The Wright Stuff host to com­père this year’s event, with live mu­sic from Beatrix Play­ers.

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TV pre­sen­ter Matthew Wright re­turns as host of the Pro­gres­sive Mu­sic Awards 2017, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Or­ange Am­pli­fi­ca­tion. The event will be held on Septem­ber 14 at Lon­don’s Un­der­globe.

“I still can’t be­lieve this is hap­pen­ing to me, I pinch my­self on stage ev­ery year!” says Wright. “Ul­ti­mately I’m a prog fan,

I was lis­ten­ing to the mu­sic long be­fore I was writ­ing. Stand­ing up there, you meet hero af­ter hero af­ter hero and you get the chance to con­nect with them. I’ll al­ways re­mem­ber meeting Jakko Jak­szyk last year. We’ve be­come good friends now.

“Dur­ing my news­pa­per days, I used to cover show­biz news and I’ve been to ev­ery­thing from the Os­cars to pre­mières at Cannes, but noth­ing com­pares to the at­mos­phere that’s gen­er­ated at the Prog Awards. I look for­ward to it ev­ery year.”

Get all the latest news from the awards at www.team­rock.com and make sure you tune into the hour-long spe­cial on Team­Rock Ra­dio af­ter the event.

This year’s mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment will come from cham­ber prog trio Beatrix Play­ers. The Lime­light Award-nom­i­nees will be per­form­ing ma­te­rial from their most re­cent al­bum Mag­ni­fied with vi­o­lin­ist Maria Kroon, as well as a sur­prise cover ver­sion.

“We can’t wait, it’ll be bril­liant,” says lead vo­cal­ist Amy Birks. “It’s in­cred­i­ble to be part of some­thing so pres­ti­gious and to be sur­rounded by peo­ple who are pre­pared to ac­cept some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent. We’re so ex­cited.”

Beatrix Play­ers’ new sin­gle is out on October 6, and they’ll play in Lon­don and Manch­ester on October 5 and 13 re­spec­tively. NRS


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