Wild Thing Presents, in association Beat Magazine & Welkin Entertainment proudly present...
PROGFEST: A festival that celebrates all things progressive is back for 2016!
The Corner Hotel in Melbourne will play host to the return of Progfest! Headlined by none other than Brisbane progressive powerhouse Caligula’s Horse, who will be playing as their exclusive Melbourne show on their Hands Shape Stone Australian tour. They will be joined by some of the nations finest progressive bands on Saturday, December 3.
Featuring progressive bands of all styles and genres, from prog, post, psychedelic, art rock, metal and everything in between, PROGFEST is about showcasing bands that think for themselves; bands who rather than following the latest trends, have decided to challenge themselves musically and create music with depth and vision.
Progfest was born in Melbourne in 2008 and soon expanded nationally to become a centrepiece of the Australian prog scene. In the intervening 8 years, the progressive scene in Australia has exploded and the bands associated with it are now a global force to be reckoned with. Many of the acts have gained huge followings from all over the world. Ne Obliviscaris, sleepmakeswaves and Twelve Foot Ninja have all headlined Progfest in the past and each of them have gone on to crack the Aria Mainstream chart and have global success.
PROGFEST 2016 features...
CALIGULA’S HORSE: The internationally acclaimed, award winning Brisbane prog act have been on an almost vertical trajectory since forming in 2011. Their latest album, 2015’s Bloom saw them tour the globe and receive near perfect reviews.
CIRCLES: Uniquely different, Melbourne’s Circles distinctive fusion of powerhouse progressive rhythms, soaring vocals and dynamic songs have turned heads the world over. 2016 saw them headline on their own, open for Fear Factory & play BigSound.
WE LOST THE SEA: These Sydney progressives combine post-rock atmospherics with unique melodies and envelope them in a crushing wall of sound to create emotive, breath-taking and striking music. Music that is filled with endless tension and release.
CHAOS DIVINE: Perth’s finest progressive metal act, Chaos Divine, have a plethora of industry accolades and a touring pedigree a mile long. Their latest offering, Colliding Skies, has been heralded globally as one of 2015’s best albums.
ALITHIA: The Melbourne purveyors of astral space rock take you on a journey through the cosmos on shamanistic planes with their deeply spiritual and entrancing live act that has been witnessed by audiences from Sydney to Moscow and back again!
ORSOME WELLES: This Melbourne experimental creative defy classification. Merging progressive music with an early 20th century panache, pounding grooves, intricate instrumentality and raw uncaged power. Their avant-garde live show is a must see!
TRANSIENCE: Combining soaring melodies, warped time signatures, crushing grooves and expansive atmospheres, these Melbourne natives create their own take on progressive rock and metal. Their genre-bending live show demands attention.
DYSSIDIA: Adelaide’s foremost progressive metal act have crafted a unique sound amongst their peers. Their breathtaking soundscapes and intricate rhythms have lead to them sharing the stage with the kings of the global progressive scene.
BEAR THE MAMMOTH: These local progressive, post-rockers are fast becoming known for their moody, atmospheric sonics that ebb and flow ‘like an ocean of melody’.
FIGURES: The collective resume of the members of Figures is quite impressive. Several key Melbourne bands can be found on the list and together their combined forces have a technical, progressive focus, infused with heavy riffs and emotive melodic vocals.
QLAYE FACE: Fusing atmospheric soundscapes with complex timing and rhythm, Melbourne proggers, Qlaye Face, convey their moody music with ambition, precision and integrity.
ENLIGHT: Female fronted prog bands are very few and far between but Enlight’s mix of progressive, jazz, metal, pop, folk and post-rock surround Rachael Graham's dreamy yet intense vocals perfectly.
This is one event not to be missed by any open-minded music fan!