Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen and keyboardist Joost van den Broek have gathered nearly the entire original cast of Into the Electric Castle and several special guests to perform Ayreon’s ‘space opera’ in its entirety as a live show. Visitors can expect a massive, state-of-the-art live production with a unique decor, visuals and stage effects. While the 2017 ’Ayreon Universe’ show was a bombastic, full-tilt rock show, musically the ‘Into the Electric Castle’ show will be more dynamic, atmospheric and versatile, translating the original album in the most authentic way possible.Besides playing the entire album with original cast members, there will be much more to make this show a unique special occasion that Ayreon fans will not want to miss. Additional info and extra surprises will be announced in the upcoming weeks!

“The Ayreon Universe shows were such a fantastic experience for everyone involved, and I've had loads of requests for more live shows, so we have decided to perform the entire Electric Castle album live in 2019, again in the venue 013!" says Arjen. "Because it’s the 20th anniversary of the album and it’s just been re-mixed and re-released, we figured this is the perfect moment to do this."

Alongside Arjen Lucassen himself, who will be singing his original album role of ‘the Hippie’, there will be 22 singers and instrumentalists sharing the stage:

Original cast: Fish (ex-Marillion), Anneke van Giersbergen (VUUR), Damian Wilson, Thijs van Leer (Focus), Ed Warby (Ayreon), Edward Reekers (ex-Kayak), Edwin Balogh, George Oosthoek (ex-Orphanage).

Special guests: Simone Simons (Epica), Mark Jansen (Mayan), John Jaycee Cuijpers (Praying Mantis), Marcela Bovio (Mayan), Dianne van Giersbergen (Ex Libris), Jan Willem Ketelaars…plus an extra special guest ‘to be announced’.

Instrumentalists: Johan van Stratum (VUUR), Joost van den Broek, Marcel Singor (Kayak), Ferry Duijsens (VUUR), Bob Wijtsma (Ex Libris), Ben Mathot.

“It’s a huge challenge, both with respect to the music and the production”, says lead producer Joost van den Broek, “but with the experience we’ve gathered by doing the Universe and festival shows and the amazing team we have, I’m sure we’re ready to take this next step in bringing ‘Into the Electric Castle’ to the stage. We are aiming for the most authentic and very detailed translation of the entire album, staying true to the original vibe, dynamics and sound, plus adding some extras here and there. It will be a big pleasure to share the stage with all these excellent musicians, playing this classic prog-rock opus live for Ayreon's fans!”

Dates: Friday September 13, Saturday September 14, Sunday September 15 (2 shows)
Location: Poppodium 013 Tilburg, The Netherlands
Doors: TBA
Start show: TBA

Regular tickets: TBA

VIP tickets: TBA

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