Carl Palmer, Rick Wakeman and Justin Hayward at the very first Progressive Music Awards

Prog Awards

The 2018 Progressive Music Awards are just one week away! Your votes, which flooded in in their hundreds of thousands, have been counted. The winners have been decided. The guest presenters have been arranged. The live music has been sorted. The invites have gone out. A sense of excited anticipation reigns...

So we thought we'd dig into the archives and bring you some of the footage of the six previous Progressive Music Awards over the next seven days. Here, from the very first one, in Kew Gardens back in 2012, we had the BBC Breakfast team down to find out what it was all about. With tongue slightly-in-cheek (although I can tell you the reporter himself was a massive prog rock fan) he chatted to the likes of Carl Palmer, Phil Manzanera, Rick Wakeman, Justin Hayward and more about why the awards were happening and the enduring appeal of progressive music.

You'll be able to watch this year's ceremony live on the Prog Facebook page. We'll be revealing all the details nearer the time. But for now, sit back and enjoy how the BBC covered the very first Progressive Music Awards...

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.