|Marillion, Hull City Hall, 14 November 2021|
Marillion opened their Light At The End Of The Tunnel tour on Sunday night at Hull City Hall. The happiness in performing live after more than 700 days was palpable - both from the band, and from the fans who had travelled from near and far for this first event of the tour - and for the first live playing of the new song, Be Hard on Yourself, from the upcoming studio album An Hour Before It's Dark.
Energetic, beautiful, inspiring performance from the band. A joyful event; people together in music after so very long in the dark.
|Steve Hogarth, Marillion|
Without sharing the setlist here - many who follow the band want to be surprised as the tour unfolds - it's a journey of memorable, favourite songs from the band's extensive catalog. All met by standing ovations, again and again.
|Steve Rothery, Marillion|
|Mark Kelly, Marillion|
|Ian Mosley and Mark Kelly, Marillion|
|Pete Trewavas, Marillion|
It's a new day for us all - a couple of very small bloopers during the show made the event so very human. People in the audience not knowing quite how to greet longtime friends, hugs or no hugs? Elbow bumps, fist bumps, waves and cheers and smiles; photographer-me no longer used to the weight of the kit when moving around the venue and rusty at just-about everything.
(Just to be silly, I clocked my activity on my sports watch: over a mile inside the venue, up and down, and that was taking it easy - yes, wearing a mask after climbing from the stalls to the top of the gallery felt tough, but it's part of the photo-ninja kit these days - and part of our responsibility, surely, to keeping everyone as safe as possible.)
|Audience celebrating Marillion's return to live shows, Hull|
Full photo gallery from the show in Hull here: Marillion Hull 2021
More Marillion photos: Marillion photo galleries
Further shows from the Light At The End Of The Tunnel Tour will appear here.