ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN And ANATHEMA Added To Progressive Nation At Sea 2014

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According to an update from Mike Portnoy, vocalist ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN (ex-THE GATHERING) and ANATHEMA have been added to the line-up. One or two additional acts will be announced soon.

Portnoy recently checked in with the following update:

“Just to clarify, Progressive Nation At Sea is not a “tour” (for those saying “come to ____”). This is a five-day unique event. You will never see a line-up of these 20 bands anytime/anywhere else. There’s no way I could put together all these bands to do an entire tour; it’s just not financially or technically possible. I know the $ is steep, but you’re getting over 20 bands with multiple performances over the course of a 5 day cruise, plus all bands and musicians on board to mingle and meet the fans. I know some bands that charge more than this for a 30 minute meet & greet!”

The lineup now includes: TRANSATLANTIC, PORTNOY SHEEHAN MACALPINE SHERINIAN, JON ANDERSON, ADRIAN BELEW’S POWER TRIO, DEVIN TOWNSEND, KING’S X, SPOCK’S BEARD, THE FLOWER KINGS, PAIN OF SALVATION, RIVERSIDE, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, THE SAFETY FIRE, TONY HARNELL & BUMBLEFOOT, BIGELF, BEARDFISH, THE DEAR HUNTER, HAKEN, JOLLY and NEXT TO NONE.

Portnoy comments: “In 2008 and 2009, I created a touring package called Progressive Nation and with DREAM THEATER headlining, we did three full tours (two in North America and one in Europe) that showcased a variety of bands that embraced the spirit and musicality of progressive music. Well after a 5 year hiatus, I have decided to resurrect Progressive Nation and this time we are taking it to the seas! But rather than a 4-band bill like previous Progressive Nation tours, we have expanded the bill to over a dozen of today’s greatest progressive bands, musicians and artists! (and there may be one or two more still to be confirmed) Myself and my former DT bandmate Derek Sherinian have teamed up with Sixthman as well as our friends at InsideOut Music and look forward to a very successful inaugural launch of Progressive Nation At Sea, February 18th thru 22nd, 2014. We are so excited to take part in this historic maiden voyage and look forward to sharing this one of a kind event with fans from all around the world!”

Visit ProgressiveNationAtSea.com. to register for the pre-sale today.

This music festival at sea gives music fans an experience that a land festival just can’t match. In addition to 4 days in the beautiful Caribbean, guest will have the opportunity to see their favorite musical heroes perform numerous sets around the many stages set around Norwegian Pearl. And when guests are not attending a performance, a variety of activities hosted by the artists will fill the day.

Progressive Nation at Sea begins at $700 per person plus taxes and fees. Prices include entertainment, meals, and access to Norwegian Pearl’s outstanding amenities, including outdoor pool, hot tubs, rock climbing wall, and fitness center. Fans can read more and sign up for the Progressive Nation pre-sale at ProgressiveNationAtSea.com.

With 15 decks of fun, Norwegian Pearl offers guests access to 13 bars and lounges, 19 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, four hot tubs, and spa treatments to help forget about the world left behind. Onboard concerts aren’t the only things that rock on Norwegian Pearl – passengers looking for more activities can visit the outdoor climbing wall, bowl a few frames at the onboard lanes, or tempt lady luck at The Pearl Club Casino. Progressive Nation cruisers will also have the opportunity to explore the sandy beaches of Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, their very own private island getaway. A host of beachside activities and games, the gigantic “Hippo” water slide, and access to food and beverage service will make the stay on Great Stirrup Cay an unforgettable experience.

Forthcoming announcements are scheduled to follow detailing artist-hosted activities, theme night information, contest additions, and activities! For full details and to sign up for the pre-sale, fans should visit ProgressiveNationAtSea.com.

(via Brave Words)

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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