October 12th, 2011
Word came down today that NEARfest will return in 2012. This year’s festival was cancelled seemingly because fans were not open-minded enough to accept a line-up that didn’t include any big names from the symphonic prog realm. Sad.
So the organizers regrouped.
We are very happy to announce that the North East Art Rock Festival will return in 2012. Over the last several months, we have thoroughly discussed what it would take for another edition of NEARfest to become a reality. This was new ground for us, so we took our time, had long, heart-felt conversations, and even put feelers out to bands we thought would make for a solid lineup – one worthy of NEARfest’s legacy and, more importantly, the expectations of the progressive rock community whom has been so unbelievable supportive over the years.
I presume this means that the likes of Steve Hackett or IQ will be performing but we’ll have to wait and see.