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Three acts and three very different styles of music to suit all tastes in the great line up.

Jack Arthurs returns to Darlington with his brand of singer song writing. His last album Treasure House was well received across the media. His music reflects his experiences of the north east and it’s amazing countryside. He follows in the fine tradition of folk rock and has been compared with Alan Hull of Lindisfarne’s solo material.

Steampunk troubadour Tom Slatter has just released his fifth album “Happy People” to great acclaim. Like Jack he is on Bad Elephant Music and he is a regular on the Steampunk scene and has to be seen to be believed.

‘Tom Slatter is a quintessentially British eccentric with a quirky imagination who has produced some of the most innovative progressive music in recent years.’
Prog Magazine

Andy Tillison the keyboard player and main man with The Tangent as well as projects like Po90 and Diskdrive have placed him as a stalwart of the centre modern progressive rock music. Never one to be pigeonholed his projects contain Jazz, Classical, Electronica and funk to name a few.

This is a rare opportunity to see him perform a solo set in as acoustic a way as any keyboard player can be said to be acoustic. He is about to embark on a European tour with The Tangent and Karmakanic in August to promote “The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery” which will be released in July 2017.

Tickets are available here.

This evening is a going to be entertaining and interesting to say the least.
Tom Slatter

Andy Tillison
Snow Goose

Andante For Dorothy


Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!
I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 195 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  1. Schnauser – A New Atmosphere
  2. The Winter Tree – Mr Sun
  3. Genesis – The Silent Sun
  4. Steve Hackett – Shadow Of The Heirophant (Extended Version)
  5. Galahad – Up In Smoke
  6. Jennifer Clark – Entry
  7. Tears For Fears – Broken-Head Over Heels-Broken (Preacher Mix)
  8. Floating Points – Silurian Blue
  9. The Syn – New Reality
  10. Ramases – Life Child
  11. Omega – Szomoru Tortenet
  12. Roger Waters – Smell the Roses
  13. Solefald – World Music With Black Edges
  14. Meller Golyzniak Duda – Breaking Habits
  15. Henry Cow – Beautiful As The Moon – Terrible As An Army With Banners
  16. Brother Ape – Karma
  17. Magic Bus – Mystical Mountain
  18. Rikard Sjoblom’s Gungfly – Of The Orb
  19. Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun

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I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 196 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this special Top Ten edition we spoke to David Longdon of Big Big Train and heard the following music:

  1. Big Big Train – Experimental Gentlemen
  2. David Longdon And The Magic Club – Always
  3. The Beatles – Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite
  4. The Who – Love Reign O’er Me
  5. Martin Orford – Ray Of Hope
  6. Nat King Cole – Nature Boy
  7. Sparks – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us
  8. Big Big Train – A Mead Hall In Winter
  9. Led Zeppelin – The Rain Song
  10. 10Cc – Old Wild Men
  11. Big Big Train – The Ivy Gate
  12. Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
  13. Be Bop Deluxe – Maid In Heaven
  14. Spectral Mornings 2015 (Progzilla Remix)
  15. Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding
  16. David Bowie – Life On Mars
  17. Big Big Train – Swan Hunter

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This Wednesday evening at 20:00 (BST), a very special Live From Progzilla Towers show will be broadcast, featuring an in-depth interview with Big Big Train songwriter, vocalist and banjo-worrier, David Longdon.

We play David’s top ten tracks and discover why they are important to him and we ask the difficult questions, so you don’t have to!

Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!
I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 195 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  1. Andrew Lloyd Webber – Introduction/Theme (Paganini Caprice In A Minor No.24)
  2. Cheeto’s Magazine – Clinc Nutella
  3. Thinking Plague – The Echoes Of Their Cries
  4. New Musik – This World Of Water
  5. Guapo – Tremors From The Future
  6. Steven Wilson – Pariah
  7. Pixie Ninja – Personal Improvement Cult
  8. Robert Miles – Children
  9. Opeth – Death Whispered a Lullaby
  10. Lavatory Service – Forgetting
  11. Glasswork – A Song For Sarah (About Silence And Virtue)
  12. Curved Air – Vivaldi
  13. Barclay James Harvest – Dark Now My Sky
  14. Mithrandir – For You The Old Women
  15. Soup – The Boy And The Snow
  16. Damanek – Long Time, Shadow Falls
  17. Mew – Learn Our Crystals
  18. Peter Gabriel – San Jacinto

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The Tangent, the progressive rock group led by Andy Tillison, have announced the release of the first new music since 2015. Their new ninth studio album ‘The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery’ is set for release on 21st July 2017. The line-up for this album once again features Tillison on keyboards, vocals (and for the first time on a Tangent record – drums), Jonas Reingold on bass, Luke Machin on guitars and vocals, and Theo Travis on sax and flutes plus new member Marie-Eve de Gaultier on keys and vocals. There are also guest appearances from author/playwright and Chumbawamba founder Boff Whalley on vocals, and upcoming DJ/producer Matt Farrow.

Band leader Andy Tillison had this to say: “Roger Waters did prove the ability of Progressive Music to act as a vehicle to communicate ideas about the current world scene. In both Pink Floyd’s “The Final Cut” and his “Amused To Death” albums, Waters set a challenge to others in the genre. A challenge which has not been frequently accepted.”

The album sees The Tangent in political commentary mode once again – this time often focussing on the horrendous plight of refugees from war torn parts of the world – and the way in which they are treated by the West, and in particular by the tabloid press. The album laments the new trend in building walls and defending borders across the world yet takes time to look at the breakup of friendships and other more personal issues – along with a song about the fate of wildlife in the modern consumer world.

And it’s a Progressive Rock Record. Full of intricacies, long developed pieces, challenging arrangements and virtuoso playing from all members. New sounds and styles (the band have brought a DJ on board for some sections) – new voices and techniques (first female vocals in The Tangent since the “Not As Good As The Book” album 10 years ago). A new producer in the form of Luke Machin whose open and deep/clear sound is a major factor of this album, a new drummer in the form of Andy Tillison who decided at long last (after drumming for 30 years) to let his own performances guide the rest of the band rather than adding another musician later. And after 13 years of asking, Jonas finally agreed to play some double bass in a song where Luke also plays some Scat guitar and Andy does a full on drum solo.

“The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery” also features stellar artwork from Marvel / DC Comics artist Mark Buckingham. The sleeve of the album is totally based on the music it contains and was especially created for this project.

The album will be available on limited digipak CD, gatefold 2LP + CD, and digital download, and you can find the full track-listing below:

  • Two Rope Swings
  • Doctor Livingstone (I Presume)
  • Slow Rust
  • The Sad Story of Lead and Astatine
  • A Few Steps Down the Wrong Road
  • Basildonxit

The band will head out on tour in support of the new record, once again joining forces with Sweden’s Karmakanic to present albums by both bands. The full list of dates is as follows:

  • Aug 26th 2017 – Bierkeller, Reichenbach, DE
  • Sept 1st 2017 – 2 days of Prog +1 Festival, Veruno, Italy
  • Sept 9th 2017 – The Boerderij, Zoetermeer
  • Oct 8th 2017 – SUMMERS END Festival, Chepstow, UK
  • Oct 21st 2017 – Progtoberfest, Chicago, USA
  • Oct 22nd 2017 – Shank Hall, Milwaukee WI, USA
  • Oct 24th 2017 – Token Lounge, Westland MI, USA
  • Oct 26th 2017 – Roxy & Dukes, Dunellen NJ, USA
  • Oct 27th 2017 – The Regent Theatre, Arlington MA, USA

Look out for more information in the coming weeks!
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