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3 stars This final part of the "Holidays in Zeeland" trilogy captures Marillion's Sunday night set from the 2011 Marillion Weekend in Holland. As usual with their Marillion Weekend gigs, the band like to give each evening its own strange spin rather than playing "just another gig", so this time around they decided to take a democratic approach to the setlist; the audience members were all issued with glowsticks, which they were asked to wave in their air at certain points of the evening to choose which song they'd like to hear next.

Fiendishly, the band come up with some really tough choices for the fans here and there, with the crowd genuinely split at some points - for instance, they end up playing both Easter and The Great Escape by popular demand - and the gig as a whole is a lively, fun affair with the band in a playful mood. (Perhaps the funniest part comes towards the start, when H is explaining that because the crowd will be choosing between preselected pairs of songs they won't be able to vote for Grendel - at which point Steven Rothery starts teasing the crowd with the haunting opening guitar melody from that very song!)

It isn't the tightest gig Marillion have ever performed - but then, due to the conceit it was never going to be - and the constrained setlist (which couldn't include anything from the previous two evenings - so anything from Holidays In Eden was not available) means that it's more of a curiosity than a classic.

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