You may not have heard of Marillion but either directly or indirectly, however, you have almost certainly felt the
influence of one of the UK music scene’s best-kept secrets.
Today, any musician, artist, writer, or budding entrepreneur can quickly set up a crowdfunding campaign using
established specialist companies like PledgeMusic and Kickstarter. Of course, this wasn’t always the case and
previously, artists in need of finance and exposure had little choice but to sign their rights away in often
exploitative and one-sided business deals. It can be argued that every artist today owes Marillion a debt of
gratitude because now there is another way forward.
As far back as the late 1990s, Marillion’s fans sponsored an entire US tour responding to an appeal posted on the
fledgling Internet, donating $60,000. In 1997 the band responded creating its own website (the first rock ‘n’ roll
website in the UK) and began what was to change the landscape of music. With the support of its passionate fans,
Marillion bypassed the conventional music industry, took control of its future, and forged its own path, naming
their album, banishing the spectre of record company pressure and influence once and for all.
Marillion launched its own record label, the aptly named Intact imprint. In so doing, the band freed itself up to
produce some of the finest music of its career.
In 2001, Anoraknophobia saw Marillion take the groundbreaking step of asking fans to pre-order an album a full 12
months before release. Anyone doing so would receive a specially packaged CD, which would include their name in
the “Thanks” list. An amazing 12,000 people signed up, helping not only to finance the recording, but also to create
a budget to launch the album. In doing so, the band invented “Crowdfunding”. This was anything but a one-time
event and the band has since funded a number of albums this way. The crowd-funded business model has since
been embraced globally to finance music, film and art which otherwise might never have existed.
Marillion’s music is, by its nature, tough to sum-up but perhaps can be approximately described as musicallyexperimental-yet-emotional
Rock, married to thought provoking, soulful lyrics - a powerful and moving cocktail
which, for those who "get it", elicits extraordinary devotion. Its global fan base is impressive and hyper-engaged,
with fans often travelling thousands of miles to attend live shows. Little wonder then, that the band was wellplaced
to harness this faith and trust to provide an alternative way of operating.
After over thirty years, the band shows no signs of slowing down and new generations of young fans are
discovering the music for themselves. And there’s plenty of it. With a catalogue of 18 albums behind them, having
written music that draws on every genre Marillion can be considered Progressive not just musically, but in just
about every sense.
The band has evolved into a vibrant and international musical force. To those who already love Marillion, the band
is something special. To the uninitiated, it’s a potential love affair waiting to happen.
On September 23rd 2016, Marillion released its 18th studio album, Fuck Everyone And Run (F E A R) to great
reviews. In September 2017 Marillion won 'Band Of The Year' at the UK Prog Awards.
The band have been touring extensively since the albums release, including playing at the UK's iconic Royal Albert
Hall and will continue this this tour well into 2018 with dates scheduled for Japan, USA, UK and Holland, with
shows being added all the time. .

John Wesley has built a long and varied career as a songwriter, “sideman” guitarist, and recording artist.

His music has been called lyrically sensitive and musically dynamic. His songwriting style incorporates emotionally-charged vocals that evoke the honesty and intimacy of Roger Waters and Patty Griffin coupled with a melodic yet intricate guitar style reminiscent of David Gilmour, Alex Lifeson, Jeff Beck, and Warren Haynes.

Wesley’s guitar-driven acoustic and electric songs represent the cultivation of many inspirations — alternative, progressive, art, and classic rock genres intertwined with poignant lyrics drawn from the poetry of the common man. What really appeals to Wesley’s fans worldwide is a spark of sincerity and sensitivity so oft absent in today’s mainstream music.

Most recently, John Wesley has performed as sideman, guitarist/vocalist for critically acclaimed UK based recording act Porcupine Tree, during the In Absentia, Deadwing, Fear of a Blank Planet, and The Incident world tours. He has performed in the band for nine years, culminating in 2010 with sold out performances at Radio City Music Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.

John Wesley’s professional music career began in the early 1980’s in the Tampa, Florida area where he founded 1991 Southwestern Music Conference’s showcase act Autodrive. The following year Wesley embarked on a solo career and became the premier opening act for British progressive rockers Marillion on seven consecutive tour legs around the world — especially North and South America, the UK and Europe — where he played for hundreds of thousands of fans. In 1998, Wesley embarked with White Lion frontman Mike Tramp on an extensive tour as premier opening act for the prestigious Peter Frampton/Lynryd Skynyrd tour. Following this was several world tours as lead guitarist for Scottish neo-prog legend Fish. In 2001, John Wesley was the primary co-writer of Fish’s Fellini Days album. He began touring as guitarist and backing vocalist for Porcupine tree in 2002, and has continued his role with the band through four album cycles and over 450 shows. In 2011 he performed guitar during Steven Wilson’s North American Grace for Drowning tour. In 2013, Wesley toured as lead guitarist with Simon Collin’s Sound of Contact to support the Dimensionaut album. In 2014, Wesley toured as guest lead guitarist with Big Elf. Wesley has also toured the U.S. and Europe extensively to support his independent releases – performing as opening act for Marillion, Fish, Porcupine Tree, Sister Hazel, Steven Wilson, Flying Colors, The Winery Dogs, and Blackfield.

In 2005, Wes produced and recorded his fifth studio release, Shiver, co-produced by Mark Prator, and mixed by Steven Wilson of Porcupine tree. In 2011, Wesley partnered with UK native Dean Tidey (Feeder, Muddy Apes), to produce his EP, the lilypad suite. Wesley’s long awaited sixth full-length studio album, Disconnect, was released by Inside Out Music on April 1, 2014 and the follow-up album, a way you’ll never be… is scheduled was released in late 2016.

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