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Festival News: Moon Safari Announced For RoSFest 2011

Posted on Friday, December 17 @ 04:15:00 UTC by nightowl

The RoSfest crowd is already acquainted with Swedish band Moon Safari, since their 2009 performance. That time, they blew the roof of the Keswick Theater (and afterwards, the tavern).

Call them a progressive band with pop influences, or a pop band with progressive influences. Either way, with their upbeat songwriting and vast melodic sense, Moon Safari has been blowing audiences minds since their debut album A Doorway To Summer released 2005.

That time, under the guidance of Tomas Bodin, the younglings sent a ripple through the prog community. Shouting from the rooftops in five part harmonies: "there are some new kids on the block". The progressive world heeded the call and A Doorway... was acclaimed by critics and fans alike. [Including here at ProgressiveWorld - as Joshua "Prawg Dawg" Turner gave it 4.5 stars in his review - ed.]>

With the sophomore effort Blomljud, released in 2008, the band had taken another step. With an array of influences from bands and artists like The Beatles, 10cc, Bruce Springsteen, Supertramp, IQ and Marillion mixed with 50's vocal groups like The Hi Lo's, Moon Safari once again made their mark on the community. This time it was more of a tsunami than a ripple.

The double album Blomljud was by many considered "Album of the year" and Moon Safari won an award at the Independent Music Awards for the song "In The Countryside."

Following the success, Moon Safari played in front of ecstatic crowds at the Prog Resiste Convention in Belgium, both in 2008 and 2010. At the Symforce III-festival in Holland in 2009 and at Winter's End in England 2010.

As this is written, the third album Lover's End is being shipped to retailers all over the world, and in six months, Moon Safari will ship themselves over to Gettysburg to perform at RoSfest 2011. Tagging along for his first gig with Moon Safari is Pontus and Simon's youngest brother Sebastian. With him filling out the extensive keyboard- guitar- and vocal parts, Moon Safari will deliver a stronger performance than ever!

And as a side note: Last time around, guitarist Pontus ?kesson turned 23 while being on stage at the Keswick theater. This year drummer Tobias Lundgren turns 29 on May 20th.

There will be beer...

Moon Safari is:

Petter Sandstr?m: Vocals and acoustic guitar
Johan Westerlund: Vocals and bass guitar
Simon ?kesson: Vocals and keyboards
Pontus ?kesson: Vocals and guitar
Tobias Lundgren: Vocals and drums
Sebastian ?kesson: Vocals, keyboards and guitar


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{Source: George Roldan/RoSFest]

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