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As you may have seen on social media (and in the video below), we have spent a few days in Blackburn signing some of the pre-order copies of the album and although the feeling has gone from our arms, it was worth it - we thank you once again for supporting us.

The pre-order will start being prepared and posted from next week and we hope that everyone will receive it in time for the release date. But just in case you don't (as sadly we are not in control of the worldwide postal service), anyone who has pre-ordered can go to their Townsend accounts on Thursday 3rd March at 11.00am UK time and the album will be there for you to download and listen to.

The Beatles sang about 4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire. We went a few steps further and signed three times as many albums in the very same place... phew! Over three days we signed over 12,000 copies of our new album An Hour Before It's Dark for all of you who pre-ordered a signed copy before the deadline. Above is a little video of what it took to achieve this herculean task!

The reviews have started to come in and we are delighted to see that the critics seem to be loving it.

Some are declaring it the band’s finest work ever. We hope, most of all, that our faithful fans will feel the same. Reactions to Be Hard On Yourself and Murder Machines have, on the whole, been stellar so we’re confident that the remainder of the music will surpass all expectations. The best is yet to come, folks...

We can't wait to hear your thoughts. The new music is going to sound huge live and there are lots of opportunities to see us on tour this year as the world returns to normal, starting with our Marillion Weekend in Poland in early April.

Strap in, Get Ready!

h, Ian, Mark, Pete and Steve

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