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Free download: 1990s dancehall mixes

RICHIE BLOOD from the BASHY BEATS show has showcased a series of dancehall and reggae mixes from every year in the 1990s.

Each mix features a dancehall selection from the chosen year mixed and blended into an hour-long set.


Early bird tickets on sale for Chagstock 2016

Super early bird tickets are now on sale for the Chagstock festival which takes place in Devon next July.

Chagstock happens on 22-23 July 2016 at Whiddon Down in Chagford. Super early bird tickets are priced at £65 for the weekend.

This year Chagstock featured a performance from ska act the NEVILLE STAPLE BAND.

Tickets on sale for Reading 2016

Early bird tickets are now on sale for Reading and Leeds Festivals 2016.

Tickets cost £205 in advance, on sale from noon today (1 September).

This year over the August Bank Holiday weekend Reading and Leeds featured reggae performances from the likes of REBEL SOUND, DAVID RODIGAN, SHY FX and THE SKINTS, among many others.

November Skamouth line-up comes together

The November edition of Great Yarmouth’s Skamouth weekender is coming together with THE BEAT, DERRICK MORGAN and ROY ELLIS topping the bill.

Skamouth takes place on 27-30 November at the Vauxhall Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth.


TALISMAN lines up live shows

Bristol roots reggae band TALISMAN has lined up performances in Glasgow, Cornwall and Great Yarmouth in the coming months.

Upcoming shows now include:



The LEE THOMPSON SKA ORCHESTRA has announced a new show in Camden this coming January.

The London ska act will perform live on the 15 January 2016 at the Jazz Café with tickets priced at £16 in advance.


LEE PERRY lines up London show in November

Jamaican musician and producer LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY has announced a live show in London this coming November.

The show takes place on 1 November at Under The Bridge in the capital with tickets priced at £27.50 in advance.


CHRISTOPHER ELLIS lines up Jazz Café shows

UK reggae singer CHRISTOPHER ELLIS will perform live at the Jazz Café in London twice in the coming weeks.

The first show called ‘25 years of Reggae’ takes place this Saturday (29 August) and features special reggae guests celebrating the venue’s 25th anniversary. Tickets are priced at £15 in advance.


MAX ROMEO adds another date to UK tour

Jamaican reggae legend MAX ROMEO, backed by THE CHARMAX BAND, has added a new show in Norwich to his upcoming tour of the UK.

The show takes place at the OPEN venue on 25 September with tickets priced at £18 in advance.

The tour now includes the following shows:


GYPTIAN reveals UK tour dates

Jamaican reggae singer GYPTIAN has announced live shows in Manchester, Birmingham and London this winter.

The new dates are:


Bestival reveals SHY FX sound system line up

Bestival’s Summer of Love Bollywood takeover series will see dancefloor lunacy provided by the digital soundboy don SHY FX going back to back with special guests.

The ‘Party on the Moon’ takeover will also feature microphone control courtesy of MC STAMINA on the closing night of the festival, 13 September.


JUNIOR REID drops new album

Jamaican reggae singer JUNIOR REID will drop his latest studio album, The Living Legend, on 25 August.

The new 19-track album features collaborations with SIZZLA and JULIAN MARLEY with production duties taken care of by Lynford Marshall, his son Adoney and the artist himself, among others.

The record is REID's 17th album and first in more than 10 years.


MATISYAHU agrees to play Rototom Sunsplash

Jewish-American reggae singer MATISYAHU has re-accepted his performance slot at Spanish festival Rototom Sunsplash after being kicked out and then asked back by the organisers.

Earlier this week MATISYAHU was booted off the Rototom Sunsplash line-up after the artist failed to respond to requests to appear in a video endorsing Palestine.


Guardian puts out new dancehall playlist

The Guardian has published its latest reggae, dancehall and soca playlist featuring VYBZ KARTEL, CHRONIXX, DESTRA and more.

Erin MacLeod has selected the tracks this month which include an homage to the culture of dancehall, a reggae-dub mashup from Hackney’s RUDIMENTAL and a political rabòday track about “farters”.


Wychwood early bird tickets on sale now

Limited early bird tickets with camping priced at £125 are now on sale for Wychwood Music Festival 2016.

Wychwood, which returns for its 12th event, takes place on 3-5 June 2016 at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire.

The festival organisers have yet to confirm any acts for 2016.

Spanish reggae festival invites MATISYAHU back

Rototom Sunsplash organisers have apologised for cancelling reggae singer MATISYAHU’s performance at the festival and asked him back.

The Jewish-American singer was withdrawn from the bill after he refused to share his views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

MATISYAHU, who said the pressure from the organisers to air his views had been “appalling and offensive”, has not confirmed whether he will accept the offer.


RHODA DAKAR lines up special Jazz Café show

2Tone ska singer RHODA DAKAR will perform a Halloween special this autumn at the Jazz Café in London.

The Rhoda Dakar Sings The Bodysnatchers official album launch show takes place on 31 October at the famous London venue with tickets priced at £15 in advance.


One Love Festival moves to new location

Reggae camping festival, the One Love Festival, will now take place in Gloucestershire after the Hampshire site was deemed "not suitable" for a music festival.

Festival organisers said: 

“The fear of having to evacuate 2000-3000 people from an airfield, especially following a recent plane crash, meant the local council decided not to allow the festival to proceed and deemed Popham Airfield not suitable for our Music Festival.

MACKA B lines up 2016 show in Cardiff

British reggae artist MACKA B will perform with a full live band in the Welsh capital early next year.

The gig, which features support from SUN I TAFARI, takes place on 26 February 2016 at The Globe in Cardiff.

In 2012 MACKA B put out an album called Change The World.


Tickets available for Reggae Love Fest

Limited tickets are available for Reggae Love Fest which takes place in the capital later this month.

The live show will be a celebration of UK reggae music with the MASSIVE ALL-STARS band featuring TRUE INDENTITY and starring PETER HUNNIGALE, JOHN MXLEAN and PETER SPENCE.