Yes, there are Progressive Music Awards. They've apparently been doing it for four years now, and this year's show will take place on 3 September in London. They're telling us that progressive rock is a "genre that is currently seeing many mainstream successes" (whatever that means), and they've got a bunch of categories we can vote in.
by Jon Davis, Published 2015-07-15
Check out the website linked below, where you can sign up and vote. Some of it is a bit UK-centric, and includes quite a few artists that have yet to appear on this site, but some of our favorites are included. It's not clear how the nominees came to be nominated, but they've got a variety of categories for you to pick in. Yes, you can help select the Prog Anthem of the Year – which is their equivalent of Song of the Year.
Limelight (artist who've been featured in Prog Magazine's Limelight section) and Vanguard ("breakthrough artist") are two of their interesting categories. And as for Album of the Year... here I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about the world of progressive rock, but I haven't heard a single one of the nominees. Given the number of new albums I have heard (well over a hundred in the last year), I guess that says something for the health of the genre.
Filed under: Concerts
Related artist(s): Beardfish, Big Big Train, Steve Hackett, King Crimson, Marillion, Anthony Phillips, The Pineapple Thief, Rush, Soft Machine, Hawkwind / Hawklords, Jethro Tull, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd, Steven Wilson / I.E.M., MoeTar, Bill Nelson, The Enid, Perfect Beings, Fuzzy Nautilus
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more
Chris Béya Atoll - Illian, J’entends gronder la Terre – There are several reasons to expect the worst from this release. Many “reunions” and “reformations” of bands from the 70s have not turned out well; a look at the credits shows... (2005) » Read more