Outlandos Fan Club

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Outlandos Fan Club
Outlandos fanclub logo, as later incorporated with Sting.com
Fanclub for: The Police, Sting
Endorsement: Official
Launch date: 1979-04
Current status: Inactive (became Sting.com and ThePolice.com)
Country: International
Annual dues: Originally ₤2.50, later ₤5.00
Maintainer(s): Dee, Tina, Dave, Wendy

Outlandos Fan Club was the original fan club for The Police and later for Sting as a solo artist. It was founded in 1979.

Subscription flyer sent to potential Outlandos members in the late 1980s.
Image of a newsletter published by Outlandos Fan Club. September 1987 edition.

History

  • In April 1979, the official fanclub for The Police, Outlandos, was launched in London, England. Annual membership dues were at first 2.50 pounds. It was originally run by Dee with assistance from Paul Carter. The first Outlandos newsletters were simple, photocopied sheets of A4 paper with news, information and clippings. Eventually it settled into a regular A5 newsletter format, published quarterly plus a Christmas Card.
  • In the summer of 1983, the BBC held a contest for the best music fanclub, and Outlandos Fan Club won the competition.<ref name="history" /> Tina became involved in running the club at this time as it grew considerably in size after the publicity.
  • While retaining the Outlandos Fan Club name and continuing to provide some coverage of Stewart and Andy's solo activities, the fanclub became more focused on Sting's solo career from the late 1980s onward.
  • In 1996, Sting fans Dave and Wendy, members of Outlandos Fan Club opened the Stingchronicity fansite. This site was used by Tina as a way to communicate on-line with Outlandos Fan Club members and was a semi official, "unofficial" Sting site.
  • In 2003, sting.com went through another overhaul with the release of Sacred Love. It was then decided that sting.com would replace the old Outlandos offline fanclub with a new, entirely on-line fanclub.<ref name="history" /> The site would host exclusive content including video and photos available only to subscribers, along with contests and other bonuses. It was an still is run by Dave, Tina and Wendy.

Club benefits

According to a membership flyer from the late 1980s, members received the following merchandise as benefits for joining the club:

  • a color biography booklet with information about each member of The Police
  • a set of photos, a membership card, and a badge
  • a list of merchandise available from the fanclub
  • quarterly Outlandos newsletter

Membership cards

Membership cards over the years - from 1980, 1981, 1983/1985/1986, 1985 / 1986, 1990, 1991, two from 1994, 1997

Membership Card 1980.jpg Membership Card 1981.jpg Membership Card 1985 1986.jpg Membership Card 1985 1986 Montserrat pic.jpg Membership Card 1987.jpg Membership Card 1990.jpg Membership Card 1991.jpg Membership Card 1994 1.jpg Membership Card 1994 2.jpg Membership Card 1997 1.jpg

Residencies

Outlandos at Bugle House:Bugle House; Outlandos at Water Lane: Water Lane

See also

The Outlandos shop offered a lot of merchandise, such as t-shirts, tour programs, photos, mugs, buttons and posters like these: Sting - When The World... art poster Stewart - Synchronicity art poster

External links

References

sources: Outlandos newsletters, internet