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The Gathering is back!

After celebrating their 25th anniversary in November 2014 with 2 sold out gigs at the Doornroosje venue in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, The Gathering was put into a deep, cold fridge. It was time to do some other things in life, gather some new ideas and fulfill other challenges. After 4 years the hibernation is over and the band started playing live again this summer, doing club shows & festivals in The Netherlands, Bulgaria and Greece. For the first time The Gathering will play at the Prognosis festival, Eindhoven, the 22ndof March 2019! As 2019 will mark the band’s 30thanniversary, the Gatheringwill play a career spanning and cinematic set with some songs they didn’t play for a long time or didn’t play at all in a live situation. Trip-rock, post-rock, metal, shoegaze, The Gathering will always try to renew themselves. It will be a special trip for sure!

The line-up of the Gathering is with Gathering’s very first bass player Hugo Prinsen Geerligs, singer Silje Wergeland, keyboardist Frank Boeijen and brothers René (guitar) and Hans (drums) Rutten.

BIO

A creative, classy, and highly refined "symphonic metal" outfit from Holland, the Gathering debuted with 1992's Always, a fairly straightforward death metal album with vocals by Marike Groot, although heavy use of keyboards made it stand out a bit from other such albums at the time. The follow-up, 1994's Almost a Dance, saw the departure of singer Groot as well as "growling" vocalist Bart Smits, replaced primarily by Niels Duffhues, whose punkish tone was decidedly a littleout of step with the music. The album also featured occasional vocalsby Martine van Loon, a low-key singer with a pretty tone but one who
seldom took to the forefront of a composition.

It would appear that the seed had been planted in the bandmembers'heads to pair their uniquely compelling songwriting style with apassionate female vocalist; the result was the addition of Anneke vanGiersbergen, an incredible singer capable of stretching miles ofemotion out of each and every syllable. The next album, 1995'sMandylion, remains one of the very best Dutch heavy metal albums everrecorded. Van Giersbergen's poetic and haunting lyrics, together withthe band's orchestral ruminations, resulted in darkly important songsthat seamlessly blended from one to the next. The follow-up, 1997'sNighttime Birds, acted as a companion piece to Mandylion: similar intone and delivery, Birds was filled with the melodic and adventurousplay that became the trademark of the band. Superheat and If_Then_Elsefollowed in early 2000. After a break with Century Media following therelease of If_Then_Else, the band took time off before going into thestudio to work on the 2003 follow-up, Souvenirs.

The next three years saw the group release a semi-acoustic live albumcalled Sleepy Buildings (2004), along with a pair of concert DVDs. In2007 van Giersbergen left the Gathering to pursue a solo career, and
in 2008 they returned to the studio to begin work on their ninthfull-length outing. The resulting West Pole, released the followingyear, would mark the debut of new vocalist Silje Wergeland, formerlyof the Norwegian goth metal outfit Octavia Sperati. Disclosure arrivedin 2012, followed in 2014 by the companion piece Afterwords. That sameyear saw the Gathering perform a series of sold-out shows with four of
the group's previous vocalists (Bart Smits, Marike Groot, Anneke vanGiersbergen, and Silje Wergeland) in celebration of their 25thanniversary, after which they announced that they would be going on anindefinite hiatus. Blueprints, a double album of outtakes, demos, andunreleased songs from the recordings of Souvenirs and Home, arrived in2016.

In 2018 The Gathering decided to play live again and possibly startworking on some new material.


Info

  • Date: Friday March 22
  • Stage: mainstage
  • Time: 18:30 - 20:00

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Hi all! We are going to do some more ‘AutoReverse: 30th Anniversary Shows’, celebrating thirty (!) years of The Gathering with a bunch of new Dutch gigs. We will play the ‘AutoReverse’ set: a combination of old, recent and even brand new material combined in an epic, special setlist! More dates & info soon. Cheers! Silje, René, Hans, Frank & Hugo

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thegatheringband

Hi all! Our ‘AutoReverse: 30 Years Anniversary’ tour will lead us to beautiful Maastricht! We will play Sunday the 22nd of September in @muziekgieterij_maastricht together with our friends from @lesoirmusic. Btw, we never ever played in Maastricht, so it’s about time. More dates soon! Cheers! TG.

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thegatheringband

We had a great time playing the 'Auto Reverse' set 2 weeks ago, and the good news is that we will continue with some more gigs to celebrate our 30th anniversary this year. The first announcement is the 'Madrid Is The Dark' festival on the 7th of December 2019 at @sala_but , Madrid. It will be a trip down memory lane, but we will also play some new material. More '30th anniversary' dates next week. Cheers! Hans, René, Hugo, Frank & Silje #madridisthedark #madridisthedarkfest

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thegatheringband

TG 2019 @prognosisfestival and @neushoornlwd We had a great weekend playing in Eindhoven and Leeuwarden. See you soon. Cheers! TG

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thegatheringband

Thank you @prognosisfestival and the good people of @effenaar for your hospitality! We had a great time. Next stop @neushoornlwd #leeuwarden TONIGHT! Hope to see you there. Cheers TG

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thegatheringband

The Gathering: upcoming show in @neushoornlwd Leeuwarden (the 'AutoReverse set'), 23rd of March. Oant sjen yn Ljouwert! Tickets: neushoorn.nl/production/the-gathering/ #leeuwarden #ljouwert #friesland #fryslân

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We are currently rehearsing the Auto Reverse set for our upcoming shows in Eindhoven (Prognosis festival, 22nd of March) and Leeuwarden (Neushoorn, 23rd of March). Yes, we will play some oldies as well, and some songs we didn’t play for a long time!

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thegatheringband

We are currently rehearsing for our upcoming shows in #Eindhoven (@prognosisfestival ) and #Leeuwarden (@neushoornlwd )! The Auto-Reverse set: prepare for songs from our most recent albums and some old favourites. Our first time ever in Neushoorn, looking forward to seeing you there!

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thegatheringband

Dear all! Just want to let you know we have some (not much!) Gathering T-shirts & Girlies from our recent Greek/Bulgarian tour for sale in our webshop right now. And we still have some nice, warm HTMAP hoodies available. Link in bio. Cheers! TG

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thegatheringband

Merry X-mas and a happy New Year to you and your loved ones. Hope to see you in 2019! X TG

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thegatheringband

Hi all! We have a new gig coming up! 23rd of March, at the Neushoorn - Leeuwarden, the Netherlands!

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