Forza Horizon launch event details

Microsoft and Playground Games have announced a number  of launch activities for car and music fans before Forza Horizon goes on sale on the 26th October 2012. There’s some interesting activities to get involved with including a super car gallery in Birmingham and appearances at Top Gear Live.


The action begins with #EscapeTheGrid, a full throttled four day road trip starting on 23rd October, with 10 supercars competing in a series of challenges en route France to the UK. The convoy will begin their journey at the Paris Forza Horizon Gymkhana competition, and end at Top Gear Live in Birmingham on 26th October, where the winning car will be announced and six of the vehicles will be put on display in the supercar gallery.

Furthermore, there will be daily competitions on and @XboxUK to win prizes, and fans can submit questions to the Playground Games development team, as well as interact with and follow the cars by using #EscapeTheGrid hashtag on Twitter. You can also vote for your favourite car on the XboxUK Facebook page. To learn more, visit starting 8th October.

Forza Horizon Festival
Bringing the game’s setting to life, the Forza Horizon Festival takes car lovers and music fans on the ultimate virtual road trip. At various locations around the UK (Manchester, London, Newcastle and Birmingham), branded billboards with QR codes will give fans the opportunity to be in with the chance of winning free music downloads and tickets to the Forza Horizon Festival – an exclusive gig at London’s Fabric nightclub, featuring DJ Fresh, Ms. Dynamite and Skepta on 25th October – the eve of the game’s launch.

For those who miss out on winning tickets to the Festival, all of the ear-thumping action will be hosted exclusively on at and via the app on Xbox LIVE immediately following the gig.

Top Gear Live
Car lovers and show fans missing Clarkson, Hammond, May and The Stig, can also get behind of wheel of Forza Horizon at Top Gear Live, taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 25th-28th October. Featuring a combined indoor track and arena, plus an exhibition, a cavalcade of the world’s great supercars will be on show, including a 50 years of James Bond tribute featuring Aston Martins.

Visitors can stop by the Xbox booth to play Forza Horizon, set the fastest times in the game and win prizes. Additionally as part of the #EscapeTheGrid activity, Xbox will also be giving Forza fans the chance to win Platinum tickets to the show – a car lover’s dream. Visit to enter to win.

Written by: Rob Cram

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