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The Summer's End Progressive Rock Festival: The First Ten Years

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The Summer's End Progressive Rock Festival: The First Ten Years

Author:Huw Lloyd Jones
Dimensions:6.5" x 9.25"
Photos:150 color photograpphs
Publisher:Fonthill Media
Item No. 9781781554524

105 bands. 120 performances. Award winning festival Summer's End is now the longest running celebration of progressive music in the UK, and one of the longest in the World. Born in 2005 out of the simple desire to give his then-band Also Eden somewhere to play, founder Huw Lloyd Jones started the festival as a one day event at Gloucester Guildhall. The festival expanded to a two day affair in 2006, then three days in 2007, a format that it has retained ever since. Huw and co-promoter Stephen Lambe take us through the venues, line ups and various up and downs that have befallen the festival since the beginning. We learn how power issues almost scuppered a performance by guitar legend Steve Hackett; how "Summers End time" was created, and how the festival persuaded guitarist Gordon Giltrap to play in an electric band again after 30 years. Alongside the narrative are some stunning full -color pictures by official festival photographer Chris Walkden - as well as a few others - making this the ultimate celebration of the UK's best loved Prog Festival. The 2015 Festival will take place in the first weekend in October in Lydney, Gloucestershire.