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Summer's End Festival at Chepstow - live review

Live Review

Venue: Drill Hall, Chepstow

Frost*, The Tangent, Iamthemorning, Karmakanic, Franck Carducci, Maschine and more perform at this annual festival of progressive music

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These days, given stricter rules over ticket purchaser authenticity at gigs, lengthy queues are the norm for many gigs. Summer’s End might be a tad smaller than The O2, where tales of impatient fans and those denied access because they couldn’t present proof of purchase regularly make the national press, but queues are no less common.

What marks the festival out is that here, with openers This Winter Machine about to hit the stage on time (punctuality and SE don’t always go hand in hand), organiser Stephen Lambe is outside ushering the crowd in, wristbanded up or not. “We know you all anyway, you can pick your wristbands up afterwards,” he says. And it’s that kind of avuncular approach that continues to mark out this festival as one of the UK’s best.

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