This blog is going to be in two distinct parts, this part, aptly named Part-1, is a semi serious look at the bands I saw, a few pictures,and comments.
Part-2 will follow, that'll be the off the wall The Fellowship go to Hafan-y-Mor, but, as I promised some members of some bands I'd mention nice things about them when I eventually get around to writing this blog, here goes;
Thursday night kicked off with a Prog Quiz, which sounded like fun but unfortunately the business of arriving, checking in, finding the caravan, unpacking and eating just sort of got in the way!
Musically, Thursday night kicked off with:-
Next up were:-
The headliners for Thursday night Prog (You have to be aware that there were in fact three distinct festivals going on, Prog2, AOR and Blues), was one of my favourite bands of this genre, Credo and by heck were they on form, they did not disappoint.
|Credo in full flow|
After Credo I wandered down to the AOR / Blues venue to catch the tail end of La Paz and to see Spin play thier brand of Greendayish type of pop punk while enjoying some late night frolics with the fellowship, oh well, it had been a good Thursday.
Friday kicked off musically with:-
Nothing quite prepares you for what, or rather who, came next, the strangely named, Physics House Band, these youngsters are far too talented and with their instrumental crazy keyboard led match rock meets prog meets heavy rock meets jazz rock mixed up craziness at an energy level that would kill most mere mortals we were enthralled and exhausted by the end of their set!
|The Physics House band|
The next band had spent hours flyering the whole festival, in fact I wouldn't be surprised if they'd taken time out to flyer the whole of Wales! I bet they flyered their route there from home!
Anyway, here was another band that I knew, i.e. w.r.t. their music having seen them last year at Cambridge Rock Festival, it was those lovely lads, Luna Kiss.
By the time Shattered Skies came on I too was shattered and needed to take a break so I missed them, coming back in time to catch the 2nd instrumental rock band of the day:-
We then came to that point that should really happen to anyone who goes along to any decent music festival, yes that moment when you are going to see a band you have never seen before and were really looking forward to seeing, for me the first of these was The Pineapple Thief and wow! I fell in love with this band and have subsequently raced out and bought several albums, figuratively speaking, I did it all on the Internet!
|The Pineapple Thief|
We than came to the second of the bands that I'd always wanted to see and had never seen before, this time those legendary Swedes, Flower Kings and that was it, I was in proggy heaven, they delivered and after them I just couldn't face any more music so missed Deadly Circus Fire and went off to my bed happy.
Saturday began with The September Code from Greece, a great band and it's always good to make an exciting new discovery:-
On then to one of my favourites, Panic Room, I never tire of seeing this band, they are just so good at what they do and if you listen to nothing else by Panic Room, get hold of a copy of 'Skin' one of the finest albums for years.
This was shaping up to be an epic afternoon, an epic day, and epic festival, OK, now we wander off into Space Rock, is it prog? Who cares, I certainly don't, I'm a lifelong Hawknerd and who was up next, the mighty Hawklords:-
I was sad to miss Arcane Roots but the promise of home cooked jacket potatoes with chicken curry won! Never mind we were back in time for the Enid, enough said, the place was packed, no chance to get any pictures and anyway, I'll say it, I know the Enid are so beloved etc. etc. and yes they have made some fine albums, I quite like 'In the Region of the Summer Stars' and 'Invicta' but very little in between so yes I was there, I listened, I enjoyed about 20 minutes of the entire overlong set.
And now we come to the high point, the headliner, another that strangely I had not seen before and was so so looking forward to, the 'Big man from Scotland' himself, Fish:-
So, in a nut-shell, was HRH Prog2 worth going to? A resounding yes, so much so that I'm already booked up for next year!
Cheers my dears and thanks to all the bands, all the lovely people we met, The Fellowship for being such good friends, the friends we saw there, the new friends we made along the way.
As Arnie said, "I'll be back" in the new future, with 'The Fellowship goes to Hafan-y-Mor', until then,