NOTP 2023 – Friday, 14 July: ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN confirmed!

Anneke van Giersbergen performs Kate Bush!

When someone wrote on Twitter that Anneke van Giersbergen was the only person she could think of who could be trusted with Kate Bush’s music, it made the Dutch singer think that this might indeed be a fascinating challenge. Anneke had discovered Kate Bush as a teenager and spent countless hours listening to the Hounds of Love album. Her admiration for the enigmatic Bush had never faded, although Van Giersbergen—unlike her idol—craves performing live.

This Night Of The Prog show is the first time that Anneke will be paying homage to Kate Bush outside the Netherlands. Out of respect for Bush’s authenticity, she has reimagined the songs within her own sound universe, but for every Kate Bush fan, this is a unique opportunity to hear these songs live.

After thirteen years as the front woman for melancholic metallers, The Gathering, Anneke van Giersbergen struck out on her own in 2007. Since then, her creativity has known no bounds. Anneke quickly solidified a successful solo career, and has recorded and performed with Canadian metal genius Devin Townsend multiple times. She has also lent her serene yet powerful voice to the likes of: Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen, Icelandic folk group Árstíðir, Within Temptation, Amorphis, and prog legend John Wetton.

Anneke van Giersbergen sings Kate Bush

2012’s Everything is Changing was something of a milestone in Anneke’s solo career. The album, which was the first to be released under her own name, received two Edison Award nominations – Holland’s most prestigious music prize – in the categories ‘Best Female Artist’ and ‘Best Album’.

In 2015, Anneke van Giersbergen and Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) released their collaborative album The Diary under the name The Gentle Storm.

In October 2017, Anneke’s progressive metal outfit VUUR released their much-anticipated debut album. In This Moment We Are Free – Cities entered the Dutch Album Top 100 at number 2, Anneke’s highest-ever chart position.

Forever the unpredictable artist, in late 2018, Anneke released Symphonized, an 11-track live orchestral album. It was recorded at two career-spanning concerts alongside Residentie Orkest The Hague, and features rearrangements of songs from her entire back catalogue.

2019 saw Dutch music copyright organisation Buma Cultuur honor Anneke with the Buma ROCKS! Export Award. This is their award for the Most Successful Dutch Artist Abroad in Heavy Music.

In 2021, the release of her new solo album The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest saw Anneke surprise her fans all over again.


ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN will perform with her band on Friday, 14 July 2023 at the Night Of The Prog Festival, presenting a special “Anneke performs Kate Bush” Show!

Tickets for the Night Of The Prog Festival 2023 are available in the WiV Ticket Shop!

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