05 March 2008

Summer's End Festival 2008: IQ, Threshold, more!

We are delighted to announce that the 4th Summer's End, the UK's finest Progressive Rock Festival, will take place on the 26/27/28 September, at its new home at The Hall, Lydney, Gloucestershire.

We are also thrilled to announce the first 3 bands for the Festival:

Following their inspirational set at the festival last year, Threshold will make a welcome return to Summer's End as headliners on Friday 26th. With Damian Wilson now firmly re-established as vocalist, prog-metal's brightest stars have gone from strength to strength in the last 12 months. Their most recent album, Dead Reckoning, has been rapturously received by prog and metal fans alike.

Prog legends iQ will headline Saturday 27th September. 25 years into their prestigious career, iQ continue to excite audiences all over the world. A new album - the much anticipated follow up to 2004's Dark Matter - is in the works, which will be the first with new keyboard player, Mark Westworth.

Special guests on Sunday 28th will be Frost*, whose 2006 album, Milliontown, was a huge hit amongst prog and rock audiences worldwide. Their new album, Experiments in Mass Appeal, is due for release in 2008 and looks set to further enhance their reputation, adding the vocal talents of Declan Burke (Darwin's Radio) to the existing band of Jem Godfrey, John Mitchell, John Jowitt and Andy Edwards.

The Hall, Lydney
Lydney is on the edge of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, just 20 miles from Gloucester, 25 miles from Bristol and 40 miles from Cardiff and with excellent communications in every direction. The venue itself has a 400 capacity, with a comfortable atmosphere, great sound and a good-sized stage. Festival Co-organiser Huw Lloyd Jones explains the reasons for the move:

"The past 2 years at the Robin have been fantastic and we can't thank Mike Hamblett and his staff enough for their support and generosity. However, Summer's End was always conceived as a South-Western festival (our first edition was in Gloucester) and the time has come for us to move back home. The contacts we have established with local accommodation providers, combined with the charm of the venue, the town and the fabulous Forest of Dean will, we believe, deliver the best Summer's End yet."

The 2008 festival will take place on the evening of Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of September, with 1, 2 or 3 day tickets available. There are no age restrictions.

More details of the festival, including further bands, ticket sales, accommodation, and sponsorship packages will be released very soon.

Visit us online at www.summersend.co.uk (to be updated soon)
www.myspace.com/summersendfestival (to be updated soon)

Join the yahoo group at: http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/summersendfestival


Adam said...

I thought Frost* broke up?

Bill K. said...

Nope...they even have a new album coming out, titled Experiments in Mass Appeal.

Adam said...

Who am I thinking of then?

Bill K. said...



Following their tour with Pallas, they announced they were dissolving following 4 final dates, including one at ROSfest last year. They cancelled out of ROSfest and that was kinda it. A bunch of months back, Jem started talking about new material, which seems to be less expansive in general...5 to 7 minute tracks, it sounds like. I was never to keen on Milliontown, unlike many others, so their return means little to me.

That Jem. He's outrageous. Truly, truly, truly outrageous.