The band had continued to write new material and in August 1999 began recording the follow-up to Karnataka. Once again the new album was recorded in Ian’s studio with some help from producer Gary Bevan. The recording was finished in November 1999. In January 2000 the band spent five days in Rockfield Studios Monmouth where the album was mixed and engineered by Phil Ault in the Coach house studio. Phil had previously worked with a number of artists including The Charlatans, Black Sabbath, 10cc, Julian Cope and Black Grape.
The album was very well received, and brought the band to the attention of a wider press including Classic Rock magazine who featured a track from The Storm (Heaven Can Wait) on its magazine cover CD. Following the band’s first headline concert for the Classic Rock Society in Rotherham in 2000 they were approached by the owner of The Voiceprint Group of Companies, Rob Ayling, with an offer to distribute the band’s albums.
Classic Rock Society Awards
At the 2000 Classic Rock Society Awards in Rotherham Karnataka won awards for Best New Band and Best Female Vocalist reinforcing their status as rising stars in a new wave of female fronted progressive influenced bands.
The Storm was featured as Album Of The Week on BBC Radio Wales 3rd – 7th April 2000.
The album also came to the attention of Radio 2’s Bob Harris who featured a number of tracks from The Storm on his show. This was a major turning point for the band bringing their music to a much wider audience.
“Wonderful stuff …………..” Bob Harris BBC Radio 2
Pontardawe Festival 2000
The band performed on the main stage at the Pontardawe Festival 2000 supporting Fairport Convention.
Porcupine Tree 2001
In 2001 the band’s popularity continued to grow bringing them to the attention of Porcupine Tree’s management. Karnataka were offered a support slot on their 2001 European tour which saw the band playing to their biggest audiences to date at venues including Paradiso in Amsterdam and 013 in Tilburg The Netherlands.
Classic Rock Productions
During the year the band was approached by a new company Classic Rock Productions to film a DVD at the Mean Fiddler (Astoria 2) in London on October 27th 2001.
Three backing singers featured in the performance, Kirsty Roberts, Helen Banham and Anne-Marie Helder.
The resulting DVD ‘Karnataka Live In Concert’ was premiered at Planet Hollywood in London’s West End and featured tracks from the band’s first two albums but also new songs that would subsequently appear on the band’s third album Delicate Flame Of Desire.
Progfarm Festival The Netherlands
On November 3rd 2001, a week after filming their performance at The Mean Fiddler in London, the band travelled to The Netherlands to take part in the Progfarm Festival in De Harmsdobbe, Bakkeveen.
Classic Rock Society Awards 2001
Karnataka won the Gig Of The Year category at the Classic Rock Society’s annual awards in 2001.
The band headlined the Tuesday night at the Monmouth Festival on July 9th and performed at Pigstock in North Wales on August 9th 2002.
The Canterbury Festival
In 2002 the band performed at The Canterbury Festival Mount Ephraim Gardens, Hernhill, Near Faversham Kent (Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th August 02).
The full line-up featured: The Stranglers,The Damned, Rick Wakeman, Pretty Things, 21st Century Schizoid Band, Fish, Arthur Brown, Caravan, All About Eve, Kevin Ayres, Ozric Tentacles, Mostly Autumn, Man, Karnataka and the Muffin Men.
Rock of The Night Festival
On September 28th the band headlined the second night of the Rock Of The Night Festival in the magnificent surroundings of Craig Y Nos Castle in the Swansea Valley.
The festival was held over three days from 27th – 29th September 2002 and featured a number of bands including Man who headlined the final night.
Craig Y Nos Castle is a 19th Century Grade 1 listed building was once home to the Italian opera singer Dame Adelina Patti.
Live in the USA
On October 6th 2002 the band made their debut USA performance at The Classic Rock festival 2002 held at the The Patriot Theatre, Trenton in New Jersey. The festival line-up also included Asia, Uriah Heep, Nektar, Focus and Mostly Autumn. The show was filmed for a future DVD release through Classic Rock Productions. The band also performed an acoustic show in Greenwich Village with the band October Project.
In November 2002 the band performed two acoustic sets as special guests of Ray Wilson (Genesis, Stilskin) at The Limelight Crewe on 24th November and Alexander’s Theatre Chester on November 25th.