Sunday at Stone Free
When YES featuring Anderson, Rabin, Wakeman touch down at Stone Free Festival it’ll be for one of their only three UK performances this year in honour of the band’s 50th birthday. This incarnation of YES bridges the 70s purist ‘prog’ period of the band, which Rick Wakeman was a prominent part of, with the more ‘mainstream’ 80s era associated with Trevor Rabin, with singer Jon Anderson, who presided over both periods, at the helm. Since Jon co-founded the band 50 years ago almost 20 full-time musicians have featured in the line-up and the progressive rock act has produced a similar number of studio albums. But if last year’s US tour is anything to go by expect a spectacular show of musicianship with some fan favourites including ‘And You And I’, ‘Roundabout’ and ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’.
Main arena support comes from former Supertramp singer and songwriter Roger Hodgson, who’ll be performing many of his former band’s hits including ‘School‘, ‘The Logical Song‘ and ‘Breakfast In America‘. Earlier in the evening Joanne New Taylor will take to the stage. She might be almost half the age of YES, but she harnesses a powerful classic blues sound from another era and promises an incendiary show. As do alternative rockers Anathema who started life as a doom metal band, but are now prog rock proficiendos.
Over in Indigo you’ll find an energetic bunch. The Winery Dogs frontman and former Poison and Mr Big guitarist Richie Kotzen headlines after sets from NYC hard rockers Tyketto and Ginger Wildheart.. Fresh blood at the festival comes in the form of the thundering sound of The Bad Flowers, the riff-laden Fire Red Empress, The Rising Souls and Vambo on the Big Entrance Stage.
Need a break from the music? Head up to our dedicated comedy and spoken word area to see Canadian comedians Glenn Wool and Chris Betts and paper puppetry genius Bec Hill.
You can experience all this at Stone Free on Sunday or if you want to come for the whole weekend you get to see The Scorpions, Megadeth, Buckcherry, Orange Goblin and more on Saturday.