Rock legends MARILLION check in with the following update:
"Once again folks we thank you for your faith and unfailing support throughout 2013. 2014 looks set to see us jamming and scheming in the studio as our strange creative process begins again at the thin-end of the LONG wedge which will eventually lead to our 18th studio album. In amongst the writing and recording sessions we'll be escaping into the world, first for the Cruise To The Edge in April and then to Latin America in May. Should be an interesting year.
Thanks to all of you who have supported our charity Christmas single so far - remember you can still download it from ITunes or Amazon worldwide. Simply search for Marillion 'Carol Of The Bells'. We hope you enjoy it and, because of your help, we are looking forward to making a sizeable donation to JustGiving
Have the very best Christmas ever, and a fabulous and happy New Year."
Legendary progressive rock bands YES and Marillion will lead an all-star lineup aboard the second annual Cruise To The Edge, a full-ship charter departing from Miami, FL April 7th, 2014 for five days and nights of live music, interaction between musicians and fans and plenty of fun in the sun. General on-sale tickets will be available beginning Thursday, August 29th.
Billed as one of the greatest progressive rock festivals of all time, Cruise To The Edge will visit beautiful Caribbean ports including Isla de Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico, providing a rare opportunity for fans to get up-close-and-personal with over 25 bands and artists. Featuring non-stop entertainment, activities and events, information regarding the unique fan opportunity is available now at here
Passengers will be treated to multiple concert sets from YES - who helmed Cruise To The Edge in March 2013 - Marillion, STEVE HACKETT and GENESIS REVISITED, UK with EDDIE JOBSON, QUEENSRŸCHE, TANGERINE DREAM featuring EDGAR FROESE, RENAISSANCE with ANNIE HASLAM and many more.
The MSC Divina will transform into a Progressive Rock Paradise, featuring multiple unique stages, showcasing music and ocean panoramas in every direction. Other artists joining the lineup include SAGA, THREE FRIENDS (former members of GENTLE GIANT), PATRICK MORAZ, PFM (PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI), LIFESIGNS, STICKMEN featuring TONY LEVIN of PETER GABRIEL, IO EARTH, STRAWBS, THE PINEAPPLE THIEF, SOFT MACHINE (LEGACY), SOUND OF CONTACT featuring SIMON COLLINS, ELECTRIC ASTURIAS, PRESTO BALLET, MOON SAFARI, PAMELA MOORE, SCALE THE SUMMIT, THE PROG ROCK ORCHESTRA, HEAVY MELLOW AND CHEAP THRILL. In addition, famous YES album design artist Roger Dean will be aboard to talk about the back story of his unique designs with a special art gallery where one-of-a-kind creations may be view and purchased.
Highlights include special performances by every band, plus unique “Storytellers” style concerts by many bands featuring behind-the-scenes stories of the writing and recording of the music, band history and more. Fans will also be able to witness unforgettable nighttime concerts on the dramatic open-air stage with sights, lights and sounds with an ever-changing view. In addition, the Acoustic Lounge and the Prog Jam Stage will keep the action going into the wee hours with a surprise or two along the way.
In addition to great musical performances, prog-rock music fans aboard the luxurious MSC Divina - one of the world’s newest and amazing floating festival ships which can accommodate over 3,000 passengers plus crew - will enjoy The Prog Panels Q&A sessions, Behind The Music Presentations, Meet & Greet sessions (with select artists), a Bon Voyage Sail-Away Party plus other special events and activities, interacting with some of greatest progressive rock musicians in the world. For this special event, the MSC Divina is building the biggest-ever deck-side stage built specifically for rock concerts aboard a cruise ship. Cruise To The Edge has been carefully designed to meet the discriminating requirements of the most avid music fan/cruise vacationer, producing a true fan and artist experience in a surreal and relaxing setting.
"YES will once again host Cruise To The Edge this coming April 2014,” says Chris Squire of YES. “Our first cruise turned out to be a lot of fun and I thoroughly recommend the experience. If you're a Prog Rock fan, even better as we have amassed a spectacular array of support talent for the cruise... see you there!"
Cruise spokesperson Larry Morand says, “This is the premiere world event for Progressive Rock music. Our goal is to bring fans from at least 40 countries for the 2014 Cruise To The Edge.”
For North American Marillion fans, this is an exciting opportunity to see the band perform live, as they very rarely tour outside of Europe. The band says, "We are looking forward to being a part of Cruise To The Edge in 2014. We are sure it will be a unique experience for all involved and we look forward to sailing the seas somewhere warm!"
There’s also an added incentive for international prog-rock fans who want to Cruise To The Edge: there is up to a $500 per cabin rebate for travelers flying in from overseas.
Tickets are on sale now for Cruise To The Edge and practically everything is included for one low price, starting at $799 per person, double occupancy. In addition to over-the-top performances by featured artists and bands, passengers will enjoy the refined elegance of the MSC Divina, sumptuous meals, two wonderful Caribbean ports, luxury stateroom, pools, fitness center and much more. This is the “Can’t Miss” event for true aficionados of progressive rock.
Cruise To The Edge is a playground for the serious fan where music and a luxury cruise hook up for the vacation of a lifetime. Tickets for this voyage-of-a-lifetime will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and will only be available at CruiseToTheEdge.com.