Running 8 consecutive years 2014 Loreley Freilicht Buhne is hosting festival NOTP.
The year of the young meet the old, the new meet the established, the weird and eccentric.
The daft, the beautiful, east meeting west, a culture clash extraordinaire.
What makes me write this, well read on and find out? As each year the festival has a campsite where you can stay the night in your tent,
or you can park in the Parking lot and sleep in your car, like your reporter did. OK I have a van and can have a bed in the back,
and for what I heard around me I was lucky, the nights at the campsite were cold.
I arrived a day early, but not as early as I wanted. Why you may ask well Muse was programmed to perform and it was a good chance to see them too.
That was not happening though, German traffic spoiled that.
The ninth edition of NOTP started one night before this year.
On Thursdaynight a concert was due by the Alan Parsons Live Project, that is how the APP is called when on the road.
The APP would be playing a greatest hits set. The setting being the "freilicht buhne" at the loreley couldn't be better.
But before Alan Parsons Project a pre show was scheduled by German-French band Eclipse-Sol air.
I can honestly say I had never heard of seen or heard any of the music by this German outfit or is it a multi national band.
their singer being a Frenchman I believe.
So I was in for a treat or... I have left the second option out on purpose. I really enjoyed the show the band put on.
They un-mistakenly belong in the progressive rock scene. The starter they treated the audience at Loreley with
had elements of Marillion, Queensryche the theatrical performances of early '70s Alice Cooper shows.
It all suits their music very well, the 7 piece group 3 woman and 4 man brought a show of little over an hour entertaining
from start to finish.
At the end of this magical show I stood there, thinking to myself how on earth could I have missed this, do I live
in such an obscure part of the world that the music of Eclipse-solair could not reach me.
I don't think so, but yet I have completely missed out on the music of this band and their music that stand as a rock,
As does their performance. Energetic, powerful full of emotion
A real treat indeed, have not heard their albums but sure will check them out.
After a wait of about 45 minutes, Alan Parsons Project took the stage. The band was scheduled to play some sort of greatest hits.
The back catalogue of Alan Parsons is absolutely loaded with hits, so what would the audience get to see and hear.
The show APP put on was not as lively as the support act had done, but I did not expect that to be so.
It was Steady, high level, great musicians and of course the man himself, behind the keyboards and on guitar. sometimes even vocals.
Alan Parsons had surrounded himself with a good and solid band. and brought a show that can be remembered.
for me personally the highlight was a complete version of the Turn of a Friendly card, beautiful.
Stunning and at the best possible venue for a song as beautiful.
A great show indeed. I do not have a setlist of this show but am certain of the next songs, Eye in the Sky, Mama gamma, Old and Wise, Don't Answer me,
The Turn of A friendly card and more.
A beautiful evening with good music and great atmosphere, splendid audience.
Saturday, 18th July 2014
Gran Turismo Veloce
Kicking off the Ninth edition of NOTP were Italians
Gran Turismo Veloce
in red outfits in compliance with
the car brands that go for the Gran Turismo Veloce or high speed.
I personally did not know the band very well before this performance at the Freilicht Buhne.
Beside all the technical problems for the bass player at the start of the show, I have seen nor heard any really
bad playing or so, In real Italian style, the boys played us a set of great songs, that these guys up to date have only one
album out is a real shame. this is true Italian style prog not only musically strong but visually as well.
An absolute smashing start of what may well be one of the most colourful NOTP's yet.
The joy of playing clearly shows off sheer joy even at this early hour on friday. A false start but splendid performance.
In good European song festival nature 12 points to Italy and Gran Turismo Veloce.
Setlist Gran Turismo Veloce
Misera Venere (Reprise)
Alice In Wonderland
Puss In Boots
Little Red Riding Hood
Il Gigante Egoista
Slideshow Gran Turismo Veloce
Meantime the temperature was rising.
In the sun it was already blazing hot, the audience was seeking coolness in the shadows, the next act was preparing to hit the stage.
yet another not too well known band for me.
I heard them before and found them to be a new Anyone's Daughter really. Lengthy songs dreamy Neo progressive.
The Dreamy part was less dreamy
in the live environment at Loreley at times I would even call it heavy. The luscious melodies from the albums came across very good
and were performed with great joy and enthousiasm by the band. their overall performance musically was very good, some addition to the show
is necessary to also give the audience more to look at, its now more a listening session no visual effects.
their entire setlist was just three songs.
Das Geheimnis, Teil 2
Next we travel to Poland for a band that seemingly has started a new life.
in my research the last Collage album I could find was
released in 1996 so 18 years ago, I've known the music since, but have never ever seen them perfom live, so a first time Collage live for me.
That Collage are a bunch of great musicians I knew, a new singer starting fresh or... well I was hoping to see a wonderful performance.
I must say their singer really tries to put on a show, the band wasn't pinned down either, besides great music in neo-prog style, we did get to see
a show. Not all of Collage's material is in English some of their songs have been written in Polish, so again we heard another language.
Three times lucky I'd say, this is how international prog is. music is the glueing factor. Meantime the temperature was way above 30 degrees
the shady spot on the site taken, People thirsty and beer flowing like the water in the river below.
What a beautiful festival weather.
Ja i Ty
One of Their Kind
Long Distance Calling
Wow three bands on, super weather, great atmosphere bringing us back home to the second German band
Long Distance Calling.
Many people might say what is a Post-rock band doing at a Prog festival. Apart from being post-rock, Long Distance Calling
play full instrumentals, That is another thing at festivals, Does the instrumental song add up and bring enough to
entertain the audience. I belief so but then again I am a little biased here as a true fan of the music.
I was there for really excited to see Long Distance calling in the line up. and was really looking forward to their performance.
With all the Neoprog before the band brought the festival something different. Each year at least one band from a
lesser known area of Rock should be at the NOTP, Long Distance Calling are a highly acclaimed band in their part of the genre,
the show they did at NOTP surely lived up to their name and fame. Well done guys.
Setlist Long Distance Calling
Black Paper Planes
The Figrin D'an Boogie
Into the Black Wide Open
Arecibo (Long Distance Calling)
Metulsky Curse Revisited
Slideshow Long Distance Calling
A band that has had the priveledge of multiple performances at NOTP was up next
with their new album just released an almost must for the Neo-prog masters from England.
As they had been at Loreley before one might expect that they new how to really entertain an audience at a venue like Loreley.
They really really had a false start this time, You could see Peter Nichols singing but he could not be heard.
A more terrible start could not have happened once the sound was there, it was obvious Nicholls voice did not sound very well.
Usually an IQ show is full of bombastic elements not this time, It was more a show of
we need to promote our album so here we are no enthusiasm nothing a bit of a tame show not IQ like.
Surely this could have been the weather, with temperatures of over 35 degrees All day, as expected the new album came by
but also favourites of older albums
Not a bad show all in all but I had surely expected a bit better from a band as popular in progland as IQ is.
From the Outside In
The Darkest Hour
The Road of Bones
Leap of Faith
Until the End
The Seventh House
During the IQ show, may be even earlier, the crowd was getting bigger, no real surprise as the main course for this friday
With a short delay, due to technical problems, the concert finally did start.
That the problems still existed was clear but never mind that it was a good start and the audience realy wanted to hear something.
SMPT and L for the show did kick off with a long track, time enough to solve problems.
That the guys have it still and know how to entertain is without doubt.
The complete show was very tight and left little room for additional play. the tricks Portnoy did with both Leonard and Morse didn't go all to good
sometimes they needed more than one go but hey its an element of show. Musically things were okay and the band enjoyed
playing at Loreley. A show with Transatlantic ussualy takes about three hours, that time was not available now so
a lot of the songs were shortened or made into medleys a shame really but it also meant hearing and seeing a Transatlantic carreer event.
And as usual with the main act they got to play an encores, at 5 to midnite the show ended.
the audience went to the campsite, parking or just home, for most of us a long hot day. trying to catch a little sleep for day 2.
Into the Blue
(abridged, Intro and Whirlwind)
Rose Colored Glasses
Is It Really Happening?
Dancing With Eternal Glory
(abridged, Whirlwind Reprise only)
We All Need Some Light
Black as the Sky
All of the Above
(abridged, Full Moon Rising, October Winds)
Stranger in Your Soul
Sunday, 19th July 2014
Day 2 saw
kick off a young band from England, highly acclaimed for their musical talents.
especially their keyboard player/mainman man is praised highly for his talent as a musician as well as composer.
They have released their debut album in 2014 so expectations are high when you get to play at NOTP the same year.
I can say they bring good music at times spun out a little too much, but as a whole they stand their ground.
Mostly symphonic keyboard dominated, but with excellent guitar play too.
That this band is young and need to learn a lot is normal. but kicking off day two of the festival is hard
even if you are experienced, they have done a good job, not surprisingly good but just steady and that says quite a lot for a
The temperature was already going past 30 degrees celcius again, meaning a second very hot day to go.
Time, Tension & Intervention
Technology Killed The Kids
Technology Killed The Kids, Part II
Life's What You Make Of It
A Liquid Landscape
Next up another young band, from the Netherlands this time.
For these boys more or less the same thing applies were it not that they brought their new album with them
to NOTP and therefore had two albums. They are young and very different from Synaethesia, their music more eclectic.
of a different structure, I am talking about
A Liquid Landscape,
if you did not know yet.
That the festival is visited by a lot of Dutch progfans is obvious, A liquid Landscape was loudly applauded to and cheered.
The band was thrilled to play NOTP like all others before them and showed great musicianship as well.
Showmanship will come later that is something they need more.
The audience was already fighting for the shade during the concert because temperature was rising again.
Never minding this A liquid Landscape was a joy to see, and listen for your reporter anyway.
Their second album has been released in the meantime, produced by Bruce Soord, like they told us.
Setlist A Liquid Landscape
A Brief Moment Of Future
The Largest Fire
Hurled Into The Sun
Slideshow A Liquid Landscape
Dream the Electric Sheep
Coming from the other side of the Globe are the next band
Dream the Electric Sheep.
Now these guys I do not know at all, Musically I now place them where I would have done Long Distance Calling if they had vocals.
Dream the Electric Sheep bring a postrock sounding flavoured music with touches of Psychedelia which I think were not really suited for the attending audience today.
On their album which I had listened on the way to NOTP I found the music more exiting then at the concert.
I blame this to the hour and the heat at the festival. that these guys know how to make good music is without a doubt.
That a great deal of the audience did not know them was noticeable by the responses.
In a different setting DTES will most likely show what they are really capable of I will not hesitate to visit a concert to enjoy the music to the fullest.
As I belief the true magic was lacking at NOTP.
Setlist Dream the Electric Sheep
I Know What You Are
Fist to Face
How Long We Wait
Listen to Me
This Is This
Slideshow Dream the Electric Sheep
Going on with our European Journey we end up in Switzerland, with
Like Collage on friday a band busy with a comeback.
The last studio effort by Clepsydra dates back to 2001 shortly after the band was disbanded, not to appear again
until next year, Clepsydra makes symphonic prog rock a la suisse. The music is highly keyboards dominated and
suits well in a NEOprog environament. Not knowing too much of their music I was in for a surprise really.
but I did not get surprised at all, I saw a band capable of making great music, playing very well, a bit static but
musically good, a solid performance and really fitting the NOTP this year.
As we have seen bands from all around the globe some new some old. Great atmosphere like every year.
The temperature could have been a little less for a better festival. Clearly everyone was suffering from this scorching heat all day.
Resulting in less attention to the gigs of lesser known bands, which is a shame.
Clepsydra gave us a good performance certainly worth listening to their music.
The Missing Spark
No Place for Flowers
Travel Of Dream
Prisoner's Victory / The Last Grain
Moonshine On Heights
End of Tuesday
Yeah in my book it said next up
, but there was no big elf, instead there was
Brian Cummins one man show, which he started as being A Big Elf. Now this was the surprise of the festival.
Not because of who was playing no, the organizers had found Brian willing to step in at the last minute.
After John Wesleys cancellation Big Elf also had notified the organizers they were not able to come.
So here goes the Brian Cummins, show of hands solo playing songs by Peter Gabriel.
For those that don't know Brian Cummins plays in a band called the Carpet Crawlers tributing Genesis.
He can sing in a voice and tone similar to that of Peter Gabriel.
So we are now left with the one man show of Brain Cummins, and I must say I really enjoyed this improv.
He is an entertainer extraordinare,
Continuing the points of the european Prog jury ehm out of the league entirely.
Thanks for the wonderful intermezzo improv show Brian amazing I can't say anything else.
Setlist Big Elf
Here Comes the Flood (Peter Gabriel cover)
Red Rain (Peter Gabriel cover)
Washing of the Water (Peter Gabriel cover)
Come Talk to Me (Peter Gabriel cover)
San Jacinto (Peter Gabriel cover)
Carpet Crawlers (Genesis cover)
Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel cover)
Games Without Frontiers (Peter Gabriel cover)
Grendel (Marillion cover) (Just the first strophe)
Mercy Street (Peter Gabriel cover)
Biko (Peter Gabriel cover)
In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel cover)
Slideshow Big Elf
This was a laugh and a tear and a wonderful hour of sheer entertainment.
Still two bands on our schedule with
as first to come.
Anathema of course have been performing at NOTP before and know what to expect.
After the Brian Cummins show they really had to make an effort again, more sounds on the stage as such.
Anathema's fanbase is steadily growing over the years, most likely due to the nifty way of arranging the music.
along with the always great and entertaining livesows. This time no different.
From the first note until the last one played anatheme had the audience in a firm grip not to let go.
The band had put together a great festival mix of older and newer songs and a first performance of the song Anathema with the entire
band, A straight forward show nicely warming up ah well, musically that is for the last band, Guess........
Untouchable, Part 1
Untouchable, Part 2
The Lost Song, Part 3
(First time ever with the whole band)
The Storm Before the Calm
A Simple Mistake
A Natural Disaster
are back again this year with a compilation show. their last album has been a while, and a new one long overdue.
Paul Hogarth really had it going today, jumping up and down running around the stage like a madman.
Even running from the stage into the audience at that point he should have been trailed by the spotlight but instead ran into the darkness all together.
Leaving the remark to the operator "it seemed such a great idea at the time" to follow me.
Later on the remote for the mic got stuck a roadie running around after Hogarth trying to fix.
Despite all these things the show was good with a great playing band, not to loud just a great show and great ending to a great festival.
Marillion as closing act for the festival always seems a good idea, like with the Transatlantic concert on friday.
people could purchase tickets for just the Marillion show, and this of course happened big time.
Marillion were on a roll and the audience clearly enjoyed every minute up to the encore.
just before midnight all was quiet again, lots of after talking, walking to the parking lot or the campsite walking(climbing) down the stairs to the village.
Cars leaving people talking.
Man of a Thousand Faces
No One Can
Sounds That Can't Be Made
Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven)
Heart of Lothian
Until we meet again next year. I am already exited to see what the organisation will do and put together for the 10th anniversary of the festival.
As it appears that will be a three day festival again with highlights and new bands all mixed together.
Topping NOTP IX in consistency will be difficult, of all the NOTP editions I have visited NOTP IX was the most consistent festival.
A minor flaw being two bands that cancelled but the organisation has done a terrific job with Brian Cummins as "joker", as did the man himself.
Splendid job guys hats off on such short notice.
Well all I can say now and leave you all with, I had a terrific time and enjoyed myself, a little less heat would have been better.
The review you just read took a while, due to personal health reasons, nonetheless I hope To
See you all next year in good Health, at the 10th NIGHT OF THE PROGS at Loreley, st Goarshausen.