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Topic: NEARfest 2012 (Bethlehem, PA,USA) latest news
Posted By: Man With Hat
Subject: NEARfest 2012 (Bethlehem, PA,USA) latest news
Date Posted: October 18 2011 at 18:17
From Chad Hutchinson:
 
 
Official NEARfest Press Release
October 17, 2011

NEARFEST APOCALYPSE TO BE FINAL EDITION OF FESTIVAL

In 1999, the North East Art Rock Festival was started as an effort to return progressive rock music to the area where it thrived back in its heyday. In the 1970s, the Philadelphia area was a well-known hotbed of fandom for the brand of rock music featuring exemplary virtuosity. With the re-emergence of progressive music worldwide in the early '90s, festivals became a novel way to feature both new bands and re-invigorate some from the past. A few festivals had come before, namely ProgFest (CA), the ever-present ProgDay (NC), BajaProg (Mexico), and the short-lived ProgScape (MD), plus several after, but none have taken on the notoriety NEARfest had achieved. In just a few short years, NEARfest became the "most prestigious progressive rock festival in the world" and has remained so for over 12 years.

From its inception, NEARfest has strived to merge extraordinary bands from the global Prog Rock underground and the devoted community of eclectic music fans on this side of the pond. It was felt that otherwise, never would the two meet, especially en masse. This emotional combination of musical dedication has produced many a weekend of musical bliss. Ask any former attendee of the festival and you will get a different list of highlights from years past, which is validation in itself of NEARfest's dedication to a diverse lineup of Prog Rock subgenres. Favorites will range from Camel and Keith Emerson to Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and Miriodor; from Steve Hackett and Banco to Echolyn and Hidria Spacefolk; from Magma and Univers Zero to Kenso and Kraan; from Eddie Jobson and Three Friends to Cabezas de Cera and Beardfish; from Porcupine Tree and PFM to Anekdoten and Änglagård. And that's only a fraction of the over 120 bands that have performed at NEARfest to date.

And now, the time has come to complete the cycle.

2012 will mark the final edition of the North East Art Rock Festival. NEARfest has always employed a model, for right or wrong, where lineups were typically anchored by legends of the greater genre and featured a plethora of world-class bands spanning the broad range of subgenres. Part of the success of NEARfest and its rapid sellouts was its ability to attract legendary progressive bands that had played only infrequently, if ever, on the East Coast of the United States. As time has marched inexorably, it started to become clear that this headliner-centric model would not be sustainable indefinitely. Too much of a change in the model and those dedicated to attending and supporting the festival may feel that it is no longer in the spirit of NEARfest itself. Therefore, we have decided to retain the marriage of our successful model to our NEARfest brand name.

After the unfortunate events leading to the cancellation of NEARfest 2011, we could not allow the legacy of NEARfest to end with a dark and empty stage. The festival has meant too much to too many, including us, to just disappear without at least making an attempt at a joyous swan song. Therefore, since the spring of 2011, the three of us have been conspiring to put together a final NEARfest, one true to its roots and special to its faithful. We are happy to say that this will indeed happen.

NEARfest Apocalypse will be held over the weekend of June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, 2012 at its rightful home, the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University in beautiful Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This will be a true celebration of progressive rock music as well as a "raising of the glass" to everyone who has made NEARfest so special to so many of us over the last 13 years, including our outstanding crew and production team, the wonderful staff at Zoellner, and everyone who has ever bought a ticket to NEARfest. There are plans for activities beyond the norm for the weekend, which will be detailed as the festival draws closer. For now though, we can tell you that both Roger Dean and Mark Wilkinson will be involved in the artwork for this final special event. We will also do our best to make sure that both of these fine gentlemen are in attendance.

In the coming weeks, we will announce the entire NEARfest Apocalypse lineup live on the air on the Gagliarchives radio program. The exact air date will be determined shortly and announced online NEARfest.com, our Yahoo mailing list, Facebook, Twitter, and Progressive Ears. Stay tuned!

We sincerely hope that you will join us for the final chapter of NEARfest. After all, the world ends in December 2012 anyway, right?

Most humbly,
Chad Hutchinson
Rob LaDuca
Kevin Feeley

Links:
NEARfest Website,
http://www.nearfest.com/" rel="nofollow - http://www.nearfest.com
Yahoo Mailing List,
http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/NEARfestNews/" rel="nofollow - http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/NEARfestNews/
Facebook,
http://www.facebook.com/page/NEARFEST" rel="nofollow - http://www.facebook.com/page/NEARFEST
Twitter,
https://www.twitter.com/#nfapocalypse" rel="nofollow - https://www.twitter.com/#nfapocalypse


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Posted By: Henry Plainview
Date Posted: October 18 2011 at 18:53
C'est la vie....I guess I feel a little bad that I would probably have never quite made it up there.

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Posted By: Failcore
Date Posted: October 18 2011 at 18:56
Prog is dying again...

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Posted By: Mormegil
Date Posted: October 24 2011 at 06:49
Absolute, total bummer.
Gorgeous venue on the Lehigh University campus.
I was at the last five 'Fests, and the amount of combined talent was a delight.
It was depressing to see this year's event cancelled.
Even more depressing now.

Ouch


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Posted By: bucka001
Date Posted: October 30 2011 at 05:52
Posted elsewhere:
 
NEARfest Apocalypse Lineup Announced
For Immediate Release
October 29, 2011

In order to commemorate the final NEARfest in 2012, we have worked hard to bring together the best possible lineup for the progressive rock community. Featuring outstanding newer bands and legendary artists from across diverse progressive music subgenres, we hope that we can provide a wonderful weekend of musical memories to last a lifetime. We hope you can join us at the Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania next June, for the NEARfest Apocalypse!

The NEARfest Apocalypse Lineup:

Friday June 22, 2012
Aranis (Belgium)
Van der Graaf Generator (UK)

Saturday June 23, 2012
Helmet of Gnats (USA)
Twelfth Night (UK)
Änglagård (Sweden)
Renaissance (UK/USA)

Sunday June 24, 2012
Gösta Berlings Saga (Sweden)
Il Tempio delle Clessidre (Italy)
Mike Keneally Band (USA)
Eloy (Germany)



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Posted By: Tony R
Date Posted: October 30 2011 at 06:27
Much improved lineup, hope it comes off big style this year.


Posted By: Ricochet
Date Posted: October 30 2011 at 06:44
Epic Friday, I still want to catch Aranis live at some point.

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Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: October 30 2011 at 08:27
If they had this lineup last year they would still be going beyond this year.
 
And Iagree RICO...friday is my favorite day.


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Dig me...But don't...Bury me
I'm running still, I shall until, one day, I hope that I'll arrive
Warning: Listening to jazz excessively can cause a laxative effect.


Posted By: The Hemulen
Date Posted: October 30 2011 at 09:13
That's an excellent line-up. I've never had a hope in hell of attending NEARFest, but well done to them. They've done an immeasurable amount for prog during its resurgence in the last decade or so. Good to see them truly going out with a bang. Smile


Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: October 30 2011 at 09:43
Yeah - Friday looks killer to me.

Saturday looks very solid, not sure about Twelfth Night but that's more about my tastes than the band.

Sunday I need to research as I don't really know any of them other than Gosta.


Posted By: rlladuca
Date Posted: October 30 2011 at 10:50
no, then 2011 would have marked the end of the event. 
What we learned from 2011 is that the headline acts are critically important to sell the second 500 tickets.  500 people would come regardless of lineup. 


Posted By: PabstRibbon
Date Posted: October 30 2011 at 17:22
got the go ! even If I live in Quebec. It's my main objectif this year !


Posted By: Mormegil
Date Posted: October 31 2011 at 08:03
Ahhhh, fine way to go out! 

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Posted By: TheGazzardian
Date Posted: October 31 2011 at 11:00
Awesome lineup, will definitely try and make it this time!


Posted By: Zombywoof
Date Posted: January 25 2012 at 22:53
My first prog festival! I can't wait until summer.

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Posted By: Mr Greeen Genes
Date Posted: March 26 2012 at 00:09
If anyone needs to get rid of a ticket, my email is [email protected]


Posted By: Prog_Traveller
Date Posted: April 06 2012 at 23:52
I'll be there. This will be my seventh(and obviously last)Nearfest. I went the first five years then again in 07 and many(actually most) pre shows from 05 on. It should be great. 


Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: May 24 2012 at 20:36
Eloy have had to cancel due to band member illness.


Posted By: Zombywoof
Date Posted: May 25 2012 at 01:47
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Eloy have had to cancel due to band member illness.



I know, it sucks!! Any idea who will replace them?

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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: May 25 2012 at 05:57
They've signed a replacement just waiting on confirmation that they can announce it. Probably in the next couple of days.


Posted By: Zombywoof
Date Posted: May 25 2012 at 11:36
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

They've signed a replacement just waiting on confirmation that they can announce it. Probably in the next couple of days.



Fingers crossed for Magma...

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Posted By: Garion81
Date Posted: May 26 2012 at 21:01
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Yeah - Friday looks killer to me.

Saturday looks very solid, not sure about Twelfth Night but that's more about my tastes than the band.

Sunday I need to research as I don't really know any of them other than Gosta.

Mike  Keneally  played guitar with Frank Zappa and also worked with Kevin Gilbert. He is a monster guitar player.  Check out an album called Beer for Dolphins. 


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Posted By: Garion81
Date Posted: May 26 2012 at 21:09
Originally posted by Tony R Tony R wrote:

Much improved lineup, hope it comes off big style this year.

Tony I disagree.  This lineup means that there is no outlet for new bands or bands that skirt the genre to play live.  It means the death of live prog music in the USA outside of local metropolitan areas.    You must realize Bajaprog and Calprog have suspended their festivals 3RP was a one and done even after reuniting Spock's Beard and Transatlantic (minus Pete).  A new festival Ohioprog could not even get off the ground. Farfest is a one and done. So all that leaves is Rosfest and Progday though the  latter of which does not  play on the same field as the others.    


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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: May 26 2012 at 22:39
Originally posted by Garion81 Garion81 wrote:

Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Yeah - Friday looks killer to me.

Saturday looks very solid, not sure about Twelfth Night but that's more about my tastes than the band.

Sunday I need to research as I don't really know any of them other than Gosta.

Mike  Keneally  played guitar with Frank Zappa and also worked with Kevin Gilbert. He is a monster guitar player.  Check out an album called Beer for Dolphins. 
I bought Dancing in prep for NF, I surely will be buying more. Isn't the band called Beer For Dolphins not the album?


Posted By: Garion81
Date Posted: May 27 2012 at 15:11
Yeah you are correct  but he was the principal artist in it.   I am very lucky to be near LA because he plays a lot of live gigs at some of the jazz clubs in Hollywood several times a year. 

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Posted By: Garion81
Date Posted: May 28 2012 at 16:24
Ha just found this posted by Mike at progresive ears.  

Actually "bakin @ the potato," the live thing I put out last year would be more representative of what will be happening onstage - we won't be focusing on Scambot stuff, it'll be a wide range of material from a bunch of albums, but "bakin'" would give an indication of the sound of the current band (I'll have a different drummer at NF though, 'cause Joe Travers has ZPZ obligations). 

So there you go. Smile


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Posted By: Disconnect
Date Posted: May 29 2012 at 11:34
officially announced - UK is replacing Eloy.

Kind of lukewarm about it, not a huge UK fan.  I enjoyed the first album with Bruford & Holdsworth, tuned out all that came after.


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Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: May 29 2012 at 15:06
"NEARFEST PRESS RELEASE
May 29, 2012

UK to headline sold-out NEARfest Apocalypse

We are delighted to announce that the legendary progressive rock supergroup UK will be joining the NEARfest Apocalypse lineup as the Sunday night festival headliner with a four-piece lineup. By some streak of amazing fortune, the members of UK had simultaneous availability in their busy schedules, and were able to assume the mantle of festival headliner with less than a month to spare before the event.

Revolving around two iconic musicians, keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson and bassist/vocalist John Wetton, UK was the last of the 1970s progressive rock supergroups. UK seamlessly melded dazzling instrumental virtuosity, incredible compositional prowess, classical and jazz influences, and memorable song-craft into two classic studio albums that have endured the test of time and earned the band legions of fans. In the second decade of the new millennium these two luminaries have once again joined forces to bring UK's timeless music back to the stage, thrilling audiences around the world at sold-out concerts. With an expanded four-piece lineup including celebrated rock/fusion drummer Gary Husband and noted fusion guitarist Alex Machacek, UK will feature music from both of its albums and classic-era King Crimson songs not able to be performed with the 3-piece lineup that recently toured the USA.

NEARfest Apocalypse will occur June 22-24, 2012 at Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. Co-headlining with UK are Van der Graaf Generator (Friday night June 22) and Renaissance (Saturday night June 23). Although the festival has been sold out for some time, UK fans seeking to attend may look for second-hand tickets at the NEARfest website discussion forum Ticket Board (http://www.nearfest.com/forum/index.php) or the Progressive Ears discussion board (http://www.progressiveears.com). "


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Dig me...But don't...Bury me
I'm running still, I shall until, one day, I hope that I'll arrive
Warning: Listening to jazz excessively can cause a laxative effect.


Posted By: Garion81
Date Posted: May 29 2012 at 15:13
^ Actually read a little more of the press release before you judge this band:

NEARFEST PRESS RELEASE 
May 29, 2012 

UK to headline sold-out NEARfest Apocalypse 

We are delighted to announce that the legendary progressive rock supergroup UK will be joining the NEARfest Apocalypse lineup as the Sunday night festival headliner with a four-piece lineup. By some streak of amazing fortune, the members of UK had simultaneous availability in their busy schedules, and were able to assume the mantle of festival headliner with less than a month to spare before the event. 

Revolving around two iconic musicians, keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson and bassist/vocalist John Wetton, UK was the last of the 1970s progressive rock supergroups. UK seamlessly melded dazzling instrumental virtuosity, incredible compositional prowess, classical and jazz influences, and memorable song-craft into two classic studio albums that have endured the test of time and earned the band legions of fans. In the second decade of the new millennium these two luminaries have once again joined forces to bring UK's timeless music back to the stage, thrilling audiences around the world at sold-out concerts. With an expanded four-piece lineup including celebrated rock/fusion drummer Gary Husband and noted fusion guitarist Alex Machacek, UK will feature music from both of its albums and classic-era King Crimson songs not able to be performed with the 3-piece lineup that recently toured the USA. 

NEARfest Apocalypse will occur June 22-24, 2012 at Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. Co-headlining with UK are Van der Graaf Generator (Friday night June 22) and Renaissance (Saturday night June 23). Although the festival has been sold out for some time, UK fans seeking to attend may look for second-hand tickets at the NEARfest website discussion forum Ticket Board (http://www.nearfest.com/forum/index.php) or the Progressive Ears discussion board (http://www.progressiveears.com). 


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NEARfest 
Co-Founder, Director of Operations 
http://www.nearfest.com/" rel="nofollow - http://www.nearfest.com  


What I find ironic is UK was the last gasp of British prog rock of the 70's will be the band that plays the last note at this historic festival.  


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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: May 29 2012 at 20:29
Excellent news, I was looking forward to Eloy but this is an excellent replacement on short notice.


Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: May 29 2012 at 20:31
Good news, great work by the NF crew to get a great replacement on short notice.


Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: May 29 2012 at 20:35
Agreed. I do wish Bozzio could be there but overall a Thumbs Up from me.

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Dig me...But don't...Bury me
I'm running still, I shall until, one day, I hope that I'll arrive
Warning: Listening to jazz excessively can cause a laxative effect.


Posted By: fmatah
Date Posted: June 22 2012 at 20:05
 URGENT! I'm selling one NEARfest Patron Program ticket for Saturday-Sunday

The tickets are Row B Seat 6

You must hurry up!
Call or send a text message to Jesus Peraza mobile phone number is 908 240-5131 or write to me mailto:[email protected]" rel="nofollow - [email protected]

I'm asking the original price for the eight concerts: 270 dollars

And if you call right now you cand attend Van der Graaf Concert!



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