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Summer’s End ask fans for ‘leap of faith’

Organisers of the UK’s longest-running prog festival have asked fans to help secure its future with a leap of faith.

Earlybird tickets for the 11th annual Summer’s End event are now on sale, following an acclaimed move to Chepstow in Wales for this year’s edition. It was headlined by the New Trolls, Curved Air and Touchstone, plus Magenta, Tin Spirits, United Progressive Fraternity, Lifesigns and others.

And although a last-minute venue change caused financial and logistical issues, the team behind the popular festival hope to return in 2015. But they need supporters’ assistance in dealing with early financial matters.

They explain: “The move proved to be extremely costly – but most people agreed the new format, with acoustic acts, added something to the event. We’re very keen to return to Chepstow and we’re already in discussions with suitable venues.”

The Leap Of Faith Hero Ticket, on sale now, costs less than this year’s Hero Ticket, and it’s available until the end of November.

The team add: “If you’re in a position to help us secure venue and bands for another great festival by buying early – and saving a little on the ticket price – we’d welcome your support.”

Prog editor Jerry Ewing says: “Summer’s End is in my mind the best progressive music festival in the UK. Not only is it expertly organised; but it always puts together the most knowledgable of international bills.

“Summer’s End is always the first date down in Prog’s year planner when we get back to work in the New Year. I couldn’t hesitate in suggesting the prog community helps support this grand institution to ensure its continued existence.”

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Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.