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Marillion at Royal Albert Hall, London - live review

Live Review

Venue: Royal Albert Hall, London

Something special this way comes from the Marillion lads

Friday night at the House Of Prog, and something very special is taking place. “It’s almost worth coming out,” says Steve Hogarth, as Marillion start their second set of the evening. “I missed …Bake Off and everything.”

The show that sold out in four minutes has attracted fans from all over the world, and as standing ovation follows standing ovation, it’s swiftly becoming evident that this isn’t just another night out.

The first set sees the band playing their F.E.A.R. album in its entirety. Hogarth’s state-of-the-union address might not be Marillion’s most accessible collection – these aren’t songs that nestle instantly in the memory – but the sonics possess a rare emotional velocity, and the highlights come thick and fast.

“As standing ovation follows standing ovation, it’s evident that this isn’t just another night out.”

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