History of RoSFest

RoSFest aka Rites of Spring Festival 
Genre Art-rock, Progressive rock
Dates Annually in April or May
Location(s) Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Glenside, Pennsylvania. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Sarasota, Florida.
Years active 2004–Present
Founded by George Roldan and Tom Smith
Website RoSfest

The Rites of Spring festival or RoSfest is an annual Art-rock/Progressive rock festival taking place at the end of April or in early May.

Established in 2004, the festival was first held at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania until 2007, and then moved to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania for 2008 and 2009. In 2010, the festival moved to the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and in 2019, the festival moved to its current location at the Sarasota Opera House in Sarasota, Florida.

On December 26, 2020, co-founder George Roldan announced on the official RoSfest Facebook page that RoSfest would end its 16-year run as of 2020. Increasingly expensive production and travel costs, combined with tighter visa restrictions for international artists traveling to the United States, plus financial losses resulting from the cancellation of the 2020 festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic had made continuing the festival unsustainable.[1]

However, on February 1, 2021, Roldan posted a subsequent announcement stating that RoSfest would continue under new management.[2] On February 3, 2021, New manment memeber annouanced. [3]  On February 6, 2021 the new management announced that the 17th edition of RoSfest would take place on May 6, 7, and 8, 2022 at the Sarasota Opera House. [4] On April 18 a new announcement was made that the festival had to be rescheduled to April 15, 16, 17 2022. [5]

History

RoSfest was founded in 2004 by George Roldan and Tom Smith. The intent of the promoters was to establish a new international progressive rock festival in the United States. The inaugural three-day festival was held on April 24, 25, and 26, 2004 at the famous Colonial Theatre located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The RoSfest artwork since 2007 has been designed by Ed Unitsky. Through the 2019 festival, 166 different bands will have performed at the Rites of Spring Festival.

Lineups

Date Location Headliners Supporting Bands
April 15 -17, 2022 Sarasota Opera House. Sarasota, Florida King’s X (USA), Jon Anderson with The Paul Green Rock Academy (US) Robert Berry’s 3.2 (USA), Ten Jinn (USA), Pattern-Seeking Animals (USA), Lobate Scarp (USA), Arc Iris (USA), and The Tea Club (USA)
May 3-5, 2019 Sarasota Opera House. Sarasota, Florida Martin Barre (UK), Riverside (Poland), Von Hertzian Bros (Finland) Phideaux (US), Karmokoi (Italy), Cryptic Vision (USA), Traversier (USA), Edge of Reality (USA), Entransient(USA), Mile Marker Zero (USA)
May4-6,2018 Majestic Theatre, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Brand X (USA), Threshold, PFM – Premiata Forneria Marconi (Italy) District 97 (USA), Flor de Loto (Chilie), Cell 15 (USA), Perfect Beings, Barock Project (Italy), Valdez, Special Providence (Hungry)
May 5–7, 2017 Majestic Theatre, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Moon Safari (Sweden), The Neal Morse Band (USA), Anglagård (Sweden) Kyros (UK), The Aaron Clift Experiment (USA), Unified Past (USA), U.N.I.T dB (Australia), The Fierce and The Dead (UK), Evership (USA), Edensong (USA)
May 6–8, 2016 Majestic Theatre, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Magic Pie (Norway), The Electric Strawbs (UK), No More Pain (USA) Circuline (USA), Dave Kerzner (USA), Spock’s Beard (USA), Kinetic Element (USA), 3rDegree (USA), The Fringe (USA), Bent Knee (USA), Comedy Of Errors (Scotland), Zebra (USA)
May 1–3, 2015 Majestic Theatre, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Heliopolis (USA), Spock’s Beard (USA), Fanfare (USA) Strattman (USA), Sonus Umbra (USA), Abel Ganz (Scotland), Haken (UK), Might Could (USA), Lo-Fi Resistance (USA), Synaesthesia (UK), Glass Hammer (USA), Enchant (USA)
May 2–4, 2014 Majestic Theatre, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Caravan (UK), Beardfish (Sweden), Collage (Poland) Clepsydra (Switzerland), Shadow Merchant (USA), Elephants of Scotland (USA), Sound of Contact (UK), Thank You Scientist (USA), Fright Pig (USA), Red Sand (Canada), Subsignal (Germany)
May 3–5, 2013 Majestic Theatre, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania The Flower Kings (Sweden), Riverside (Poland), Shadow Gallery (USA) Bolus (Canada), Kingcrow (Italy), Jolly (USA), Pain of Salvation (Sweden), Believe (Poland), Dream the Electric Sleep (USA), MoeTar (USA), Electric Asturias (Japan)
May 4–6, 2012 Majestic Theatre, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Karmakanic (Sweden), IQ (UK), Agents of Mercy (Sweden) DeeExpus (UK), The Aaron English Band (USA), Resistor (USA), Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion (Sweden), Sanguine Hum (UK), IO Earth (UK), Discipline (USA), Trespass (USA)
May 20–22, 2011 Majestic Theatre, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Moon Safari (Sweden), Daemonia (Italy), Quidam (Poland) Epiicycle (USA), Tinyfish (UK), Osada Vida (Poland), Phideaux (USA), Galactic Collective (USA), Mars Hollow (USA) District 97 (USA), The Reasoning (UK)
April 30 – May 2, 2010 Majestic Theatre, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Pendragon (UK), Magic Pie (Norway), Renaissance(UK/US) Mystery (Canada), Gazpacho (Norway), Manning (UK), Ajalon (USA), Von Hertzen Brothers (Finland), Oblivion Sun (USA), Deexpus (UK)
May 1–3, 2009 Keswick Theatre, Glenside, Pennsylvania Nektar (UK/Germany), Lazuli (France), John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest (UK) The Syn (UK/US), Iluvatar (USA), Silver Pipe (USA), Frost* (UK), Abigail’s Ghost (USA), Moth Vellum (USA), Mangala Vallis (Italy), Moon Safari (Sweden), Touchstone (UK)
May 2–4, 2008 Keswick Theatre, Glenside, Pennsylvania Ambrosia (USA), CIRCA: (USA), Crack The Sky (USA), Wishbone Ash (UK) GPS (USA), RPWL (Germany), Ritual (Sweden), Blind Ego (Germany/UK), Black Bonzo (Sweden), Credo (UK)
April 27–29, 2007 Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania Starcastle (USA), Pendragon (UK), Spock’s Beard (USA) Puppet Show (USA), Tempustry (USA), Carptree (Sweden), Galahad (UK), Rocket Scientists (USA), Magic Pie (Norway), Retroheads (Norway), Darwin’s Radio (UK)
April 28–30, 2006 Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania NEO (UK), Satellite (Poland), The Watch (Italy) Pallas (UK), The Pineapple Thief (UK), Magic Pie (Norway), John Young (UK), Ephemeral Sun (USA), Karmakanic (Sweden), Hamadryad (Canada), Mirthrandir (USA)
April 27–29, 2005 Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania Arena (UK), Magenta (UK), The Tangent (UK) Myriad (USA), Dennis Haley (USA), Tiles (USA), Kino (UK), Eyestrings (USA), Sylvan (Germany), Man on Fire (USA) Cryptic Vision (USA)
April 24–26, 2004 Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania Jadis (UK), RPWL (Germany), Man on Fire (USA) Alias Eye (Germany), IZZ (USA), Orphan Project (USA)), Salem Hill (USA), Little Atlas (USA), Sonus Umbra (USA), Frogg Cafe (USA)

 

  1. ^ George Roldan. “The Rites of Spring Festival says Goodbye, for now“. Facebook. December 29, 2020.
  2. ^ George Roldan. “Change We Must, to Live Again!“. Facebook. February 1, 2021.
  3. ^ Power of Prog. “Meet the New RoSfest TeamInternet News Blog February 3, 2021
  4. ^ RoSFest. “We’re Back!“. Facebook. February 6, 2021.
  5. ^ RoSFest. “New DatesYouTube. April 18, 2022.