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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


Date set for Midlands Roots Explosion Volume Two

Reggae Archive Records is set to release The Midlands Roots Explosion Volume Two on 20 May.

The album will be available on double vinyl in a luxurious gatefold sleeve, CD and digital download.

The first volume was released last year and saw the culmination of many years work spent tracking down artists and tapes to shine a light on one of England's greatest, yet most overlooked musical scenes.


STEEL PULSE start crowdfunding to complete film

Birmingham reggae group STEEL PULSE is campaigning for funds to complete a new documentary film called 'Dreadtown'.


UB40 and STEEL PULSE team up for UK shows

Birmingham reggae giants UB40 and STEEL PULSE have got together for two special shows in London and Birmingham this December. 

The bands will team up for the first time to perform the following gigs:


Date set for Midlands Roots Explosion Volume One

Reggae Archive Records is shining the spotlight on some of Birmingham’s reggae acts with the release of The Midlands Roots Explosion Volume One later this summer.

The album will be released on 29 June, available on high quality double vinyl in a deluxe gatefold sleeve, on CD and as a digital download.

The new record is the first in a series of compilations that hope to showcase some of the unreleased, forgotten and barely known musical gems from what was such a vibrant scene.


STEEL PULSE adds another date to UK tour

Birmingham roots reggae band STEEL PULSE has added a show in North Wales to its upcoming tour of the UK.

Live dates on the tour now include:


STEEL PULSE added to London Intl Ska Fest

Birmingham reggae band STEEL PULSE is the latest act to be added to the London International Ska Festival 2015.

The UK reggae legends will be performing their classic Handsworth Revolution album, originally released in 1978 on Island Records.


STEEL PULSE reveals UK show in 2015

Groundbreaking roots reggae band STEEL PULSE will perform a show in Brighton early next year.

Lout Promotions is putting on the gig at Concorde 2 in Brighton on 5 April 2015

Tickets are priced at £22.50 in advance and go on sale tomorrow at 9am.


Simmer Down Festival headliner revealed: STEEL PULSE

One of UK's fastest growing and most diverse festivals returns to the beautiful surroundings of Handsworth Park with headliners STEEL PULSE.

The festival takes place on 20 July at Handsworth Park in Birmingham.

Alongside APACHE INDIAN and MUSICAL YOUTH, more artists will be announced over the next few weeks.


BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS honoured in London with ‘blue plaque’

The BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS blue plaque unveiling ceremony finally took place on Saturday (8 September) in Neasden, North West London.

Councillor Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, said how symbolic the ceremony was in recognising the African-Caribbean contribution to the economy. Michael Adeyeye, the mayor of Brent, added that he considered it an honour to be presiding over such a momentous event.


MISTY IN ROOTS live: band unveils new UK dates

Roots reggae band MISTY IN ROOTS has announced a run of live performances in the UK as part of their ‘Respect Due’ tour.

The Southall-based reggae pioneers emerged in the early 1970s and became one of the most popular English reggae bands alongside STEEL PULSE and ASWAD.

The ‘Respect Due’ tour kicks off at the end of the month and runs up until the end of October.

The 10-date tour includes:


LUCIANO & HORACE ANDY confirmed for south London festival

The UK’s Lambeth Country Show has announced the line-up for this year's show that looks set to be one of the highlights of the festival calendar.

The Sunday main stage welcomes back an afternoon of roots and reggae with performances from LUCIANO and HORACE ANDY.