Like many events in 2020, the second annual Prog in the Park was postponed due to the Covid 19 lockdown.
The first Prog in the Park set a high standard for an indoor 12 hour prog rock festival in Scotland. Consisting mainly of tribute bands the whole event was a success, with headliners including Stillmarillion, Alan Reed and the Daughters of Expediency and Afterglow on the main stage, the festival saw hundreds of prog rock fans from Scotland, the UK and Europe descend on Dunfermline in Fife to enjoy themselves. The success of the event persuaded the organiser, Kevin O’Neil to update his plans for future events. Initially he was planning on holding the event every two years but the success of 2019 persuaded him to push for Prog in the Park 2.0 for May 2020, hoping to turn this festival of prog rock into an annual event.
Of course, Kevin was not alone – there have been plenty of events which have been cancelled or postponed due to Covid 19. However, how many organisers also have to endure 8 weeks in hospital suffering from sepsis while trying to sort out a postponed event? With typical determination Kevin just ploughed on. He contacted the bands booked for 2020 and got as many as he could to agree to attend the 2021 Prog in the Park, he made sure stall holders and fans who had bought tickets were up to speed with what was happening and even managed to book the venue to ensure the event would go ahead. It was only after he had done this that he let people know he was so ill and in hospital for so long. With the covid restrictions in hospitals he was isolated from his wife and young son but still he battled on to recover and to focus on Prog in the Park.
At this stage the news of a few vaccines is welcome and, if all goes to plan, the most vulnerable should be vaccinated before the re-arranged Prog in the Park, planned for March 27th 2021 at the original venue – the Glen Pavilion, Dunfermline. As before all profits go to charity, with the recipients being MacMillan Cancer Support Scotland.