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6. The Year Of Firsts
THE tenth year (2000) in Landmarq's existence proved to be one of 'firsts' as the band played for the first time at the Whitchurch Festival in Hampshire, England. Another first was the fact that they played a short acoustic set at Whitchurch.
They have also played a show for the first time in Italy (Milan) alongside fellow countrymen Jadis and Cast from Mexico who have since invited Landmarq to play (for the first time) at their own annual Baja Prog festival held this year in Mexicali, Baja California Mexico, from 28th February to 3rd March 2001.

Landmarq's first ever trip to the USA took place in October 2000 for the ProgDay 2000 festival in North Carolina. The show had been promoted and organised annually by Peter Renfro and friends since 1995. Held over two days and featuring ten acts, Landmarq headlined the Saturday show and were extremely well-received.

On returning to Europe the band made an appearance at the Prog-Sud festival in Marseilles. Landmarq also played a special gig with re-formed classic 70's 'proggers', Greenslade, and also made a welcome return to Rotherham, England, for the Classic Rock Society's ‘Spring Rock Festival 2000'. The band also returned to Holland to play at a venue called 'De Lantaarn' in the small Dutch town of Hellendoorn. Again, a very successful and well-received concert. More photos and reports of the 'Y2K' gigs can be found elsewhere on the Landmarq website.

In 2001, drummer Dave began working with Ken Hensley (ex-Uriah Heep), appearing on his ‘Running Blind’ album and at his show at the 'Sweden Rock Festival', also recording a DVD with him.

On the CD front - the first two Landmarq CDs (Solitary Witness and Infinity Parade) had finally been re-issued, along with Landmarq's other CDs, on the bands new Cyclops label, part of GFT Ltd. The covers for these first two albums had been re-designed by GFT and a bonus track was included on each. (See Discography for more details).

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