Rites of Spring festival

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Rites of Spring Festival
Genre Progressive rock
Dates Annually in April or May
Location(s) Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Years active 2004–present
Founded by George Roldan and Tom Smith
Website The Rites Of Spring Festival

The Rites of Spring festival or RoSfest is an annual progressive rock festival which takes place at the end of April or in early May. Established in 2004, the festival was held at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania until 2007, and then moved to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania for 2008 and 2009.

As of 2010, the festival moved to the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

History[edit]

RoSfest was founded in 2004 by George Roldan and Tom Smith. The intent of the promoters was to establish a new international progressive rock festival in the United States. The inaugural three-day festival was held April 24, 25, and 26, 2004 at the famous Colonial Theatre located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The RoSfest artwork since 2007 has been designed by Ed Unitsky. Through the 2013 festival, 104 different bands will have performed at the Rites of Spring Festival.

Lineups[edit]

Date Location Headliners Supporting Bands
May 6–8, 2016 Majestic Theatre,
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Magic Pie (Norway), 3rDegree (US), No More Pain (US) Circuline (US), Dave Kerzner (US), Spock's Beard (US), Kinetic Element (US), The Fringe (US), Bent Knee (US), Comedy Of Errors (Scotland), Zebra (US)
May 1–3, 2015 Majestic Theatre,
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Heliopolis (US), Spock's Beard (US), Fanfare (US) Strattman (US), Sonus Umbra (US), Abel Ganz (Scotland), Haken (UK), Might Could (US), Lo-Fi Resistance (US), Synaesthesia (UK), Glass Hammer (US), Enchant (US),
May 2–4, 2014 Majestic Theatre,
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Caravan (UK), Beardfish (Sweden), Collage (Poland) Clepsydra (Switzerland), Shadow Merchant (US), Elephants of Scotland (US), Sound of Contact (UK), Thank You Scientist (US), Fright Pig (US), Red Sand (Canada), Subsignal (Germany)
May 3–5, 2013 Majestic Theatre,
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
The Flower Kings (Sweden), Riverside (Poland), Shadow Gallery (US) Bolus (Canada), Kingcrow (Italy), Jolly (US), Pain of Salvation (Sweden), Believe (Poland), Dream the Electric Sleep (US), MoeTar (US), Electric Asturias (Japan)
May 4–6, 2012 Majestic Theatre,
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Karmakanic (Sweden), IQ (UK), Agents of Mercy (Sweden) DeeExpus (UK), The Aaron English Band (US), Resistor (US), Hasse Froeberg and Musical Companion (Sweden), Sanguine Hum (UK), IO Earth (UK), Discipline (US), Trespass (US).
May 20–22, 2011 Majestic Theatre,
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Moon Safari (Sweden), Daemonia (Italy), Quidam (Poland) Epiicycle (US), Tinyfish (UK), Osada Vida (Poland), Phideaux (US), Gallactic Collective (US), Mars Hollow (US), District 97 (US), The Reasoning (UK)
April 30 – May 2, 2010 Majestic Theatre,
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Pendragon (UK), Magic Pie (Norway), Renaissance (UK/US) Mystery (Canada), Gazpacho (Norway), Manning (UK), Ajalon (US), Von Hertzen Brothers (Finland), Oblivion Sun (US), Deexpus (UK)
May 1–3, 2009 Keswick Theatre,
Glenside, Pennsylvania
Nektar (UK/Germany), Lazuli (France), John Lees' Barclay James Harvest (UK) The Syn (UK/US), Iluvatar (US), Silver Pipe (US), Frost* (UK), Abigail's Ghost (US), Moth Vellum (US), Mangala Vallis (Italy), Moon Safari (Sweden), Touchstone (UK)
May 2–4, 2008 Keswick Theatre,
Glenside, Pennsylvania
Ambrosia (US), CIRCA: (US), Crack The Sky (US), Wishbone Ash (UK) GPS (US), RPWL (Germany), Ritual (Sweden), Blind Ego (Germany/UK), Black Bonzo (Sweden), Credo (UK)
April 27–29, 2007 Colonial Theatre,
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Starcastle (US), Pendragon (UK), Spock's Beard (US) Puppet Show (US), Tempustry (US), Carptree (Sweden), Galahad (UK), Rocket Scientists (US), Magic Pie (Norway), Retroheads (Norway), Darwin's Radio (UK)
April 28–30, 2006 Colonial Theatre,
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
NEO (UK), Satellite (Poland), The Watch (Italy) Pallas (UK), The Pineapple Thief (UK), Magic Pie (Norway), John Young (UK), Ephemeral Sun (US), Karmakanic (Sweden), Hamadryad (Canada), Mirthrandir (US)
April 27–29, 2005 Colonial Theatre,
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Arena (UK), Magenta (UK), The Tangent (UK) Myriad (US), Dennis Haley (US), Tiles (US), Kino (UK), Eyestrings (US), Sylvan (Germany), Man on Fire (US), Cryptic Vision (US)
April 24–26, 2004 Colonial Theatre,
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Jadis (UK), RPWL (Germany), Man on Fire (US) Alias Eye (Germany), IZZ (US), Orphan Project (US), Salem Hill (US), Little Atlas (US), Sonus Umbra (US), Frogg Cafe (US)

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