Prog The Forest online takes place today at 2pm

Prog The Forest
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The online version of this year's Prog The Forest takes place this afternoon. You can join in the fun via the Watch2Gether website from 2pm today. All the acts who were due to play live at this year's event will be involved, where the organisers will still be raising money for The Woodland Trust.

This year's event was due to take place at the Fiddler's Elbow this July in London's Camden, featuring Emperor Norton, I Am The Manic Whale, Warmrain, The Far Meadow but will now take place at the Fiddler's Elbow on July 10, 2021.

"We’re not trying to emulate the actual festival, we’re just doing a two to three hour livestream of previously recorded material, with a few (prerecorded) links from Malcolm, Kathryn and myself," says organiser Chris Parkin. "Hopefully there will be some live text chat from the viewers on the site as it plays. In order to make it a little more easily digestible, we’re mixing it up with (mostly) individual tracks rather than emulating full sets, interspersed with headshot messages, etc... Emperor Norton are the exception, where we’re including a full 36-minute set from last year’s Fusion."

The event raises money for the World Land Trust, who are helping restore forests that have been lost to deforestation. Donations can be made here.

Like many venues around the country, The Fiddler's Elbow is battling for its own survival owing to no rental relief from landlords. The venue has launched a crowdfunding  campaign which you can read more about here.

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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.