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On Saturday 25th at 5:55 PM CET (11:55 AM in NYC/8:55 AM in LA), Arte will be livestreaming the band’s set at Hellfest Open Air.

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Sad news for Epica fans who were supposed to see the band at Bibelot and Z7 Open Air this week. The band posted the following message :

Unfortunately, due to a COVID case within our band, we are forced to postpone tonight’s sold-out show in Dordrecht to August 31st, tickets will remain valid. Our appearance at Z7 Open Air will be canceled, sorry for any inconvenience 😞 We will be back on the road next week !

The band will play 3 shows next week at Basinfirefest (Czech Republic), in Saarbrücken (Germany) and at Hellfest (France).

A live stream of the band’s performance at Hellfest will be available for those who can’t attend.

Epica is back for the festival season after the Mexican tour last month. The band played shows at Barby Club (Israel), KüçükÇiftlik Park (Turkey) and Novarock (Austria). The setlists were the same (except Kingdom of Heaven Pt. 3, Cry for the Moon and Omega weren’t played at Novarock due to the shorter time on stage) and Simone wore her iconic Ωmega Alive outfit.

At Novarock, Simone and Mark met Måneskin and took some photos with the band ! How cool is that ? You can find them here.

Career > Tour > Setlists > 2022 Spring/Summer Festivals & Shows
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Gallery > Backstage & Behind the Scenes > Jun 2022 – Nickelsdorf, Austria
Gallery > Live Performances > 07 Jun 2022 – Barby Club, Tel Aviv, Israel
Gallery > Live Performances > 09 Jun 2022 – KüçükÇiftlik Park, Istanbul, Turkey
Gallery > Live Performances > 10 Jun 2022 – Novarock, Nickelsdorf, Austria
Gallery > With Fans > 09 Jun 2022 – KüçükÇiftlik Park, Istanbul, Turkey

After months of teasing, Epica finally shared the big surprise we’ve been expecting :

On September 2, we will finally re-issue our first three albums, The Phantom Agony, Consign to Oblivion and The Score. Each record will be available in either a CD box, a collector’s LP box, or as an Earbook and will come with rare bonus tracks for each album. As a special surprise, we have even dug up some spectacular hidden gems from our early days that will be available as bonus material on some of the formats.

Initially recorded in 2006 at the beautiful Paradiso venue in Amsterdam, the performance has become shrouded in legend ; often scheduled for release, it somehow never saw the light of day – until now ! After being hidden away in a dark drawer for more than 16 years, “Live at Paradiso” is finally available on 2CD and Blu-ray/DVD, specifically revamped in 4K resolution.

Recorded at the “Twee Meter Sessies” on public Dutch TV, most of you will already be familiar with this release that was the band’s first major performance on television and first DVD release that has long been sold out. You can also discover two especially rare demo recordings from SAHARA DUST – the band that should later become EPICA (and that you can actually see live for the very first time at our already sold-out anniversary show in Tilburg) !

– Epica newsletter

If you didn’t know, the concert at Paradiso was supposed to be recorded and turned into a DVD 16 years ago, but unfortunately Epica’s label at the time (Transmission) declared bankruptcy. After that, the band signed with the German label Nuclear Blast. The Paradiso concert have been requested by fans for years ! The rare demo recordings from Sahara Dust come from this album.

As usual, there are many versions available (vinyls, earbooks, bundles…), so I didn’t have the time to create all the subpages in the discography section yet, but they’ll be available soon !