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Big Big Train: six things you need to know

They're a big band with a big name and big plans – Big Big Train are bringing back prog, and here are the facts you need to know about them

Big Big Train’s distillation of prog rock is so striking and colourful that Classic Rock once declared it “the equivalent of the opening ceremony of the London Olympics”. Current album Folklore is their ninth, its original, happy-go-lucky feel the product of eight personalities and a dedication to the art of storytelling which they’ve cultivated over more than 25 years.

With the band members scattered around the globe (England, USA, Sweden…), Big Big Train live shows are understandably rare. They are also impressive – last summer’s three London gigs helped the band join David Gilmour, Steven Wilson and King Crimson as nominees for Best Live Event in this year’s Prog magazine awards. No mean feat.


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