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.
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
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
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
Thu 24 Jan - Badlands Bar (Perth) Fri 25 Jan - Jive (Adelaide)
Tue 29 Jan - Jive (Adelaide) Wed 30 Jan - Badlands Bar (Perth)