2018 Lineup Announced By ProgPower USA, Tarja, James Labrie and Angra To Healine; Redemption Reveals Major Lineup Change

With the 2017 edition of ProgPower USA in the books (Metal Underground.com reports/photos forthcoming), promoters Glenn Harveston, Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block announced the Days 1-2 and 3-4 lineup just after Orphaned Land’s performance on Wednesday, September 6th and Myrath’s performance on Friday, September 8th, respectfully.

The event will take place on September 5-8, 2018 at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets for Days 3-4 will go on sale on October 7th via Ticketmaster. Days 1-2 will go on sale November 11th.

In the roster video for Days 3-4, California progressive metal act Redemption announced that vocalist Ray Alder (Fates Warning) has departed the band and the new vocalist is Evergrey’s Tom Englund. The forthcoming new album also features guitar appearances from Simone Mularoni (DGM) and Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth).

The featured headliners are Voyager (Australia), Angra (Brazil), James Labrie (USA) and Tarja (Finland). The complete lineup is as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 – DAY 1:

Voyager (Australia) (Headliner)
Nocturnal Rites (Sweden)
Gloryhammer (Scotland/UK)
Ross The Boss Band (Special Manowar set) (USA)

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 – DAY 2:

Angra – 25th Anniversary “fans pick the set list” Show (Brazil) (Headliner)
Dream Evil (Sweden)
Kingcrow (Italy)
Cellar Darling (Switzerland)

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 – DAY 3:

James Labrie (Canada) (Headliner)
Redemption (USA) with new vocalist, Tom Englund
Labyrinth (Italy) “Return to Heaven Denied” part I in its entirety
Bloodbound (Sweden)
Persefone (Andorra)
Manimal (Sweden)

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 – DAY 4:

Tarja Turunen (Finland) (Headliner)
Alestorm (Scotland/UK)
VUUR (The Netherlands)
Soen (Sweden)
Eclipse (Sweden) *US Exclusive
Triosphere (Norway)

The reveal video for Days 1-2 can be viewed here:

ProgPower USA XIX – Days 1&2 Roster from ProgPower USA on Vimeo.

The reveal video for Days 3-4 can be viewed here:

ProgPower USA XIX Roster Video from ProgPower USA on Vimeo.

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2018 Lineup Announced By ProgPower USA, Tarja, James Labrie and Angra To Healine; Redemption Reveals Major Lineup Change

With the 2017 edition of ProgPower USA in the books (Metal Underground.com reports/photos forthcoming), promoters Glenn Harveston, Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block announced the Days 1-2 and 3-4 lineup just after Orphaned Land’s performance on Wednesday, September 6th and Myrath’s performance on Friday, September 8th, respectfully.

The event will take place on September 5-8, 2018 at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets for Days 3-4 will go on sale on October 7th via Ticketmaster. Days 1-2 will go on sale November 11th.

In the roster video for Days 3-4, California progressive metal act Redemption announced that vocalist Ray Alder (Fates Warning) has departed the band and the new vocalist is Evergrey’s Tom Englund. The forthcoming new album also features guitar appearances from Simone Mularoni (DGM) and Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth).

The featured headliners are Voyager (Australia), Angra (Brazil), James Labrie (USA) and Tarja (Finland). The complete lineup is as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 – DAY 1:

Voyager (Australia) (Headliner)
Nocturnal Rites (Sweden)
Gloryhammer (Scotland/UK)
Ross The Boss Band (Special Manowar set) (USA)

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 – DAY 2:

Angra – 25th Anniversary “fans pick the set list” Show (Brazil) (Headliner)
Dream Evil (Sweden)
Kingcrow (Italy)
Cellar Darling (Switzerland)

Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 – DAY 3:

James Labrie (Canada) (Headliner)
Redemption (USA) with new vocalist, Tom Englund
Labyrinth (Italy) “Return to Heaven Denied” part I in its entirety
Bloodbound (Sweden)
Persefone (Andorra)
Manimal (Sweden)

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 – DAY 4:

Tarja Turunen (Finland) (Headliner)
Alestorm (Scotland/UK)
VUUR (The Netherlands)
Soen (Sweden)
Eclipse (Sweden) *US Exclusive
Triosphere (Norway)

The reveal video for Days 1-2 can be viewed here:

ProgPower USA XIX – Days 1&2 Roster from ProgPower USA on Vimeo.

The reveal video for Days 3-4 can be viewed here:

ProgPower USA XIX Roster Video from ProgPower USA on Vimeo.

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ProgPower USA Announes Sunburst Drops Off XVIII Roster, Daydream XI To Replace

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Greek power/progressive act Sunburst was dropped from the XVIII roster, due to a VISA issues, in which a particular USCIS agent made an unusual and specific “all-encompassing” request for evidence that was impossible to satisfy in the time left. Harveston also announced that Brazil’s Daydream XI will replace Sunburst.

Harveston posted the following announcement: “It is with extreme frustration and disappointment I must announce that Sunburst (Greece) will not be performing at ProgPower USA XVIII. Despite having provided the same type and kind of evidence that has obtained approvals for not only ProgPower USA bands over the last decade, but for well over one hundred other bands submitted by Marc/Play America, one agent at the USCIS (United States Customs & Immigration Services) has deemed our evidence insufficient. Given the all-encompassing breadth of that specific agent’s demands (more than ever have been seen by either Marc or myself) in an RFE (Request for Evidence) in our careers, there is literally no hope of satisfying those demands. Sunburst, Marc, & I have all agreed it would be pointless to continue to fight this hopeless battle.

“Rest assured I have every intention of having Sunburst back as soon as possible. They are an amazing band and deserve to be on the ProgPower USA stage. The band is understandably disappointed, but also understand the circumstances cannot be helped.

“I want to calm the fears of those concerned about other bands performing this year. I have already obtained visa approvals for all bands I am specifically responsible for performing on Friday and Saturday. Sunburst was the last band we were waiting on for visa approval. All bands that have been submitted for Wednesday and Thursday so far have also been approved.

“Also, so as to hopefully avoid any perceived political blame for this unfortunate situation, both myself and Play America see the Sunburst RFE as an aberration. As mentioned, all bands that have been submitted for the festival so far have received approvals. We have received numerous RFEs for bands over the years and have always fought them successfully. An RFE here and there is not unusual. It is the scope of Sunburst’s RFE that is unusual. It is one agent. Maybe that agent is new; maybe that agent had an ‘off day’; maybe that agent hates rock/metal; or maybe that agent simply interprets the requirements different from all the other agents. Whatever the case, we do not see this RFE as a trend or result of some new immigration policy, practice or procedure.”

Harveston announced that Brazil’s Daydream XI would be the replacement, stating: “I am pleased to announce Brazil’s Daydream XI have joined the ProgPower USA XVIII roster. After receiving the opportunity to preview their new upcoming concept album, “The Circus of the Tattered & Torn,” the decision was very easy. The band has simply taken it to another level with release.

“Daydream XI has graciously uploaded two tracks for the ProgPower USA audience to preview from the new disc. These will only be available this week [check them out in the player below) to serve as an introduction as to what is to come.

“Please join me in welcoming the band to the ProgPower USA family.”

Check out new Daydream XI material from the forthcoming new album “The Circus Of The Tattered And Torn” for a limited time this week:

ProgPower USA XVIII takes place from September 6-9, 2017 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA. Tickets for Days 3-4 were sold out quickly after going on sale late last year. Tickets for Days 1-2 are still available via Ticketmaster. The revised running order is:

Day 1: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Power Quest (UK)
Serenity (AUS)
Orphaned Land (ISR)
Haken (U.K.) (Headliner) (Performing “Visions” in full)

Day 2: Thursday, September 7, 2017

Next to None (USA)
Twilight Force (SWE)
Vanden Plas (GER)
Between the Buried and Me (USA)
Metal Church (USA) (Headliner)

Day 3 – Friday, September 8, 2017

Daydream XI (BRA)
Distorted Harmony (ISR)
Lords Of Black (SPA)
Angel Dust (GER)
Myrath (TUN)
Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress (Headliner) (USA)

Day 4 – Saturday, September 9, 2017

Teramaze (AUS)
Dynazty (SWE)
Snowy Shaw (SWE)
Pain (SWE)
Amaranthe (SWE)
Katatonia (Headliner) (SWE)

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Days 3-4 Of ProgPower USA 2017 Lineup Revealed

Glenn Harveston (HoS Productions), promoter of the annual ProgPower USA Festival held at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia, announced the lineup for Days 3 and 4 of the event’s 18th year just after Scar Symmetry’s set on Friday, September 9, 2016.

The dates for next year’s festival will be held from September 6-9, 2017. Also, the event will keep to its Day 1-4 format introduced this year, but lineups for Days 1-2 will be announced by co-promoters Milton Mendonca (Infinity Concerts) and Nathan Block (Swordlord Productions) through the festival website and social media pages in the coming weeks. Tickets for Days 3-4 will go on sale on October 1, 2016 through Ticketmaster.

The lineup was revealed to be:

Day 3 – Friday (September 8, 2017)

Sunburst
Distorted Harmony
Lords Of Black
Angel Dust
Myrath
Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress (Headliner)

Day 4 – Saturday (September 9, 2017)

Teramaze
Dynazty
Snowy Shaw
Pain
Amaranthe
Katatonia (Headliner)

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Blind Gurardian To Headline Day 2, As ProgPower Completes Lineup

ProgPower USA promoters Glenn Harveston, Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block have announced that Germany’s Blind Guardian has been named the headline act for Day 2 of ProgPower USA XVII on Thursday, September 8, 2015, joining the previously confirmed Day 2 acts: Pyramaze, Gloryhammer and Circus Maximus.

As for Day 1 (Wednesday, September 7, 2015), the lineup is anchored by DragonForce along with Lord, Stream of Passion and Spock’s Beard.

Tickets for Days 1/2 go on sale on Saturday, December 5, 2015 via Ticketmaster.

The final lineup for Day 1/2 is:

Wednesday (September 7, 2016):

Lord (Australia)
Stream of Passion (Netherlands)
Spock’s Beard (USA)
DragonForce (UK) (headliner)

Thursday (Promoter’s Pick Night) (September 8, 2016):

Pyramaze (Denmark)
Gloryhammer (Switzerland & Scotland)
Circus Maximus (Norway)
Blind Guardian (Germany) (headliner)

To recap, in 2016, ProgPower USA will move from the old “Midweek Mayhem” (Wed) and “Kick Off Show” (Thursday) model to the new ProgPower Days 1-4 format with Wednesday (Day 1), a joint promotion of Mendonca/Block, and Thursday (Day 2) showcasing one band picked by each of the promoters along with a “People’s Choice” band. All four days will now be held at Center’s Stage’s main venue.

The lineup for Days 3-4 (September 9-10, 2016) was announced the Friday of this past ProgPower USA XVI following Anathema’s performance (see information at this location). When tickets went on sale October 3rd…it sold out in just about nine hours!

Check out the reveal video for Blind Guardian here:

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Blind Gurardian To Headline Day 2, As ProgPower Completes Lineup

ProgPower USA promoters Glenn Harveston, Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block have announced that Germany’s Blind Guardian has been named the headline act for Day 2 of ProgPower USA XVII on Thursday, September 8, 2015, joining the previously confirmed Day 2 acts: Pyramaze, Gloryhammer and Circus Maximus.

As for Day 1 (Wednesday, September 7, 2015), the lineup is anchored by DragonForce along with Lord, Stream of Passion and Spock’s Beard.

Tickets for Days 1/2 go on sale on Saturday, December 5, 2015 via Ticketmaster.

The final lineup for Day 1/2 is:

Wednesday (September 7, 2016):

Lord (Australia)
Stream of Passion (Netherlands)
Spock’s Beard (USA)
DragonForce (UK) (headliner)

Thursday (Promoter’s Pick Night) (September 8, 2016):

Pyramaze (Denmark)
Gloryhammer (Switzerland & Scotland)
Circus Maximus (Norway)
Blind Guardian (Germany) (headliner)

To recap, in 2016, ProgPower USA will move from the old “Midweek Mayhem” (Wed) and “Kick Off Show” (Thursday) model to the new ProgPower Days 1-4 format with Wednesday (Day 1), a joint promotion of Mendonca/Block, and Thursday (Day 2) showcasing one band picked by each of the promoters along with a “People’s Choice” band. All four days will now be held at Center’s Stage’s main venue.

The lineup for Days 3-4 (September 9-10, 2016) was announced the Friday of this past ProgPower USA XVI following Anathema’s performance (see information at this location). When tickets went on sale October 3rd…it sold out in just about nine hours!

Check out the reveal video for Blind Guardian here:

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Lord Announced As Opener For Day 1 Of ProgPower USA XVII 2016 Lineup

ProgPower USA promoters Glenn Harveston, Milton Mendonca and Nathan Block have announced that Australian power metal act Lord is the opening act for the upcoming revamped format for ProgPower USA, Day 1 (Wednesday, September 7, 2016), joining Stream of Passion and Thursday, Day 2’s Gloryhammer announced over the last two weeks.

The festival will move from “Midweek Mayhem” (Wed) and “Kick Off Show” (Thursday) to a ProgPower Days 1-4 format with Wednesday (Day 1) showcasing one band picked by each of the promoters and Thursday (Day 2), a joint promotion of Mendonca/Block.

The lineup for Days 3-4 (September 9-10, 2016) was announced last Friday after Anathema’s performance at the recently completed 2015 installment (see information at this location).

Tickets for Days 3-4 are available via Ticketmaster this Saturday (October 3, 2015). Days 1-2 will be in sale November 7th. More information is expected soon.

Stay tuned for the announcement for Day 2.

ProgPower USA XVII: Day 1 Announcement from ProgPower USA on Vimeo.

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Format Change In “Mid-Week Mayhem” And “Kick-Off” Days Announced For ProgPower USA

On the heels of announcing the 2016 lineup for the main festival portion of ProgPower USA last Friday night (now known as ProgPower USA Days 3 & 4 – see information here), promoter Glenn Harveston has announced a change in the format for what was once known as “Mid-Week Mayhem” (the Wednesday show promoted by Milton Mendonca of Infinity Concerts) and the “Kick-Off Show” (the Thursday show promoted by Nathan Block of Swordlord Productions).

The announcement reads: “How about we progress next year?

“ProgPower USA Mid-Week Mayhem: Gone
ProgPower USA Kick-Off: Gone.

“It’s time to shake things up a bit and kick it up a notch. We will be moving to a new format next year we believe is best for everyone. ProgPower USA XVII will now be a four-day event in the the main theater at Center Stage. Milton Mendonca (Mid-Week Mayhem promoter) & Nathan Block (Kick-Off promoter) will co-promote both nights going forward. I’m also going to throw my hat in the ring with next year to help transition things as well. So, what should you expect? Wednesday will see four bands on the main stage. Thursday will only see three bands. However, these bands will be the “Promoter’s Pick.” In other words, Nathan will personally book one band, Milton will personally book one band, and I will personally book the headliner that night. After this year, they take over those two nights completely in the future.

“The only other difference is there will only be two-night tickets placed on sale for Day 1 (Wednesday) & Day 2 (Thursday) initially on November 7th. Individual nights will be sold next summer if there are any remaining. Trust me when I say we are building a roster worthy of getting you to Atlanta for all four nights. Further information on tickets will be announced in the coming weeks.

“As those that attended the festival this year know, we had to cancel the video presentation scheduled for Saturday night. One of the booked bands withdrew at the last minute. We thought it best to not show the video and confuse anyone. Instead, we are going old school promo style. We will be announcing one band every 1-2 weeks via a video presentation courtesy of our own Art Director, Wayne Joyner. That starts tomorrow at a random time.

“On behalf of Nathan, Milton & myself, we thank you for your continued support.”

Stay tuned for the first band announcement tomorrow.

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ReinXeed Cancels ProgPower USA Performance, Divinity Compromised Announced As Replacement

Swedish metal act ReinXeed has cancelled its first U.S. performance, which was scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the ProgPower USA Festival in Atlanta, GA. The band has not yet commented on the reason for the cancellation. Festival promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Chicago progressive metal act Divinity Compromised will fill the 2-3pm opening spot for that day.

The revised lineup is as follows:

Thursday, September 5, 2013 (Kickoff Show):

In The Silence – 6:00 to 6:45
Circle II Circle – 7:15 to 8:45
Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – 9:30 to 11:45

Friday, September 6, 2013:

Damnation Angels – 2:00 to 3:00
Myrath – 3:30 to 4:30
Xandria – 5:00 to 6:00
Wolverine – 6:30 to 7:30
Ashes of Ares – 8:00 to 9:00
Soilwork (co-headliner) – 9:30 to 10:45
Shadow Gallery (co-headliner) – 11:30 to close

Saturday, September 7, 2013:

Divinity Compromised – 2:00 to 3:00
Heaven’s Cry – 3:30 to 4:30
Wolf – 5:00 to 6:00
Circus Maximus (co-headliner) – 6:30 to 7:45
Armored Saint (co-headliner) – 8:15 to 9:30
(***PP USA XV Reveal Video – 9:30 to 10:00)
Sabaton (co-headliner) – 10:15 to close

Divinity Compromised issued the debut self-released album “A World Torn” back in March of this year. For a sample of the band, check out “Children Of A Dead God” here:

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Prog Power South America Festival Announced

The organizers of the Prog Power festival have issued the following announcement about a South American edition:

“We’re pleased to announce a new member to the family, Progpower Southamerica! The first South American edition will put together 16 bands spread out over two days, hosting special feature artists from South America and Chile; this should set it apart from his brothers in the northern hemisphere and give it a personality of his own. Of course, there will be bands from Europe and USA as well.

“The festival will take place within the Caupolican Theatre in Santiago on August 17 – 18, 2013. It’s important however to make clear that the organization, booking and overall logistics of Progpower Southamerica is independent from the other festivals. Both Glenn Harveston (ProgPower USA) and Ren

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