Published on 13th August 2018

Winter’s End announce headliners & line-up

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Nineteen73 Artist Promotion reveal the complete line-up for the Friday – Sunday of the Winter’s End Festival 2019: The festival will once again take place at Chepstow’s Drill Hall between 5th & 7th April 2019. There will also be a stand-alone Thursday night event, on 4th April – headline act to be announced shortly.


Kayak (Netherlands)
Firstly, we are thrilled that legendary Dutch Progressive Rock band Kayak – led by keyboard player Ton Scherpenzeel – will make their first ever appearance in the UK at Winter’s End. The band have a long and illustrious history dating back to 1972, and released their magnificent latest album “Seventeen” in 2018.

Threshold (UK)
Making a very welcome return to our stage following inspirational sets at Summer’s End in 2007 and 2008, plus the inaugural Fused Festival in 2011, Threshold are currently undergoing a new lease of life following the return of former singer Glynn Morgan – vocalist on 1994 fan favourite “Psychedelicatessen” – and a rapturously-received new album “Legends of the Shires”, released in 2017.

RPWL (Germany)
Following a great headlining set at Summer’s End in 2016, RPWL from Germany will be undertaking an extensive European Tour in the spring on 2019 in support of the bands seventh studio album, which will include a stop off in Chepstow. They will also be bringing along label mate Aaron Brooks, best known as the vocalist of Simeon Soul Charger, along to play a short solo set following the release of his solo album “Homunculus”.

Abel Ganz (UK)
The Scottish wizards are hard at work on their new album, following the huge success of their self-titled album in 2014 and will make a very welcome return to Chepstow following a great appearance at Summer’s End in 2015. Abel Ganz Website

Tin Spirits (UK)
Also back with us after a superb set in 2014 are Tin Spirits, featuring Dave Gregory of Big Big Train, who are currently working on their third album. Tin Spirits website

Godsticks (UK)
It is an amazing 10 years since Godsticks last played for us, but Darren Charles’ Welsh outfit – which also includes Dan Nelson of Magenta on bass – continue to go from strength to strength following the release of their new album “Faced with Rage”

Cyril (Germany)
This melodic prog band from Germany are yet another project that includes festival favourite Marek Arnold, and also features former Toxic Smile vocalist Larry B. Their second album “Paralised” was released in 2016, and this appearance will be amongst the bands first live performances. Cyril website

Crystal Palace (Germany)
Following a well-received UK tour in 2017, German proggers Crystal Palace return to the UK for Winter’s End. Their eighth studio album “Scattered Shards” was released in 2018.

Weend’ô (France)
We are delighted to welcome back superb French band Weend’ô after a rapturously-received set at Summer’s End 2017,which led to their second album “Time of Awakening” being released on the Sonicbond label.

Midnight Sun (UK)
The band will be showcasing tracks from their as yet untitled debut album, due for release in autumn 2018. Midnight Sun website

L’Anima (UK / Spain / Italy)
After a couple of false starts, L’Anima will at last be playing for us following a very well received debut album “Departures” and some great live shows.

Exploring Birdsong (UK)
This young Liverpool-based trio are creating waves of interest with their piano driven songs and great melodies, propelled by the great voice of Lynsey Ward. One of the best new progressive rock bands we have heard in many years, the opening slot should not be missed! Exploring Birdsong website

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