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Magenta (UK)

Live at Celebr8 Festival London, England, July 2012

Review by Alison Reijman

Jon Patrick, promoter of the House of Progression series of concerts at the Peel pub in Kingston, together with Geoff Banks, music manager, promoter and writer put together a weekend event featuring the best of the prog bands that had appeared previously on the rather cramped stage at the Peel. Most of them had their roots in the neo-prog movement of the 80s and are still performing 30 years later, while the others were young upcoming names on the prog scene. Fortunately, the choice of venue meant near perfect acoustics throughout and a terrific ambience among all the attendees, most of whom knew each other through regular contact on Facebook and Twitter. It was in fact one of the friendliest music festivals ever staged on these shores, made all the more exciting when Steven Wilson joined the audience on the Saturday night.

Magenta whose singer Christina Booth is one of the most respected vocalists on the prog circuit and did not disappoint. Her soaring voice is one of the hallmarks of the band, their music very much rooted melodic side of prog with hints of Yes and Renaissance prevalent in their sound. Clearly totally enjoying themselves, they rocked their way through a showcase of songs from their illustrious back catalogue and their latest album Chameleon including “Red” which was one of the stand-out tracks of the set.

Martin Reijman
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