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Published on 2nd December 2015

TPA News – December 2015

Latest Prog News – taken from across the progressive rock spectrum and continually updated throughout December 2015.

27/12/15: Fractal Mirror post album teaser

Taken from the band’s third album, Slow Burn, scheduled for release in February 2016 is this teaser. Artwork once again by Brian Watson…

Slow Burn is available for pre-order through the Fractal Mirror website and will be released, in February, through Third Contact.

22/12/15: Brendan Eyre & Tony Patterson premiere track

Following on from their acclaimed debut album Messrs Eyre & Patterson have released the first track from the “in progress” new album Light, the follow up to Northlands.

“Over the coming months we will release more news and little insights into creating Light, but for now we hope you like this first step towards what we hope will be a special album.”

“Because of the almost festive feel to the music, we named it “Wintertide”, and it became the first completed track for the new album, so we thought it would be a cool idea to let everyone hear it in it’s entirety, in the season that inspired it’s creation.”

21/12/15: Bad Elephant Music (BEM) release 2016 sampler

With the festive season almost upon us Bad Elephant Music have released a “name your price”, seven track teaser from their 2016 release schedule. Here tracks from Jack Arthurs, The Rube Golberg Machine, Mothertongue, Konchordat, Matthew Parmenter, N.y.X (ft.Adrian Belew) and Mike Kershaw.

Sampler of music that Bad Elephant Music will be releasing in the first half of 2016.

20/12/15: Jane Getter announces European dates in 2016

Jane GetterJane Getter’s Premonition announce three shows in Europe this February, with more dates soon to be announced soon! The shows will feature Adam Holzman, John Mader, Stu Hamm and Randy McStine.

22/02/16: North Sea Jazz Club, Amsterdam [NL]
24/02/16: Academy 3, Manchester [UK]
25/02/16: The Borderline, London [UK]

Visit the TPA UK Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

19/12/15: Tony Patterson to release new solo album through Esoteric Antenna

Esoteric Antenna have officially announced the release of the Tony Patterson’s latest solo album, Equations of Meaning. In 2014 multi-instrumentalist Tony along with keyboards man Brendan Eyre released their well received Northlands album. Since then Tony has worked on his fifth solo release, which sees Brendan appearing as one of the guest musicians.

Equations of Meaning combines beautiful soundscapes with heartfelt, wistful songs dealing with such subjects as loss, longing and even a cynical observation of social media.

Equations of Meaning will be released on 26th February 2016 and features guest artists including Nick Magnus, Brendan Eyre, Andy Gray, Adrian Jones and Doug Melbourne and Fred Arlington.

Vocalist and frontman Tony is also widely regarded for his work in the UK’s leading Genesis tribute band, ReGenesis, who follow up their successful Selling England By The Pound (and more) Tour from 2013 with soon to be confirmed tour dates in 2016, performing The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. Two early dates, in March, have been confirmed in London & Wolverhampton with more dates around August.

Visit the TPA UK Gig Guide for these dates and more from across the prog spectrum.

18/12/15: Cuneiform Records release “The Albums of 2015”

Cuneiform Records have released a 16 track compilation comprising of one and a half hours music, taken from all their releases in 2015. The Albums of 2015, has been digitally released today…

“We invite you to listen to Cuneiform’s The Albums of 2015. We’re honored to have worked with and released albums by some of the best musicians in the world in 2015.”

17/12/15: Frost* announce three more UK dates

Frost* 2016 Tour posterFrost* announce three more UK dates in July and confirm appearance at 2016’s Ramblin’ Man Fair festival.


17/06/16: The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
18/06/16: Montgomery Hall, Wath On Dearne
19/06/16: The Robin 2, Bilston
23/07/16: Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maidstone*
29/07/16: Thekla, Bristol
30/07/16: O2 Academy Islington, London
31/07/16: The Portland Arms, Cambridge

Tickets available from The Merch Desk except*

Visit the TPA UK Gig Guide | TPA UK Festivals Page

17/12/15: Esoteric Recordings announce February 2016 releases

Esoteric TPA banner

Following on from recent announcements for the forthcoming January release of Sanguine Hum’s “lost” album, along with the newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the 1977 eponymous album from legendary Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman and Andy Jackson’s new studio album, 73 Days At Sea, are details of February releases from Anthony Phillips, Tony Banks, McGough & McGear and Tony Patterson. All releases are scheduled for 26th February 2016.

Continue reading HERE on TPA

16/12/15: Al Di Meola announces European dates in 2016

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Al Di Meola recently announced the first dates for the “Elysium & More European Tour”, which kicks off in Greece during February, features extensive dates in Germany and includes two nights at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Continue reading HERE on TPA for the current list of dates. Additional dates have now been added with more expected…

The confirmed line-up will be Al Di Meola – Guitar | Peo Alfonsi – 2nd Guitar | Peter Kaszas – Drums and Percussion

16/12/15: More acts confirmed for Ramblin’ Man Fair 2016

Ramblin' Man Fair 2016

Frost*, Von Hertzen Brothers, Blurred Vision, IO EARTH and The Fierce & The Dead join the cast for the Prog in the Park Stage at this summer’s Ramblin’ Man Fair festival. They join the previously announced headliners, Procol Harum along with Hawkwind, Uriah Heep and Lifesigns.

Across the other stages include the recent announcements of Black Stone Cherry, Airbourne and The White Buffalo.

14/12/15: Esoteric Recordings/Antenna titles for January 2016 titles

Esoteric Recordings releases 2016Following on from the recent announcement of the forthcoming release of Sanguine Hum’s “lost” album (see below) is confirmation of two more releases in January 2016 from Esoteric Recordings/Antenna.

Esoteric Recordings (Cherry Red Records) announce January release for the newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the eponymous 1977 album from legendary Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman. The new edition has been re-mastered from the original Atlantic Records master tapes and includes the rare single version of ‘Angel Watch’ (previously unreleased on CD). The release includes a booklet, which fully restores the original album artwork and a new essay.

Also set for release in January is Andy Jackson’s new studio album, 73 Days At Sea .

“As one would expect of a musician, engineer and producer of the pedigree of Andy Jackson, the finished album is nothing short of impressive, both sonically and musically. The record is arguably dominated by 17 minute epic “Drownings”, which features stunning saxophone contributions from former Van Der Graaf Generator member David Jackson and a guest vocal by Anne-Marie Helder of the band Panic Room. The release also features a DVD featuring a stunning 5.1 Surround Sound Mix and a 96 kHz / 24-bit stereo mix.”

All albums will be released on 29th January 2016.

14/12/15: Esoteric set to release Sanguine Hum’s “lost” album

Sanguine Hum - What We Ask Is Where We BeginEsoteric Antenna will release What We Ask is Where We Begin which, according to reports, brings together the band’s debut album, Songs For Days, recorded in 2006.

Originally available as a download only Songs For Days, has now been expanded into a double CD package. Disc one sees the original album extended and re-mastered, whereas disc two includes forty minutes of never heard before songs and instrumentals, plus various outtakes and new mixes.

What We Ask is Where We Begin will be released 29th January 2016.

“Following hot on the heels of 2015’s highly acclaimed double album Now We Have Light, Sanguine Hum return to cast an intriguing light on the early years of their career. Whilst many Hum fans got on board with the albums the Weight of the World and Diving Bell, there will be many completely unaware of a “lost” gem recorded in 2006 – an album that technically was the band’s bona fide debut: Songs For Days. It was lost for a number of reasons. Firstly, the band had yet to settle on the name Sanguine Hum, and for some rather convoluted reasons it came out as Joff Winks Band (a name universally hated by everyone in the band…especially Joff!). Secondly, despite much initial excitement, Songs For Days failed to find a home on a record label and so appeared with minimal hurrah as a digital download only. And what a loss this was!”

13/12/15: Kiama reveal Tears taken from their forthcoming album

Kiama featuring Rob Reed, Andy Edwards (Frost*), Luke Machin (Maschine & The Tangent) and Dylan Thompson (Shadow Of The Sun) unveil a second track, Tears, taken from their forthcoming debut album, Sign Of IV

Sign Of IV is scheduled for release on 18th January 2016…

12/12/15: EppyFest 5 line-up almost complete

It was recently confirmed that William D. Drake (& band) will be headlining the 2016 festival which will be held on Saturday 16th July in Stroud. Also appearing will be Judy Dyble (& her band of Perfect Strangers), Darkroom, Tom Slatter and the Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet…

11/12/15: Cropredy Festival 2016 announce first bands

Cropredy 2016 TPA banner

The Cropredy Festival 2016 organisers have announced the first acts for next year’s festival, which includes the first ever appearance of Gryphon, along with Steelye Span and Lifesigns. The festival takes place between 11-13 August 2016 at Cropredy near Banbury in Oxfordshire.

10/12/15: Arena to release new DVD in February

Metal Mind Productions reveal the artwork and track listing for Arena‘s forthcoming DVD, which will also be available as a double CD. Recorded during the Polish leg of the band’s 20th Anniversary Tour – The Unquiet Sky, featuring Mick Pointer, Clive Nolan, John Mitchell, Kylan Amos and Paul Manzi.
XX is set for release on 12th February 2016.


01. The Demon Strikes
02. Rapture
03. Double Vision
04. Crack in the Ice
05. Moviedrome
06. How Did it Come to This?
07. Butterfly Man
08. Bedlam Fayre
09. Serenity
10. The Unquiet Sky
11. Traveller Beware
12. The City of Lanterns
13. Riding the Tide
14. Hanging Tree
15. The Tinder Box
16. Solomon
17. Don’t Forget to Breathe
18. Crying for Help 7

~ Plus: Bonus video, Interviews with Mick Pointer and Clive Nolan, Photo Gallery, Discography…

SOURCE: Agnieszka Kulpińska | Metal Mind Productions

10/12/15: Marillion announce US & Canadian dates in 2016

Marillion reveal thirteen US & Canadian tour dates in October 2016. CLICK HERE for the complete Marillion Tour Page.

Dates in Germany have been confirmed during July with UK festival dates also conformed during the summer. The band will also be announcing more dates for UK, Europe and Mexico dates in the coming weeks…

10/12/15: Procol Harum to headline Prog In The Park stage at Ramblin’ Man Fair 2016

Ramblin' Man Fair 2016

Procol Harum will headline the Prog In The Park stage at Ramblin’ Man Fair festival held at Mote Park, Maidstone in Kent between 23rd & 24th July 2016. They will be joined by Hawkwind, Uriah Heep and Lifesigns and more to be added in the coming weeks…

09/12/15: Purson announce 13 date UK tour

Purson announce 13 UK tour dates kicking off in March 2016 and in support of their second album, album Desire’s Magic Theatre, scheduled for release during the tour. European shows, summer festivals and visits to Australia and Japan will be announced soon. All dates can be found in the TPA UK Gig Guide.

The band released the Electric Landlady trailer in October…

The band’s vocalist Rosalie Cunningham commented: “Desire’s Magic Theatre has turned out to be everything I’d imagined and more! My world has been so consumed by it that I’ve barely been able to reflect on what it has become: a technicolour variety show, a playful display of the musical whims only briefly hinted at in our previous work; a psychedelic rock opera dedicated to our good friends Sarge Pepper and Zig Stardust.”

08/12/15: Rikard Sjoblom to release The Unbendable Sleep in February

Rikard Sjöblom, perhaps best known as singer, guitarist and keyboardist with Sweden’s Beardfish will release his second solo album in February 2016

Over the past few months, Rikard worked on a solo album which will be released in February 2016. Titled “The Unbendable Sleep,” the record brings eight songs which certainly possess quality to appeal to music fans of different genres. Sjöblom has once again created a diverse album, but in a more intimate format than we are accustomed to. As a brief taster here’s a clip from the recording of Lucky Star which features Robert Hansen from Beardfish on bass…

Sjöblom says that he has plans for performing these songs live. “I really want to take this music out on the road,” he admits, “but I don’t want to lock myself in with just doing band-stuff. At the moment I’m very much into to doing solo shows as well with just an acoustic (and maybe an electric too) guitar and my voice, but you can’t do that with all of the material, so there will be a full on band as well. Hopefully I can book something in the near future!”

SOURCE: Annie Grossmann | Prog Sphere Promotions

08/12/15: ‘Deep Purple: The Vinyl Collection’ due in January 2016

The boxed set, entitled ‘Deep Purple: The Vinyl Collection’, includes seven vinyl reissues spanning 1972-1987. Each release has been re-mastered from the original tapes including the first official re-masters of titles, Perfect Strangers and The House Of The Blue Light! The full contents are as follows:

Deep Purple: The Vinyl CollectionDeep Purple: The Vinyl Collection

Machine Head
Who Do We Think We Are
Come Taste The Band
Perfect Strangers
The House Of The Blue Light

“This 7-LP collection features the groups’ albums spanning the period 1972-1987, re-mastered from the original tapes (including the first official re-masters of titles, Perfect Strangers and The House Of The Blue Light) pressed on 180gm vinyl, they come complete with original inserts within replica sleeves and are housed together in a sturdy, deluxe box. Each album will also be made available as a stand-alone title.”

SOURCE: Prescription PR

07/12/15: Rush release YYZ clip from R40 LIVE

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07/12/15: Summer’s End Festival celebrated in new book

Summer's End Book10 Years of the Summer’s End Festival is celebrated in a new book which is now published and is available HERE.

“One hundred and five bands. One hundred and twenty performances. Ten years. Award-winning festival Summer’s End is now the longest-running celebration of progressive music in the UK. Festival founder Huw Lloyd-Jones and co-promoter Stephen Lambe take us through the venues, the line-ups and the various up-and downs that have shaped this friendly event since its conception in 2005.”

“At last, the book which celebrates the first 10 years of the festival is available to buy from the Summer’s Send shop. As well as a providing a full history of the festival since 2005 every single band that took part in our first 10 years is featured in full colour. The price of £20 in the UK and Europe and £25 outside Europe includes postage and packing and guarantees a copy signed by Huw and Stephen.” . Available from: CLICK HERE.

06/12/15: Be Prog! My Friend Festival 2016 announce Steven Wilson & Opeth

The 2016 Be Prog! My Friend festival, which already boasted an impressive line-up including Magma, The Pineapple Thief, Between The Buried & Me and more, reveal both Steven Wilson and Opeth performing on the Saturday evening.

Be Prog! My Friend 2016 FestivalFriday 1st July

The Pineapple Thief
Agent Fresco
Obsidian Kingdom

Saturday 2nd July

Steven Wilson
Between The Burried & Me
Anneke Van Giersbergen

Since its inception in 2014 the Barcelona based festival Be Prog! My Friend has played host to the likes of Anathema, Devin Townsend, TesseracT, Camel, Meshuggah, Katatonia, Riverside, Isahn and Alcest.

Be Prog! My Friend takes place in the heart of Barcelona and with an airport only 12km away, regular, cheap flights make it an easy festival to get and from the UK. Bands will start playing from mid/late afternoon each day which will also mean visitors have plenty of time to explore the stunning city of Barcelona while they are there.

05/12/15: Dream Theater premiere The Gift Of Music from forthcoming album

Dream Theater release The Gift Of Music, taken from their upcoming album The Astonishing.

The Astonishing will be released in numerous formats on 29 January 2016.

03/12/15: Opeth reveal 25th Anniversary Beer

Award Winning Swedish progressive band, Opeth, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary have today launched their first beer with Leeds (UK) based brewery, Northern Monk Brew Co.

Opeth Beer

Limited to just 1700 660ml bottles the 9.2% ‘XXV Anniversary Imperial Stout’ is a one off brew. Descended from the strongest Stout Porter brewed in Britain in the 18th Century it’s brewed with 10 different malts for uttermost complexity of flavour – big, dark and full in mouthfeel, expect roasted flavours with underlying notes of rich chocolate, cinder toffee and coffee. Designed to sip slowly and share with friends, drink one now and save one as the flavours will develop over time.
SOURCE: ILikePress

03/12/15: David Gilmour announces Albert Hall concerts in 2016

Following the sell-out tour during this September, David Gilmour has announced four concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall in September 2016.

25/09/16: Royal Albert Hall, LONDON
28/09/16: Royal Albert Hall, LONDON
29/09/16: Royal Albert Hall, LONDON
30/09/16: Royal Albert Hall, LONDON

Tickets go on sale Friday, 4th December 2015 @ 10:00am from the Royal Albert Hall box office.

01/12/15: Matthew Parmenter signs to Bad Elephant Music for new album

Bad Elephant Music have announced the signing of Matthew Parmenter’s Discipline, for the release of the band’s next album All Our Yesterdays, which will be released in early 2016.

Matthew Parmenter

Matthew’s third solo album All Our Yesterdays is a stunning piece of work, best experienced as a single, all-encompassing musical odyssey. Each track can be taken on its own individual merit but the full, immersive effect is most evident when they’re all heard in succession. The listener is transported on an allegorical journey and emerges transformed at the close of the album.

Continue reading HERE on TPA.

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