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Interview: ReggaeChapter speaks to TOOTS HIBBERT

We caught up with the legendary FREDERICK “TOOTS” HIBBERT of TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS for the last ever ReggaeChapter interview.

Ahead of his UK tour later this month, HIBBERT talked about returning to the live scene after a three-year hiatus and his plans for the future.

The Jamaican musician’s career was put on hold back in 2013 after an onstage bottle attack at a Virginia music festival.


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:


TOOTS & THE MAYTALS line up UK tour dates

Top Jamaican singer Toots Hibbert is back with his band TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS for a series of shows around the UK.

Upcoming gigs now include:


TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS to make live return

Jamaican music legend TOOTS HIBBERT of TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS will return to the live music scene this summer following a three-year hiatus.

The singer will headline Groovin In The Park on 26 June at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York, as confirmed via the Groovin’ Radio Facebook page.



Reggae singer FREDERICK “TOOTS” HIBBERT has settled a US$20m lawsuit he filed against organisers of Dominion Riverrock.

Back in 2013 the TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS singer was hit on the head with a vodka bottle during a live performance at the festival.

A Richmond Circuit Court judge recently dismissed the case at the request of lawyers representing Hibbert and the festival organisers.

The two parties did not disclose details of the settlement.


Insurance firm off the hook in TOOTS HIBBERT law suit

A US federal judge has ruled that State Farm Fire & Casualty Company has no duty to pay for injuries suffered by FREDERICK “TOOTS” HIBBERT after he was stuck by a bottle during a concert last year.

On 18 May 2013 Hibbert was hit in the head by a vodka bottle thrown by student William Connor Lewis at the Dominion Riverrock festival in Richmond, Virginia.

The Jamaican singer suffered concussion and required staples.


TOOTS HIBBERT attacker jailed for six months

William C. Lewis, the man who threw a vodka bottle at FREDERICK “TOOTS” HIBBERT during a live performance in Virginia USA, has been sentenced to six months in prison.

The TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS frontman was performing at the Dominion Riverrock festival back in May when the bottle-throwing incident occurred. 


TOOTS HIBBERT sues Virginia concert organisers

Jamaican legend Frederick “Toots” Hibbert has filed a £13.5m (US$20m) negligence lawsuit against Dominion Riverrock festival sponsors Richmond Sports Backers and Venture Richmond.

On 18 May the TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS singer was hit in the head with a vodka bottle during the festival appearance in Richmond, Virginia. 


Camp Bestival reveals TOOTS replacement: MAX ROMEO

Hot on the heels of performances at the Lambeth Country Show and WOMAD, the organisers behind Camp Bestival have announced Jamaican roots legend MAX ROMEO as the replacement act for TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS.



Reggae musician JULIAN MARLEY has been revealed as the replacement for TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS at the BoomTown Fair next month.

In addition, two “top notch reggae super stars” have been confirmed as the secret headliners for the new Lion’s Den Temple.


U-ROY to play London’s Open East Festival

Reggae master U-ROY with his all-Jamaican band have been announced as one of the performers at London’s Open East Festival.

The weekend of music, food, theatre and family fun will mark the first anniversary of the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, taking place in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 27-28 July.


LEE PERRY and MAX ROMEO added to WOMAD line-up

Jamaican reggae legends LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY and MAX ROMEO are the last minute additions to the WOMAD Festival which takes place in Charlton Park later this month.


TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS pull out of WOMAD; Singer advised to cancel all summer shows

The inimitable TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS have been forced to withdraw from the UK’s WOMAD festival due to a head injury sustained by frontman FREDERICK “TOOTS” HIBBERT last month in the US.

Hibbert is still undergoing treatment and his doctors have advised that he cancel all his summer UK tour dates.


TOOTS HIBBERT files £13m law suit against onstage attacker

Jamaican musician FREDERICK “TOOTS” HIBBERT is suing the man accused of throwing a bottle at him during a concert in Virginia, USA.

The TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS singer filed a lawsuit in Richmond Circuit Court against William C. Lewis, who is charged with “felony malicious wounding”.


BABYLON CIRCUS added to WOMAD full line-up

French ska and reggae group BABYLON CIRCUS are among the final acts announced for this year’s WOMAD festival in the Westcountry.

The band from Lyon will be joining reggae legends TOOTS & THE MAYTALS and DAVID RODIGAN at Charlton Park on 25-28 July.


TOOTS HIBBERT cancels remaining US shows

Jamaican reggae legend FREDERICK “TOOTS” HIBBERT, the main man of TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS, has cancelled the remaining dates on his US tour after being injured at a concert last week.

The singer returned home to Jamaica on Tuesday (28 May) after getting struck on the head with a glass vodka bottle, thrown at him by an audience member during a show in Richmond, Virginia.


TOOTS HIBBERT on the mend after onstage bottle attack

Legendary Jamaican singer Frederick "Toots" Hibbert, frontman of TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS, has recovered after being hit on the head by a vodka bottle thrown by a drunk fan at a concert in Virginia, USA.

Watch the video from 4:00:


TOOTS & THE MAYTALS announce full UK tour

Jamiacan group TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS have announced a 10-date tour of the UK this summer, in addition to three British festival appearances at Womad, Camp Bestival and BoomTown Fair.

The shows, which will include the full TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS band, are:


TROJAN SOUND SYSTEM selects ‘England playlist’

Daddy Ad and Earl Gateshead from TROJAN SOUND SYSTEM have selected their favourite Jamaican songs that have influenced English ska and reggae acts for The Guardian.

According to the feature, “From the Specials in Coventry to Massive Attack in Bristol, England has long had a love affair with Jamaican music.”