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Live review: PROTOJE at the O2 Academy Bristol

Rising reggae star PROTOJE and THE INDIGGNATION band performed in Bristol last Sunday [18 October] for the first time ever.

The special occasion was marked with support from talented British singer HOLLIE COOK who brought her own brand of tropical pop to the O2 Academy.

COOK and the GENERAL ROOTS band delivered a heavyweight reggae sound, allowing better known tracks like “Shadow Kissing”, and “Milk and Honey” to mesh nicely with material like “Tiger Balm”, “99” and “Postman” from her latest album, Twice.

In between a swift set change-over MTV presenter BECCA D played some tunes to keep the expectant crowd warm before the main event of the night: PROTOJE and THE INDIGGNATION.

The Ancient Future Tour finally hit Bristol and after airing tracks from The Seven Year Itch and The 8 Year Affair it was onto his most recent material.

The interesting Ancient Future mix of reggae fused with hip-hop, rock and imposing guitar solos wowed this mostly youthful Bristol audience.

The politically charged set also featured an outburst from the singer on how David Cameron had committed so much money for a new prison in Jamaica.

Considering this is PROTOJE’s first ever UK tour it’s refreshing to see a good audience turnout, most of whom seemed to know all the words to big tracks like “Rasta Love”, “Kingston Be Wise”, "Criminal" and “Who Knows”.

PROTOJE and his band ended up playing for more than an hour-and-a-half without it feeling like it dragged at any point.

This awesome Bristol show proved he is now a major force in real reggae music.

Check out a recent interview ReggaeChapter carried out with the Jamaican artist.

Earlier this year PROTOJE put out his third album Ancient Future.