Second annual festival Sounds of the Ages in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv

Former progressive rock band Marillion singer Fish and the British progressive/alternative band Anathema will play with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra at the Roman Amphitheatre in Plovdiv on September 21 and 22, respectively.

The two concerts are part of the Sounds of the Ages festival, which started in 2011 with a sold out opera show of the former Nightiwish singer Tarja Turunen and drummer Mike Terrana, again with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra.

The festival is under the aegis of Plovdiv’s mayor Ivan Totev and is a part of the city’s bid to become a European Capital of Culture in 2019.

Fish, who will have his third concert in Bulgaria, and his band, will perform songs both from his time with Marillion and his solo career. Some of the songs – for the first time with a classical orchestra.

Anathema, who have recently won the Best Live Performance award at the UK Classic Rock Prog Awards, will perform in Bulgaria for the second time. They have prepared a special two-hour show, which will include songs from their earlier career, as well as their most recent album, “Weather Systems”. It will be recorded for a DVD and Bluray live edition, which will be released in 2013 by the band’s label Kscope.

Quoted by the festival co-organisers, Bulgaria’s online radio station Tangra Mega Rock, Daniel Cavanagh – the band’s main composer and songwriter, who has performed in Bulgaria (solo, with Anneke van Giersbergen and Anathema) three times, said that “recording a definitive Anathema DVD in Bulgaria, among some of the best fans in the world, has been on our agenda for some years. The fact that it’s in this amazing location with an orchestral performance is surely a recipe for something special.”

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Hristina Dimitrova

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