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PROGFEST: Announces Final Line Up For Jan 2018

November 7, 2017

 

The Music, David Roy Williams, Welkin Entertainment & Wild Thing Presents: 

 

PROGFEST

Announces Final Line Up For January 2018

 

The 2018 line up of Progfest will be the strongest yet with Norway’s LEPROUS confirmed to headline all 3 Progfest festivals, plus headline their own sideshows in Perth and Adelaide!

Some of Australia’s finest acts including: Voyager, AlithiA, Orsome Welles, Meniscus and Dyssidia were confirmed for Progfest as part of the first round announcement.

 

The full national line up for all festival shows can now be revealed. Confirming a massive 24 bands will be taking part across the 3 festivals (acts to appear on selected dates as per below). 

 

 

PROGFEST 2018 Featuring:

 

Leprous

Voyager | AlithiA

Orsome Welles | Meniscus | Osaka Punch

Toehider | Breaking Orbit | Glass Ocean

James Norbert Ivanyi | Dyssidia | Branch Arterial

Acolyte | Opus Of A Machine | Majora | Kodiak Empire 

Hemina | Enlight | Balloons Kill Babies | Fierce Mild

Mercury Sky| He Danced Ivy | Logic Defies Logic | Genetics 

 

Watch the New Progfest Video here
 

 

 

 

Osaka Punch: These Brisbane genre benders deliver a tonne of groove and extremity in equal measures. Their virtuosic high energy show has forged them a reputation as one of Australia’s most wildly entertaining live acts. The group’s distinctive fusion of funk jams, jazz chops and a rock ethos sets them apart from most heavy acts, and allows an element of humour and satire in an otherwise very serious scene.

 

Toehider: Melbourne’s world-acclaimed singer/instrumentalist Michael Mills and his band of merry men, aka the prog power trio Toehider, bring their unmissable show to Progfest on the back of their latest release GOOD. Featuring Mills' unmistakable, otherworldly voice and signature bizarre storytelling lyrics, stadium-worthy guitar melodies and driving classic rock rhythms, Toehider is a prog cult classic known the world over, with prominent admirers such as James LaBrie (Dream Theatre), Devin Townsend and Aryeon! 

 

 

Breaking Orbit: Progfest 2018 will mark Breaking Orbit’s momentous reunion, with this being their first show with the original lineup since Progfest 2014. Eclectic, melodic yet heavy, tribal but modern, atmospheric and at times brutal. Their dynamic prog-alt brand of music ebbs and flows through passages intricate and eclectic, melodic yet heavy, tribal but modern, atmospheric and at times brutal. 
 

Glass Ocean: Boasting maturity beyond their years, and earning a reputation as a 'must see' live act with their modern take on late 90’s progressive pop laced with sensuality, Sydney’s born and bred Glass Ocean are one of Australia's most prominent up and coming acts.

 

 

James Norbert Ivanyi: One of the most original, commanding and versatile young guitarists on the scene today. His unique style of technical modern metal fused with the classic sounds of 1960’s and 1970’s progressive rock music have seen his fan base transcend generations and genres. 

 

Branch Arterial: Following near life-ending experiences for two of their members, Branch Arterial have risen from the ashes to release their strongest album yet Beyond The Border. A unique and distinctive sound derived from the desire to push musical boundaries, don’t miss one of Australia’s most spine tingling onstage performances.

 

Rounding out the Progfest 2018 line up are

 

Acolyte Opus Of A Machine | Majora Kodiak Empire  

Hemina Enlight Balloons Kill Babies | Fierce Mild

Mercury Sky | He Danced Ivy | Logic Defies Logic | Genetics

 

 

PROGFEST 2018

 

Saturday, January 20: The Factory Theatre, Sydney

 

Leprous

Voyager | AlithiA 

Meniscus | Orsome Welles | Breaking Orbit

Glass Ocean | James Norbert Ivanyi | Osaka Punch 

Dyssidia | Majora | Hemina | Mercury Sky | Genetics

 

Sunday, January 21: The Triffid, Brisbane

 

Leprous

Voyager | AlithiA

Osaka Punch | Orsome Welles | Opus Of A Machine

Dyssidia | Kodiak Empire | Balloons Kill Babies | He Danced Ivy

 

Saturday, January 27: The Corner, Melbourne

 

Leprous 

Voyager | AlithiA

Orsome Welles | Toehider | Meniscus

Branch Arterial | Dyssidia | Acolyte

Enlight | Fierce Mild | Logic Defies Logic 

 

 

 

LEPROUS

with special guests AlithiA

Friday, January 19: Badlands, Perth

Thursday, January 25: Jive, Adelaide

 

 

Tickets from wildthingpresents.com

 

 

 

 

ABOUT PROGFEST

Progfest 2018 has expanded to include all three east coast capital cities, hitting Sydney and Brisbane along with returning to Melbourne, following its December 2016 sold out edition!

 

Featuring progressive bands of all styles and genres, from prog, post, psychedelic, art rock, metal and everything in between, PROGFEST is about showcasing bands that think for themselves; 

bands who rather than following the latest trends, have decided to challenge themselves musically and create music with depth and vision. 

 

Beginning life in 2008, Progfest has grown along side Australia’s love of progressive music, and has become the centrepiece of the nation's burgeoning prog scene.

 

In the intervening years, the progressive scene in Australia has exploded and the bands associated with it are now a global force to be reckoned with. 

Many of the acts have gained huge followings from all over the world. Ne Obliviscaris, Caligula’s Horse, sleepmakeswaves and Twelve Foot Ninja 

have all headlined Progfest in the past, and each of them have gone on to crack the ARIA Mainstream chart and have global success.

 

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED FOR PROGFEST 2018

 

 LEPROUS: Stepping out of the shadows, Leprous have come into their own this year, performing to packed crowds on their European tour with Devin Townsend and becoming the ‘must see’ act of the Euro summer season. The band released their new album Malina in August this year to critical global praise and have crafted songs that are both catchy and progressive.
Featuring sophisticated and intricate textures that are woven around sublime harmonies and rolling post rock rhythms.

 

VOYAGER: Perth prog masters Voyager are one of the nations most recognised prog bands around the world. With 6 albums under their wings and constant appearances at global festivals such as ProgPower USA, ProgPower Europe, Hammersonic and Euroblast, supporting the likes of Opeth & Deftones plus multiple national tours of their own, Voyager have their live act honed to perfection.

 

ALITHIA: Melbourne’s tribal space rockers AlithiA recently embarked on a 29-date European tour supporting Leprous (Norway) and Agent Fresco (Iceland). Imagine floating through the cosmos, out of body and out of mind on a space trip shaped by mutant riffs, driven by tribal percussion and a shamanistic feel.

 

ORSOME WELLES: This Melbourne experimental creative defy classification. Merging progressive music with an early 20th century panache, pounding grooves, intricate instrumentality and raw uncaged power. Their avant-garde live show is a must see!

 

MENISCUS: These Sydney instrumental post rockers seamlessly blend guitar-driven ambient soundscapes, hard-rock, electronic and psychedelic music with a striking visual element to their live performances that has captivated audiences since the bands inception in 2005.

 

DYSSIDIA: Adelaide’s foremost progressive metal act have crafted a unique sound amongst their peers. Their breathtaking motifs and intricate rhythms have lead to them sharing the stage with the kings of the global progressive scene. 

 

 

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