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There IS light at the end of the tunnel - so say Marillion
It is something we all wish for as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll some seven months after lockdown began. But rock band Marillion have put those feelings into words by announcing The Light At the End of the Tunnel Tour for 2021. The band has announced 10 UK dates in November 2021, including a performance at Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Sunday 21st November. The tour culminates with two nights at the London Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, with tickets for all shows going on sale from October 23. Marillion have chosen the tour name of The Light At The End Of The Tunnel in the hope that the long, dark days of Covid-19 will soon be behind us. Lead singer Steve Hogarth says: "We're currently writing album number 19 and, as you might imagine, looking forward with every sinew to getting back on the road and playing it to you. Not as much as my wife's looking forward to getting me out of the house though." He added: "We are extremely fortunate, we had set aside this year to make our 19th studio album and so we saved up a bit and we budgeted for a year on the ground, before this plague broke."
Marillion ready to go back on the road. Credit AM Forker
The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Tour dates for November 2021 are as follows:
Sunday 14th Nov Hull City Hall
Monday 15th Nov Edinburgh Usher Hall Wednesday 17th Nov Cardiff St David's Hall Thursday 18th Nov Manchester Bridgewater Hall Saturday 20th Nov Cambridge Corn Exchange Sunday 21st Nov Birmingham Symphony Hall Tuesday 23rd Nov Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Wednesday 24th Nov Bath Forum Friday 26th Nov London** Eventim Apollo Hammersmith (seated) Saturday 27th Nov London** Eventim Apollo Hammersmith (standing)
Take heart from The Light at the End of the Tunnel tour
Although 2020 has been a terrible year for everyone, Marillion took the opportunity to recognise the continued support of their faithful fans and crew. This included a Couch Convention weekend in September which raised £31,530 for their crew who have been hard hit financially by the pandemic. Keyboard player Mark Kelly said: "What a weekend it was! We were totally stunned and knocked out by everyone's involvement in everything that went on, from (electric guitarist) Steve Rothery's late night cocktails to (bass guitarist) Pete's Bass Masterclass. Ian's (Mosley) Drum Q&A and my early morning fun run and all the music, chat and fancy dress in between. It was fun for us to be in the audience, too, reading and reacting to all your comments as the shows were streamed. The crew tip-jar was overflowing with your generosity, you raised a substantial sum for our wonderful crew. The money will go a long way to helping them survive a difficult year. Thank you!"
Symphony Hall to host Marillion in 2021. Credit Jason Sheldon