Wakeman, Uriah Heep, Camel Among Prog Awards Victors

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Peter Gabriel and Rick Wakeman were among the big winners at last night’s Progressive Music Awards, on an evening that also included victories for such respected prog influences as Camel and Uriah Heep.

Peter Gabriel Prog Awards

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The great and good of prog gathered for the annual shindig at the Underglobe, situated beneath Shakespeare’s historic Globe Theatre. Hosted again by self-declared prog fan, broadcaster Gavin Esler, the evening was capped by the presentation of the Prog God award, by comedian Bill Bailey, to Gabriel.

Andy Latimer Prog Awards

Wakeman won the Live Event award for his 40th anniversary ‘Journey To The Centre of the Earth’ extravaganza. Camel were one of the other nominees in that category for their reunion tour of their classic album ‘The Snow Goose,’ but while they didn’t win that trophy, the band’s Andy Latimer won a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Uriah Heep Prog Awards

Other “achievement” winners included Curved Air frontwoman Sonja Kristina, who took the Guiding Light trophy, and Uriah Heep, who were honoured with the Outer Limits award. Robert John Godfrey, founder of British prog and symphonic rock band The Enid, won the Visionary title.

Another veteran of experimental rock, Fish, was triumphant in the Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award (named after the late designer so closely associated with Pink Floyd’s artwork) for his album ‘A Feast Of Consequences,’ designed by Mark Wilkinson.

Quadruple nominees Transatlantic, who performed the opening song of the night, were Album of the Year winners for their ‘Kaleidoscope’ release, while Dream Theater, also nominated four times, were Band of the Year.

The award night, presented by Orange Amplification in association with Currencies.co.uk, welcomed guests including Fish, author Ian Rankin, snooker champion and Prog Magazine columnist Steve Davis, and a wide variety of prog bands old and new, from Moon Safari to The Enid and many more.

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  1. Jeff Mangelsdorf

    September 23, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Congrats to Andy Latimer and Camel. Caravan and Nektar also deserve high recognition as pioneers in the art of experimentally beautiful music.

  2. Scott Hager

    September 24, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Kudos to Gabe, Wakey & Camel…thanx to all for keeping Prog Rock alive & well!

  3. Steven Ross

    September 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Many congratulations to Andy Latimer. The gigs were awesome and the music always is!!

  4. Mike Lafferty

    September 24, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Please enter me in the contest! I am a prog rock fanatic, saw YES 17 times, flew with the band, etc. Alan Parsons Live about 12 times, ELO, Journey, Rush, love it all…keep it coming’ and keep on Rollin ! Mike in Seattle

  5. Steve Smith

    September 26, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Congrats to all the winners and nominees. Saw Rick’s Journey show at the RAH in April – brilliant! What a nice bloke too…
    Steve in Sunnyvale, California

  6. Harry A.

    October 26, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Need to include: ELOY, Jane, Lady, Crack the Sky, BUDGIE, Gentle Giant, Planet P, Synergy?, a lot others!

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