IO Earth Presents: HARMONIX FEST 2017

IO Earth are proud to announce that on Sunday, June 25th 2017, they will present an entire evening of music at their own Progressive Music Festival! This celebration of music will take place at The Robin 2, Bilston and will be known as “Harmonix Fest”.

This night of music is going to be a feast for the ears, affording you the chance to experience bands from the UK, France and the USA, two of which are Prog Award Nominated. With influences drawn from just about every genre and from all four corners of the globe, you will leave feeling not only satisfied, but enriched!

This festival is going to be one of a kind and is NOT one to miss!
Grab your ticket now! You will NOT be disappointed!
Advance Ticket Price: £25.00 Door Price: £27.00

!!PLEASE NOTE TICKETS PURCHASED FOR THE CANCELLED IO EARTH ROBIN SHOW ON SEPTEMBER 4th 2016 WILL BE VALID FOR THIS EVENT!!

Bands:

IO Earth – UK (21:30 – 23:00) www.ioearth.com

IO Earth are one of the most talked about bands in Progressive Rock. Their unique ability to blend genres in to one cohesive sound is truly second to none. After the release of their 3rd studio album, “New World”, IO Earth has gone from strength to strength, clocking up barnstorming performances at some of the biggest Prog/Rock festivals in the world. Ramblin Man Fair, Night of the Prog and an amazing FOURTH outing to the prestigious Cruise to the Edge. They were also nominated for the Vanguard Award at the Progressive Rock awards, 2016.

IO Earth’s high energy show is not to be missed. The Harmonix Fest concert will showcase their new vocalist, Rosanna Lefevre, in what will be her debut show with the band in the UK. They will be performing songs from all 3 of their studio albums and maybe even a couple of sneaky peeks at new material from their 4th studio album, announced for late 2017.

IO Earth have performed with some of the best bands & Artists in the world such as YES, Steve Hackett, Carl Palmer, Marillion, Mike Portnoy, UK, Tangerine Dream, FISH, Queensryche, Devin Townsend, Whitesnake, Europe, Thin Lizzy and many, many more.

Prog Mag: “This isn’t simply about perfecting the established IO Earth sound: this is the album on which Adam Gough and Dave Cureton’s eclectic septet have found themselves.”
Dave Says: “We are so proud to be able to put on this event and we are sure the IO Earth family are going to love it.”
Adam Says: “Excited to present Rosanna to the IO Earth Family.”

Circuline – USA (19:30 – 21:00) www.circulinemusic.com

The modern cinematic progressive rock band Circuline features two theatrical lead vocalists, a keyboard player from Juilliard, a jazz-rock genius on guitar, a rocking bass player from another galaxy, and a drummer with progressive rock in his DNA. One review of their 2016 release, COUNTERPOINT, raves that “Circuline has arrived, time for Progland to embrace them wholeheartedly…easily one of the very best US bands in recent memory”, while PROG magazine describes it as “healthy doses of Yes, Rush, and Gentle Giant, but there are also creeping, [Steven] Wilson-esque atmospherics, cinematic soundscapes and modern tonal beef…powerful harmony vocal arrangements…an intriguing, impactful record that spans the classic and modern prog worlds.” Their debut release from 2015, RETURN, has been called “breathtaking and imaginative, at times bombastic and grandiose, occasionally diving into more obscure sounds that will seem dark and ominous, always propelled by first rate vocal dynamics…a hugely entertaining debut from a band that certainly has set its sights on becoming a prog staple.”

Nominated for PROG Magazine’s 2016 Limelight award for best new band, Circuline recently performed at the 13th International Rites of Spring festival (RoSfest) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania alongside headliners Spock’s Beard and Zebra. Additional 2016 gigs include the New Jersey ProgHouse, Philadelphia’s Liberty Music Fest, and Chicago’s Progtoberfest. Circuline has previously opened for 20-year prog veterans Glass Hammer (east coast U.S. tour), and has repeatedly co-headlined the traveling Sonic Voyage Fest. The band members are: Andrew Colyer (keyboards, vocals), Darin Brannon (drums, percussion), Beledo (guitars), Joel Simches (bass), and lead vocalists Billy Spillane and Natalie Brown.

Telescope Road – France/USA (18:00 – 19:00) www.telescoperoad.net

New to the progressive scene, TELESCOPE ROAD from Marseille, France consists of three musicians who are already well-known in the genre. It’s a meeting of three musicians from three different countries who together create strikingly original music that is sometimes meticulously composed but often improvised as well. On bass, we find the world renowned, one-of-a-kind American bassist WILLIAM KOPECKY (Par Lindh Project, Kopecky, Michael Angelo Batio). Virtuoso guitarist ALAIN CHIARAZZO (founding member of the legendary Eclat) hails from France. They are joined by the innovative Finnish drummer DAVID LILLKVIST (Par Lindh Project, Gjallarhorn), who has earned a well-deserved international reputation.

2015 was a big year for this group starting with their performance at the ProgSud festival (France). They then had their first experience playing together internationally when they toured Japan. Also noteworthy was their appearance at the Rock ad Ovest festival in Italy as well as numerous concerts in Marseille in the south of France. In 2016 the group released their debut self-titled 6 track CD, three of which are instrumental and three which include vocals. One track features the Finnish vocalist Cleo and another with South African singer Sbongile Mbambo. Also guesting on two tracks on the album is Nabankur “Pinku” Bhattacharya on tabla and voice.

In the summer of 2016 the group did a French tour that culminated with their performance at the Crescendo Festival, France´s largest progressive rock festival. TELESCOPE ROAD offers a musical world full of nuances. Their acoustic side allows them to express themselves with finesse, but they can also build up the intensity to deliver powerful and technically-challenging music. TELESCOPE ROAD takes the listener on a visionary musical journey from rock to world music (especially Middle-Eastern, Mediterranean, and Indian music) while utilizing their instruments to their full potential.

Oktopus – UK (17:00 – 17:45) www.oktopusuk.com

Birmingham based power trio, Oktopus, have been garnering great live reviews in support of their explosive debut album, Worlds Apart. Formed in November 2014, their style fuses explosive progressive rock and metal with jazz and intricate musicianship. This high octane blend of musical styles, paired with intricate instrumental interplay and memorable vocal melodies, makes this a record not to be missed.

Uncompromising, humorous and adventurous, the band brings together the musical talents of Alistair Bell on guitar and lead vocals, Samuel C. Roberts on bass and Tim Wilson on drums. Their debut is a statement of ambitious intent, made bolder and more striking with the move from quartet to trio earlier this year. The album consists of eight tracks, packed with finger twisting hooks, catchy melodies and many unexpected twists and turns. A truly challenging, yet satisfying journey.

Mixed and produced by Joe Lewis-Brown at Rob Aubrey’s Aubitt Studios, Worlds Apart sets out to weave the old with the new. Drummer Tim Wilson reflects on the experience: ‘Aubitt Studios is an inspiring place to work and collaborating with Joe was a true delight. He’s a fine young talent with a great future and presented us with a genuinely fresh and contemporary approach to recording. He delivered our music with a natural, rocking mix and we couldn’t be happier with the results.’

From the hook-laden rock of ‘Eyes Open’ to the epic journey of ‘Minotaur’, the band’s distinctive approach is one that refuses to be pigeonholed. ‘Our music is a continual journey’, says guitarist Alistair Bell. ‘We seldom repeat something twice in the same form and we take great pleasure in taking the listener to unexpected places.’ The band have been promoting their album including high profile performances at the HRH Prog Festival, with District 97 and Dave Kerzner on their 2016 European Tour as well as with fellow Birmingham proggers IO Earth.

Bassist, Samuel C. Roberts, reflects on what lies ahead for the band: ‘We’re eager to keep pushing ourselves, both live and with our writing. This material represents a huge leap for us and we can’t wait to show what we’re truly made of.’
Oktopus invites you to enjoy the adventure of Worlds Apart and hopes to see you out on the road soon.