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Midlands Roots Explosion Volume Two lands

The CD and digital versions of The Midlands Roots Explosion: Volume Two is now available via Reggae Archive Records.

Following the release of The Midlands Roots Explosion: Volume One last year an even stronger selection of tracks has emerged.

Volume two starts off in exactly the same way as its predecessor with Handsworth's biggest musical exports, STEEL PULSE and “Bun Dem”, originally released in 1977 on the Tempus label and produced by the legendary DENNIS BOVELL


UK dates revealed for rescheduled LUCIANO tour

Jamaican singer LUCIANO has rescheduled four UK shows to now take place in mid-June.

Back in March the performer pulled out of a number of live dates after the death of his 19 year-old son.

The rescheduled LUCIANO tour includes the following gigs:


THE BIONIC RATS added to London Intl Ska Festival

Ireland’s THE BIONIC RATS is the latest addition to the London International Ska Festival 2017.

The group joins previously announced acts including THE EQUATORS, THE MIGHTY COSMICS, 65 MINES STREET, LEO & THE LINEUP, THE MEOW MEOWS, JUNIOR BILL and more.


UPPER CUT BAND gets ready for summer shows

THE UPPER CUT BAND has booked in some shows over the summer backing the likes of JUNIOR REID, BIG YOUTHHORSEMAN and SOLO BANTON.

Upcoming shows include:


HORACE ANDY lines up London show

Jamaican singer HORACE ANDY will perform live with a full band in London next month.

The show takes place on 23 June at Under The Bridge with tickets priced £25 in advance.

Since debuting on the Studio One label in 1970 through until appearing on all five MASSIVE ATTACK albums, ANDY has become one of the world’s most well-known reggae singers.


Skabour Festival line-up revealed

The line-up can now be revealed for Folkestone's Skabour Festival including THE ENGLISH BEAT and RHODA DAKER.

The ska and reggae festival takes place on 16-18 September in and around the Grand Burstin Hotel.


BRINSLEY FORDE celebrates ASWAD in London show

Singer BRINSLEY FORDE and guitarist CIYO BROWN will celebrate reggae band ASWAD at the Hideaway Jazz Club in Streatham.

The live show takes place on 16 July with tickets priced £20 in advance.

The gig will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic, self-titled, debut album Aswad.


LLOYD BROWN announces Nottingham show

Reggae singer LLOYD BROWN and THE RIDDIMWORKS BAND will perform a special lovers rock show in Nottingham this year.

The ‘Roots Of Reggae: Lovers Rock’ night takes place on 21 October at the Nottingham Playhouse.

Early bird tickets are priced £15 and then £20 in advance.


JUNIOR MARVIN lines up UK show

Jamaican guitar player JUNIOR MARVIN will perform in the UK this summer.

The gig takes place on 19 August at Stage in Basingstoke. Tickets are priced £20 in advance.


More UK dates for BUNNY WAILER tour

Jamaican musician BUNNY WAILER has added more UK dates to his upcoming tour.

Just earlier this week WAILER had to reschedule concerts in Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta in the US after health concerns.

Upcoming live dates in the UK now include:


UB40 reveals big UK tour in October

Birmingham reggae band UB40 has announced the details of a big tour around the UK this October.

Tickets are now on sale for some of the shows and more will be available from this Friday.

The tour now includes the following dates:


MONTY ALEXANDER lines up London shows

Later this month Jamaican jazz pianist MONTY ALEXANDER will perform a run of shows in London with HARLEM-KINGSTON EXPRESS 2.

Support comes from ROB FOWLER QUARTET - 'a portrait of Mulligan and Brookmeyer'

The shows are:


BUNNY WAILER reschedules US tour dates

Jamaican reggae legend BUNNY WAILER will reschedule concerts in Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta to late summer after health concerns.

WAILER was unable to fulfil the last two dates of his 40th anniversary ‘Blackheart Man Tour’ due to a viral flu that has been affecting his band since they hit Austin, Texas.


BLACK SLATE adds another show to UK tour

Roots reggae band BLACK SLATE has added another UK show to its upcoming touring itinerary.

Shows next month in the UK now include:


MAD PROFESSOR to play special Jazz Café set

Top dub producer MAD PROFESSOR will play a special live set at the Jazz Café next month.

The ‘Outlook Festival Presents’ session takes place on 4 June with tickets priced £17.50 in advance.

Joining him is MASSIVE ATTACK founding member DADDY G, along with CADENZA and KIKO BUN.


TOOTS & THE MAYTALS reveal full UK tour

Jamaican reggae band TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS has revealed the details of a full UK tour this summer.

Upcoming shows for the group now include:


POPCAAN arrested and fined in Antigua

Jamaican dancehall artist POPCAAN has been arrested and fined for assaulting a police officer in Antigua.

The deejay, real name Andre Sutherland, was arrested and charged after an altercation with a member of the Royal Antigua and Barbuda Police Force during a live performance at a rally.


LEO & THE LINEUP to play London Intl Ska Festival

The London International Ska Festival has revealed the latest band for its 2017 event: LEO & THE LINEUP.

The Danish ska band joins previously announced acts ranging from CHANNEL ONE, 65 MINES STREET, THE MIGHTY COSMICS, THE MEOW MEOWS and JUNIOR BILL, among many others. 

Early bird tickets are sold out, but a second batch of discounted tickets is currently available.


DENNIS BOVELL & CIYO BROWN present Jazz Dubbed

Reggae musician DENNIS BOVELL and jazz guitarist CIYO BROWN will perform two special ‘Jazz Dubbed’ shows this summer in London.

The gigs take place on 15 July and 16 July at the Hideaway with tickets priced £15 in advance.


THE SKINTS line up UK tour dates

London reggae band THE SKINTS have lined up some UK shows and festival appearances for the year ahead.

Upcoming dates now include: