Not long now ladies and gentlemen for PROGFEST 2018. If you haven’t got your progy juices dribbling yet then wrap your ears around this Spotify playlist. Discover new bands, hears some absolutely smashing tracks and flex your mind in preparedness for what will be, and always is, a fantastic PROGFEST. Feast on it.
The 2018 line up of Progfestwill be the strongest yet with Norway’s LEPROUSconfirmed to headline all 3 Progfest festivals, plus headline their own sideshows in Perth and Adelaide!
A massive 24 bands will be taking part across the 3 festivals including some of Australia’s finest acts (on selected dates) such as:Voyager, AlithiA, Orsome Welles, Meniscus, Osaka Punch, Toehider, Breaking Orbitand Dyssidia
With that awesome line up in view, this year’s festival sees a growing number of women apart of the festivities; and rightly so!
Progfest events for Sydney and Melbourne will feature both a main stage and side stage. Respectively named the lost underwater city Atlantis and its God of the Sea ruler Poseidon.
The Poseidon stage starts first in both cities, so get down early and support the newer bands!
Saturday, January 20: The Factory Theatre
Poseidon Stage (Fusebox):
Genetics: 3.10 – 3.40pm
Mercury Sky: 4.00 – 4.30pm
Seims**: 4.50 – 5.20pm
Hemina: 5.40 – 6.10pm
Majora: 6.30 – 7.00pm
Dyssidia: 7.20 – 7.50pm
James Norbert Ivanyi: 8.10 – 8.40pm
Atlantis Stage (Factory Theatre – Main Room):
Osaka Punch: 5.20 – 5.50pm
Breaking Orbit: 6.10 – 6.40pm
Orsome Welles: 7.00 – 7.30pm
Meniscus: 7.50 – 8.20pm
AlithiA: 8.40 – 9.10pm
Voyager: 9.30 – 10.00pm
Leprous: 10.30 – 11.50pm
** Sydney noisemakers and discordant sound benders,, math-rock trailblazers Seims have replaced Glass Ocean who have had to pull out of the festival.
Progfest 2018 has expanded to include all three east coast capital cities, hitting Sydney and Brisbane along with returning to Melbourne, following its December 2016 sold out edition!
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.
Beginning life in 2008, Progfest has grown alongside Australia’s love of progressive music and has become the centrepiece of the nation’s burgeoning prog scene.
In the intervening 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, Caligula’s Horse, sleepmakeswaves and Twelve Foot Ninja have all headlined Progfest in the past, and each of them has gone on to crack the ARIA Mainstream chart and have global success.