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Soft Machine originally hailed from Canterbury in Kent and are named after the book by William S Burroughs. (No, not The Naked Lunch).
The central band in the Canterbury scene of the late-1960s and early 1970s, Soft Machine pioneered the Progressive Rock and Jazz-Rock genres and gave lovers of intelligent Alternative Music something to swoon over. AllMusic described Soft Machine as “One of the more influential bands of their era, and certainly one of the most influential underground ones.” Hard to argue with that.
This line-up of Soft Machine features three of the group’s 1970s era members – guitarist John Etheridge, drummer John Marshall, and bass player Roy Babbington. They’re joined by sax, flute and keyboard player Theo Travis. Previous members of Soft Machine include Mike Ratledge, Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Daevid Allen, Larry Nowlin, Andy Summers, Hugh Hopper, Elton Dean, Allan Holdsworth, and Ric Sanders.
Here are two glimpses of Soft Machine from the recent past showing just some of what we can expect tonight:
Friday 17th November, 2017, 7pm-10:30pm
Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette St, London W1D 4JB
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• Buy Tickets On The Door
Tickets may be available to buy on the door from 7pm, priced at £20.00, but this cannot be guaranteed. The only way to make sure of tickets is to buy them in advance. So, come on down and see Soft Machine play live at the Borderline in 2017.