It’s the first time that a true big prog-rock festival has been announded in Israel. It’s gonna happen in October 4th, three days of progressive rock and progressive metal, not far away from where Jesues walked on water (or at least tried to): Sea of Galilee.
Pain of Salvation are the headliners for the event, with The Flower Kings coming in 2nd, Sweden’s Anderomeda in 3rd place, and Poland’s Osada Vida in last place. All four bands have never visited Israel before.
ProgStage 2011 was a one-day festival, which featured only 4 local bands in one small urban hall in the city of Petach-Tikva. But ProgStage 2012 is the real deal: a long outdoor event, set in a fun zone of water parks near the Kinneret lake (Tiberias is the nearest city).
Many local prog groups have jumped on the Progstage bandwagon, with ethnic metal monster Orphaned Land the biggest name on the list. Other Israeli bands featured, in alphabetical order:
- Artland – led by the festival’s organizer, Patrick Losinsky
- Bubble Bath – cover band, showcasing Ian Anderson’s stunt double, Paul Forrest
- Distorted Harmony – performing their 2012 debut album, “Utopia”
- Haarnav Halavan – “the white rabbit”, hard-prog group working on their 2nd album
- Key of the Moment (KOTM) – vocal prog-fusion, showcasing their debut album, “The Switch”
- Pie-Q – female-fronted prog-metal outfit, which released their debut EP, “Piece of Cake”
- Reign of the Architect – international project, about to release the debut “Rise”, opening for Symphony-X on their 1st Israeli gig (6/6/2012).
- Solstice Coil – with two albums in their armor, and working on a third release
- Stormy Atmosphere – their debut, “Colorblind” (2009) will be followed by a second release, possibly in 2012
- Sumo Elevator – jazz-prog-electronica quarter; Released their first full album, “Breakfast”, in 2011
- Sussita – retro prog-folk group, still at work on their 2nd album
Ticket price for the entire event is only 300 Shekels (80 USD), quite a bargain for Israelis, used to high ticket prices for most rock concerts.
The exact location is “Dugal” center, uniting the Golan beach and the Dugit beach. All shows will start at 6 PM, allowing the crowd to enjoy the “Luna Gal” water park, the Kinneret waters and many water-sport attractions.
The date (October 4th-6th, from Thursday to Saturday) is the weekend of Israel’s Sukkot holiday, allowing many young Israelis to join the event, since they’re on school vacation for the whole week.
Full details can be found on the official ProgStage 2012 website.