Iamthemorning confirmed for 2016 Be Prog! My Friend festival

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Russian duo Iamthemorning have been confirmed to appear at this year’s Be Prog! My Friend festival.

Vocalist Marjana Semkina and pianist Gleb Kolyadin, who released their new album Lighthouse earlier this month, will join the likes of Steven Wilson, Opeth, Agent Fresco, The Pineapple Thief and Anneke Van Giersbergen at the Barcelona based event.

Marjana Semkina comments: “It’s a great pleasure for us to join the amazing line up of Be Prog! My Friend this year – such a lovely surprise at the very last moment.

“It’s a great pleasure, but also a great challenge. We’ll be playing the chamber set with our string duo (cello and violin) and some percussion, and you can’t get more different from other bands on the festival. So, we’ll see how the audience responds to such a huge contrast and our almost classical sound.

“It will be our first appearance in Spain and first big prog festival – wow, so many things for the first time. Very exciting.”

Be Prog! My Friend takes place on the 1st and 2nd of July, with tickets available now via the festival website.

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Be Prog! My Friend announces 2016 festival headliners

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Steven Wilson and Opeth have been announced as joint headliners of the 2016 Be Prog! My Friend festival in Barcelona.

They’re being joined by the likes of Agent Fresco, Magma, Between The Buried And Me, Anneke van Giersbergen, The Pineapple Thief, Textures, Obsidian Kingdom and Exxasens.

The festival is set to take place at the Poble Espanyol on Saturday the 2nd of July. Ticket holders will also be able to attend a free show on Friday the 1st of July at the nearby Sala Apolo.

Steven Wilson, who released his latest album Hand.Cannot.Erase earlier this year to critical acclaim, comments: “This is going to be a very special day, almost like a family event for me, with so many of my friends and favourite bands appearing on the same stage, and in such a beautiful location. I look forward to getting blown off stage by Opeth and Magma as expected!”

Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt, who recently celebrated the band’s 25th anniversary and headlined the festival in 2014, states: “We’re very happy to return to the Be Prog! My Friend festival. A beautiful site, great line-up with many friends there. It’ll be a memorable event for me as a musician but also as a fan. I mean Magma, Steven Wilson, Anneke and Bruce Soord and his posse. What can go wrong? Absolutely nothing! It will be great!”

The current lineup is as follows, with more acts to be announced:

SALA APOLO, FRIDAY the 1st of July
The Pineapple Thief
Agent Fresco
Obsidian Kingdom

Steven Wilson
Between The Buried And Me
Anneke van Giersbergen

Tickets for the festival, priced at €90, are available now.

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