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Ayreon 25th Anniversary – Special Feature

Ayreon 25th Anniversary – Special Feature

The Progspace proudly presents our first full-fledged Special Feature! It is our honour to start this series with the celebration of the 25 years of Ayreon! A quarter of a century of excellent music around a story from the depths of the genius and renown Dutch tall hippie, Arjen A. Lucassen.

Follow the link below and dive deep into and time-travel through Ayreon’s timeline. With short reviews by our collaborators Cees Nooij and Colin MacAndrew, a short commentary about the live shows in the Netherlands as they were witnessed by Van and Matt (two of  The Progspace’s founders), commentaries and anecdotes by musicians and singers who have worked with Arjen Lucassen, our most recent interview with him, and the loveliest commentary, more a real bro-love letter by long time Ayreon collaborator and Lucassen’s friend, Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery).

Fall into the Ayreon Universe while you listen to the music in the video galleries and have a glimpse to the Electric Castle world through the photo galleries you’ll come across in each album section.

Without further ado, click this link and travel to Ayreon – 25 years of an experiment!



About the Author


Co-Founder of The Progspace. Coming from a musical family, and long time Prog and Metal lover. One of my passions is Photography and Web Design (16+ years career path), sharing this passion and creativity as a bag designer and maker. I like all things Prog, and listen a wide variety of styles within the "Progniverse", but what I enjoy the most are the creativity and "out-of-the-box" approach musicians can offer their listeners. I consider that to be truly Prog!


Colin is a progressive metal drummer who currently plays with Ashbreather and Vicarious Reality. His introduction to prog was through his father with the likes of Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, and Rush back in 2007. As the years went by, he would eventually work on his taste to get into more extreme forms of prog, and now adores bands like Opeth, Persefone, Atheist, BTBAM, Serpent Column, Slugdge, and countless others.


Half a century young, but only listening to the progressive side of rock and metal for just over 20 years. The 80’s, my teen years, were all about the standard pop music. Started to listen to heavy metal Early 90’s, with Iron Maiden and Metallica making the most rounds in the cd player. After discovering Ayreon late 90’s, horizons were broadened and nowadays listening to great variety of the progressive genre. Mechanical engineering as a profession and as hobbies photography, reading and Geocaching.


Co-founder of The Progspace. Enthusiastic concert visitor - especially if there are good photo opportunities. Loves all kind of progressive rock and metal, as long as it is original and not too technical or aggressive. News journalist and passionate nature photographer.

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