My 2008 trip to Lorelei Night of the Prog Festival proved musically satisfactory despite having been an unmitigated financial and logistical disaster. Upon arrival at Stansted after taking the train to Cambridge, I checked in and found myself hit with a 60 excess baggage charge, having exceeded the 15kg limit. The previous year I had travelled there with friends Chris and Amy and we had shared the costs of the car hire. On this occasion, however, I had to foot the entire bill myself. As I am not in the habit of taking out car hire usually for personal use and had also not pre-booked one, most of the car-hire companies at Frankfurt (Hahn) Airport had exhausted their supply of cheaper vehicles. Avis had a BMW available on their books, so I had little option but to accept it. The car hire cost me in excess of €300. I had taken my own Tom Tom GPS device along, directing me to St Goar without a hitch, crossing the Rhine by ferry. I arrived after the first band had begun to play, so I was only able to make my way down a short while later to the amphitheatre after pitching my tent and parking the car. But the run of bad luck did not end there! My return journey proved a nightmare too.



The 2008 line-up once again featured a mixture of bands from a variety of countries, not all of it in the vein of classic progressive rock, by that I mean bands influenced largely by Yes, Genesis or Pink Floyd. To illustrate the point, Friday night's main attractions Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze were more electronic and ambient than rock. TD's upbeat, percussive yet melodic sound contrasted with Schulze's more avant-garde, somewhat sombre musical style. The set with the Australian ex-Dead Can Dance vocalist Lisa Gerrard was almost entirely improvised, according to Schulze, who came across during the encore as a really pleasant, jovial yet humble, likeable person. Swedish band Pain of Salvation, who appeared on the Saturday evening, struck me as tending more to a progressive metal sound, with largely death-metal style vocals, complete with angst-ridden lyrics. Old-timers Barclay James Harvest filled the spot vacated by Billy Sherwood's Circa, who sadly withdrew from the event after drummer Alan White had subsequently committed himself to the Yes 2008 tour of America, which, as it turned out, was moth-balled after Jon Anderson's illness due to an acute respiratory problem. Hardly an adequate replacement, BJH proved a waste of time, their dull, light-weight, mediocre set musically devoid of inspiration. Sunday's serving included Ray Wilson, a folk rocker who had made one album with Genesis after the departure of Phil Collins. Concluding Sunday's program was ex-Supertramp front-man Roger Hodgson, his largely acoustic set, though impressive, entertaining and professional, was further removed from the genre of progressive rock than perhaps the early Supertramp ever were ("Crime of the Century" being closest to the 70's concept album than any of their later material).  Check out Hodgson's Myspace page and you'll see my point.




Friday 18.7. (Doors Open ca. 16:00)

SOLAR MOON ca. 16:15 - 17:15
HIPGNOSIS ca. 17:30 - 18:30
ISILDURS BANE ca. 18:45 - 20:15
TANGERINE DREAM ca. 20:45 - 22:45
KLAUS SCHULZE feat. LISA GERRARD ca. 23:15 - 01:00

Saturday 19.7. (Doors Open ca. 12:00)

CENTRAL PARK ca. 12:30 - 13:30
MAGENTA ca. 13:45 - 14:45
PRISMA ca. 15:00 - 16:00
IT BITES ca. 16:15 - 17:15
THE FLOWER KINGS ca. 17:30 - 18:45
PAIN OF SALVATION ca. 19:00 - 20:25
FISH (EX-MARILLION) ca. 22:15 - 24:00

Sunday 20.7. (Doors Open ca. 12:00)

KNIGHT AREA ca. 12:30 - 13:30
GAZPACHO ca. 13:45 - 15:00
QUIDAM ca. 15:15 - 16:30
NEAL MORSE & BAND ca. 16:45 - 18:30
RAY WILSON & STILTSKIN ca. 18:45 - 20:00
ROGER HODGSON (formerly of SUPERTRAMP) ca. 20:15 - 22:00






My brief comments (for what it's worth) - FRIDAY:

SOLAR MOON - [Missed them due to my late arrival at the event.

HIPGNOSIS - [Polish band - can't remember much other than a strong Pink Floyd influence, guitar at times sounding like Pat Metheny's guitar-synth.

ISILDURS BANE - [Swedish - Largely avant-garde, experimental, often jazzy, fronted by very sexy vocalist/cellist, new to the band. Good musicians, but music is largely experimental and too diverse.] 

TANGERINE DREAM - [German electronic giants. Colourful, percussive, sequenced, melodic electronic music, easy on the ear - great sound. Visually, good lighting but not much movement or energy, music heavily sequenced.

KLAUS SCHULZE & LISA GERRARD - [Not enjoyed by everyone - dark, sombre tones, combining Australian Lisa's haunting, contralto voice with Schulze's delicate sequencer lines and dreamy musical edge, which evolves slowly, perhaps too slowly for some - I've been a fan for years. Where TD are more conformist, Schulze tends to the avant-garde.]

Hipgnosis: SsaweQ on keyboards and GoDDarD on guitar





Isildur's Bane


Guitarist Jonas Cristophs


Linnea Olsson





Bernhard Beibl on guitar, percussionist Iris Camaa and keyboardist Thorsten Quaesching .



Effervescent, sexy Iris Camaa on percussion


Edgar Froese and Linda Spa.


Edgar Froese on guitar, rocking during encore with Austrian guitarist Bernhard Beibl.


Tangerine leader and founder-member Edgar Froese.


Bernhard Beibl and Iris Camaa


Tangerine founder-member Edgar Froese thanks the audience, flanked by Iris Camaa and Linda Spa.








Legendary pioneer of electronic music,Klaus Schulze.


The haunting, contralto voice of Australian singer Lisa Gerrard.


Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard address the audience.







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