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
Exxasens

POBLE ESPANYOL, SATURDAY the 2nd of July
Steven Wilson
Opeth
Magma
Between The Buried And Me
Anneke van Giersbergen
Textures

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

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New music releases, 2nd March 2015

Here are the new and notable music releases for this week, 2nd of March 2015:

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Enki, Melechesh
Brave, The Shires
Myths and Heroes, Fairport Convention
Rockland, Katzenjammer
War Of Kings, Europe
Another Eternity, Purity Ring
The Firewatcher’s Daughter, Brandi Carlile
Complicated Game, James McMurty
From Beyond, Enforcer
Omen, Blutengel
Scar Sighted, Leviathan
The Cold Vein, Cannibal Ox
Aureate Gloom, Of Montreal
To Kill A King, To Kill A King
The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, Leadbelly
Symphony For A Hopeless God, Whyzdom
Pulses Of Pleasure, Evil Invaders
Sacred Fire, The Storyteller
Pre-dating God Part 2, Satans Host
Shadows, Trident
Blood Oath, Frosttide
Night Of The Warriors, Thunderheart
Carnaval De Venus, Twenty Two Hundred
Chronicles Of A Dark Machine, Kyrbgrinder

All of the above, and many more, are available from the Skin Back Alley Music Store!

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Watch Steven Wilson’s video for new track “Perfect Life”

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Steven Wilson has released a video for his song “Perfect Life.”

The track is taken from Wilson’s forthcoming new album Hand. Cannot. Erase., due out via Kscope on the 2nd of March.

Wilson recently shared that the story within the album concerns a reclusive artist who reveals that she had a sister, but only for six months. A cryptic teaser trailer and series of fictional blog entries were also shared at the beginning of 2015.

One of the blog entries reads: “Recently I’ve been haunting myself. A few days ago I woke up some time in the middle of the night, but didn’t open my eyes for a long time, just lay there listening to the rain on the window. When I did open my eyes I was standing at the end of the bed just watching.

“Then I leaned over and handed myself an envelope with the words ‘A List of Betrayals’ written on the front. I haven’t had the courage to open it yet.”

You can watch the video for “Perfect Life” below:

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Steven Wilson releases teaser for “Hand.Cannot.Erase”

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Steven Wilson has released a teaser trailer for new album Hand. Cannot. Erase.

The clip is accompanied by haunting blog entries ‘written by’ the album’s lead character, a reclusive artist.

One cryptic blog entry reads: “Recently I’ve been haunting myself. A few days ago I woke up some time in the middle of the night, but didn’t open my eyes for a long time, just lay there listening to the rain on the window. When I did open my eyes I was standing at the end of the bed just watching.

“Then I leaned over and handed myself an envelope with the words ‘A List of Betrayals’ written on the front. I haven’t had the courage to open it yet.”

Hand. Cannot. Erase is scheduled for release on the 2nd of March via Kscope and is available now for pre-order.

You can check out the teaser for the album below:

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Steven Wilson shares further details of “Hand.Cannot.Erase” LP

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Steven Wilson has released further details of his new LP, Hand.Cannot.Erase.

The solo artist and Porcupine Tree frontman has revealed both the cover art and full tracklist for the album, news of which comes hot on the heels of confirmation of a series of tour dates for next year.

Said Wilson when announcing the live shows: “We’re currently developing a show that I hope will raise the bar musically and visually from my previous tours. The setlist will be based around the new album, of course, as well as casting the net further back for a few surprises.”

The full tracklist for Hand.Cannot.Erase is as follows:

Steven Wilson - Hand Cannot Erase Cover 640x63301. “First Regret”
02. “3 Years Older”
03. “Hand Cannot Erase”
04. “Perfect Life”
05. “Routine”
06. “Home Invasion”
07. “Regret #9”
08. “Transience”
09. “Ancestral”
10. “Happy Returns”
11. “Ascendant Here On…”

Wilson will play the following shows in March 2015:

Mar 12th: Cambridge Corn Exchange
Mar 13th: Cardiff St David’s Hall
Mar 14th: Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Mar 16th: Edinburgh Queens Hall
Mar 17th: London Troxy
Mar 18th: Wolverhampton Civic Hall

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