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A Short History of Prog'Sud

    Prog'Sud 2000    Prog'Sud 2001   Prog'Sud 2002   Prog'Sud 2003   Prog'Sud 2004   Prog'Sud 2005

   Prog'Sud 2006    Prog'Sud 2007   Prog'Sud 2008    Prog'Sud 2009   Prog'Sud 2010


   Poster's design by : : Denis ROCCHIA

"Within four years, Prog'Sud has become a major rendez-vous on the world circuit
of progressive rock. (B. Gueffier/Musea). It is an eclectic festival. Various styles of
progressive rock are showcased by talented bands that deserve more recognition.
Since the 2003 edition, 3 evenings are proposed in order to accommodate more bands
and satisfy a larger audience. A festive atmosphere lives in the venue !
Starting from the 2005 edition, the festival will be organized by Prog'Sud Organisation.
The organizing trio of volunteers is composed of Eliane Armansa (teacher), Alain Chiarazzo
(musician) and Cathy Clavin (lawyer), to whom several friends offer valuable help onsite.
All warmly invite every music lover to come and share this happy and convivial event !

                                                                                                                          Photos © Prog'Sud

                                      In May 1998, Eclat  the band from Marseille, France, comes back from a short tour
                                 in Japan with a liverecording in his luggage. A few months later, to celebrate the
                                 release of the album "Marseille-Tokyo", Eclat invites the japanese band 
Wappa Gappa
                                 to give a double concert in Marseille. The day before, "Marseille-Tokyo" is officially
                                 released at Centre Musical Hyperion during a big party. Music and "apéritif" !
                                 The french TV channel M6 films the event. A nice article in the newspaperLa Provence
                                 is also published with great pictures of the japanese musicians who then bough a large
                                 number of copies ! The venue is packed, the audience enthousiastic and several local
                                 prog musicians are present. The atmosphere is festive and stimulating. The idea of
                                 organizing a big prog festival, Prog'Sud, is born !

Jas'Rod, a nice concert venue at Pennes-Mirabeau (a city near Marseille) is chosen.
Jean Christophe Panza from the band Cymoryl, is then the manager and his association
Trilogie joins the organizing commitee alongside Kézako Music. After a few months of
planning, of finding sponsors, the first edition of the festival takes place on June 2
and 3, 2000. Seven names are on the bill among which the local bands Iris, Madrigal ,
Cyril Achard, Cymoryl et Eclat, les Toulousains Priam et les Hongrois After Crying.


The goals of the festival are then clearly defined:

* promote the regional bands

* develop the cultural national and international exchanges

* become a yearly progressive rock event

* introduce talented bands to a large public