UK prog rockers Big Big Train will release brand new studio album Welcome To The Planet in January, through their English Electric Recordings label. The surprise new nine-track album arrives a mere six months after the release of the band’s critically acclaimed top 40 album Common Ground.

The experience of the pandemic has shown us that we need to make the best use of our time on Earth,” explains Big Big Train founder Greg Spawton. “With that in mind and with new band members on board giving us a fresh head of steam, we decided on a speedy return to the studio to write and record Welcome To The Planet.

The band had recently been streaming brand new material that hadn’t featured on Common Ground, including The Connection Plan, Lanterna and Made from Sunshine, all of which feature on the new album.

This amazing group will be hitting the stage at HRH Prog 13 next year, playing a set filled with tracks across their iconic career.

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Welcoming new keyboard player Carly Bryant who gets her first Big Big Train writing credit and lead vocal on the title track of Welcome To The Planet, which also sees much more involvement from fellow new members, violinist and vocalist Clare Lindley and guitarist Dave Foster.

Big Big Train will undertake their biggest UK tour in support of both Common Ground and Welcome To The Planet, with support from Mark Kelly’s Marathon, which culminates with a prestigious show at the London Palladium on March 23.