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.

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 (info@wiventertainment.de). 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.

More Links about Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella

Listen to Das Goldene Königreich / The Virgin Queen:

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.

NOTP 2023 – Friday, 14 July: CYAN confirmed!

The history of CYAN goes back to the Eighties, when Robert “ROB” Reed composed the first tracks that would eventually become CYAN tracks a couple of years later.
CYAN were officially founded in the early Nineties by Rob Reed, prior to his involvement with Magenta. Reed released three albums with CYAN back then and the group was more or less laid to rest until Reed decided to resurrect the band with Pete Jones, Luke Machin and Dan Nelson a few years ago. Today, CYAN can be described as a progressive rock supergroup.

In 2021, CYAN released For King And Country, which consists of the above mentioned material written in the early days of the band and was rewritten and rearranged and recorded with the new line-up. Reed remembers: “Little did I know in 1983, sitting at the school piano writing these songs, that almost 40 years later those same songs would sound like they do on this album. I remember the original Cyan, made up of school mates, pooling our money, £35 to record them at a local 4 track studio with basic equipment. It’s been amazing to finally hear the songs at their full potential, with modern recording techniques and an amazing line up of players.”

The album was received well among fans and critics and many wondered why Reed held back that material for so long. He explains: “I’d held off releasing this album because I couldn’t find a vocalist to do it justice. Meeting Pete ticked that box, as soon as I heard him sing the first track. His voice just blends so good against Angharad Brinn, who I’d worked with on the Sanctuary solo albums. Having Luke play the guitar parts was just the icing on the cake. He is such a great player, with technique and feel. What a line up!”
Pete Jones is also a common name, having played for both, Camel and Tiger Moth Tales, which are also big names in the progressive rock scene. Pete Jones says about his involvement: “I had known about the reworking of For King And Country for a while, so it was a great thrill to be asked by Rob to work with him on the project, alongside the other amazing musicians such as Luke and Angharad. The songs are fantastic. They have a youthful and yet vintage quality to them, as well they might, given that they were first done in the early 90s. But with the benefit of Rob’s experience, they have been reworked into an album which I feel is right up there with the classics.”
With Luke Machin (The Tangent / Maschine) on guitar and Dan Nelson (Godsticks / Magenta) on bass, the new line-up was complete. Tim Robinson played drums on the record and Jiffy Griffith drums during their live shows.
Today, CYAN are finishing a new album, which will be released in time for the festival season.

CYAN Line-Up:
Rob Reed: Guitars, Keyboards
Dan Nelson: Bass
Peter Jones: Vocals
Luke Machin: Guitars
Jiffy” Griffith: Drums

CYAN Links

CYAN will perform on Friday, 14 July 2023 during our Night Of The Prog Festival!

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

Listen to I Defy The Sun and The Scorerer.

NOTP 2023 – Sunday, 16 July: KARFAGEN confirmed!

Karfagen are an Ukrainian art rock / progressive rock band, formed in 2006 by Antony Kalugin. Their music is mostly instrumental and combines elements of progressive rock, art rock and symphonic rock. Music and band concepts are mostly created by Antony Kalugin himself. The band has already released more than 10 albums and participated in several European progressive rock festivals. Karfagan do not have a standard line-up and they often have guests musicians from the Uraine and beyond. Their music shows an imaginative use of keyboards, guitars, classical and ethnic instruments. There are also connections and references to the music of the other Antony Kalugin projects — like Hoggwash and Sunchild. According to Antony, the music of Karfagen is created under the influence of Camel, Genesis, UK, Pink Floyd and The Flower Kings among other art rock bands.

Probably since 2016, the band became an interesting act to follow for prog music fans. They toured in Europe and also played several festivals and released highly acclaimed album such as Messages From Afar: First Contact (interesting side-note: the second part of this album was released by Antony’s other project Sunchild a little later) and in 2019 they released Echoes From Within Dragon Island. Since then, they have released albums every year: Birds Of Passage in 2020, Principles And Theory Of Spektra in 2021, Land Of Green And Gold in 2022 and Passage To The Forest Of Mysterious (2023). The albums are available via Bandcamp.

Their current line-up is:
Anton Kalugin:
keyboards, vocals
Mariya Panasenko: vocals
Olga Rostovska: backing vocal
Anton Barsukov: guitar
Kostiantyn Shepelenko: drums
Vladyslav Karbovskyi: bass guitar

YouTube Channel
Website of Antony Kalugin

KARFAGEN will perform on Sunday, 16 July 2023 during our Night Of The Prog Festival!

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

Listen to The Invisible Line.

Alex Henry Foster cancels all 2023 shows

The Night Of The Prog Festival is also affected

Alex Henry Foster has cancelled all planned concerts for 2023 due to ongoing health issues. Foster had to undergo a complicated surgery and has also reported about it on his Facebook page. Foster hoped to make a full recovery during spring and be able to do the summer festival shows. Unfortunately, this hope was not fulfilled.

Foster says: “It’s with profound sadness that I have to announce that, due to my still too fragile health condition and my specialists’ persistent disapproval, I had to take the dreadful decision to not only cancel my presence with the Long Shadows at festivals this summer — and along with it the joyful expectation I had of meeting you once again — but also to cancel the massive autumn European tour I was supposed to announce next week. I don’t need to tell you that it came out as a massive reality check for me, but even more so for my bandmates, crew members, numerous collaborators (…) who all had dedicatedly worked so hard to organize and set everything up for me to be back on the road in the coming months. The sole idea of having to make that cancellation/rescheduling call bore terrible sensations and left me emotionally stranded for quite a while. Letting people down is the worst of all feelings for me, especially as everyone has been so earnestly supportive and faithfully benevolent toward me. But regardless of my heartrending feelings, it’s nonetheless the best and most sensible decision I could make for the sake of my recovery at this point. Again, I want to thank you all for your kindness and understanding. It might be a much longer and more challenging journey than I initially expected and hoped for, but being uplifted by your indefectible support feeds the determination I need to envision and welcome every day as the precious gift it is for me to be alive and renewed.”

Alex Henry Foster was due to perform on Friday 14 July. We are of course also saddened by this development, but also we (of course) understand this decision and wish Alex a full and speedy recovery.

We will check whether Alex Henry Foster is an option again for the festival in 2024 and see if we can welcome him then with his fantastic band on the Loreley. However, a decision on this will be made in autumn at the earliest.

We have been busy recently and have filled the now vacant slot in the 2023 line-up, and a corresponding announcement will be made later this week.

This year’s Night Of The Prog Festival will take place from 14-16 July 2023 at the Loreley open-air amphitheatre near Sankt Goarshausen. Information about the line-up can be found here and tickets are available at this link.

Photo: Alex Henry Foster / Facebook-Page

NOTP 2023 – Sunday, 16 July: MAD FELLAZ confirmed!

Mad Fellaz is an eclectic band, formed in 2011 by Paolo Busatto, guitarist and primary composer of the band in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. Initially inspired by the great artists of classic progressive-rock, the band has been able to renew itself with extreme versatility and creativity, both in instrumental and vocal music. The writing of Mad Fellaz is inspired by the great prog bands (King Crimson, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Yes), and more recently winking at the new great artists of the music industry, without any genre limitation (Opeth,
Snarky Puppy, Screaming Headless Torsos, Vulfpeck).

The band consists of 8 musicians, and includes members who have studied, worked and recorded with such names as Chick Corea Elektric Band, Dave Weckl, Peter Erskine, Gary Meek, John Etheridge (Soft Machine), Zucchero, Stan Sargeant, Andrea Innesto (Vasco Rossi), Fabio Trentini (Guano Apes, Le Orme), William Dotto (Le Orme, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso), Tolo Marton (Ian Paice), Michele Bon (Le Orme), Marco Iacampo, Erica Boschiero.

In over 10 years of activity, they have built a great reputation in the international progressive-rock environment and have released 4 studio albums so far. They have participated in some the most important Prog/Jazz Festivals in Italy and Europe, including ArtRock Festival (Reichenbach, DE), Ascona Jazz Festival (Ascona, CH), Porto Antico Prog Festival (Genoa, IT), 2Days Prog + 1 Festival (Veruno, IT), Progressivamente Free Fest (Rome, IT), sharing stages with the likes of Motorpsycho, RPWL, Procol Harum, The Watch, Lesoir. The stylistic evolution of the sound is evident, especially in the latest album Road to Planet Circus (February 2022, produced by Fabio Trentini), which marks a turning point for the band’s genre where elements of Jazz-rock, Fusion, Funk and Afrobeat now predominate, in compositions where each instrument is enhanced in its own timbral identity. The music of Mad Fellaz is a PROGression, a constantly evolving quest of new sounds that melts the boundaries between different musical styles and languages…
and confuses Spotify’s categories!

Band Line-Up
Paolo Busatto – guitar
Ruggero Burigo – guitar
Carlo Passuello – bass
Enrico Brunelli – keyboards
Rudy Zilio – flute/synth
Luca Brighi – vocals
Andrea Cecchetto – drums
Filippo Zonta – percussion

YouTube Channel

MAD FELLAZ  will perform on Sunday, 16 July 2023 during our Night Of The Prog Festival!

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

Listen to Sips Of Confidence and Jokepot.

NOTP 2023 – Sunday, 16 July: OAK confirmed!

OAK are a progressive rock band from Oslo, Norway. The band was founded ten years ago in 2013. The four members of Oak have a diverse background ranging from classical piano to electronica, prog- and hard-rock, with references to the alternative scene – a combination which makes the distinctive and unique Oak sound. The band’s debut album Lighthouse was released in 2013 on their own label, and was later reissued on Apollon Records in 2016.

In 2018 their second album False Memory Archive was released on Karisma Records, to much praise from both the prog and alternative rock communities. Oak has since played concerts in the UK, the Netherlands, Canada, Sweden and Germany. Of their performance at the prestigious Night Of The Prog Festival in Germany in July 2019, leading Norwegian publication Blezt commented, “Oak played with fervor, power and conviction, and seemed like they had never done anything other than play for thousands of people.”

Their third album, The Quiet Rebellion of Compromise was released on Karisma Records in November 2022. With three critically acclaimed albums, live performances at Night of the Prog Festival, support for Marillion and gigs across the world, Oak is now in the final stages of recording their fourth album.

Band Line-Up:
Simen Valldal Johannessen: Vocals, keys
Øystein Sootholtet: Bass, keys
Sigbjørn Reiakvam: Drums, programming
Stephan Hvinden: Guitars

OAK Links

OAK  will perform on Sunday, 16 July 2023 during our Night Of The Prog Festival!

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

Listen to Dreamless Sleep

NOTP 2023 – headlining on Sunday, 16 July: LEPROUS confirmed!

LEPROUS are a norwegian Progessive-Metal band that has been around for more than two decades.

The Norwegian mavericks have produced some of the deepest and most rewarding music imaginable, steadily evolving from their beginnings as exuberant prog metal explorers, to their current status as one of the most unique and fascinating bands in modern heavy music.

Opening their creative account with kaleidoscopic debut Tall Poppy Syndrome in 2009, Leprous have always exhibited a profound desire to make music that sounds like nothing else on Earth. Maturing via the critically acclaimed likes of The Congregation (2015) and Malina (2017), frontman Einar Solberg’s extraordinary songwriting talents have taken his band to new heights with each successive release. Similarly revered as a jaw-dropping and heart-stopping live band, Leprous have been enthusiastically embraced by a wide variety of music lovers, from diehard metalheads to old school prog fans and, in truth, anyone that demands a little bit more passion, power and elegance from their music.
In 2019, Leprous released Pitfalls; their sixth studio album and the most personal batch of songs that Solberg had ever written. Detailing the multi-instrumentalist’s battles with depression and anxiety, it was universally hailed as a career peak. With extensive touring plans spoiled by an unexpected global pandemic, the Norwegians were unable to conclude their plans for Pitfalls, but the good news is that time has not been wasted during the last year’s lockdown. Pieced together in three different studios, Leprous’ seventh full-length
album Aphelion is yet another monumental artistic achievement, and the most startling and dynamic record they have ever made.

Although unmistakably the work of the same band that made Pitfalls, Aphelion immediately stands out as a radical statement by this endlessly inventive band. Veering from some of the heaviest and most intense material of their career to some of the most delicate and heart-breaking music in the Leprous canon, Aphelion is an album of beautifully crafted and meticulously arranged mini-masterworks.

Due to the chaos caused by the Covid catastrophe, Aphelion was recorded in three different studios: Ghost Ward Studio in Stockholm, with long-time collaborator David Castillo at the controls, and Norwegian studios Ocean Sound Recordings and Cederberg Studios, the latter with desk-guru Christer Cederberg. And finally, just like with Pitfalls, Aphelion was mixed by Adam Noble (Placebo, Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves, etc.) and then mastered by Robin Schmidt (The 1975, Placebo, The Gaslight Anthem, etc.).

But despite its seemingly chaotic creation, Aphelion is arguably the most fluid and cohesive album Leprous have made to date. Rich in sonic subtleties and organic warmth, it’s thrilling proof that a lot can be achieved, even in the most challenging of circumstances.

Armed with some of the most spellbinding music they’ve ever made, Leprous are keen to be at the front of the queue when live music becomes a fundamental part of our lives once again. In the meantime, Aphelion is a timely reminder that this band can touch hearts and soothe souls like no other.

Einar Solberg – vocals/keys
Tor Oddmund Suhrke – guitars
Robin Ognedal – guitars
Simen Børven – bass
Baard Kolstad – drums


LEPROUS will be headlining the Night Of The Prog Festival on Sunday, 16 July 2023!

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

Listen to A Nighttime Disguise

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!

Listen to Running Up That Hill (live):

NOTP 2023 – Friday, 14 July: TIME SHIFT ACCIDENT confirmed!

TIME SHIFT ACCIDENT are an instrumental quartet that bridges the gap between progressive rock and jazz/rock fusion. The band will open the Night Of The Prog Festival 2023 on 14 July!

The band was formed at the end of 2013 by a couple of young musicians with a focus on jamming together, but over the following years the band attracted some very experienced musicians and gradually developed their own repertoire, naturally combining elements of Latin, metal and jazz alongside prog rock and fusion to create their own mix of styles.

In 2019, this development culminated in the recording of their debut album Chronosthesia and a European tour together with US prog rockers District 97. Only one week after the album’s release, the Nuremberg quartet already played a highly acclaimed gig at the legendary De Boerderij in Zoetermeer. The eight tracks of the debut were very well received by both the live audience and critics, features and interviews in magazines like Eclipsed and iO Pages followed.

The rhythm section has been the core of the band since the end of 2014: drummer Paul Ettl, meanwhile studied jazz drumming with a degree from the Musikhochschule Nuremberg, effortlessly combines groove, taste and crooked bars, while bassist Michael Schetter (Relocator, ex-Seven Steps to the Green Door) contributes driving and melodic bass lines and a large part of the compositions.

On guitar since the beginning of 2017 is Dave Mola (Effloresce), whose flair for melodies and funky fusion sound might surprise all those who previously associated him more with the heavier side of progressive metal.

Keyboardist Günter W. Schmuck joined the band at the beginning of 2019, but has already clearly shaped the sound of the band with his organ and synthesizer sounds, his improvisational talent and numerous compositional contributions. After studying jazz piano at the Munich Jazz School, Günter recorded albums with the Fred Drumski Trio and the SHS Trio and led, among others, his own jazz quartet, the salsa band Orquesta Mistica and the band of the “Flames of Gospel” choir Bamberg.

Chronosthesia, Time Shift Accident’s debut album, was released at the end of 2019 on Generation Prog Records: an exciting musical journey through the worlds of progressive rock and jazz fusion, full of melody and groove, crowned with memorable solos. The album is available on Bandcamp.


TIME SHIFT ACCIDENT will open the Night Of The Prog Festival on Friday 14 July 2023!

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

Listen to Cold Case (live) here:

NOTP 2023 – Saturday, 15 July: WISHBONE ASH confirmed!

50th Anniversary „Argus“ Show!

The band was formed in London in 1969, during the seething birth of the progressive rock scene. WISHBONE ASH took advantage of this musical environment and produced a distinctive brand of melodic rock. This is how they became one of the most influential guitar bands ever. Inspired equally by traditional British folk, American jazz and R&B, the band won adoration from fans and critical acclaim in equal measure. Energy and melody have made “The ASH” a standout act that is currently being discovered by a new generation of loyal rock fans. Over the years, the band has experimented with various musical genres, from folk, blues and jazz to pedal-to-the-metal rock and electronica.

Founding member and lead singer Andy Powell joins Mark Abrahams on twin lead guitars. Bassist Bob Skeat, a band member for 25 years, sets the rhythm together with Joe Crabtree, one of the best British drummers of the younger generation.

SEASIDE FESTIVAL 2019, Spiez © BEN ZURBRIGGEN FOTOGRAFIE www.ben-zurbriggen.ch

At the beginning of 2020, the album Coat Of Arms was released – just in time for the band’s 50th anniversary – and the tour for it could still be completed before the pandemic. Among 12 tracks, the two outstanding rock anthems Stand As One (incl. music video, see below) and Back In The Day form the basis of the album, which was enthusiastically received by critics and fans. It was their 25th studio album!

With their album Argus, however, WISHBONE ASH made music history in 1972 and eventually created their biggest commercial and artistic success. From the iconic album design by Storm Thorgerson, to the outstanding reviews and fan reactions, to the influence this album had and has in the music world, Argus can combine all the components of a great classic in rock history. As part of the show at the Loreley, they will play this classic (among other tracks from their catalogue) in full length.


WISHBONE ASH will perform on Saturday, 15 July 2023 during this year’s Night Of The Prog Festival!

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

Listen to Stand As One from 2020:

NOTP 2023: Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets confirmed (Headlining on Friday)

Nick Mason was a founding member of the legendary band Pink Floyd and launched Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets in 2018. The project consists of Nick Mason, Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet), Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd Live Band), Lee Harris (The Blockheads) and Dom Beken. Together they played their first acclaimed live shows in 2018 at venues including Dingwalls London, The Half Moon in Putney and several shows elsewhere. Nick Mason and his band limit their track selection for the live set to the very early years of Pink Floyd. And doing so, they fulfilled a heart’s desire for many fans.

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets have since been playing to enthusiastic audiences all over the world, such as at London’s Roundhouse, where Pink Floyd once performed their celebrated shows in the 1960s. They have also releases a Blu-ray with a recording of the Roundhouse show. In 2019, they were already headlining the Night Of The Prog and thrilled fans at the Loreley.

Saucerful Of Secrets live at Night Of The Prog 2019, Photo by G. Brenters

Now they are returning to Night Of The Prog and the Loreley and will further develop their repertoire in 2023. Songs from Pink Floyd’s early albums, up to the 1972 album Obscured by Clouds, will be part of the set and of course Echoes will also be played as part of the new “The Echoes Tour” set.

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets will be headlining on Friday 14 July 2023!
It will be the only live appearance in Germany in 2023!

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

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets Links:
Official website
YouTube Channel

The Echoes Tour – Poster

NOTP 2023 – Friday, 14 July: ALEX HENRY FOSTER confirmed!

Alex Henry Foster, who attracted attention in Europe especially last year, 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.”

Alex Henry Foster live (photo taken from his website)

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.

Alex Henry Foster and his band will perform on the Loreley on Friday, 14 July 2023.

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

Alex Henry Foster Links:
Official website
YouTube Channel

ANUBIS confirmed

From Down Under to the River Rhine…

ANUBIS will hit the Loreley Stage for the first time on 15th of July 2018. The Progressive Rock band from Sydney, Australia will perform on 15th of July 2018.
The band has released four studio albums so far: ‘230503’ (2009), the critically acclaimed ‘A Tower of Silence’ (2011), ‘Hitchhiking to Byzantium’ (2014) and the fourth album, “The Second Hand”, has been released earlier in 2017. For more information about the band, visit their band camp website or the official website.

You can find the current lineup here.