World Renowned Broadcaster, Author, Novelist & Journalist…Gavin Esler To Host THE INAUGURAL Orange Amplification PROGRESSIVE MUSIC AWARDS In Association With ,Currencies.co.uk WEDNESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER at KEW GARDENS
Prog Magazine who recently announced the first annual Orange Amplification presents the Progressive Music Awards, in association with currencies.co.uk, are delighted to announce that award winning television and radio broadcaster, novelist and journalist Gavin Esler will be the awards first ever host.
Taking place at the stunning, verdant and unique environs of Kew Gardens, London on Wednesday 5th September. The awards will celebrate the biggest achievers in the world of progressive music. The afternoon-cum-evening event will be a sit-down dinner, and will play host to approximately 200 people.
Gavin Elser is one of the most respected journalists in the world. Host of the BBC’s Newsnight and Dateline London, author of five novels and a non-fiction book, he has interviewed the world’s leaders including Baroness Thatcher, David Cameron, President Clinton, President Carter and Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega, but it is his love of prog music that has brought him to host the inaugural Progressive Music Awards.
Gavin Esler says: “I am absolutely delighted to be involved in the first Progressive Music Awards. It’s been a long time coming. I grew up listening to bands ranging from King Crimson and Jethro Tull to Colisseum and Pink Floyd. Prog Rock is a great British invention and it’s time we celebrated and rewarded not just past greatness but also the inventiveness of today’s bands who are successors to this extraordinary British success story.”
Associate sponsors for this year’s award ceremony are www.currencies.co.uk. The award-winning foreign currency exchange company has a long-standing relationship with Future, publishers of Prog Magazine. Their involvement in the long standing Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards, has helped them establish themselves as a stalwart in the music industries foreign currency exchange.
Prog Magazine has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2009, and has had a market-defying three years at the forefront of the prog scene. Originally part of the Classic Rock Magazine brand, Prog became its own entity this year and continues to find success, and The Progressive Music Awards are a credit to this. Having been embraced by prog’s affluent and notably dedicated cult following, the magazine has established itself at the heart of this most unique and underground of rock scenes.
The full list of categories and nominations is:
NEW BLOOD [Sponsored by Kscope]
The best up and coming act of the year, unsigned or signed and fledgling.
Von Hertzen Brothers
LIVE EVENT [Sponsored by Esoteric/Cherry Red]
For the band or act who made the greatest show on earth this year.
Ian Anderson – Thick As A Brick tour
Summer’s End Festival
Opeth – Brixton Academy
Steve Hackett – ChildLine Rocks Charity Show, Islington Assembly Rooms
Steven Wilson – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Marillion – Forum/US Tour
Anathema – Union Chapel/Koko
ANTHEM [Sponsored by Roadrunner Records]
Prog comes in all shapes and sizes these days. We salute the most creative songs of the past 12 months.
Steven Wilson – Raider II
Panic Room – Song For Tomorrow
Arena – One Last Au Revoir
Karmakanic – Turn It Up
Crippled Black Phoenix – Laying Traps
It Bites – The Last Escape
Squackett – A Life Within A Day
ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Sponsored by InsideOut]
The best of the progressive full length releases.
Anathema – Weather Systems
Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion
Opeth – Heritage
It Bites – Map Of The Past
Rush – Clockwork Angels
Yes – Fly From Here
Nightwish – Imaginaerum
GRAND DESIGN (Sponsored by currencies.co.uk)
Celebrating the artistic achievement for the raft of Special and Deluxe Editions that populate the modern progressive genre.
Pink Floyd – Immersion Reissues
King Crimson – Panegyric Reissues
Peter Gabriel – New Blood Deluxe Edition
Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning Deluxe Edition
Rush – Sectors Box Sets
Jethro Tull – Aqualung 40th Anniversary Special Edition
Tangerine Dream – Zeit Box Set
VIRTUOSO [Sponsored by KEF]
The musician who’s the cream of the 2012 prog crop chop-wise – could be a tub-thumper, a singer, keyboard king or guitar slinger. Being prog, it could even be the nose flute.
Mike Portnoy (Flying Colors)
John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
John Mitchell (It Bites/Arena)
Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett/Steven Wilson)
Rob Reed (Magenta)
Carl Palmer (ELP/Asia)
Roine Stolt (Flower Kings/Transatlantic)
VISIONARY [Sponsored by Eagle Rock]
The spirit of prog independence, the rogues in our midst who make their own niche in a progressive direction.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT [Sponsored by Prog Rocks!]
Who do you think of when you think of prog? These are the people who have kept the flag flying and are synonymous with the genre. Their unswerving dedication and nerve has built the foundations for generations to come.
Van der Graaf Generator
The person at the pinnacle of progressive thought today, this award is for the men and women who keep pushing boundaries, keep prog in the public eye and continue to inspire the young artists just setting out on their own paths.
PROG GOD [Sponsored by Orange Amplification]
The biggest movers and shakers within the progressive field over the last 40 years. Without this person prog would be a different, lesser place.