This festival was a journey into the past for me: an opportunity to see two bands - IQ & Pallas - that I hadn't seen live for over 25 years. The fact that I ended up walking past my birthplace on the way to the venue, and I that did so just two days after my birthday, only added to the sense of nostalgia.
Of course, there was far more to this event than performances by two stalwarts of the 1980s neo-progressive revival. There were seven other bands sharing the stage, plus four solo artists performing acoustic sets over the course of the weekend - an incredible line-up and a wonderful opportunity for devotees of progressive music.
Main Stage - Saturday
I missed the first song by festival opener Sean Filkins while queueing to get into the Hippodrome, but caught the remainder of his band's first live appearance. A somewhat 'muddy' mix did him no favours, but the music was excellent nonetheless - particularly the epic set closer, Epitaph For A Mariner. …