The Prog Blog – Our Week In Prog
Well most of last week was taken up with the Ed’s epic bike ride to Download. He, along with 35 others set off from Alexandra Palace in London at about 9am on Wednesday and crossed the finishing line at Download at 12.30pm on Friday. Two and a half days, 161 miles, a bit of pain, a dash of chafing, a spot of cycling through pouring rain and some seemingly insurmountable hills were all encountered along the way. But the overriding factor was one of great fun and the end goal of raising considerable money for charity – in this instance, Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer and Childline. At the moment the total raised by everyone on the ride stands at around sixty five thousand pounds. The link for donations will be open for a few weeks if anyone out there is feeling charitable: https://www.justgiving.com/HMTruant.
Speaking of the ride, Jerry says: “It was physically probably the toughest thing I’ve ever done, but ultimately a very worthwhile experience. I did feel for James from TesseracT though. He foolishly did not invest in gel padded cycle shorts or a gel saddle cover. On the final leg of day two, as we rode towards Leicester, he sorrowfully confided ‘My arse isn’t in very good shape’. I gave him some Deep Heat when we got to the hotel, sat back and enjoyed the howls of anguish emanating from his room!”
The rest of the weekend was spent at Download. Art Ed Russell was there as well, and although there wasn’t a huge amount of prog on offer, we did enjoy The Algorithm, Katatonia, Karnivool, Mastodon, Devin and Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats. The usual post gig party in the TeamRock tent backstage was as great as always, although the Ed was less impressed when he discovered, having to share a hotel room with Russell, that the Art Ed snores Wishbone Ash tunes in his sleep!
Til next week, prog on…