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A day of both wonderful music prog style and generosity raising money for Scope, Mind and Help Musicians UK.
Headliners Mostly Autumn, Godsticks, The C:LIVE Collective, Alan Reed & the Daughters of Expediency, That Joe Payne and the late addition of Last Flight To Pluto all played their hearts out.
There was a raffle which included amongst others White Star Records bundles, The Reasoning goodie bags, while I donated a few prints left over from my exhibition last year.
The action really stated with the now famous Trinity auction the biggie was a unique prototype PRS SE GUITAR donated by Jakko Jakszyk of King Crimson with a band image painted on the body and signed by the man himself which raised well over a £1000, a signed Nightwish vinyl set and book, Steve Hackett signed blu-ray and much more.
There was an AOP ‘the art of prog exhibition' running throughout the day with iconic album artwork and a large section featuring the work of Rodney Matthews the famous artist who's work graces the albums of Magnum and many more.
During the afternoon break from the main stage action you could catch two special sessions which combined the beautiful music of Oliver Wakeman (son of Rick) and a Q & A session with Rodney Matthews.
All of the bands (giving there time for free) gave there all and the first half included a stylish set in both wardrobe and music by The C:Live Collective, beautifully delicate vocals/keyboards from That Joe Payne, and the upbeat energetic style of Last Flight To Pluto.
2nd half started with Alan Reeds new outfit Alan Reed & the Daughters of Expediency, mixing originals and a few Pallas classics while Godsticks brought there own brand of heavy prog rock to the stage.
Mostly Autumn played a stunning set to close including a couple of numbers from the brand new album White Rainbow the epic title track and the wonderfully catchy ‘Into The Stars' along with golden oldies ‘Evergreen', ‘Simple Ways' and ‘Nowhere To Hide (Close My Eyes)'.
To close it was the the after show party with once again Jerry Ewing on the decks with his prog rock disco.
Great music and good causes once again come together as one and I will let you no how much was raised as soon as announced.

Andrew Lock


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