Progrock 2009 – the first edition of the festival

Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce the first edition of the progressive rock festival – Progrock 2009. Katowice slowly becomes the most important mark on the map of the current progressive rock scene in Poland. The fantastic stage at the Wyspianski Theatre has witnessed live shows of many important bands like Pendragon, Credo, Final Conflict, SBB, Satellite, Arena, Landmarq, Galahad, Caamora… The shows at the theatre are acquireing a cult status among the fans of progressive rock, but also among the Artists themselves – the Wyspianski Theatre turned out to be not only a convenient place for such shows but also a very atmospheric, magical place. There will be another chance to prove it in February 2009 during the two day’s Festival – Progrock 2009.
The bands to appear at the festival are: SBB (PL), Shadowland (UK), Tinyfish (UK), RPWL (DE), Overhead (FI), DeeExpus (UK)

SBB

A legend of Polish music scene. The band returns with a new studio album entitled “Iron Curtain” on 26th January 2009. SBB, comprised of the phenomenal composer Józef Skrzek, the excellent guitarist Apostolis Anthimos and the flawless drummer Gabor Nemeth, plans to support the release with a tour with its final show at the Wyspiański Theatre!
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Shadowland

A recently re-united band that brought their fans the albums “Ring of Roses”, “Through the Looking Glass” and “Mad as a Hatter” are going out on tour again for the first time in over twelve years! The current line-up: Clive Nolan (Pendragon, Caamora, Arena, Neo) – Vocals and Piano, Karl Groom (Threshold, Strangers on a Train) – Guitar, Mike Varty (Script for a Jester’s Tour, Credo) – Keyboards and BVs, Mark Westwood (Caamora, Neo) – Bass and Acoustic Guitar, Nick Harradence (NW10) – Drums. To celebrate their return, Shadowland will be releasing a ‘best of’ album (called ‘A Matter of Perspective’) featuring their favorite tracks from the three previously released (but now unavailable) albums, and also boasting some brand new material. This CD will be available from February 2009.

Tinyfish

Tinyfish are a London five piece band with a deep and abiding interest in all forms of progressive music. The group formed in late 2004 as an acoustic outfit playing the open mic spots of the capital. However, as the band’s material grew in complexity, this became unworkable and they took the decision to venture on as a full progressive rock band. Tinyfish exists largely because of the friendship that thrives between the members and the personal chemistry which naturally results from knowing someone both socially and musically for over twenty years. The band’s self-titled debut album from 2006 received enthusiastic reviews from worldwide media and brought them many devoted fans…

RPWL

This German progressive rock band was formed in 1997 as a Pink Floyd cover band. After three years they started to write their own music based on their influences from their ‘cover band’ era. Their debut album from 2000 entitled “God Has Failed” received an international praise and excellent reviews in all major progressive rock music magazines. In February 2008 the band released their fifth studio album “The RPWL Experience”. It’s an album that ventures into new musical and lyrical dimensions, while sounding very consistent. “We simply made into music what we ourselves enjoy. We didn’t want to hold back or apply the RPWL filter, but let our ideas run riot with musical lightness.”

Overhead

This Finish band plays melodic progressive rock that varies from gentle ambient atmospheres via more traditional rock to heavier moments. Their highly anticipated third studio album “And We’re Not Here After All” was released in September 2008 by Musea records. The album is a very personal and introspective trip into the most basic of human instincts: the will to live. Needless to say, it has its share of ecstatic highs and desperate lows, all neatly wrapped up in a single album full of atmospheric rock.

DeeExpus

photo by: Jeremy Askew

Up until very recently DeeExpus had been the long time solo project of songwriter, producer and multi instrumentalist Andy Ditchfield. A chance reunion with singer and old friend Tony Wright in March 2007 expanded the project into two people for the first time and writing and recording of the album “Half Way Home” began. The DeeExpus sound can only be described as being as eclectic as their influences, drawn from years of listening to the likes of Joe Jackson, Iron Maiden, It Bites, Crash Test Dummies, Rush, Nik Kershaw and Marillion, more recently Porcupine Tree and Spock’s Beard. Having recently released “Half Way Home”, Tony and Andy are working hard with the rest of the band to take DeeExpus on the road… The current band line up is: Tony Wright – Lead Vocals, Andy Ditchfield – Guitar, Keyboards & Vocals, Ian Raine – Bass Guitar & Vocals, Steve Wright – Guitar & Vocals, Kev Jager – Drums & Vocals.

Progrock Festival 2009
16 – 17 February 2009
Katowice, Wyspiański Theatre

Day I: SBB (PL), Shadowland (UK), Tinyfish (UK)
start: 17:30
Day II: RPWL (DE), Overhead (FI), DeeExpus (UK)
start: 17:30

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