Big Big Train will be the last band to perform at the Final Night of the Prog Festival 2024
Big Big Train have a lengthy history with numerous twists and turns since the band was co-founded by Gregory Spawton on the south coast of the UK in the early 1990s. With 2009’s The Underfall Yard, which featured vocalist David Longdon for the first time, Big Big Train earned a place in the prog Olympus and went on to produce exciting albums with impressive and extensive line-ups. Albums such as English Electric Parts 1 & 2, Folklore, Grimspound and The Second Brightest Star were rapturously received by fans and critics alike.
In 2018, Big Big Train played their first concert in Germany as headliners of the Night Of The Prog festival at the Loreley. This memorable performance is one of the highlights of the festival‘s history and is also available as a Blu-ray concert film (Summer Shall Not Fade).
After the Grand Tour, Common Ground and Welcome To The Planet albums, the tragic death of David Longdon in 2021 and an enforced break due to COVID, Big Big Train returned to the stage in autumn 2022 with new singer Alberto Bravin (known from Italian prog legends PFM) and once again impressed fans and critics alike. In August and September this year Big Big Train played their first ever full European tour, titled The Journey Continues, performing 17 shows across nine countries in 21 days.
Big Big Train released the Ingenious Devices album in summer 2023 with new recordings from 2019 of three of their best loved epic tracks about mankind and machinery (East Coast Racer, Brooklands and Voyager) and a live track exploring the same theme from 2022 (Altantic Cable). In addition, the first studio album with vocalist Alberto Bravin will be released in spring 2024. This album will represent the band’s first release on the InsideOut/Sony label.
After their brilliant performance in 2018, Big Big Train will now be the last band to perform at the final Night Of The Prog Festival on Sunday 21st July 2024. And with their performance, which will feature a mixture of classics from the band‘s history and songs from the forthcoming studio album, they will close the story of Night Of The Prog.
Alongside Spawton and Bravin, the band has an impressive list of musicians, including drummer Nick D’Virgilio and guitarist/keyboardist Rikard Sjöblom, with experience for bands and artists such as Genesis, PFM, Tears For Fears, Spock’s Beard, Beardfish, among others.
Tickets for the Final Night Of The Prog Festival 2024 are available in the WiV Ticket Shop