Prog Magazine is proud to announce the first annual Progressive Music Awards, presented by Orange Amplification, which will take place at the stunning, verdant and unique environs of Kew Gardens, London on Wednesday 5th September.

The awards will celebrate the biggest achievers in the world of progressive music. The afternoon-cum-evening event will be a sit-down dinner, and will play host to approximately 200 people.

From the visionaries and pioneers of early Prog rock, to the innovators of the present day, the awards will celebrate and embrace forty years of a groundbreaking and unique genre of music. Steven Wilson leads the nominations with five, followed by both Steve Hackett and Ian Anderson, who are nominated in four categories each. Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt and It Bites both feature in three different categories.

A full list of all the nominees can be found below and at where readers can have their say by voting in five of the categories – New Blood, Live Event, Anthem, Album Of The Year and Grand Design.

Readers who vote will have the chance to win a bumper prize of prog goodies from all the band’s nominated as well as a piece of prog-related framed artwork from The Flood Gallery ( who will be hosting a prog art exhibition at the Awards themselves.

We think we’ve managed to get the balance of nominations right with acknowledgement of the original wave of progressive artists who have been such an inspiration to so many people, and today’s new wave of forward thinking musicians who carry the flame ever onwards.”

Prog Magazine has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2009, and has had a market-defying three years at the forefront of the prog scene. Originally part of the Classic Rock Magazine brand, Prog became its own entity this year and continues to find success, and The Progressive Music Awards are a credit to this. Having been embraced by prog’s affluent and notably dedicated cult following, the magazine has established itself at the heart of this most unique and underground of rock scenes.

The full list of categories and nominations is:

NEW BLOOD [Sponsored by Kscope]
The best up and coming act of the year, unsigned or signed and fledgling.

Von Hertzen Brothers
The Reasoning

LIVE EVENT [Sponsored by Esoteric/Cherry Red]
For the band or act who made the greatest show on earth this year.

Ian Anderson – Thick As A Brick tour
Summer’s End Festival
Opeth – Brixton Academy
Steve Hackett – ChildLine Rocks Charity Show, Islington Assembly Rooms
Steven Wilson – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Marillion – Forum/US Tour
Anathema – Union Chapel/Koko

ANTHEM [Sponsored by Roadrunner Records]
Prog comes in all shapes and sizes these days. We salute the most creative songs of the past 12 months.

Steven Wilson – Raider II
Panic Room – Song For Tomorrow
Arena – One Last Au Revoir
Karmakanic – Turn It Up
Crippled Black Phoenix - Laying Traps
It Bites - The Last Escape
Squackett – A Life Within A Day

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Sponsored by InsideOut]
The best of the progressive full length releases.

Anathema – Weather Systems
Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion
Opeth - Heritage
It Bites – Map Of The Past
Rush – Clockwork Angels
Yes – Fly From Here
Nightwish – Imaginaerum

Celebrating the artistic achievement for the raft of Special and Deluxe Editions that populate the modern progressive genre.

Pink Floyd – Immersion Reissues
King Crimson – Panegyric Reissues
Peter Gabriel – New Blood Deluxe Edition
Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning Deluxe Edition
Rush – Sectors Box Sets
Jethro Tull – Aqualung 40th Anniversary Special Edition
Tangerine Dream – Zeit Box Set

VIRTUOSO [Sponsored by KEF]
The musician who’s the cream of the 2012 prog crop chop-wise – could be a tub-thumper, a singer, keyboard king or guitar slinger. Being prog, it could even be the nose flute.

Mike Portnoy (Flying Colors)
John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
John Mitchell (It Bites/Arena)
Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett/Steven Wilson)
Rob Reed (Magenta)
Carl Palmer (ELP/Asia)
Roine Stolt (Flower Kings/Transatlantic)

VISIONARY [Sponsored by Eagle Rock]
The spirit of prog independence, the rogues in our midst who make their own niche in a progressive direction.

Peter Hammill
Kate Bush

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT [Sponsored by Prog Rocks!]
Who do you think of when you think of prog? These are the people who have kept the flag flying and are synonymous with the genre. Their unswerving dedication and nerve has built the foundations for generations to come.

Jehtro Tull
Pink Floyd
Moody Blues
Van der Graaf Generator

The person at the pinnacle of progressive thought today, this award is for the men and women who keep pushing boundaries, keep prog in the public eye and continue to inspire the young artists just setting out on their own paths.

Mikael Akerfeldt
Matt Bellamy
Robert Fripp
Steve Hackett
Mike Portnoy
Steven Wilson

PROG GOD [Sponsored by Orange Amplification]
The biggest movers and shakers within the progressive field over the last 40 years. Without this person prog would be a different, lesser place.

Ian Anderson
Rick Wakeman
Roger Waters
Peter Gabriel
Jon Anderson
Kate Bush
Steve Hillage