Please welcome on Sunday, 21st July – one of the “hottest” bands in Prog- and Artrock Music, from Norway: OAK’s core of Simen Valldal Johannessen on piano and vocals, Øystein Sootholtet on bass, keys and programming and Sigbjørn Reiakvam on drums, keys and programming all come from diverse backgrounds spanning from classical piano to electronica, prog- and hardrock, and includes references to the alternative scene as well as progressive rock.
RanestRane (that means “Strange Frogs”) is an Italian progressive rock band formed in Rome in 1998. The band writes progressive style music and concept albums inspired by art films such as “Nosferatu the Vampyre” by W. Herzog, “The Shining” and “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Stanley Kubrick. The “A Space Odyssey’s trilogy” features guest appearances from Steve Rothery and Steve Hogarth, guitarist and frontman of Marillion respectively.
Please welcome on Saturday, 20th July: Karcius are from Montreal, Canada and were formed in 2001. They create a unique style of fusion with elements from Rock, Pop, African, Classical, Jazz and Ambiant music. The band released five albums to date and their latest one, “The Fold”, has just been released some weeks ago and surely is their most powerful album to date and a contender for the best Prog Album of 2018.
Please welcome on Saturday, 20th July: t. German multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer and control freak Thomas Thielen is t. He has always been famous for his enigmatic existence in the studio – but now, after 19 years of claiming it was impossible to get t on stage, he’s doing it!
Please welcome on Friday, 19th July: IQ were formed in 1981 and are part of the Neo-Prog scene (along with Marillion, Pendragon and others). In the beginning, they were influenced by big prog bands like Yes and Genesis, but quickly developed their own style.
For the first time, we offer an additional Hotel & Festival Shuttle service. In a nutshell: You book the package and we take care for your accomodation AND the transfer from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the festival grounds on the Loreley. We have plenty of offers for stays between one night and four nights. It includes the overnight stay at NH Hotel close to Frankfurt Airport (including breakfast), Airport transfer, single or double rooms and bus shuttle service to and from the festival ground. More information in the accomodation section.
Please welcome for the first time on the rock, from Germany: Deafening Opera! Their new 70-minute concept album “Let Silence Fall” (2018) surpasses its predecessors not only in sheer length but also in complexity and depth. With widely diverse experimental styles that are technically rigorous, this multicultural ensemble seems to have found the right balance to satisfy a wider audience, appealing to those new to the genre as well as to the musically sophisticated.
Please welcome for the first time on the rock, from Norway: WOBBLER! WOBBLER is by many considered to be Norway’s leading symphonic progressive rock band. They are known for their love for analog equipment and the overall aesthetics of the 60’s and 70’s. Their last album, “From Silence to Somewhere” has been reviewed in over 20 different countries around the world since its release in October 2017!
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Please welcome for the first time on the rock, from Germany: SMALLTAPE, a promising project by musician and sound designer Philipp Nespital from Berlin. Their newest album “The Ocean“, which was released in 2017, received great reviews in German Prog magazines and websites (i.e. Eclipsed Magazine). SMALLTAPE will present their new album among other tracks on the Loreley.
Please welcome on saturday, from Sweden: Rikard Sjöblom’s GUNGFLY, the musical solo outlet of the multi-instrumentalist madman behind the microphone of the now-legendary BEARDFISH. Expect incredible vocal range, intensely personal lyrics, Sjöblom’s signature sense of complex-yet-catchy keyboard melodies, and a guitar work that spans the spectrum of folksy to downright face melting.
For the first time on the Loreley: The legendary French Prog band ANGE will perform their first ever gig in Germany on the Loreley. ANGE were formed in 1970 by the Décamps brothers Francis and Christian and were mainly influenced by two major Prog bands: King Crimson and Genesis. Although they undertook their Farewell Tour in 1995, the band eventually returned in 1999, this time with Christian and Tristan Décamps (Christian’s son). ANGE are currently working on their new album, “Heureux”, to be released this year.
Welcome on the rock: THRESHOLD were formed in the leafy suburbs of Surrey, England in 1988. The band has released numerous studio and live albums. They are currently signed to Nuclear Blast Records. THRESHOLD released their album “For The Journey” in 2014. It includes the 12 minute epic “The Box” and opening single “Watchtower On The Moon”, which was featured on the Roadkill video game. The album charted in several countries, peaking at no. 19 in Switzerland and no. 33 in Germany and Finland.
In 2017, their latest output was released: “Legend Of The Shires”, a double album which was well received by both, press and fans. Glynn Morgan, the band’s former vocalist from 1994 to 1996, replaced Damian Wilson on that album. “Legend Of The Shires” peaked at no. 14 in Switzerland and no. 13 in Germany – their biggest success so far.
For the first time on the rock: RETROSPECTIVE. The Polish band was founded approx. 10 years ago. They are not restricted to a particular music style, but often search for different kinds of rock, ranging from “art” to “hard”. Their most recent album is called “Re:Search” and was released by Progressive Promotion Records early last year. We are proud to welcome RETROSPECTIVE on stage on the Loreley on Friday, 13th July 2018.
The Sea Within – a new art-rock supergroup formed by Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, The Flower Kings), Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation), Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic, The Tangent), Tom Brislin (Renaissance, Spiraling, Yes Symphonic, Deborah Harry) & Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Steven Wilson, UK, Joe Satriani) will join us on the rock on July 14 to present their very first album – We are already thrilled to listen to the result of this unique collaboration!