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District 6 return for their 3rd performance at Guilfest, having already played to packed Surrey Advertiser and Ben Sherman tents in previous years. This time they’ll be on the Good Time Guide stage, becoming the youngest band to play on either of the main stages at Guilfest.


On the strength of last year’s performance, District 6 were named Rivmixx’s (online music magazine) favourite band of the festival and were chosen to feature on sponsor Ben Sherman’s festival video. Their performance led to headlining gigs at the Camden Barfly and the Guildford Boileroom, as well as a show at the Islington O2 Academy 2.


The band is made up of four 17-year-olds from Guildford, playing their own brand of alternative rock with influences from Bloc Party to U2 and Coldplay. The band line up is Rick Elson (Guitar & Vocals), John Sanderson (Guitar & Trumpet), Jack Johnson (Bass & Piano) & Nick Veira (Drums).


The band have known each other since they were small and first started playing together in 2007. In the following year they made their debut at the Boileroom, appeared at Guilfest and won the Guildford Youth Battle Of The Bands. They also recorded at the University of Surrey and performed live on Eagle Radio.


Since their debut they have appeared regularly around Guildford at venues such as the Boileroom, Guildford Community Centre and the Plantation Café. In 2009 they were invited to support Farnborough band Kenelis at their album launch in Aldershot, and the ACM Choir, stars of the BBC’s Last Choir Standing.


After this year’s Guilfest, District 6 will return to Camden and have more local gigs in the pipeline. Watch out for them at a venue near you.


Guilfest 2009 Reviews

 ‘The crowd came running… Definitely worth checking out.’ Ben Sherman Blog
‘By far and away Rivmixx's favourites were a young four piece by the name of District 6’ Rivmixx
‘They ended up regaling the tent with shimmering pop-rock … they show all the signs of a promising future’ Daily Music Guide


Band Website – www.myspace.com/district6band

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