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Live review: BERES HAMMOND and BUNNY WAILER in Bristol

Jamaican superstars BERES HAMMOND and BUNNY WAILER performed to a packed O2 Academy in Bristol earlier this month.

The ‘Giants of Reggae’ Sunday night show had been long-awaited since the tour announcement back in April and both performers didn't disappoint.

Support on the night (12 July) came from DJ VERONA, QUALITEX, COUNT SKYLARKIN, RUDIE RICH and singer VINCENT NAP.

The first headline act up was founding member of THE WAILERS, BUNNY WAILER backed by THE SOLOMONIC REGGAESTRA.

The elder statesman of Jamaican music brought to life his own classic solo tracks like “Cool and Deadly”, “Blackheart Man” and “Cool Runnings” interspersed with BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS songs like “Kinky Reggae” and “Simmer Down”.

The sprightly performer covered most of the large O2 Academy stage and connected well with an appreciative Bristol audience.

On stage banter consisted of shout-outs like, “How you feeling out there?” and “Do you love reggae music?”

He later added: “Out of The Wailers came reggae. Brother Bob Marley, brother Peter Tosh and I and I am still here.”

A half hour set-up break followed while BERES HAMMOND’s backing band, the HARMONY HOUSE BAND, took up position.

The lovers rock singer ramped energy and excitement levels up even further when he finally took the stage. 

For the next hour and a half fans got track after track of classic BERES material including “Falling In Love All Over Again”, “One Step Ahead”, “What One Dance Can Do”, “Tempted To Touch” and “I Feel Good”, among many others.

His final salute to the departed great Jamaican singers, with his song “Rockaway”, was an emotional end to the night and gave the singer the opportunity to tip his hat to BUNNY WAILER as well.

HAMMOND’s interaction and close connection with the crowd, which he calls his family, was immense and honest as usual. caught up with BERES HAMMOND before the UK tour kicked off to find out how he approaches live performances, writing new music and his take on British reggae music.

In 2012 BERES HAMMOND put out an album called One Love, One Life.