This first exclusive Ayreon festival show will be performed by the very best original Ayreon instrumentalists and vocalists. And to make things extra special: none other than Barry Hay (Golden Earring) and Arjen Lucassen himself will hit the stage as well for a very special guest performance! The 75-minute Ayreon Universe live show at Graspop will feature the very best tracks from the Ayreon albums, as well as two fan favorites from Star One.
No less than 14 original Ayreon singers will be performing: specialguest Barry Hay (Golden Earring), Simone Simons and Mark Jansen from Epica, Tom Englund (Evergrey), Damian Wilson (Headspace), Tommy Karevik (Kamelot), Mike Mills (Toehider), Anneke van Giersbergen (VUUR), Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion), Irene Jansen, Robert Soeterboek (Star One), John ‘Jaycee’ Cuijpers (Praying Mantis), Maggy Luyten (Nightmare), and Lisette van den Berg (Scarlet Stories). The hand-picked band of 8 of Arjen’s favorite Ayreon instrumentalists includes Ed Warby (drums), Johan van Stratum (bass), Marcel Coenen (lead guitar), Ferry Duijsens (guitar), Joost van den Broek (keyboards), Ben Mathot (violin), Jeroen Goossens (flutes, woodwinds) and Maaike Peterse (cello).
Ayreon Universe performed live in September 2017 for the first time ever. All 3 shows at the 013 venue in Tilburg sold out within 24 hours, and 9,000 fans from 54 countries came to The Netherlands to join Arjen in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.