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UB40 feat Ali, Astro & Mickey to play Westonbirt

Birmingham reggae band UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue will perform live at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire this summer.

The legendary trio will be on stage on 18 June with an eight-piece band including a brass section.

Special guests for the show are reggae/dub band RADIO RIDDLER.


ELEPHANT MAN cleared of rape charge

Rape charges against dancehall artist ELEPHANT MAN, real name O’Neil Bryan, have been dropped after the complainant died last month.

Bryan appeared in Jamaica’s Home Circuit Court on charges of rape, buggery and grievous sexual assault, but the prosecution said it could offer no evidence against him because the complainant passed away on 17 January.


BITTY MCLEAN reveals Manchester show

Birmingham reggae singer BITTY MCLEAN will perform live in Manchester this coming May.

The show takes place on 13 May at Band On The Wall in Manchester with tickets priced £17.50 to £20 in advance.

In 2013 BITTY MCLEAN put out his album, The Taxi Sessions, which was co- produced with SLY AND ROBBIE.


THE AGGROLITES add more dates to UK tour

Californian ‘dirty reggae’ group THE AGGROLITES have added shows in Bristol and Derby to their upcoming UK visit.

The tour now includes the following dates:


TARRUS RILEY lines up Birmingham show

Bronx reggae artist TARRUS RILEY with the BLAK SOIL band will perform in Birmingham this May alongside ASSASSIN, SPICE, MIGHTY CROWN and METRO MEDIA.

This big reggae and dancehall event takes place on 1 May at the Tower Ballroom, Birmingham, with tickets priced at £30 in advance.


Camden’s Jazz Café gets refurb

Iconic London music venue Jazz Café has closed its doors suddenly and will re-open in May after a refurbishment.

Over the years top reggae acts have played the venue including LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY, CORNELL CAMPBELL and ALTON ELLIS, among many others. London roots reggae band ASWAD is set to perform at the venue on 1 October.

Wilfred Limonious art show comes to Bristol

One Love Books is now presenting the first solo retrospective of Jamaican illustrator Wilfred Limonious in Bristol.

The free exhibition, called ‘In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious’, brings together a diverse selection of works produced from the early 1970s to the mid-1990s.

SKINDRED singer slashed in hometown

Benji Webbe, the frontman of Welsh reggae metal band SKINDRED, has been attacked with broken glass in his hometown.

In the early hours of Saturday morning (30 January) the singer suffered cuts to his throat and face after leaving a party in Newport.


London Intl Ska Festival hosts free record fair

The London International Ska Festival will hold a free-to-attend record fair as part of its 2016 event programme.

The fair takes place on 27 March (Easter Sunday) from 2pm to 7pm Upstairs at The Garage.

Stalls and record labels will be selling ska, rocksteady and reggae vinyl, including rare and collectables. 

Check out the Facebook event page for more information.

DAMIAN MARLEY to play Bestival

Jamaican singer DAMIAN “JR. GONG” MARLEY will perform live at Bestival this year on the Isle of Wight.

The big festival also features the likes of DAVID RODIGAN, WILEY and MAJOR LAZER, among many others.

Bestival takes place on 8-11 September at Robin Hill Country Park, near Arreton, with weekend tickets priced at £190.


More UK dates for LUCIANO and BUGLE

Jamaican roots reggae artist LUCIANO will perform a Mother's Day weekend special around the UK alongside BUGLE.

In addition to the previously announced show in London, the singers backed by THE RASITES band will also perform in Birmingham and Bradford.

The dates are:


JOHNNY CLARKE lines up UK shows

Jamaican reggae musician JOHNNY CLARKE will perform live in Bristol and Manchester this coming March.

Dates revealed so far include:


Venue revealed for One Love Festival 2016

The One Love Festival is “going back home” to Hainault Forest Country Park in Essex where it took place back in 2010 and 2011.

The big dub and reggae event takes place on 2-4 September.

Early bird tickets are on sale now priced at £110 for adult weekend camping.

Check out the Facebook event page for more information.

More reggae acts added to Love Saves The Day

MAD PROFESSOR and DAVID RODIGAN are among the latest additions to Bristol’s Love Saves The Day festival.

The recent reggae additions join previously announced acts like LIONPULSE, SHY FX and TEACHINGS IN DUB.

Loves Saves The Day takes place on 28-29 May at Eastville Park in Bristol with tickets priced £45-£75 in advance.


MAJOR LAZER to headline Lovebox

Electro-reggae group MAJOR LAZER will headline the Lovebox main stage this summer.

The festival takes place on 15-16 July at Victoria Park, London, with tickets priced at £78.50 in advance.

In 2015 MAJOR LAZER put out an album called Peace Is The Mission.


WARRIOR KING to drop new album

Jamaican reggae singer WARRIOR KING will shortly release a new album called Warrior King the Rootz Warrior.

The new 14-track record features collaborations with top producers and artists including BERES HAMMOND and RICHIE SPICE, among others.


NEW TOWN KINGS line up UK shows

Essex ska and reggae collective NEW TOWN KINGS has lined up some UK gigs in the coming months.

The eight-piece band blends old school Jamaican rhythms with a fresh dose of UK inspired ska.

Upcoming shows now include:


Latest London Intl Ska Festival addition: THE KUBRICKS

Top London ska band THE KUBRICKS is the latest addition to the London International Ska Festival 2016.

The group will play day four of the festival (27 March) along with BAD MANNERS, PANNONIA ALLSTARS SKA ORCHESTRA, RAZIKA and BOTTLE OF MOONSHINE.


DUB PISTOLS added to Shindig Weekender

London dub/electronic group DUB PISTOLS will perform at the Shindig Weekender this summer.

The festival takes place on 27-29 May at a secret location in Somerset with tickets priced at £99 in advance.

THE CUBAN BROTHERS and DON LETTS are also among the first acts revealed for the third annual Shindig Weekender.