As you know, 20th October 2008 sees the release date for Marillion’s 15th studio album, HAPPINESS IS THE ROAD, and the European tour supporting the album will kick off on 8th November 2008 in Inverness! Only a few short weeks to go.
You'll have heard by now about the competition on YouTube to make a film to accompany Marillion’s new song, Whatever Is Wrong With You (and in case you haven’t, check out www.whateveriswrongwithyou.com) for the chance not only to help us to promote the band in a new and innovative way, but also to win a cash prize! Both the video with the most views and the band’s own favourite film will win £5000 each - and it’s always possible that your film could win both prizes! There’s still time to enter, the closing date for the competition is 1st December 2008. Tell your friends... tell all your friends...
But that’s not all: the Marillion Online Forum (at www.marillion.com/forum) has already added other competitions for fans willing to go just a little bit further than usual to advertise and promote HAPPINESS IS THE ROAD and the upcoming tour. We know that a lot of you already check the message board out, but that not quite as many of you actually post to it, and we’d encourage you to do so, if you haven’t before!
More competitions will be posted in the upcoming weeks, and we’re trying to make them as much fun as possible... you don’t have to be an amateur filmmaker or technically gifted in any way, you just have to have enthusiasm and a tiny touch of creative madness!
We have tour posters available to send to you to put up in your local area, and flyers available for download at www.marillion.com/street - please send us pictures of the poster and you - or whoever else - standing next to them, or pictures of you flyering streets, festivals, wherever you fancy (making sure you have permission first!). We’re also running another competition for the most innovative way that you can think of for you to promote HAPPINESS IS THE ROAD and the tour in your own cities, towns, villages, etc.; the crazier the better!
To find out more, check out the street teams section of the Marillion Online Forum at www.marillion.com/forum, or email the street teams coordinator at email@example.com. Pre-ordering HAPPINESS IS THE ROAD isn't the only way you can get involved. We've all Found a Better Way of Life at marillion.com - let's carry on spreading the word!
'Happiness is the Road' EPK
Want to get a first look at the new album with sound clips, band interviews, and artwork from the album? Head on over to YouTube and check out the 11-minute Electronic Press Kit for 'Happiness is the Road'
WARNING: Contains BRAND NEW MUSIC from Marillion!!!
Los Trios in Germany
A special one-off Los Trios Marillos performance is planned for The Web Germany on Friday, October 3rd.
If 'Los Trios' is new to you, this is a stripped-down semi-acoustic performance featuring Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery, and Pete Trewavas playing new arrangements of your favourite Marillion tracks in an intimate setting.
The Web Germany is organising the show, but everyone is invited - you don't have to be a Web Member to come, so head on over to www.marillion.com/tour for ticket and venue details!