23 September 2010

The Tangent to headline new UK festival in 2011

A new progressive rock festival in the North West UK has been announced. The Electric Garden Festival (http://www.electricgardenfestival.com) will take place on the 20th and 21st May, 2011.

The North West of England had a pioneering role in the growth and development of Progressive Rock music. From Jethro Tull to Jon Anderson of Yes, the area was a hotbed of music for both bands and fans alike. What's more, there is a massive latent audience starved of this pioneering and innovative musical genre.

The Electric Garden festival will (for the first year) be a 2 day celebration of Progressive Rock in May 2011. Starting on the Friday night we'll have 8 of the best UK and Overseas acts to entertain you with an excellent sound system and convivial atmosphere.

2 major headliners have already been announced. Friday 20th May will see The Watch from Italy headline the Beat Club, Blackpool where they will play their brand new Green show. This consists of the complete classic Genesis album Selling England By The Pound as well as their innovative self-penned compositions. Much more than a tribute act, The Watch have been steadily growing in stature by developing exquisitely interpreted early period Genesis with their own complex material.

The Tangent were described as 'the best prog band in a decade' by progarchives.com and their most recent album Down and Out in Paris and London received critcal acclaim across the board. Every one of their 5 studio releases has been voted into the top 10 of every major progressive rock music poll. With influences ranging from the Canterbury scene through to Van Der Graaf Generator, The Tangent have played throughout Europe and the US to rapturous audiences.

Emerging UK/Canadian act IT are also confirmed for the festival. With influences ranging from Pink Floyd to NIN, their 4th album Departure was a big success in Europe and the US. It was voted into the top 100 albums of 2010 by progarchives.com. IT employ multimedia techniques on stage to give an added dimension to their sound.

Also added to the bill are Prog/Metal act Dropshard - also from Italy. A young band showing great potential with upcoming album The Lighthouse featuring an epic suite due to be released in the Winter of 2010.

Tickets are now on sale at http://www.electricgardenfestival.com

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