The event will be held on Sunday, 25th March at the London Palladium, coinciding with band’s two shows in the capital over that weekend. It will be attended by attended by both current members of the band and Yes alumni. Sponsored by Prog Magazine the convention will feature:
- The official launch and world-wide exclusive availability of the Drama line-up version of Fly From Here. This was the band’s 20th studio album and featured Benoît David as lead vocals. This version will feature Trevor Horn, who has also remixed the album having been its original producer. It will include an unreleased track. Limited numbers available for purchase.
- Roger Dean artwork display. Hosted by progressive rock venue Trading Boundaries, artwork will be for sale and a new piece for Close to the Edge will be unveiled for the first time. There will also be a Question & Answer session with various guests, plus Roger Dean himself.
- Yes memorabilia display. This will be in the Palladium’s foyer and curated by David Watkinson.
- An exclusive free Yes Fan Day souvenir programme (Limited numbers will be available).
- A raffle of Yes collectables, with proceeds going to two chosen charities*).
- Prog magazine editor, Jerry Ewing discussing the publication and future book release(s).
- Performances be Yes tribute bands: SeYeS and Fragile performing classic songs by the band. Fragile will be fronted by Claire Hammill who has recorded with members of Yes in the past, as well as having a longstanding career as a solo artist and session singer, and at one time having been a member of Wishbone Ash.
*All profits from the Yes Fan Convention will be donated The Christie Hospital in Manchester, who looked after a much-loved fan, Malcolm Birkett, prior to his passing in 2015 and Kangaroos, whose aims are to enhance the lives of special needs and disabled children.
More announcements are expected. Tickets for the fan Ccnvention are £30 plus a booking fee). There is free entry for those who have bought Meet & Greet packages for either of the weekend concerts by Yes. Full details can be found at the band’s website by clicking here or here.
For previous information at Ramzine on the 2018 tour of the UK by Yes click here.