In November 2018, internationally renowned progressive rock bands Damanek and Southern Empire will join forces and embark upon their debut tour of the United Kingdom and Europe.
Damanek, featuring members from three different nations, is the brainchild of visionary multi-instrumentalist / singer-songwriter Guy Manning. The group released their debut album ‘On Track’ in early 2017 to critical acclaim and will release their follow-up album ‘In Flight’ later this year through GEP Records.
Guy, commenting on the upcoming album and tour stated, “Since we played that memorable set at Summers End X Festival in 2016, I have been constantly asked ‘When are you going to play live again?’ and I have always had to say “…as soon as we can”…but now I can say “SOON!” The new album “In Flight” will be ready for the tour and it has some fantastic new pieces on it, which we are keen to perform live along with some of the favorites from ‘On Track’. Should be one hell of a show!”
Southern Empire, hailing from Adelaide, South Australia will also release their second album mid year through GEP.
Southern Empire, led by composer / producer / keyboardist Sean Timms was formed from the ashes of symphonic prog. band Unitopia in 2014 and have quickly established themselves as one of the premiere live and studio acts of the current prog. era.
“It’s always extremely exciting to release a new album and then take those songs on the road.
I think we have a very strong set of new songs to compliment the older material and we’re really looking forward to bringing our unique blend of ‘prog ’n’ roll’ (as Danny Lopresto, our lead vocalist calls it) to our friends and fans in the U.K. and Europe.” – Sean Timms.
Damanek and Southern Empire will be joined by Special guests Seven Steps to the Green Door for the European leg of the tour.
The following shows have been confirmed with more dates to follow:
17/11/18 – HRH PROG Festival, Pwllheli, North Wales.
Southern Empire, Damanek and Seven Steps to the Green Door
21/11/18 – Bergkeller, Reichenbach, Germany.
22/11/18 – Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium.
24/11/18 – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands.
Southern Empire and Damanek
28/11/18 – Talking Heads, Southampton, U.K.
29/11/18 – The Robin 2, Bilston, U.K.
30/11/18 – Boston Music Room, Tufnell Park, London, U.K.
01/12/18 – Classic Rock Society (CRS), Maltby, U.K.
Please note: As joint headliners on the tour, Southern Empire and Damanek will be alternating and mixing up the final slot of each night to allow both bands a chance to play slightly extended sets…however we are not telling who / when!
Damanek: www.damanek.com / www.facebook.com/DamanekBand
Southern Empire: www.southernempireband.com / www.facebook.com/southernempireband