NOTP 2024 – Friday, 19 July: RIVERSIDE confirmed!

Over the past 20 years, Polish masters RIVERSIDE have built an excellent reputation. With many tours, more than 700 live shows all over the world, seven full-length albums, two mini albums, and two live albums, the band has become one of the bands at the forefront of modern progressive rock.
In the autumn of 2018 the band released Wasteland which became their biggest success so far. The album was high in many end-of-year album lists, and for some, it was even at the very top (like in the German Eclipsed Magazine). They also won a gold record award in their home country where the album was number 1 on the rock charts.
After playing a string of big shows in 2018/2019, they went on one last tour leg in Europe, in early 2020, before planning to go back into the studio to begin work on a new album. While being on the road for just three days, Covid hit, and during the following weeks, several countries were starting to close down. The majority of the shows took place but after two weeks, they had to hurry to get back home before borders were closed. Having this happen at the highest point of their popularity didn’t break them.

Photo by Radek Zawadzki

After a period of downtime, the band returned to the road in 2022. Touring in North America, South America, and Europe, they also worked hard on a new album which the band have just completed.
Now, with fresh energy and confidence, the band looks forward to a busy 2023.
They have released the new album ID.Entity on January 20th, 2023, followed by touring in the US, as well as shows planned in the UK/Scandinavia/Poland in the Spring.
With further touring planned throughout 2023, the future looks bright for these trailblazers of contemporary progressive rock music. The chart entries of the new album were amazing, i.e. #4 in Germany!

RIVERSIDE performed at Night Of The Prog in 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2018. They will return for the Final Night Of The Prog Festival 2024 and they will be performing on Friday, 19 July 2023 in one of the two headliner spots!

Tickets for the Final Night Of The Prog Festival 2024 are available in the WiV Ticket Shop.


Official website
YouTube Channel

NOTP 2024 – Sunday, 21 July: THE WINDMILL confirmed!

Norwegian progressive rock band THE WINDMILL have more than 20 years of band history. They started in 2001 just for the fun of it, as a side project next to various other bands that the members at that time were involved in. The background for both the band and the name is a “revelation” Keyboardist Jean Robert Viita had somewhere in Germany in the early 90s. Above a hilltop, a wind mill farm appeared, and Jeanni discovered that the rotors in the windmills seemed to rotate in time with Camel’s Moonmadness playing on the car stereo. There and then the seed of The Windmill was sown! Founding members were Jean R. Viita (keyboards, vocals), Morten Clason (sax, flutes, guitars, vocals, keyboards) and Arnfinn Isaksen (bass). Bent Jensen (guitars), Vidar Kleivane (drums) and Erik Borgen (guitars, vocals) were later added to the line-up and for the next few years the band was actively writing material and performing live when possible.

Work on their debut album To Be Continued started already in 2005. At the time the band began to take shape as a proper band and not just a side project, and regular rehearsals were introduced, parallel to the studio work. It took the band several years to finish work on their debut album, a time where the band also had to face challenges with band members leaving and coming. Nevertheless, To Be Continued was finally released in May 2010.

In 2011, The Windmill got the chance to bring their music out to a larger audience, when a gratifying number of gigs appeared after the CD release: Nordkappfestivalen, Honningsvåg, warm-up for Fish in Drammen, and for The Watch at John Dee, Oslo , Norway and the Art Rock Festival in Lidköping, Sweden should be mentioned. The band became a well-known act in the Scandinavian prog scene.

Their second album The Continuation was released in 2013. The years 2010-2016 offered several pleasant tours and concerts at home and abroad. In particular, it was incredibly nice to play on the main stage at the Cambridge Rock Festival in 2014 and 2016, Haugaland Progrock Festival in Haugesund, with e.g. Junipher Greene, in 2015 and the concert with Adventure and Fish in Kimen cultural center in Stjørdal, also in 2015, just to name a few.

Before their third album Tribus was released, THE WINDMILL had to face another loss: Their drummer Sammi Nøland had contracted cancer. Although he managed to record his parts for the album, he sadly dies before the album’s release. Tribus was officially released in November 2018 in connection with the release gig at Belleville in Oslo, where drummer Kristoffer Utby took over the drums.  Once again, the reviews were fantastic, both in Norway and abroad. In the wake of Tribus there was extensive gig activity in 2019, where the highlights must be said to be the Night Of The Prog festival in Loreley, Germany in July, and the Summers End festival in Wales in October.

COVID also had an impact on THE WINDMILL with less activity between 2020 and 2022, but they eventually started working on album number 4 in August 2022.

THE WINDMILL will perform on Sunday, 21 July 2024 during the Final Night Of The Prog Festival on the Loreley!

Tickets for the Final Night Of The Prog Festival 2024 are available in the WiV Ticket Shop.

Official website

NOTP 2024 – Sunday, 21 July: MEER confirmed!

MEER are an 8-piece alternative progressive pop orchestra from Norway. Their trademarks are a massive sound, fabulous melodies and awesome vocal harmonies. In addition, the listener can always expect quite a few surprises.

MEER started out as a duo in Hamar, Norway in 2008, and since then the duo has expanded considerably to become what it is today: an eight-piece eclectic collective whose music is a mix of orchestral pop, classical music and progressive rock. With their grandiose string arrangements and polyphonic vocals, MEER’s sound is far from minimalistic and flows in seemingly constant motion.

Today’s line-up comprises siblings Johanne and Knut Kippersund on vocals, Eivind
on guitar, Asa Ree on violin, Ingvild Nordstoga Eide on viola, Ole Giestel on piano, Morten Strypet on bass and Mats Lillehaug on drums.

The first self-titled album was released in 2016 and received a positive feedback from fans and music press. MEER have released their second album Playing House to critical acclaim in January of 2021, and are now more than ready to go out into the world to play.
Sonic Perspectives said about Playing House: “When you discover a new favorite band, you want to shout their name from the rooftops.”
Prog Magazine: “Almost irritatingly gorgeous from start to finish”
Powerplay Magazine: “Enchanting and anodyne in equal meassure, Playing House is an alluring work of pure genius”
Currently the band is finishing a new album.

If you like your progressive rock to be symphonic, orchestral, melodic, catchy and with lots of energetic spurs, you should enjoy a MEER concert.

They will perform on Sunday, 21 July 2024 during the Final Night Of The Prog Festival on the Loreley!

Tickets for the Final Night Of The Prog Festival 2024 are available in the WiV Ticket Shop.

MEER Links:

NOTP 2024 – Friday, 19 Juli: IZZ confirmed!

Without question one of the brightest lights on the American symphonic progressive rock scene, IZZ melds classic and modern prog influences, strong melodies, complex male-female multi-part vocal harmonies, and stirring guitar, synthesizer, bass, and double-drumming work into a refreshing musical sound.

Since the release of their first album in 1999, IZZ has been a stalwart of the American progressive rock music scene. Combining a passion for melody with an adventurous musical spirit, IZZ has produced some of American progressive rock’s most beloved songs of the last 20 years including Coming Like Light, Star Evil Gnoma Su, Late Night Salvation and 23 Minutes of Tragedy.

IZZ marked the 20th Anniversary of the release of their breakout album, I Move, by releasing a special remastered edition of the album including over an hour of bonus tracks in October 2022.

IZZ released their most recent studio album Don’t Panic to critical acclaim in May 2019. Centered around the 18+ minute epic, 42, Don’t Panic revealed a fresh, new energy evidenced immediately by the title track’s driving bass and catchy hooks, the unpredictable musical twists of Age of Stars, and the instrumental tour-de-force Moment of Inertia.

IZZ is currently nearly finished recording their new studio album which will be ready for release in the first half of 2024, just in time to present parts of it on the Loreley!

Band Line-Up:

Paul Bremner: Electric Guitar
Anmarie Byrnes: Vocals
Brian Coralian: Drums and Percussion
Greg DiMiceli: Drums and Percussion
John Galgano: Bass Guitar, Vocals
Tom Galgano: Keyboards, Vocals
Laura Meade: Vocals

IZZ will perform on Friday, 19 July 2024 during the Night Of The Prog Festival on the Loreley!

Tickets for the Final Night Of The Prog Festival 2024 are available in the WiV Ticket Shop.

IZZ Links:
Official Website
X (Twitter)

NOTP 2024 – Friday, 19 Juli: SYLVAN confirmed!

Flashback: The first Night Of The Prog Festival took place in 2006 – at the time it lasted only one day. One of the bands who performed during the premiere festival was the band SYLVAN, who were to be guests at the Loreley a few more times after that. So they were there when we started the journey – and they will be there when it ends …

SYLVAN were founded 25 years ago (strictly speaking, the band has existed since 1991, but at that time still under the name Chamäleon). Of the three founding members, Volker Söhl and Matthias Harder are still part of the band today. SYLVAN became known to a wider audience in the prog scene in 2005, when they opened for Marillion.

Over the years, SYLVAN have shown quite a variety of styles – concept albums, which are something of a standard in prog, have been recorded by the band as well as albums with shorter, catchier songs. Up until 2015, the band released music regularly and were quite often part the line-up of the Night Of The Prog Festival. After that, it became quieter around the band before a new album, One To Zero, was released in 2021.

After their last show in 2019, they’re now entering the stage again, doing both a best-of-show and playing the highlights of their almost 25years long lasting history.

Band Line-Up:

Marco Glühmann: Vocals
Volker Söhl: Keyboards
Sebastian Harnack: Bass
Matthias Harder: Drums
Johnny Beck: Guitars

SYLVAN will perform on Friday, 19 July 2024 during the Night Of The Prog Festival on the Loreley!

Tickets for the Final Night Of The Prog Festival 2024 are available in the WiV Ticket Shop.

Official Website

NOTP 2024 – Friday, 19 July: ALEX HENRY FOSTER confirmed!

Alex Henry Foster, who attracted attention in Europe especially in 2022, is a Canadian singer and co-founder of the band Your Favorite Enemies, with whom he released four albums. The death of his father in 2016 marked a break in Foster’s life and he left the band.

Windows In The Sky, his first solo album, was released in 2018 and went straight into the Canadian Top 5. The album was made with the help of his old bandmates. Two years later, it was released worldwide, followed by the live album Standing Under Bright Lights in 2021, which was recorded for a CD/DVD release at a Montreal music festival.

For Foster, music has always been a refuge, a gateway to other worlds. His father’s Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath albums and his mother’s old rock’n’roll singles provided escape from the realities of growing up poor in Montreal. “That town does not treat poor people well,” he says. “I come from a difficult background, very blue collar. Music kept us together as a family. It was the most beautiful gift I could have received. My parents had nothing, and, in music, they gave me everything.”

His music unfolds a hypnotic effect, especially live – the tracks are sometimes improvised and extended to more than 20 minutes by the very well-rehearsed band. It seems as if there is a blind understanding among the band members, as if they are all very good friends with each other and as if they have already experienced a lot together. The audience is also integrated again and again and taken along by the charismatic frontman Foster. The tracks themselves often start quietly and increase into large, sometimes wall-of-sound thunderstorms of sound. Foster lets the listener share in his pain and despair and seems to process his past over and over again, almost like self-therapy. He grabs the audience with it because probably everyone has had to go through loss and grief in their own way. With this, Foster finds the connection and connects his audience to each other….
The intonation of Foster’s chanting sometimes reminds one of Anne Clark‘s great deeds of the 80s …

In Europe, Foster most recently performed as the opening act for the band The Pineapple Thief and impressed the audience there.

Foster was part of the line-up for the 2023 festival, but had to cancel his participation due to health issues. We are looking forward to finally seeing him and his band perform in 2024!

Alex Henry Foster and his band will perform on the Loreley on Friday, 19 July 2024.

Tickets for the Night Of The Prog Festival 2024 are available in our WiV Ticket Shop!

Alex Henry Foster Links:
Official website
YouTube Channel

NOTP 2024 – Saturday, 20 July: LAZULI confirmed!

Few bands are as closely associated with the Night Of The Prog Festival history as LAZULI. In a way, the band has grown with the festival. First they were newcomers or an insider tip. Recently they played as co-headliners. It was only logical to book Lazuli for the final Night Of The Prog Festival 2024.

LAZULI are a French prog rock band who released their new studio album “11” in 2023 and played concerts in Europe in May. They wrap their words in poetry and express them with music – interpreted by atypical instruments. This is what makes the band special – and it is a uniqueness that characterises these 5 musicians. LAZULI are probably the most famous and recognised French progressive pop/rock band and have become increasingly popular outside France in recent years.

LAZULI will perform on Saturday, 20 July.

Tickets for the Final Night Of The Prog Festival 2024 are available in the WiV Ticket Shop.

Band Line-Up:

Dominique LEONETTI: Vocals, guitars 12 and 6 strings
Arnaud BEYNEY: Guitar
Claude LEONETTI: Léode
Romain THOREL: Keyboards & French horn
Vincent BARNAVOL: Drums, perc & marimba


Official Website
X (Twitter)

NOTP2024 WhatsApp Festival Channel

In addition to our website and our social media pages (Facebook, X (Twitter) and Instagram), you can now also keep up with the latest news via our new NOTP WhatsApp Community Channel. You can easily join the NOTP Community Channel via this link.

In this community, only admins will post news and information about the 2024 festival. These are usually band announcements and later also information about the festival logistics. Members of the community cannot post anything. It is purely an information channel and as such an additional service for you. Your mobile phone number is invisible to other users in this community. You can also send the link to friends so they can join the community. All postings usually link to our website – as usual with links to the English and German pages.

The first band announcement will be made later this weekend.

Final Night Of The Prog 2024

Dear friends of the Night of the Prog Festival,

yes, it’s true. The 17th Night Of The Prog Festival (19-21 July 2024) will also be our last. There is certainly no perfect time for such news and so we have decided to inform you directly and include the news in our new header image. We know that the festival on the Loreley means a lot to you – it’s special for us as well. But we wanted to let you know early on that next year is definitely the last chance to visit the festival on the Loreley again. We will do everything we can to make it a worthy and glorious farewell to the Loreley. And for all those who may still be busy planning their holidays etc., perhaps we can convince you to include the festival in your plans once again.

Many of you wonder and ask why. We understand that, of course. Well, it was not an easy decision. On the one hand, we are all not getting any younger and all things must end some day. But there were also a number of other factors that gradually made it more and more difficult for us to organize such a festival. In recent years, there have been a whole series of bad news with Brexit, the pandemic and then the Russian war against the Ukraine and the resulting economic consequences (especially inflation). Costs are rising in all areas, the Brexit made it considerably more difficult to book many bands, and the staff situation in the business is also far from returning to previous levels after two years of work ban. In addition, there are logistical challenges on the Loreley festival site and the whole area, which had caused further difficulties over the years and forced us to find quick and individual solutions more often. The Night Of The Prog is and remains a niche festival, but it also has to work according to economic principles. And this became more difficult from year to year.

We know you are saddened by the news. Next year it will be 20 years since we first discussed the idea of such a festival. Then in 2006 the first Night Of The Prog took place and since then it became a trademark in the business. Eventually, a 3-day festival established itself on one of the most beautiful festival grounds in the world. We think back to memorable performances, to the many up-and-coming bands for whom the festival was a huge step forward in their career, and we think ahead and look forward to a terrific last festival in 2024. We look forward to an enthusiastic audience and to saying goodbye, together with you, to this wonderful place.
It’s not over yet, but we want to thank you all for the great support over the last 17 years!

We will do everything we can to put together an attractive and varied line-up for what is sure to be a very special festival. We will start with the announcements shortly.

Winfried Völklein and his team at WiV / NOTP

Night Of The Prog 2023 – Thank You!

Dear Prog Community,

Three wonderful festival days are behind us and the WiV team would like to thank everyone who came to the festival.

We tried to take your suggestions into account beforehand after the experiences of previous festivals. This time we have organized the camping ourselves and decided to keep it as simple as possible for you while maintaining a higher standard of handling. We also stayed in contact with you during the festival and are happy that our efforts were appreciated.

We were able to separate the merchandise stand and the signing tent (where our graphic artist Frank exhibits his paintings every year) a bit, so that both had enough space. We were also very pleased about the great motivation of the bands to participate in the signing and of course your interest in it.

The line-up this year was a challenge in terms of composition, but in the end we were able to offer a very good mix of styles. Thank you very much for all the positive comments!

There were many highlights – Nick Mason (79 now!) and his band celebrated a real party full of early Pink Floyd classics and deep cuts, CYAN made themselves the secret festival stars with a splendid Pete Jones, Franck Carducci brought the rock to a boil with his Fantastic Squads and also had the most impressive signing session. The Musical Box managed to keep away the rain until almost the end and celebrated the story of The Lamb on Broadway one last time. Wishbone Ash celebrated a proud 50 years of their classic ARGUS, Abel Ganz virtually came out of the woodwork and on Sunday we had prog metal greats Soen and Leprous who played impressive sets. Anneke van Giersbergen had to improvise a bit after her keyboard player had to go to hospital at short notice. But even with the programme changed at short notice, Anneke took the audience by storm.

But it was also the new upcoming bands that made 2023 special. The festival opener on Friday, Time Shift Accident, raised the bar quite a bit. Agusa came with a brand new album, which was appropriately released on the Friday of the festival, and thrilled the fans. On Saturday, it was Aedon who kicked things off as newcomers and got the rock in the mood. FUCHS are not so new anymore, but still an insider tip and they also came with a new album. They have even released a digital Night Of The Prog EP before the festival. At noon on Sunday, the Ukrainians Karfagen played straight into the hearts of the fans. Mad Fellaz also managed to do the same and Oak once again showed why they were so well received in 2019. Panzerballett‘s cracking mix of styles with drumming legend Virgil Donati was certainly a challenge for many, but in the end it blended in excellently. Esthesis from France should now enjoy greater attention beyond their national borders.

Unfortunately, Alex Henry Foster could not perform due to health reasons – some fans took this as an opportunity to send him a video message and photos, which touched Alex very much. Here you can see a photo of this:

Your feedback on the 2023 Festival, which you have posted especially on social media, makes us mighty proud and is a great motivation to make it even better next year. Of course we can’t influence everything, but we always try to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Looking ahead to next year, we will remain in contact with the operators in order to achieve further improvements in catering, for example. We are particularly pleased that the camping situation is now much better. In addition, there was good cooperation with the security and the regulations regarding the chairs on the grounds also worked well and there were no incidents.

The Early Bird Sale is running this week and after the summer we will also start announcing the first bands.

We look forward to 2024 and of course any suggestions you may have. Feel free to send us an email!

Thanks again and best regards
Win Völklein and the WiV team!

Photos: Christian Gerhardts

Update: Ferry on sunday

Positive news: On Sunday the car ferry will also be run after the last act (Leprous). After the show, please proceed quickly to the ferry terminal, you will all get to the other side safely.

NOTP 2023: Signing Sessions

This has also become a tradition. We are once again offering organised signing sessions during the changeover breaks. You can then get autographs from the bands next to the merchandise in the signing tent (where Frank Grabowski also exhibits his prog art). Our staff will make sure everything runs smoothly.

Most of the bands have also confirmed their participation in 2023. Changes are possible, please keep an eye on the notices.

Notes: Nick Mason sells pre-signed merchandise on site and will therefore not take part in the signing session. Anneke van Giersbergen has no merchandise with her and will therefore not take part in the signing session.
On the second day Wishbone Ash will be at the signing session, but they don’t have any merchandise with them, so you’ll have to bring that with you.
On the third day, Soen can’t take part in the signing due to logistical reasons, Leprous haven’t made a statement yet.


16:00 AGUSA
18:45 CYAN


17:30 AEDON


17:15 OAK

NOTP 2023: Prog Art – by Frank Grabowski

It’s already becoming a tradition that our graphic artist Frank Grabowski exhibits his art works in the Signing Tent.

This time Frank has many paintings and art prints with a focus on The Lamb lies down on Broadway, matching the worldwide final Lamb show of The Musical Box.

With Progery Tyme by Frank’s partner CLAN-ART, limited direct prints on brushed aluminium are are offered on the Loreley for the first time. Motifs that make the heart of every prog fan beat faster.

Frank is also a treasure hunter, he brings the last 25 posters of a “Lamb” painting (1979) by our loyal fan Gottfried Dittrich to the Loreley.





NOTP 2023: Detailed schedule for Sunday (16/7)

In this article we will give you a brief overview of the exact times and the schedule for the third day of our festival.

Tickets for the festival are available at the box office!

Parking on the grounds is free for all festival visitors. The box office is located at the entrance.

On Sunday the box office will open at 10:00 am. Please note that for technical reasons it is NOT possible to pay by card – cash only.

The beer garden behind the stage as well as the beer garden at the visitor centre are located outside the festival area and will be open from 11 am.

The times of the schedule are without guarantee and subject to change. There will be 15-30 minute breaks between performances. The exact schedule of the day:

11:45 Doors
12:15 Karfagen
13:30 Mad Fellaz
14:45 Oak
16:00 Panzerballett
17:45 Esthesis
19:30 Soen
21:30 Leprous

23:00 End

The shuttle buses will take you back down to the village after the concert. You can find out more about the shuttle service in this news item.

You can also find more information here on our website in the Festival section and in this news item.

NOTP 2023: On-site map, ferry, camping, last minute tickets and more …

To help you find your way around this year, we have put together some information for you.


The WiV ticket shop will be sending out tickets until Monday 10 July. After that, you still have the possibility to buy tickets in advance via Eventim with the print-at-home function. On all three festival days there will be enough tickets at the box office. You can also upgrade your tickets there (for example, if you only have a Friday ticket but want to be there for two or three days).
IMPORTANT: For technical reasons, only cash payment is possible at the box office on the festival grounds.


Caravan camping will finally take place on the flatter meadow again and is therefore also closer to the festival site. You can also do your camping check-in closer to the festival site! There will be enough toilets and showers with up-to-date technical equipment on the camping site and the use of these is already included in the camping tickets. Further information can be found in the Camping FAQ on the website.

Chairs on the festival grounds

Chairs with legs are only allowed in the upper part on the lawn (to the right of the entrance). In the area of the amphitheater (auditorium), seat cushions and seat aids WITHOUT legs may be used. It is mandatory that all escape routes (e.g. the stairs in the auditorium) are kept clear at all times. If you have questions, you can also ask the security there.


The merchandise stand and the area for the signing sessions will be located near the “old” entrance this year. You will get more information about the signing sessions during the weekend!

Bus / Shuttle

There is a standard bus line (535) operated by the local public transport company and there is the Loreley Shuttle Service. They offer a bundle for all three days plus single day fares. You can then drive up and down as many times as you want. Buy tickets here or on site.
Please note: Shuttle buses operate until 30 min after the last show each day!


As already announced in the detailed procedures for Friday and Saturday, the car ferry will bring all cars back across the Rhine on these days after the end of the last show.
For operational reasons, only the passenger ferry can run on Sunday after the end of the show. This means: You leave your cars on the other side of the Rhine in St. Goar on Sunday and take the shuttle bus up to the festival grounds and then down again. As the ferry is only operated by one person, we have to charge the fare in advance. We therefore ask everyone who uses the ferry to St. Goar on Sunday evening (after 10pm) to pick up their ticket at the box office for €3 per person. The ferry will bring you to the other side after the final show (Leprous).


Positive news: On Sunday the car ferry will also be run after the last act (Leprous). After the show, please proceed quickly to the ferry terminal, you will all get to the other side safely.

Hotel / Shuttle Service

For all those who have booked a hotel & shuttle service: There will be a fixed pickup place for the transfer this year.

Site plan

For better orientation you can find a map here.

NOTP 2023: Detailed schedule for Saturday (15/7)

In this article we give you a short overview about the schedule on the second day of our festival and box office times.

Tickets for the festival are available at the WiV ticket shop.

Parking is free for all festival visitors. You can also buy tickets at the box office. You will find the box office at the entrance. You can also upgrade existing tickets there, for example if you only have a ticket for Saturday but decide at short notice to attend the Sunday shows as well.

On Friday, the box office opens at 11:30 am. Please note that for technical reasons NO payments via card are possible – cash only!

The beer garden behind the stage as well as the beer garden at the visitor centre are outside the festival area and open from 11am.

The stated schedule may be subject to change. There will be 15 – 30 minute changeover breaks between performances. The exact schedule of the day:

14:15 Doors
15:00 Aedon
16:15 FUCHS
17:45 Venus Principle
19:15 Franck Carducci
21:00 Wishbone Ash
23:00 The Musical Box plays Genesis (final Lamb-Show)
01:00 End

The shuttle buses will take you down to the town after the concert and there will also be ferries to take you to the other side of the Rhine if necessary.

You can find more information here on our website in the festival section.

Info about Sunday will follow shortly!

FUCHS release “Night Of The Prog Festival” EP!

FUCHS will perform at this year’s Night Of The Prog Festival on Saturday. For this occasion there is now a The Night Of The Prog Festival EP!

This EP contains two tracks from the new and soon to be released studio album. This EP also contains two more live tracks. All four songs are also part of the live programme and will be played at the Loreley.

The 4th studio album Too Much Too Many will be released on 14 July 2023 on CD and digital formats. One day later, on Saturday 15 July 2023, the band will perform at the NIGHT OF THE PROG Festival. The album opener Don’t Get Me Wrong (5:49) shows immediately what is to be expected, Prog with a good hookline. The second track, also from the new album, is called Challenge of Lifelong Learning (7:49) and first points to a more introverted picture of the new studio album before the song then presents the whole prog and rock range of the band.

The EP is complemented by two tracks from 2020’s live album One Lively Decade. Here in My Void (Live) (13:37) is an early version, which also appears on the new CD Too Much Too Many in a revised studio version. Very nice how the complete band is also introduced in the final part. Except for the bass player, the line-up presented acoustically corresponds to the line-up on the Loreley. The bass is played by guest Henrik Mumm (known from Adaro and the Anne Wylie Band).

After the somewhat experimental Here in my Void, The Invisible Man (Live) (11:49) is again a real prog song with guitars, intricate structures and keyboard solos galore.

The EP is released digitally and can be found in the usual portals (Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music or iTunes).

The upcoming studio album will be available at the festival. It is also already available for pre-order at JustForKicks.

NOTP 2023: Detailed schedule for Friday (14/7)

In this article we give you a short overview about the schedule on the first day of our festival and box office times.

Tickets for the festival are available at the WiV ticket shop.

Parking is free for all festival visitors. You can also buy tickets at the box office. You will find the box office at the entrance. You can also upgrade existing tickets there, for example if you only have a ticket for Friday but decide at short notice to visit Saturday or Sunday as well.

Owners of 3-day tickets will be approached by staff in front of the ticket booth or before admission and will receive their access wristband, so that admission can proceed as quickly as possible.

On Friday, the box office opens at 11:30 am. Please note that for technical reasons NO payments via card are possible – cash only!

The beer garden behind the stage as well as the beer garden at the visitor centre are outside the festival area and open from 11am.

The stated schedule may be subject to change. There will be 15 – 30 minute changeover breaks between performances. The exact schedule of the day:

14:15 Doors
15:00 Time Shift Accident
16:15 Abel Ganz
17:30 Agusa
19:00 Anneke van Giersbergen
21:00 Cyan
23:00 Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets
01:00 End

The shuttle buses will take you down to the town after the concert and there will also be ferries to take you to the other side of the Rhine if necessary.

You can find more information here on our website in the festival section.

Info about Saturday and Sunday will follow shortly!

Warm-Up Party on 13 July – second band confirmed

For the Night Of The Prog Warm-Up Party on 13 July at the Weinstübchen in St. Goarshausen we had already announced Diggin’ Gabriel a few weeks ago, now we can also confirm the second band.

Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella with Simon Schröder

Matters of the Heart in Unplugged Style

The story begins with the song Miracles Out Of Nowhere by the band Kansas. The two musicians Melanie Mau (vocals) and Martin Schnella (guitar, vocals) discovered their common passion for music and this song was an occasion to deepen it even more. Melanie and Martin play music in an acoustic outfit. Primarily they dedicate themselves to cover songs, which they rearrange in their own style. Since both are also talented composers, they are constantly working on their own songs as well. Their music comes from the heart, because every song is a real affair of the heart. In December 2015, the two released their first CD Gray Matters. They perform live in different line-ups as a duo, trio, quartet or even a quintet. The band includes Simon Schröder (percussion), Lars Lehmann (bass) and Mathias Ruck (vocals).

Photo: Joel Barrios

This was followed by The Oblivion Tales, the first CD release with exclusively original compositions. Stylistically, the songs are in the realm of folk rock with progressive influences. Two more cover albums, Pieces To Remember (2018) and Through The Decades (2020) received positive responses worldwide. In 2019, singer Mathias Ruck from Rostock joined the band, bringing complex harmony vocals to the fore.

The music of Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella is timeless, tells stories and fits on stages of all kinds. From the living room in the culture cellar to concerts for music lovers and festivals.

Melanie and Martin say about their own songs:

“The Oblivion Tales are the untold, passed down and true stories that move our hearts. Together we wrote these very special songs. Some of them remind us of precious people who have enriched our lives and are a part of them. Our home is the Harz Mountains and its mystical fables from long ago inspired us to write four pieces of music.”

Tickets cost 30 EUR. For those who bought an Early Bird ticket at WiV, the ticket price is 25 EUR.
Reservations can be made directly via Email to WiV ( The reserved tickets will then be available at the box office and will also be paid for there.

There is also a Facebook event page.

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BLANK MANUSKRIPT: Live-album with NOTP content!

Last year, the Austrian band Blank Manuskript were one of the bands performing at the Night Of The Prog Festival and pleased the festival crowd on Friday. Now the band has released a live album consisting partly of recordings of this performance (alongside ARGEKultur Festival Salzburg and Woodstock Forever).

At almost 80 minutes, A Live Document offers a concert-like cross-section of the band’s previous concept albums. The recordings are from the aforementioned festivals and these were the three biggest performances in 2022 for the band.
A lively journey through the versatile oevre of Blank Manuskript – ear candy is guaranteed!

Public Enemy
The Cult of Birdman
Twilight Peak
After the War Part I
After the War Part II
The Last Journey
Silent Departure
Shared Isolation
Alone at the Institution

The Band
Peter Baxrainer: 
Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Recorder, Vocals
Jakob Sigl: Drums, Percussion, Tape, Vocals
Jakob Widerin: Saxophone, Flute, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Dominik Wallner: Electric Organ, Electric Piano, Synthesizers, Vocals
Alfons Wohlmuth: Electric Bass, Electric Upright Bass, Flute, Vocals

The album is also a tribute to Jakob Sigl, who was part of the band for ten years and decided to leave. Simon Strasshofer will be on drums in the future.

A Live Document is available in Germany at JustForKicks and digitally at Bandcmap.

The photo (by Andre Wins / Wins Fotografie) shows the band during their performance at the Night Of The Prog Festival 2022.

Details about the line-up of this year’s festival (14-16 July) can be found here. Tickets are available in our WiV Ticket Shop.