Haken and Exivious confirmed for Generation Prog Festival 2011

The first Generation Prog Festival will be held on September 23rd and 24th at the Luise in Nürnberg, Germany. The event brings together some of the best young prog bands from various European countries and local talent from the Nürnberg area for an exciting weekend of progressive music!

The first two bands to be confirmed are perfect examples for the festival’s focus: Haken from England and Exivious from the Netherlands have released only one album each so far, but both got rave reviews from all over the world and both are not just seen as promising young talent, but already considered to be two of the best bands on the prog scene.

Haken‘s debut album combines such diverse influences as Dream Theater, Danny Elfman and Frank Zappa into a unique musical rollercoaster ride. The songs are filled with so many ideas that they never get boring despite their length and the arrangements are so elaborate that even with two guitarists and keyboardists at their disposal (main writer Richard “Hen” Henshall switches between the instruments on the fly), the six members of Haken have their hands full in a live setting. Even though the band was founded in 2007, this year marks the first time they will play live in Germany!

Exivious have dubbed their music “fusionmetal” – the purely instrumental mix of styles fuses the musical vocabulary of metal with the improv culture of jazz. Given the band’s lineup, it’s not a surprise that this happens on a stunningly high level: Drummer Stef Broks is also active in the Dutch metal band Textures while bassist Robin Zielhorst and guitarist Tymon played with legendary band Cynic until just recently. The performance at the Generation Prog Festival 2011 will be Exivous’ live debut in Germany!

More bands and further details regarding the festival will be announced in the coming weeks.

Who: Haken, Exivious and six more bands
Where: Luise – The Cultfactory, Scharrerstraße 15, 90478 Nürnberg, Germany
When: Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24, 2011, doors open at 18:00
How much: Ticket prices will be announced soon

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