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Bristol Reggae Explosion: live at the Big Top, Temple Meads

The 'Bristol Reggae Explosion Live' finally made it to the Big Top at Temple Meads’ Creative Common this weekend, and proved to be one of the greatest reggae shows of 2012.

The night was a result of the success of the Bristol Reggae Explosion compilation series, which led by Mike Darby, brought classic Bristol reggae recordings back to life after years in the vault.

Contending with all that Notting Hill Carnival had to offer over the bank holiday weekend, Sunday night (26 August) featured a “who’s who” of reggae talent from the city going back to the 1970s.

Bristol Archive Records and promoters Midnight Mango put on a fantastic and well-attended night that saw TALISMAN hold court with the BRISTOL REGGAE ALL-STARS – essentially a run of guest performances from artists such as JOSHUA MOSES, BUNNY MARRETT, DALLAS, WINSTON MINNOTT, DAN RATCHET, VEEREAL, POPSY CURIOUS and LORD JOHN HUTCHINSON.

TALISMAN then closed the night with a run of their own hits before the all-star cast returned to the stage for a rousing version of “One Love”.

For photos from the night visit the Bristol Archive Records Facebook page.