Legendary UK band CARAVAN have agreed to sign up as one of our three headliners for ROSfest 2014. With a history going back to 1968, Caravan is one of a dwindling amount of bands around that merits a description as living legends. They were one of the two principal bands in the Canterbury Scene, a movement that saw bands blending elements from progressive rock and fusion with whimsical lyrics, quirky instrumental movements and a distinct English sound – but often without any major superficial likeness shared between the bands subscribed to this style.

Caravan peaked commercially early on, with 1971’s “In the Land of Grey and Pink” their best-selling album. Their early 70’s albums in general are all considered classics today, and while they never made much of an impact in the UK or US in these early days their stature have continued to grow following the resurgence of interest in progressive rock. Following spells of inactivity in the 1980’s and 90’s Caravan have been a mostly going concern since 1995, albeit with a number of line-up alterations along the way. The current incarnation of the band dates back to 2010 and consists of Pye Hastings, Richard Coughlan, Geoffrey Richardson, Jan Schelhaas, Jim Leverton and Mark Walker.

Twelve years have gone by since Caravan had their last triumphant return to the US at Nearfest. That concert was quite the historical event and artistic triumph, and we suspect that when they appear at ROSfest on May 2nd 2014 it will be an event just as magnificent. That Caravan will be promoting their first new studio album since 2003 the proverbial icing on the cake. We just hope that they manage to bring along enough copies for the sales table, for their sake as well as their fans. It is a truly great pleasure to announce the appearance of living legends Caravan at ROSfest, and we’re counting the days to their appearance at Gettysburg just as eagerly as their most dedicated fans.

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