Sad news tonight from organiser Kris Hudson-Lee of the cancellation of the weekend part of Y-Prog here in the UK, intended to be Yorkshire’s first progressive rock festival.
Saturday 15 March was to feature Dec Burke, Also Eden, IOEarth and The Enid; Sunday 16 March had Crimson Sky, Knifeworld, Manning and It Bites on the bill. Thankfully, the Friday night show featuring the mighty Riverside goes ahead.
I have no further information on the reasons for cancellation, but I presume poor ticket sales are at the heart of it. Y-Prog may have been hit by the subsequent announcement of HRH Prog, a bigger festival at a more glamorous venue a few miles away, just three weeks later.
It’s a salutary reminder that, despite prog’s resurgence, the audience remains finite. Too many events in too short a span of time and some are going to struggle.
Yes will be undertaking a three-month US tour next spring.
“Big Deal!” I hear you cry.
Well yes, it is, as a matter of fact – because they will be playing The Yes Album, Close To The Edge and Going For The One, all three albums, in their entirety.
Changes to the lead vocalist role in recent years will have left many Yes fans uneasy, but this seems too good an opportunity to miss. I am praying that they bring this show to Europe soon!
Further details will no doubt appear soon at http://www.yesworld.com/