The people of Bristol turned out in their thousands for the 10th annual VegFest over the weekend, helped by the heatwave weather, free entry and top headline reggae acts.
Original rude boy NEVILLE STAPLE from 2Tone ska band THE SPECIALS topped the bill on Friday night and in spite of a crackling vocal microphone throughout, he delivered the goods.
Not surprisingly THE NEVILLE STAPLE BAND worked their way through a hefty chunk of original SPECIALS material, but slipped in festival crowd pleasers with the likes of “Simmer Down”, “Monkey Man” and “Johnny Too Bad”.
“Johnny Too Bad”
Day two included DUB MAFIA and FINLAY QUAYE, but due to JOSHUA MOSES’ homecoming gig at the Fleece, this reviewer was otherwise engaged.
On Sunday evening roots reggae band TALISMAN and JOHNNY CLARKE traded places, with the former act up first.
Singer Bekele Sengor, aka Dehvan Othieno, paid tribute onstage to Bristol Archive Records’ Michael Darby for reinvigorating the Bristol band after a 26 year hiatus.
The solid line-up ploughed through a large chunk of their classic Dole Age material and gave attendees a further treat with two BOB MARLEY tracks: “One Love” and “Get Up, Stand Up”.
After the somewhat tedious technical delays between sets, by 8pm THE SOOTHSAYERS band and crowd were suitably fired up for legendary Jamaican singer JOHNNY CLARKE.
CLARKE rattled through a hit-packed set including the tracks "Move Out Of Babylon Rastaman" and "Bad Boys", both of which can be viewed below, mixed in with covers such as THE ABYSSINIANS classic "Declaration Of Rights".
"Declaration Of Rights"
"Move Out Of Babylon Rastaman"
Roll on VegFest 2013!