Welcome to the home of the Summer's End Festival - the UK's longest-running Progressive Rock festival.
The 2015 edition of Summer's End will take place on October 2nd - 4th
at The Drill Hall, Lower Church St, Chepstow.
Many thanks to all the intrepid souls who bought the "Leap of Faith" tickets - your support is very much appreciated!
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The venue is well located, a short distance from the Town Centre and close to banks of the River Wye, and in "feel" is similar to our old home of Lydney Town Hall, guaranteeing that unique "Summers End" atmosphere.
So, this is the start of the very exciting 2015 line-up ...
We are immensely pleased that Detroit-based Prog legends Discipline have agreed to make their UK debut at Summers End. Fronted by the charismatic Matthew Parmenter the band have been making music for 25 years , and were a vital part of the 1990s prog revival. The bands aptly recent live album "This Ones for England" was recorded at Rosfest in 2012.
Magic Pie -that ever-popular band from Norway - will make a very welcome return to the UK after a gap of 7 years. The band's fourth studio album "King For A Day" has just been released on Karisma records, and it's an amazing 10 years since their first, "Motions of Desire". We are thrilled to welcome them to the festival at long last!
The Scottish legends are returning to live work after a short hiatus to work on their excellent new album Wearewho weare, so we are delighted to welcome them back to the festival after their headline appearance in2008. Was it really that long ago?
This is a new Progressive rock project formed by Dave Bainbridge of Iona to play songs from his 2014 prog masterpiece Celestial Fire, plus his 2004 solo project Veil of Gossamer. Dave also promises us some of Iona's more rarely played proggier tracks.
Mystery from Canada return to Europe in 2015 after their hugely successful tour in 2014, where the band cemented their reputation as a superb live act. As well as their most recent studio album The World is a Game, the band have also released a superb new live album Tales from the Netherlands which showcases their combination of progressive and melodic rock.
We are delighted to welcome Scottish legends Abel Ganz back to the festival after their great set way back in 2008. Following the release of their hugely-acclaimed self titled album in 2014, which added many new ingredients into their melodic prog mix, the band are on a real high. This appearance at Summers End is part of a triumphant year that will also include a slot at the prestigious Rosfest Festival in Pennsylvania - which has been running even longer than Summers End!
from the USA, 3rDegree will be making their first festival appearance outside North America. Currently completing their fifth album, they are best known for their superb, critically-acclaimed 2012 album The Long Division.
Introitus from Sweden mix traditional neo-progressive rock with elements of folk and metal in a formula that has produced 3 superb album to date, including last year's Anima. The band is a family affair, led by keyboardist Mats Bender, his wife vocalist Anna and also includes two of their children!
London band will be continuing their growing reputation as a live band in 2015 following their 2006 debut Awake and Dreaming and last year's long-awaited follow up Land of Shadows , which saw them tour for the first time as a fully fledged 5 piece.
The Fierce and the Dead
quartet, led by the extraordinarily talented Matt Stevens, are building a strong reputation for their powerful instrumental music. "Somewhere between Afrobeat and Robert Fripp" said Rock-a-rolla magazine and who are we to argue?
Credo will make their third appearance at the festival, following great sets in 2006 and 2011. It's hard to believe that this version of the band (not withstanding a change of drummer) has been with us for 10 years now, having released three albums "Rhetoric", "Against Reason" and the live "This is what we do" to add to "Field of Vision" from 1994. Expect as entertaining a performance as ever!
A less familiar name may well be Luxembourg's rising stars Light Damage, but rest assured the festival prides itself on helping discover great new acts, and this great band may well be this year's "find", with their brand of modern prog with the occasional heavy moment.
Last but by no means least, Simon Godfrey, a great friend to the festival, will play a short solo set opening the Friday Night (unless an acoustic stage is possible). Now resident in the USA, he will need no introduction, with his band Tinyfish having played the festival twice, in 2007 and 2010 and his most recent project Shineback getting rave reviews.
The Summer's End Festival 2014 would like to offer sincere thanks to army of people who have helped to make the festival happen, including
Guy Manning, Howard Sinclair, Alex White, Simon Rogers, Jim Murdoch and Hugh Jones for very generously lending us instuments and equipment.
Special thanks to Chris and the team at Headstock (Ibanez UK distribution), JRS Lighting, Lydney Music School and the guys at Protech.