Events

Sunday Night Is Album Night

All previous Marillion Weekends have featured a Marillion album.

In 2019, Sunday night will feature the Happiness Is The Road album.

Friday And Saturday Nights

Are surprise nights! As in previous conventions the setlist will be revealed on the night and is sure to delight...

Saturday & Sunday Night 'Rockaoke'

On Saturday and Sunday night after the Marillion shows have finished - head over to the Adventure Factory where Rockaoke will be performing each night.

They were a huge success last Weekend, so get up and join the fun! ROCKAOKE are the UK’s original and best live karaoke band, inviting their audience to “live the dream” on the BIG stage and singing with an awesome live rock band.

The band have performed with around 40,000 lead singers at UK clubs, Universities and major festivals like Download, Leeds and Reading.

They have worked on “weekenders” with artists as diverse as Madness and the Foo Fighters. Tours and festivals with Chris Moyles and Chris Evans have introduced the ROCKAOKE concept to over 18,000,000 BBC radio listeners.

These guys seriously ROCK!

CLICK HERE FOR THE ROCKAOKE SONG LIST

Thursday Night

We know a lot of you are planning get togethers in your cottages, but there will also be a welcome party where you can get together, meet new people and just generally relax and have fun!

Times of all events will be printed in your welcome brochure but the details of this welcome party are below - we know you need warning for the fancy dress part.

In the Market Dome (where the supermarket is) - just quiet drinks and chat.

In the Adventure Factory - an 80's disco with a fancy dress party - the theme is COUNTRIES.

With 50+ nations attending the PZ weekend, we thought it could be fun for people to dress up as positive representations of either their own country or someone elses!

Culture definition - "The sum of attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another. Culture is transmitted, through language, material objects, institutions, and art, from one generation to the next."

Run wild with your choice or just stick a flag round your shoulders - anything goes!

There will be prizes given out for the best costumes.

Swap The Band

Here it is - the chance you've all been waiting for!

We are pleased to announce Swap The Band!  If you don't know what we're talking about then here is a short explanation.

Basically if you can play any of the instruments that Marillion play, or you can sing - now is your chance to get up on stage and show us.

We 'swap out' a member of the band - let's say Steve Rothery - and you take his place and play a Marillion song along with the rest of the band.

We take it in turns swapping out each member. We have done this at conventions in the past and it was also brilliant fun for the band and the fans!

If you want to be considered you have until 1 January 2019 to email an MP3 (or send a You Tube link) of you playing your chosen instrument or singing a song. It doesn't have to be a Marillion cover, it's just for us to gauge how good you are.

We will then all sit down and choose some people after this date and we'll be in touch with the lucky winners.

You must already have your tickets for the convention if you want to take part. If chosen we'll be in touch and tell you what you'll have to do and discuss the song choices we have for you - but you have to keep it all a secret otherwise it spoils the surprise!

Please send your MP3 or You Tube link to band@marillion.com along with your name, gender and age.

Many thanks and good luck!

Signing Sessions

As the signing and photos sessions at the previous Weekends were such a great success we have decided to run the competitions again for 2019.

Prior to 2009 we had long signing sessions which involved lots of queuing for you and repetitive strain injury for the band!

Consequently the band said they wanted to be able to give their very best for the performances in the evening but at the same time not sacrifice the chance to meet with 'The Family' so we changed things a little to ensure that happens.

In previous signing sessions part of what made the process take so long is having items signed AND your photo taken with the band. We realised that some of you only wanted one of these options too. We are also aware that many of you have had the opportunity to have items signed or photos taken on previous occasions and would probably like to give those who haven't a fairer chance of being able to this time.

Therefore we will be running draws to win a place in a more personal signing session or to have your photo taken with the band by a professional photographer.

To be eligible to win a place (for your entire party if there are more than one of you in your booking) you need to send an email with either the word PHOTO or SIGNING in the SUBJECT and your Primary Booking Contact Name and Booking Ref No, email address, no of people in your party and country in the TEXT body to

convention@marillionweekend.com

Please send your entry from 1 September 2018.

Closing date 1 February 2019. All winners will be notified by email by 19 February 2019.

Nominated Charities

The band will be supporting the charity PACE which Pete Trewavas has been actively involved with recently.

"Pace is a groundbreaking children’s charity that transforms the lives of children and young people with motor disorders, such as cerebral palsy. Fundamental to our approach is a belief in every child’s ability to learn and make progress, whatever the physical or sensory challenges they face. Our overriding goal is to help children and young people with physical disabilities to achieve their full potential and to be as independent as possible in their current and future lives."

More information can be found here.

Full information on events to support this charity during the Weekend will be in the Weekend brochure in your welcome pack.

The Racket Records Merchandise Shop

We will be bringing the majority of our online catalogue PLUS the usual range of new merchandise to debut at the Weekend.

Merchandise from Support Bands will also be available through the shop if they choose to provide it.

We expect to have credit/debit card facilities available. Payment in cash will be in Euros and card payments will be taken in Euros too.

Opening hours and location will be printed in your Brochure which will be in your Welcome envelope that you collect at Check-in.

The Concert Venue

As there is no on-site stage/venue large enough for the concerts, we will be erecting a purpose-built concert arena next to the CenterParcs village as in previous Weekends here.

It will only be a few minutes walk from your cottage and is heated.

Bar refreshments will be available.

Wheelchair Users and Disabled Guests

There will be clearly marked special viewing areas. These will have strict access only by special wristband. Access to these areas will be limited to those with genuine need plus ONE additional guest as a carer only.

Priority will be given to wheelchair users. There will be a platform solely for the use of wheelchairs plus one carer only.

There will also be a special viewing area in the main grandstand for the registered disabled.

You must contact us before 28 January 2019 to be registered for a special access wristband for this area and with any details of what we can do to help you.

We will require full details of your disability and any necessary certificates or proof of need.

Special cases may be made for circumstances that arise after this date, but you must contact us immediately should your situation change.

Please note that these areas are strictly for wheelchairs and the registered disabled (plus one carer) not for those who just have a bad back or aching body part!

For those of you who prefer to sit, you can purchase seats in the grandstand - see below.

Concert Seating

If you wish to have a seat in the unreserved grandstand seating area towards the rear of the concert hall then this will cost £30 per person for a seat on all 3 nights.

Wristbands to allow access for this seating will only be available to buy from a dedicated desk in the Adventure Factory on Friday at 11 am. (Cash in Euros only at day exchange rate).

It is expected these will sell out very quickly.

Children

All children are allowed into the concert hall, but please bear in mind your child's ability to cope with the concert conditions. It is advisable to bring suitable hearing protection for your children.

We want all our fans to enjoy the Weekend but it would be unfair to other fans if their listening pleasure is disturbed by intrusive behaviour, overloud or crying children.

Support Bands

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Other Activities

The ever popular Marillion Quiz will take place on Saturday Afternoon.

The winning team will receive their trophy from the band on stage on the Sunday afternoon!!

There will also be a Question and Answer session where selected questions from you will be answered on stage by the band.

Full details of all activities and a schedule will be in the Welcome Brochure provided on arrival.

The Band

The band will be on site and available most of the weekend to mingle and sign impromptu autographs (although we ask for you to respect their privacy when dining)

Photography And Video

You are welcome to bring your camera phone into the venue, but please try not to hold your phone up all night taking photos - live the moment and enjoy the music !

We would rather you didn't film any of the show and would especially ask that you don't upload clips to YouTube or stream the shows live on Facebook.

Video cameras will not be allowed into the venue.

Smoking

In accordance with Dutch Law there will be NO smoking allowed inside all public areas of CenterParcs.