October 6th - 8th 2017
The Drill Hall, Lower Church St, Chepstow
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Welcome to the home of the Summer's End Festival, the UK's longest-running Progressive Rock festival.
We are delighted to announce the (almost) complete line-up for 2017! Just one more headliner to confirm ...
Our Saturday headliners are the inimitable Frost* making their first appearance at the festival since their remarkable performance in 2008. The line up of the band - Jem Godfrey, John Mitchell, Nathan King and Craig Blundell - is now stable and playing regular live gigs in support of last years' excellent "Falling Satellites"
THE TANGENT (UK / Sweden)
KARMAKANIC (Sweden / UK)
As they did in 2014, the Tangent and Sweden's Karmakanic will be touring in 2016 as an intriguing double act, comprising of (largely) the same members playing two sets, closing the festival on Sunday 8th October. The band(s) will comprise Andy Tillison, Jonas Reingold, Luke Machin plus Marie Eve De Gaultier and other members to be announced. The Tangent will be making their third appearance at the festival and release "The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery" in 2017, while Karmakanic released DOT in 2016 and last played Summers End in 2010.
FRANCK CARDUCCI (France)
Those that have had the pleasure of seeing Franck Carducci and his superb band perform will know that they are one of the best - and most colourfully extravagant - live acts playing today. Mixing Prog with hard rock and just a touch of psychedelia, the band are sure to be one of the bands of the weekend following a successful UK tour in late 2016.
SOUTHERN EMPIRE (Australia)
Following his performance with Damanek in 2016 (and with Unitopia in 2010), Australian keyboard wizard Sean Timms returns to the festival with his current band Southern Empire. The band are riding high following the release of their superb debut album and will be touring Europe in late 2017 with Karibow.
Few who were there will have forgotten the performance of a young band called Concrete Lake at Summers End 2011. Now called Maschine, guitar wizard Luke Machin's brilliant young band, which also includes bassist Dan Mash, released their magnificent second album Naturalis during 2016 to great acclaim.
This well known German band have had an award winning, 20-year history. Led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Oliver Rusing, their powerful, crunchy, song orientated brand of Prog is often compared to Saga and It Bites. The band will tour Europe in 2017 with Southern Empire in suport of most recent album Holophinium.
ELEPHANTS OF SCOTLAND (USA)
Following Phideaux, K2, Discipline and 3rDegree, Elephants of Scotland will become the 5th band from the USA to play the festival. Formed in Vermont in 2010, the band have 3 studio albums under their belts and played a triumphant set at the Rosfest festival in 2014 , later released as a CD and DVD set.
MIDNIGHT SUN (UK)
Making their first appearance at the festival, but with several members that have played for us before are Midnight Sun, a band that features former members of Unto Us and Also Eden in a combination which moulds the progressive and melodic textures of those bands with some of the heavier elements of prog metal.
HALF PAST FOUR (Canada)
Only our second participants from Canada, Half Past Four have won a deserved reputation for their quirky, jazzy, playful take on prog. So strong was their 2016 third album Land of the Blind that we knew that it was high time they made their debut at the festival.
This superb band from France - fronted by vocalist and keyboard player Laetitia - mix Prog with slightly more metallic textures. The band are currently working on their second album following their excellent 2011 debut You Need to Know Yourself.
If you are of a mind to further support Summer's End, donations to help us organise, promote and pay for the festival are always very much appreciated. Please note, though, that we are not a charity: your donation is simply added to the festival's income to help us continue.
The Summer's End Festival would like to offer sincere thanks to army of people who help to make the 2016 festival happen: you know who you are :)
Special thanks to Simon and the team at Headstock for providing Laney amplification and Tama drums,
JRS Lighting, Lydney Music School and the team at Chepstow Drill Hall.