(((O))) Category: Festivals

Be Prog! My Friend – 2017

The curation at Be Prog! My Friend is as unique as the setting – in 2015 Be Prog! famously married Meshuggah and Camel. This year, challenging music is placed at the heart of a left-of-centre progressive bill. . .

Green Man Festival 2017 – Preview

Green Man is certainly not a Glastonbury or a Bestival in turns of scope and sheer size, yet I am hoping that it can provide the intimacy of a smaller festival alongside the atmosphere of a larger one.

UK Tech Fest 2017 – Sunday

Tech Fest’s Sunday brought The Pink Panther, a silent wall of death, and whatever the fuck a xylosynth is. . .

UK Tech Fest 2017 – Saturday

Tech Fest’s Saturday featured the battle of the century, waltzing, and far too many amazing bands bidding farewell.

UK Tech Fest 2017 – Friday

Tech Fest’s Friday brought Rick Sanchez impressions, sweltering heat, and several death metal titans…

Eindhoven Psych Lab Festival

Radar Men from the Moon… carry on with the ferocious assault in a completely new and immense set with an intensity I’ve rarely witnessed. In fact, the first three songs were so new, none of them have been given a title as they were only finished a couple of weeks previously!

UK Tech Fest 2017 – Thursday

Tech Fest’s Thursday brought inflatables, a shit-ton of rain, and some amazing music…

Raw Power 2017

Raw Power 2017 was incredible. I’ve never been to a festival before where every band was good, where everything ran to a good schedule, and where everything seemed to go smoothly. The line-up was flawless and the delivery was sublime. Thank you, Baba Yaga’s Hut.

Supersonic Festival 2017

Gavin Brown reports back from this year’s Supersonic Festival, which had a mighty impressive line up.

Light a pagan fire at Kilkim Žaibu 2017: Saturday Review

Kilkim Žaibu has been a great experience, with a lot of fun and even something of a spiritual side to it. The weather was dreadful and by the time the last notes die away a lot of people are already sleeping a deep sleep.

Light a pagan fire at Kilkim Žaibu 2017: Friday Review

The people witnessing this ritualistic moment are experiencing a particular connection with the elements around them. The blowing wind, the roaring fire and the water of the lake breaking in waves on the shore, all with a beautiful black metal soundtrack. All is well in this harmonious unity at Kilkim Žaibu.

Festival Preview: Woodland Gathering IV

A strange assortment of varied sonic ritualists, ceremonial riff magicians and shamans of noise will congregate in the dark forest surroundings of Fell Foot Wood, for a truly strange and wondrous Woodland Gathering.

Light a pagan fire at Kilkim Žaibu 2017: Thursday Review

Kilkim Žaibu aims to look back at the past and find its reflection in the present. This makes for a unique festival, with rituals old and new.

UK Tech-Fest 2017 – Ten to Watch

UK Tech-Fest returns for its sixth instalment this year, promising another weekend of unrivalled technical heaviness and prog goodness. But who are the absolutely unmissable acts?

Desertfest London 2017 – Sunday Review

Andy Little continues his coverage of this year’s London Desertfest with his review of the final day, which includes Hark, Elephant Tree, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and Sleep.

HRH Prog V

HRH Prog V is a resounding success, with headliners Gong, Hawkwind and Wishbone Ash all turning in superlative sets.

Desertfest London 2017 – Saturday Review

Saturday’s Desertfest swings with with laid-back vibes among colossal distorted riffage.

Desertfest London 2017 – Friday Review

As ever Desertfest was a blast, and I saw some great acts, but although it’s getting to be almost a cliche to say it now, the best thing about Desertfest is the atmosphere.

Festival Review: Northern Discomfort Day 2 – Ungdomshuset, Copenhagen

It’s been a great time here in Copenhagen and though it is hard to find a festival that makes it worth the trip, we for sure hope that more people chose this event next year. The environment, the pricing, the acts and everything is perfectly fine about this festival. A great choice and hopefully the organisation can pull it off again to put it up.

Festival Review: Northern Discomfort Day 1 – Ungdomshuset, Copenhagen

A week after Roadburn and still hungry for that riff, so off to Copenhagen for the Northern Discomfort festival. The fest has its second edition this year at community house Ungdomshuset, which is a place for art and activism with a bunch of simple rules dealing with racism, sexism and all those other things that frankly make you an asshole.

Ritual Festival 2017

It looked an impressive bill before the show, and looking back I realise that I saw 13 great sets in one day… It took a good few days to properly get over this show, and I wasn’t even drinking.

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