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The Progressive Music Awards Are Back!

Opeth lead the 2017 charge with four nominations, followed by Marillion and Big Big Train with three apiece...

The Progressive Music Awards 2017 returns for the sixth year this autumn. The event will be held on 14 September at the Underglobe in London. This year, the annual ceremony will include nine new categories all created with the aim of exploring prog’s growing impact in the world of music and culture over the last 12 months. You can cast your votes via the Prog website at www.progmagazine.com/awards.

Opeth lead this year's charge with four nominations, for Video Of The Year, Album Cover Of The Year, International Band/Artist and Album Of The Year for last year's Sorceress. The Swedish prog rockers picked up the Best Band gong in 2015. Other previous award winners also return to the list of nominees. Among them are Big Big Train – can they match last year’s hat-trick of awards this year? They’re up for awards in three categories including Album Of The Year and Album Cover Of The Year. Marillion are also up for another three categories – their popular Marillion Weekends are up for voting in the Event Of The Year category. They last won Live Event in 2015, but can they beat the tough competition to scoop it in 2017?

“It’s been a strange six months for us at Prog magazine to say the least,” says Editor Jerry Ewing. “With the well-publicised demise of the old TeamRock company and our subsequent return to our old stomping ground of Future Publishing, I felt we wanted to try and both convey the shifting to pastures new but equally get the message across that it very much is business as usual. To that end, we’re back at the familiar surroundings of the Underglobe, a venue that has served us well over the past three years and is incredibly popular with everyone who attends the Awards. But we’ve given the categories a really good shake up to try and adapt to continually changing times. And it also allows us to offer a far greater amount of bands the recognition of being nominated, and offers the readers a much more varied selection from which to decide who gets their vote. This is certainly the most comprehensive and far-reaching list of nominees we’ve ever had, and also represents a very good cross section of where progressive music is at in 2017.”

New categories in the reader voted section include Video Of The Year, Album Cover Of The Year and Reissue Of The Year. The popular Band/Artist Of The Year category has now been divided into International Band/Artist and UK Band/Artist to reflect the popularity of progressive music around the world. Event Of The Year has been extended beyond live concerts and festivals with the aim of showcasing prog’s renewed popularity in popular culture. Included among this year’s nominees are Yes’ induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, the V&A’s popular Pink Floyd exhibition and the BBC’s tribute to satirical prog god, Brian Pern.

The Progressive Music Awards doesn’t just pay tribute to established acts. This year, the nominees in the reader voted categories have been carefully selected on reflect the diversity of music now being made by newer artists as well. This includes the popular Limelight Award which was specifically created to honour the up-and-coming bands and acts profiled in the magazine section of the same name. Ten new names are up for selection this year, including Ghost Community, Kaprekar's Constant, Beatrix Players and Kepler Ten.

Elsewhere, the new Industry VIP has been added to the magazine voted categories. This pays tribute to those working behind the scenes who might not always get the credit they deserve. Meanwhile, the Chris Squire Virtuoso Award will return for another year, along with the coveted Prog God, won of course last year by Jon Anderson. Who will be awarded the very highest prog accolade? All will be revealed at the ceremony on September 14.

Vote for your favourites from the full lost of nominations at www.progmagazine.com/awards.

LIMELIGHT

New Keepers Of The Water Towers
Ghost Community
The Alogrithm
VOLA
Tilt
Voices From The Fuselage
Kepler Ten
KOYO
Beatrix Players
Kaprekar’s Constant

VIDEO

Alan Reed – Razor
Mew – In A Better Place
Wolf People – Night Witch
Nad Sylvan – When The Music Dies
Gandalf’s Fist – Shadowborn
Mastodon – Show Yourself
Bent Knee – Hands Up
King Crimson – Heroes
Opeth - Era
Flaming Lips – There Should Be Unicorns

EVENT

Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains
Be Prog! My Friend
Marillion Weekends
Brian Pern: A Tribute
Summer’s End Festival
Ramblin’ Man Fair
ArcTanGent
Robert Reed - Sanctuary Live
Yes Induction Into R&RHoF
Night Of The Prog

ALBUM COVER

Tim Bowness – Lost In The Ghost Light
Robert Reed – Sanctuary II
Opeth – Sorceress
Kylver – The Island
Heather Findlay – I Am Snow
Big Big Train – Grimspound
Ayreon – The Source
King Crimson – Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of The Monkey Mind
Wolf People – Ruins
Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand

INTERNATIONAL BAND

Bent Knee
Devin Townsend
Opeth
The Neal Morse Band
Voivod
Solstafir
Voyager
Jean-Michel Jarre
Mew
Dream Theater

REISSUE

Yes – Tales From Topographic Oceans
XTC – Skylarking
Steve Hillage – Searching For The Spark
Rush – 2112
Pink Floyd – The Early Years
Alan Parsons Project – Tales Of Mystery & Imagination
Vangelis – Delectus
Allan Holdsworth – The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever
Can – The Singles
The Brain Box

ALBUM

Marillion – FEAR
Opeth – Sorceress
Syd Arthur – Apricity
VdGG – Do Not Disturb
The Neal Morse Band – The Similitude Of A Dream
Nad Sylvan – The Bride Said No
Steve Hackett – The Night Siren
Hawkwind – Into The Woods
Big Big Train – Grimspound
Anathema – The Optimist

BAND/ARTIST

Marillion
Gong
Yes feat. Anderson Rabin Wakeman
Big Big Train
Steve Hackett
Anathema
Roger Waters
Lonely Robot
The Pineapple Thief
Syd Arthur

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