It’s that time of year again! When Marillion fans gather around post boxes and anxiously check on message boards. “Has it come yet? Do you have yours yet?”
Yes, it has come, and yes we have ours now! What is “it”? Why, the annual Marillion Christmas release and Web UK Magazine of course! Since 1998, Marillion have offered free Christmas exclusives to those who sign up for the fan package. This year’s is a DVD: Christmas at the Club. This was a private fan gig at the band studio The Racket Club. It was an invite-only crowd, treated to live versions of the latest tracks from 2016’s Fuck Everyone and Run. Tracks like “The Leavers” and “Living in FEAR” sit among old favourites like “The Great Escape”, “Splintering Heart” and “Real Tears for Sale”. Can’t wait to get this one on the big TV screen.
The magazine is also a treat. Marillion recently conquered the Royal Albert Hall, and inside is the glorious photographic proof.
The Christmas season never feels like it has begun until the Marillion CD or DVD arrives. I am happy to announce that it has now officially started! Time to enjoy some Christmas at the Club.
With the exception of A Collection of Recycled Gifts, these Marillion CDs were a free gifts exclusively for members of the official Web UK club. I ceased subscribing and collecting a few years ago when they switched format to DVD releases. Video is way further down on my collecting priority list. In 2014, however, I learned they switched back to CD! A double CD in fact: a live concert recorded in Chile called (heh heh) Chile for the Time of Year!
I re-subscribed just in time to get it. And it has arrived, along with the 48 page glossy Web UK magazine. This is a heavy mag, printed on good quality paper. It’s nice that some bands’ fans still value such niceties. There are four issues per year.
Below are a selection of pics. For more on the Web UK, and a better way of life, visit marillion.com.