenders
Sold out within minutes of their announcement, Marillion take their music to Europe and Canada with these fan-packed events that secure the bond between band and fans.
Celebr8.2 – Kingston Hippodrome
This is what happens when prog fans get together and believe in the power of the music. Celebr8.2′s second year saw an impressive international cast strut their stuff before an adoring audience.
Neal Morse/Flower Kings/Transatlantic – Camden Electric Ballroom
It was a night of prog rock royalty when these three artists combined with three sets of the most exquisite progressive music. When Steve Hackett joined them for an encore it was the icing on a very grand cake.
Devin Townsend’s Retinal Circus
His biggest and boldest show to date, Devin’s manic rock opera hit Camden Roundhouse for one night only last October. With a cast of hundreds, a gospel choir and a giant vagina (!) it was the eye-boggling spectacle we’d hoped for, and more!
Cruise To the Edge
Five days, 10 acts and a Caribbean cruise? It was a unique voyage of discovery for Yes fans when they hit the ocean waves in March alongside their heroes. Both ambitious and joyous, the Storyteller Sessions and Q&As were particularly welcomed by stars and fans alike.
Ian Anderson – Thick As A Brick, Royal Albert Hall
Cutting a sprightly figure on stage, Ian Anderson breathed new life into the 41-year old Thick As A Brick while the new instalment proved his creative fires still burn bright.
Kraftwerk at Tate Modern
Celebrating four decades at the vanguard of electronica, the seminal German quartet steered eight events, focused on a classic album a night, at this exemplary art space. Sold out within nanoseconds, the appeal of the krautrock’s Gott-fathers clearly remains undiminished.
Made your choice? Get voting now!