Progressive Circus is a prog festival / concert concept whose vision is to bring the best of progressive rock to Skåne. It’s arranged by Kulturpunkten, which consists of Marcus and Anna Enochsson.
A brief history:
2013: 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.
2014: 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.
2015: 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.
2016: 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.
..and now? Well, the sky is the limit =)
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