Who plays when?

Wie vermutet haben lassen wir nun doch Exivious das letzte Set am Freitag spielen und ziehen Haken vor. Hier ein ungefährer Zeitplan für das Festival (aktualisiert am 21. September):

Just as expected we ended up swapping Haken’s and Exivious’ sets so that Exivious will close the show on Friday. Here’s a preliminary festival schedule for you (updated September 21st):

Friday, September 23:
23:30 Exivious
21:40 Haken
20:25 Effloresce
19:30 Ocean Spout

Saturday, September 24:
23:00 Andromeda
21:45 Relocator
20:25 Subsignal
19:30 Theory of Elements
Einlass ist an beiden Tagen ab 19:00.

Ticket update

The hotel combo deals are no longer available. If you order your tickets now, you’ll have to pick them up at the venue. We can’t guarantee that wire transfers will reach us in time, so payment via PayPal is definitely the way to go for late buyers!

Note that tickets remain available until the afternoon of the respective festival day via our local pre-sales partners.

Single-day tickets now available

Single-day tickets are now available both via our online store and our pre-sales partners. The pre-sale price is 21 Euro (the regular price will be 22 Euro).

Day ticket Friday Day ticket Saturday

Sorry that our online store layout is a bit unpractical with all these ticket variations. The original plan was to have the single-day tickets replace the hotel combo deals, but the bookling deadline for those has been extended several times now.

Hotel combo deals still available!

Upadate from September 14th: The hotel still has 10 rooms available for us, so our affordable hotel deals remain available until September 16th. We can’t predict how much longer the offer will remain valid, but it is recommended that you don’t hesitate too long!

We didn’t want to create too many individual hotel + ticket combinations for our web store, so the combo deals are for two-night stays only, but we realize that some people might want a room just for one night – because they can’t make it on Friday or maybe because they want to go straight back home after the last Saturday band. Do you want a hotel room at the Mercure just for one night? Contact us at info@generation-prog.com and we’ll figure something out! 🙂

Free compilation of songs from our festival bands

The following compilation from Prog Sphere offers an excellent overview of the bands playing at our festival. It’s a free download with the full support of the musicians and labels involved.

Subsignal replace To-Mera

Last morning we got the news that despite all agreements, To-Mera would not be making the trip to Nuremberg after all. The reasons for that are “complex and no fault of your own,” says the band in its cancellation mail – in any case they’re nothing that they didn’t already know three months ago. We regret that this decision wasn’t made earlier, especially since we’ve already started selling tickets.

Fortunately, we were able to secure a more than worthy replacement promptly:

The band Subsignal was founded by Sieges Even members Arno Menses (vocals) and Markus Steffen (guitar) in 2007. Originally intended as a project, the whole thing developed into a real band after the demise of Sieges Even. The top-class band also features Roel van Helden (Drums, Sun Caged), Ralf Schwager (Bass, Dreamscape) und David Bertok (Keyboards, also Dreamscape) and can thus justifiably be called a prog supergroup. More information on the band can be found on the official Subsignal website!

Ticket sales start

Tickets for the festival can now be ordered via our online store. For now we’re offering three packages:

A click on the offers above brings you straight to our online store!

  • The “weekend ticket” is exactly what the name implies.
  • The “economy package” includes a weekend ticket and two nights at a 4-star hotel.
  • The “double package” includes two weekend tickets and two nights (double room) at a 4-star hotel.

Our hotel packages are for rooms from Friday until Sunday with breakfast included. The hotel is the comfortable Wöhrdersee Hotel Mercure Nuremberg (4 stars) which is only 1.4 kilometers away from the festival venue. Of course the number of rooms available to us is limited and the offer is valid only until August 25. So if you want to benefit from our ticket/hotel packages, don’t hesitate too long!

Single day tickets will be available at a later point, the price will be 22 Euro.

More information about our partner hotel:
Wöhrdersee Hotel Mercure

Andromeda confirmed as the headliner, complete festival billing revealed

The time has come: We can finally reveal the complete billing for the Generation Prog Festival 2011. It’s a great pleasure for us to announce the fanatstic Swedish band Andromeda as the headliner. The quintet around guitarist Johan Reinholdz, keyboardist Martin Hedin and drummer Tomas Lejon (also playing with A.C.T) has been considered one of the best prog metal bands ever since their 2001 debut Extension of the Wish and will make their first German appearance in five years at our festival.

The festival lineup is completed by Effloresce, who made a lot of new fans at our first live event in February, and Ocean Spout, who balance the number of international guests and bands from the Nuremberg region as was the plan all along.

Ticket pre-sales will start in the near future, more information will be added to this page soon.

Three more bands confirmed for Generation Prog Festival 2011

And the band announcements continue: The Generation Prog Festival 2011 on September 23 and 24 will see the German debut of the brilliant To-Mera from England, the return of our celebrated February headliner, Relocator, and the live premiere of the new quintet lineup of our local heroes Theory of Elements. A great prog weekend is pretty much guaranteed! 🙂

Five years after the release of their debut album Transcendental, To-Mera finally make their debut on German soil! Started as a multinational band with Hungarian involvement, the quintet around vocalist Julie Kiss has since firmly established itself on the stages of Britain – which they already got to share with legends like Dream Theater and Emperor. Musically, To-Mera are a lot more daring than most metal bands with female vocals: Rhythmically the music is reminiscent of Meshuggah and Textures and there are detours into jazz and other surprises, raising the music far above the level of the all-too-common Nightwish copycat bands.

Relocator‘s 2010 debut turned quite a few heads as it featured none other than former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian as a special guest. But the album had more to offer than just star power: Helped by Dutch drummer Frank Tinge and Polish electric Violinist Bartek Strycharski, project founders Stefan Artwin (guitar) and Michael Schetter (born Pruchnicki, bass) delivered a varied, dense mix of progressive metal and modern fusion. The album was praised by critics all over the world and nominated for “best debut album” at the Progawards 2010. The live unit retains the core band featured on the CD, with newcomer Sergej Schamber (Ocean Spout) taking the place of Derek Sherinian.

Theory of Elements have been a fixture on the Nürnberg prog scene since 2005. Playing countless live gigs and two editions of the Brainmusic Festival, organized by bandleader Enzo Ferrara, the Franconian quartet earned its reputation as a commanding live band. The Generation Prog Festival will see the live debut of their new quintet lineup with two guitarists and returning keyboardist Martin Koralewski. The band are currently working on a new EP that should be available in time for the festival and they can’t wait to bring some of that new material to the stage!

The three remaining bands (including the big Saturday headliner) will be announced soon.

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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