Progressive Circus is a progressive rock festival and concert concept that was founded in 2014. It is run by Anna and Marcus Enochsson’s family company Kulturpunkten, with the vision to bring the best of progressive rock to Skåne (and now Stockholm as well…).
A BRIEF HISTORY:
Vulkan played at Slottsskogen goes Progressive in Gothenburg. Fan Marcus who also plays in Soniq Circus had a talk with the band afterwards, about doing a gig together. In Helsingborg, Jeanette Sollén, who ran the venue Salongen wasn’t only keen on that idea, but challenged Marcus to think bigger and invite some more known names.
On April 26th, the very first Progressive Circus was held at Salongen, to much critical acclaim and enthusiasm from visitors. Line-up: A.C.T, Lalle Larsson Electric Trio, Soniq Circus, Vulkan, Jonas Jonassons Huvudwerk, Dan Bornemark: For the love of Gentle Giant, Peter Wildoer drum clinic.
Due to a fortunate decision at Musikverket to grant Kulturpunkten a financial support for PC15, the event could be held at two stages at legendary rock club The Tivoli in Helsingborg, and include an internationally strong line-up with Caravan (first gig in Sweden, after 48 years around), Änglagård, Beardfish, AnnaMy, Demoner and Soniq Circus.
One of the bands that Kulturpunkten started a dialogue with was Magma, who wanted to do their first Swedish concert since their birth in 1969, and performed an absolutely extraordinary set at The Tivoli, October 10th, supported by Mats/Morgan Duo. The kind reviewer in Gaffa wrote that ”the cheering of the audience only shows that this could be one of the most appreciated bookings and gigs in Helsingborg ever.” and many visitors thanked for possibly one of the best concerts they had ever attended.
Progressive Circus 2016 – part I was held at Slagthuset in Malmö, with a line-up that once again stands up very well on an international level. IQ – doing their first Nordic headline tour, Anekdoten, Atlas – reuniting after a 35 year absence, Me and my kites, Soniq Circus and Harry Bult.
A PC16 – part II was announced as well, with Three Friends and Hooffoot on the bill, at KB, Malmö. However, due to TF and Gentle Giant guitarist Gary Green’s heart conditions, the event had to be cancelled.
PC16 – part III was held in September, and was practically a time machine to the 70’s prog scene with the first visit by a Rock Progressivo Italiano artist in Sweden – Le Orme, who celebrated 50 years, and also Kaipa da Capo and Hasse Bruniusson plays Samla Mammas Manna who played awesome versions of 70s classics. Hooffoot gave a great performance as well.
Thanks to support from Kulturrådet and Helsingborgs Stad we were able to arrange the first gender equal progressive rock festival in the universe (we think) with Progressive Circus 2017 where 12 female and 12 male musicians were on stage at The Tivoli. Adrian Belew Power Trio and Moulettes were our international names, joined by Postures, s n a r t d ö r v i, Hannas Orkester and Crumb.
In the summer we invited our first name with headliner status from Night of the Prog and Cruise to the Edge – Mike Portnoy’s 2017 only project The Shattered Fortress, playing only Dream Theater material, including the twelve step suite. The agent squeezed the Malmö gig at Slagthuset and 28 extra bus hours into a free day in the schedule between Paris and Luxembourg. The result was that they arrived around 18 instead of 14 as planned, and rigged & sound checked in an hour. Nevertheless, it set a new PC standard with not only an amazing concert with an impressive stage production, but also our biggest crowd yet.
IQ were very happy to do their first full concert in Sweden at PC16 – part I, and wanted to come back. For this, we announced a second concert at Bryggarsalen in Stockholm in October as we wanted to bring them to another geographical market, but as it sold ”too well”, we had to move it to Studion in Kulturhuset. The concert was incredibly well received.
Magma also wanted to do a second concert in Sweden, and did an awesome concert with three ”songs” at KB in Malmö two weeks after IQ in Stockholm. We arranged a warm-up party the day before at Grand Öl & mat with Agusa and Khadavra on stage + Jazz är farligt as DJ.
In a survey we were told that Van der Graaf Generator is the thirdly most asked for name for us to book. We took contact, which lead to the booking of front man Peter Hammill and one concert in Malmö and one in Stockholm, which were his first in Sweden since the 80’s. The intimate concerts with only Peter, a grand piano and an acoustic guitar were both shockingly intense and brilliant, with great reviews in Sydsvenskan and DN Kultur.
And now we’re of course working hard on making your prog dreams come true!
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