District 97 with Maschine
Thursday 10th October

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  • Regular price £35.00

Dining Tickets - Doors at 7pm. You will be set an allocated dining time which will be emailed to you with your e-ticket. Please try and arrive as close to this time as possible. We do not issue physical printed tickets.

These tickets include a table for the evening, including a delicious two course meal with several options to choose from. There will always be a vegetarian option and if you let us know in advance, we're more than happy to cater for special dining requirements.

Standing Tickets - We encourage standing guests to arrive after 8pm. 

District 97

District 97 is undoubtedly the most musically adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist. Formed in the Fall of 2006 by drummer/primary composer Jonathan Schang, keyboardist Rob Clearfield, bassist Patrick Mulcahy and guitarist Sam Krahn, the band drew upon influences from heavy metal to avant-garde jazz. The foursome from Chicago honed a no-holds barred style of eclectic and intricate Instrumental Rock before deciding the right vocalist was needed to complement their sound: enter 2007 American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt. With a look, sound, and stage presence comparable to a young Ann Wilson from Heart, Leslie's dynamic performances pushed the band into a new direction that forged a unique marriage between accessible, catchy vocal melodies and an adventurous instrumental prowess. She was followed shortly thereafter by one of Chicago's finest guitarists, Jim Tashjian. With this new blend of charisma and stellar musicianship in place, their live shows over the past several years at festivals such as RoSfest, Prog Dreams II and V, and numerous appearances across the USA, UK and Europe cemented the band as a force to be reckoned with onstage as well as in the recording studio.

Hybrid Child, the band’s 2010 debut on record label Laser’s Edge, immediately made a big impression worldwide. The album garnered praise such as “District 97 is a wildly ambitious progressive-rock group whose youth belies its accomplishments onstage and on its new Hybrid Child CD” (Jim Derogatis of NPR's "Sound Opinions" and Rolling Stone Magazine). The release of 2012's critically-acclaimed followup Trouble With Machines proved the band was the real deal. They had attracted the attention of legendary bassist and vocalist John Wetton (King Crimson/UK/Asia), who sang the role of Chicago serial killer H.H. Holmes on Schang’s “The Perfect Young Man.” With the collaboration heralded as a “tour de force” (dprp.net), the band and Wetton joined forces in 2013 for tours of both Europe and the US, later documented on 2014's live release, One More Red Night: Live in Chicago. 2013 also saw the band nominated for a Breakthrough Artist Award by Prog Magazine. Rather than rest on their laurels, District 97 took to the studio in 2014 to record the new material they'd been honing at home and on the road. The resulting album, In Vaults (released June 2015), continued and accelerated the upward trajectory of great songwriting and incredible musicianship that had become their hallmark. One listen perfectly illustrates why iconic drummer Bill Bruford (Yes/King Crimson/Genesis) said, “The playing sounds uniformly dynamite and quality oozes from every pore. You’ve worked so hard on this, I wish you and the music all the success you deserve.”

In August 2015, Rob Clearfield and Patrick Mulcahy left the group and were succeeded by Andrew Lawrence and TIm Seisser, respectively. The new lineup debuted in highly successful tours across Europe and North America in 2016 and 2017, with highlights including joining the trailblazing prog rock band Yes on their Cruise To The Edge and supporting Pain of Salvation on the In The Passing Light Of Day North American tour. In 2016. District 97 launched the Inside The Vault Club via their website, a monthly subscription series featuring exclusive audio and video downloads, as well as physical releases, the first of which being their stunning Live At De Boerderij DVD. They joined the Dave Kerzner Band for the joint STATIC VAULTS US tour in Fall 2017, and ended the year with a pair of shows with the NYC-based Consider The Source.

2018 saw the band complete a much-lauded North American 10th Anniversary Tour, as well as completing tracking on their highly-anticipated fourth studio album, and first with the new lineup. Due for release in the coming months, the band previewed music from it to great acclaim on Cruise To The Edge 2019, and will continue to do so at Marillion Montreal Weekend, Seaprog, Summer's End, and other dates throughout North America and Europe.
Maschine are a progressive band without boundaries. The UK-based group seamlessly fuses their rock roots with modern and innovative textures shaping their sound into its own unique statement, reflecting the unflinching vision of composer, lead guitarist and vocalist, Luke Machin.

The band have in recent years have received “Best new/unsigned band” award in Prog Magazine, also voted Prog Mag’s “No.1 tip”, Classic Rock Societies “Best New Band” Award, as well as numerous top album reviews and quotes from Ross Jennings (Haken) - “Despite tough competition, Naturalis stood shoulder to shoulder with the most exception albums released”, Acle Kahney (Tesseract) - “Great use of dynamics and great melodies. “Make Believe” stands out as personal favourite”. Francis Dunnery (IT BITES) - “There are thousands of guitar players around the planet that can play reasonably well, they know a few scales and even know a few jazz chords, but once in a while a guitarist
shows up who is more than that, once in a while nature creates some one important. Luke Machin is one of those guitar players. Tasteful and stylish, dexterous and inventive, I am truly interested to see where this kid ends up. An important album from an important guitarist. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Machin has also been in the top 10 “Best Guitarist” list in Prog Magazine four years running reaching #5 in 2018, collaborated and worked with Jeff Beck, Francis Dunnery (It Bites), Pain of Salvation, Guthrie Govan, Chris Difford (Squeeze), Steve Hogarth (Marillion), Tom Brislin (YES) and Robert Plant.

Ever since Machin formed the band at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music in 2008, Maschine have been carving themselves a niche, characterised by fearless originality culminating in their debut album ‘Rubidium’, released in 2013.  
Machin explains the musical ideas and the band’s direction with the new album, Naturalis. “Ever since our debut album was released, I’ve been working on these songs. And that’s exactly what they are - songs. There are very few bands right now that manage to create something entirely new,  balancing innovation with relatability, all whilst delivering a piece of music that can be appreciated as a whole. It’s that combination that I find fascinating and key to a strong band who can thrive amidst the vicissitudes of contemporary music . Many bands lose track of the song as a whole and get engrossed in technical ability and riffs. For me at least I have learned my craft, I am a song-writer at heart. The guitar is merely the interface between my ideas and the music software I store it all on.”

Collaborating with Machin in bringing these ideas to fruition is a cast of highly accomplished musicians. Daniel Mashal, on bass, brings unmistakable flavours of funk and soul, all of which adds tight low-end groove. Drummer James Stewart is a technical powerhouse who brings innovative and nuanced rhythms to drive the Maschine sound. Andy Morgan brings a trademark incendiary energy to power the guitar lines. Finally Marie-Eve de Gaultier delivers an array of textures from her warm toned voice to delicate flute and keyboards to complete the comprehensive Maschine sound.