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Live review: BLACK ROOTS at VegFest Bristol

BLACK ROOTS stormed Europe’s biggest vegetarian food festival last month with their unique blend of deep roots and conscious reggae.

This was the group’s first hometown show since their Malcolm X show in November 2012 and a large audience was out in force for the traditional Sunday ‘reggae day’ (25 May) at the festival.

The St Pauls band delivered another tight set of stone cold classic likes “Tribal War”, “Africa” and “Juvenile Delinquent”. 

But fans also got a fair amount of material from their 2012 album On The Ground including great tracks likes “Pompous Way”, “Slavery” and “Oh Mama Africa”.

BLACK ROOTS has been going for 35 years now and hopefully they’ve got more new music and live shows like this in them in the coming years.

The group also made a special announcement towards the end of their set that they will be performing at Bristol’s Trinity Centre this August alongside Jamaican legends HORACE ANDY and CULTURE.

Upcoming BLACK ROOTS shows now include:

  • 20 Jul - Brockwell Park, London [LAMBETH SHOW w. ASWAD + MICHAEL PROPHET]
  • 16 Aug - Trinity Centre, Bristol [w. HORACE ANDY + CULTURE]

Dance reggae maestros ZION TRAIN closed the party after BLACK ROOTS’ Sunday evening set.

Elsewhere during the three-day festival at the Amphitheatre, reggae fans got performances from RUTS DC with their eclectic mix of punk, ska and reggae; as well as “Rivers of Babylon” band BONEY M on the Friday night.