Line-up 2017

Bands confirmed to date include:

Dreadzone

Entering an impressive 3rd decade, Dreadzone, one of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, release brand new album “Dread Times” on February 17 2017.

‘Dread Times’ is the band’s 8th studio album and the 3rd release on their own “Dubwiser” label. Their old skool dread sound comes bubbling to the surface on this album and it digs deeper into their dub and reggae roots whilst still keeping the beats fresh and the textures electronic. Conscious lyrics, social ills, matters of the heart and mind merge with 21st century dubwise flavours. The album is an eclectic rolling journey that recalls elements from an illustrious 23 year history while always looking ahead to the next phase.

Alongside core members Greg Dread, who produced this 12 track album, Leo Williams, Chris Compton, reggae vocalist Earl 16 and MC Spee, Dread Times introduces younger blood into the mix with newest member Bazil bringing an edge to the sonic process and Greg’s son Marlon expanding the musical range further. Don Letts also returns with lyrical contributions, as does Lena Cullen on vocals for one track, with 90s ragga duo Louchie Lou and Michie One guesting on another. Recorded again at Mick Jones’ Bunker Studio, arranged at Dread Central and mixed by fellow founder Tim Bran, this is classic West London Zone with an updated edge. Dread music for an unpredictable world, these are Dread Times.

Pioneered by former members of Big Audio Dynamite (and, by inheritance, carrying forward the heart and soul of The Clash) Dreadzone’s two decade plus career has been championed by the late John Peel, signed to the legendary Creation Records and Virgin before finally securing their independence by founding their own aforementioned Dubwiser record label. Since their inception in 1993 Dreadzone have steadily been releasing underground storms of albums, progressively bettering, refining and perfecting their own unique and inimitable take on dub – mixed as it is with aspects of dance, sublime guitar riffs, folk roots sentiments and breakbeat bass styles – whilst bringing the party to every club, dancehall and field they’ve shown up at. Always blowing audiences away and steadily earning for themselves the best possible reputation as a live act in the process.

Chainska Brassika

This mischievous rabble from London have been causing mischief since school, spreading their contagious horn driven ska anthems across the UK, mainland Europe and beyond.

2017 will see the band release their second LP Harry J Business, recorded at Harry J Studios in Kingston, Jamaica with double Grammy award winning producer Stephen Stewart. Extensive tours of the UK and Europe are planned plus a string of festival performances to promote the record. The official video for the debut single from the LP “Don’t You Try” is out now, featuring reggae legend Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals.

“Real musicians, real band, real brass section… fabulous & so refreshing” David Rodigan, BBC 1xtra
“The Rising Stars of the London Ska Scene” Richie Cadence, efestivals

 

Gaz Brookfield

Gaz Brookfield is a solo acoustic musician based in Bristol.

Since winning Acoustic magazine’s 2010 Singer Songwriter of the year, he has spent his time on the road, touring the UK and Europe. In this time he has shared the stage with the likes of The Levellers, Frank Turner, New Model Army, Nick Harper, Newton Faulkner, Miles Hunt, Seth Lakeman and many more, racking up over 1000 gigs to date.

Gaz remains the only unsigned solo artist to sell out The Fleece, Bristol. A feat he has now achieved five times, the last three selling out over six months in advance.

Often playing as many as 200 gigs a year, Gaz’s relentless and never-ending tour schedule takes him to every corner of the country and beyond. The last few years saw Brookfield play at over 100 UK festivals, including Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, Bearded Theory and many more, firmly cementing him as a festival favourite for the future.

 

Cousin Avi

Cousin Avi are as far from ‘vanilla’ as you can get. With 2 albums and multiple self-released EPs under their belts and eight years of independent touring across the UK, Europe and South America behind them, (including Brixton, Cafe De Paris, Jazz Cafe & Brownstock, sharing the bill with acts such as, Amy Winehouse, Basement Jaxx, Example & Katy B) the Avi train doesn’t look as though it’ll be resting anytime soon.

The five-piece Northampton based grit-pop powerhouse have not only received strong support from their local BBC Introducing show but have had their music featured by the NME and placed in the BBC Drama ‘The Driver’. In 2013, Avi spent some time under the watchful eye of Duran Duran’s, Dom Brown, recording ‘The White EP’.

They are currently working on brand new material to be released and toured during 2017.

 

Fragile Things

Featuring former members of Heaven’s Basement and Endless Mile, Fragile Things are at the forefront of a new generation of rock.

Hailing from different backgrounds, different influences and different places, what brought the four members of Fragile Things together is their passion love and belief in good rock music! Basing themselves in Milton Keynes this four piece consisting of Richie Hevanz (vocals) Mark Hanlon (Guitars) Steve Lathwell (Bass) and Hugo Bowman (Drums) combine massive riffs, huge grooves and soaring vocals with heart felt lyrics that create the message ‘You are not alone’. 

With a live show bursting with energy, Fragile Things are on a mission to bring British rock back to the top!

Black Water County

Black Water County have been on an exciting adventure since forming in Spring 2013, taking hometown Bournemouth and surrounding areas by storm in a three-year whirlwind of festivals dates and headline shows that have caused a stir in many folk-punk circles.

Highlights have included festival appearance at Boomtown and CampBestival, supporting slots with Less Than Jake and Ferocious Dog and releasing their first album in February 2017.  If you like Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys, you’ll love Black Water County.

Karl Phillips and the NGF rejects

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Sam Walker

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The Dead Reds

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