7th October 2021 - Marillion - Lightsavers
Calling the faithful……grab a coffee and have a read…it’s a long one…
As you know, we are starting to prepare for our ‘Light At The End of The Tunnel UK tour in November. To say we are excited about it is an understatement. We can’t wait to get back out there and play to you all again (including the premiere of ‘Be Hard On Yourself’ from our album ‘An Hour Before It’s Dark’).
We know the shows will be wonderful. However……
As you know, the Covid pandemic is still out there and although we are all double vaccinated (as are our crew), it is still possible to catch it and (even though the vaccine protects from serious illness), according to current laws, if one of us tests positive whilst out on tour then we would have to isolate.
Which, in turn, would mean the remaining concerts would have to be cancelled. This would be disastrous. There is no insurance policy available to cover this.
None, nothing, nowhere.
Although we will be taking every precaution available to us (even so far as travelling on a separate bus from the crew and not seeing our families or friends for the duration of the tour), we would still stand to lose in the region of £150,000 if the tour gets cancelled as we would still have to pay the crew, truck and bus companies, hire of lights and PA etc.
This, along with the money that we wouldn’t receive for the actual gigs not played, leaves us in a very precarious position.
You have been amazingly supportive with the pre-order for 'An Hour Before It’s Dark', and that money has and will allow us to finish, manufacture and release the album early next year. Our fans are amazing. You helped us to invent crowdfunding and we need your help again.
In a world first, we would ask YOU to become our insurance company.
Everyone who pledges will receive thank you gifts and also the chance to win money-can’t-buy prizes. At the end of the tour when we (hopefully) haven’t had to cancel any gigs, all your money will be returned to you and you still get to keep the gifts. Obviously if we do have to cancel, then your money will be used with grateful and never ending thanks to pay the £150,000 bill we mentioned above.
There are many different pledging levels and PLEASE only pledge if you can afford for the money to be used.
We hope against all hope that we won’t have to.
And we also hope that you will enjoy being part of this, our most radical experiment yet!
But most of all – we hope to see as many of you as we can on the tour (though please don’t touch!)
Thank you in advance to our 'Light' Savers.
h, Mark, Ian, Steve & Pete