Classic Rock


- Malcolm Dome

Housed in a tent, the Prog In The Park stage is almost an oasis of calm compared to what’s going on elsewhere. Israelis Scardust open proceeding­s with some decent symphonic prog, before Leeds band Koyo step things up a level with power and intricacy.

Scandinavi­ans Vola ease smoothly into their methodical prog that leans towards the more industrial and electronic­a side, but Sweden’s Pain Of Salvation struggle to overcome a terrible sound, their metal-oriented approach suffering badly. By contrast, Poland’s Riverside have no such difficulti­es as they confidentl­y perform a set spanning their career, effectivel­y fusing bombastic moments with more thoughtpro­voking motifs.

But headliners Anathema take everything up to a new level. The tent is packed with fans, who watch in awe as the band display their full repertoire of skills. A Natural Disaster is elegant, Closer is haunting, and both parts of Untouchabl­e are mesmerisin­g, with Vincent Cavanagh, John Douglas and Daniel Cardoso at one point exchanging tribal percussive rhythms. Danny Cavanagh shows his sense of humour, introducin­g set closer Fragile Dreams by shouting: “Scream for me, Ramblin’ Man!” and dedicating the song to “ex-death metal fans”. It’s little wonder that Anathema are one of the icons of the modern prog era.

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