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End of a reggae era

After more than five years writing about live reggae shows around the UK I’ve decided it’s time to shut down my site, ReggaeChapter.com.

With declining traffic in recent months and few commercial opportunities on the table I’ve run out of steam to help sustain the site’s future.

It's been illuminating to learn more about two growing passions in my life - live music and Jamaican culture. 

Interview: ReggaeChapter speaks to TOOTS HIBBERT

We caught up with the legendary FREDERICK “TOOTS” HIBBERT of TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS for the last ever ReggaeChapter interview.

Ahead of his UK tour later this month, HIBBERT talked about returning to the live scene after a three-year hiatus and his plans for the future.

The Jamaican musician’s career was put on hold back in 2013 after an onstage bottle attack at a Virginia music festival.

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KOFI & SUSAN CADOGAN line up London gig

Lovers rock singers KOFI and SUSAN CADOGAN will perform live in London later this year.

The show takes place on 19 November at the Metzi Bar in London.

Tickets are priced £9 in advance.

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LOVELLA ELLIS lines up London show

Singer LOVELLA ELLIS will perform a night of soulful reggae Live at the Hideaway in South London next month.

The show takes place on 30 July with tickets priced £15 in advance.

In 2014 LUCARELLI, STATE UNKNOWN and LOVELLA ELLIS put out a single called "You’re My Everything" on Fierce Angel Records.

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First London Intl Ska Fest 2017 headline event revealed

The organisers of the London International Ska Festival have announced the first headline event for the 2017 festival - BABYLON live.

The iconic reggae film will be brought to you by the soundtrack composer DENNIS BOVELL and very special guests at one of London's truly historic venues.

Tickets go on sale on 1 July. Entrance is free to LISF2017 wristband ticket holders

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Dancehall DJ jailed in drugs case

Jamaican dancehall DJ FLIPPA MOGGELA has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for running a drugs operation.

The Kingston DJ, real name Andrew Davis and formerly known as FLIPPA MAFIA, pleaded guilty and will be eligible for parole in 12 years.

Davis ran the operation with his brother Kemar Davis shipping cocaine from California to New Jersey.

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KIKO BUN lines up October shows

Reggae singer KIKO BUN has lined up live shows in Birmingham, Bristol and Brighton this October.

The dates are:

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Lambeth Country Show reveals top reggae acts

The main stage acts for the Lambeth Country Show can now be revealed including Jamaican reggae musicians JOHNNY CLARKE, LITTLE ROY and STYLO G.

Also appearing on Sunday will be ska band CHAINSKA BRASSIKA featuring NATTY.

Saturday acts include THE CORRESPONDENTS and YOLANDA BROWN who is currently touring with ‘Reggae Love Songs’ along with a full band.

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Hospitality in the Park line-up revealed

GENTLEMAN'S DUB CLUB, DUB PHIZIX and STRATEGY will perform at Hospitality in the Park in the capital this summer.

The one-day event takes place on 24 September in Finsbury Park, London, with tickets priced from £32 in advance.

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BERES HAMMOND lines up big UK tour

Jamaican reggae singer BERES HAMMOND has announced a run of UK shows this summer.

Tour support includes CARROLL THOMPSON, JANET KAY and on certain dates MAXI PRIEST.

The lovers rock tour includes the following dates:

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IBA MAHR to support MARLEY on UK tour

Jamaican reggae singer IBA MAHR will support JULIAN MARLEY on his upcoming UK tour this summer.

The tour now includes the following dates:

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LEE PERRY books in UK festival shows

Jamaican musician LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY will perform in the UK this year at three festivals.

Upcoming festival appearances now include:

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DAVID RODIGAN lines up summer dates

Reggae DJ DAVID RODIGAN has announced a run of club and festival appearances over the summer.

Upcoming sessions now include:

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Tickets on sale for MADNESS arena tour

Tickets go on sale today for MADNESS’ UK arena tour at the end of the year.

The 'Can't Touch Us Now' UK tour includes the following dates:

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JUNIOR BILL lines up tour dates

Welsh ska band JUNIOR BILL has lined up a run of live shows around the UK this summer.

The Cardiff band’s sound is a blend of punky reggae, soul and rock 'n' roll, self-styled as "Urban Skank Robbers".

Upcoming dates now include:

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Date set for Sugar Shack’s Compendulum release

Sugar Shack Records will next month put out a compilation album called Compendulum.

The new 16-track album, available on CD and digital download, comes out on 10 June.

According to Sugar Shack the album “isn't a compilation, it's not a remix project, it's not the vision of one producer or musician, it's not old and it's not new, yet it is also in part all of those things and most importantly totally fresh and enjoyable.”

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JESSE ROYAL announces UK show

Jamaican reggae artist JESSE ROYAL will perform in the UK this summer with a live concert in Cornwall.

The show takes place on 14 July at the Watering Hole in Perranporth with tickets priced £15 in advance.

In 2014 JESSE ROYAL put out a single called Modern Day Judas.

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SANDRA CROSS reveals UK show this summer

South London lovers rock singer SANDRA CROSS will perform in Newcastle later this summer.

The bank holiday show takes place on 28 August at the Cluny venue with tickets priced £10-12 in advance.

SANDRA CROSS hit the lovers rock scene in the late 1970s with a string a hits and went on producing music throughout the 1980s and 1990s. 

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MR VEGAS to perform in the UK this summer

Jamaican dancehall vocalist MR VEGAS will perform live in the UK this summer with a show at Hot Wuk Brighton.

The session takes place on 5 August at Concorde 2 with tickets priced from £15 in advance.

VEGAS will perform his catalogue of dancehall anthems including “Heads High”, “Bruk It Down”, “I Am Blessed”, and “Taxi Fare”, among others.

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JULIAN MARLEY reveals UK tour

Reggae singer JULIAN MARLEY will undertake his first ever UK tour this summer.

The Grammy-nominated reggae star will play hits like "Boom Draw", "Systems", "Violence in the Streets" and "Lemme Go" complete with his full 11-piece band.

The dates are:

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