ProgFest Celebrates 10th Anniversary In 2019

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Indian prog export Skyharbor make their Australian debut as part of ProgFest 2019. Indian prog export Skyharbor make their Australian debut as part of ProgFest 2019. Image © Devin Barnes

ProgFest celebrates its 10th anniversary next year with its biggest line-up yet of premier local, national and international progressive bands.


Starting life in December 2008, ProgFest is one of the fastest growing festivals of its kind in the nation and has become the ultimate annual gathering for fans of progressive music.

The centrepiece of Australia's burgeoning prog scene, ProgFest cap off the past decade with their biggest edition ever featuring over 40 progressive bands across all styles and genres, from prog, post, psychedelic, art rock, metal and everything in between.

Leading the headline in 2019 are three huge international acts: Germany’s legendary post-metal act The Ocean and UK’s djent-groove metal pioneers Monuments will share headlining duties across all three ProgFest locales, along with India’s finest progressive rock export Skyharbor, who will be making their first ever appearances on Australian shores.

Haling from Berlin, Germany, The Ocean are one of the most accomplished and revered post-rock and post-metal acts on the planet. Bleak and heavy, angry and dystopian, The Ocean deliver wave after wave of emotion to the listener enveloping you in layers of sound that both suffocate and liberate.


London based quintet Monuments are the epitome of modern progressive metal, delivering as many hooks as they do political messages. In an age of mass media and hysteria, Monuments fly the flag high for critical thinking and self awareness.

Formed in New Dehli, India, newcomers Skyharbor bridge the gap between the postmodern prog-metal movement and the rock world. The anthemic soar of Linkin Park, the fury of the Deftones, the uplift of Incubus and the sonic tapestries of Devin Townsend combine to give Skyharbor a dimension all their own.

ProgFest has also been a integral platform for Australia's own fertile prog scene, with bands like Ne Obliviscaris, Caligula’s Horse, sleepmakeswaves and Twelve Foot Ninja having all headlined ProgFest in the past, and each of them going on to crack the ARIA Mainstream chart and have global success.

The local contingent of ProgFest 2019 acts inlcude Melbourne prog powerhouses Circles and Toehider, Perth outfit Chaos Divine, Sydney up-and-comers Glass Ocean, versatile guitarist James Norbert Ivanyi and Opus Of A Machine, which features former Caligula's Horse guitarist Zac Greensill. Along with New Zealand's City of Souls, these bands will play all three locations with the headliners, plus a selection of other bands that will vary in each city.

Adding to the madness is a series of sideshows for The Ocean and Monuments just for Adelaide and Perth.

After ten years showcasing the best prog music from Australia and around the world, ProgFest in 2019 delivers a celebratory line-up that confirms the festival's status as a global benchmark for the expansive genre. Click here for tickets and full details for all shows.

ProgFest 2019 Shows

Melbourne

Sat 26 Jan - The Croxton Bandroom

The Ocean
Monuments
Skyharbor
Circles
Chaos Divine
City Of Souls
Toehider
James Norbert Ivanyi
Glass Ocean
Opus Of A Machine
Bear The Mammoth
Transience
Muchroom Giant
Figures
Khan
Ebonivory
The Valley Ends
Red Lotus
M0DAL1TY
Neo Relic

Sydney

Sun 27 Jan - The Factory Theatre

The Ocean
Monuments
Skyharbor
Circles
Chaos Divine
City Of Souls
Toehider
James Norbert Ivanyi
Glass Ocean
Opus Of A Machine
Lo!
Hemina
Red Bee
Anubis
SEIMS
SNVFF
Hashshashin
Sevsons
Shanghai
Numidia

Brisbane

Mon 28 Jan - The Valley Drive In/The Brightside

The Ocean
Monuments
Skyharbor
Circles
Chaos Divine
City Of Souls
Toehider
James Norbert Ivanyi
Glass Ocean
Opus Of A Machine
Aerials
Kodiak Empire
Hazards Of Swimming Naked
Magenta Voyeur
Flynn Effect
Mass Sky Raid
Sum Of Us
The Stranger
Therein
Seraphic

Sideshows

The Ocean

Thu 24 Jan - Badlands Bar (Perth)
Fri 25 Jan - Jive (Adelaide)

Monuments

Tue 29 Jan - Jive (Adelaide)
Wed 30 Jan - Badlands Bar (Perth)

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