District 97 was formed in the fall of 2006. The foursome from Chicago honed a no-holds barred style of Liquid Tension Experiment-inspired Instrumental Rock before deciding the right vocalist was needed to complement their sound; enter 2007 American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt. She was followed shortly thereafter by one of Chicago's finest young 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 and 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.
In August 2015, Rob Clearfield and Patrick Mulcahy left the group and were replaced by Andrew Lawrence and Tim Seisser, respectively. The new lineup debuted in highly successful tours across Europe and North America in 2016 and 2017. 2018 has seen the band complete a North American 10th Anniversary Tour, as well as begin recording their fourth studio album, due out early 2019 in conjunction with their second appearance on Cruise To The Edge.
Jennifer Rothery will play a selection of material from her ’Sylf’ EP accompanied by Riccardo.
This will be followed by a selection of tracks from his outstanding album B612, a rock opera inspired by the book “The Little Prince“ by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry which features guest performances by Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery and some beautiful vocal performances by Jennifer.
Instead of a traditional support act, Marillion will be taking to the stage to have fun and interact with the audience.
All will be revealed on the night!