Bands confirmed to date include:
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 Rejects are a 7 piece Ska/Rap band from the Midlands that have just came off the back of a busy and exciting summer of festivals including a headline slot at Boomtown Fair!
Are you ready for a completely original mashup of ska, punk & grime with a hip-hop nod at luminaries like The Clash, The Specials & Mike Skinner. Karl’s refreshingly honest lyrics test the boundaries of the human mind and the English etiquette, coming from a place most people can relate to but never dared to mention! Now backed by The Rejects to bring a new bounce and skank to the party!
Over the last few years we’ve supported or toured with Dub Pistols, The King Blues, Sonic Boom 6, Gentlemans Dub Club, Imperial Leisure, The Neville Staple Band, Dreadzone & Alabama 3! They’ve also had air time on numerous BBC Introducing shows, including BBC 6 Music!
Charlie Moss is a 20 year old singer/songwriter from Brighton who has been releasing music and gaining a steady following.
He has performed alongside Nate Simpson, Bars & Melody, Union J, Tom Mann, Franklin Lake, Chris Leonard and Louis Berrie, with major gigs and events lined up for 2017.
He has already released two EP’s in which both featured in the iTunes charts with my debut EP – ‘#1’ breaking the top 24 and my second EP – “New Beginnings” peaking at position 12 and then remaining in the charts for a period of time.
He has headlined a number of gigs performing at many prestigious venues across the UK including The Joiners, The Engine Rooms, O2 Academy, Concorde 2, The Haunt, Fiddlers Elbow and many more.
His newest track “The Winter Song” has been featured as BBC Introducing’s Track Of The Day on national radio followed by a sold out single launch at The Brunswick in Brighton. The Winter Song reached the top 20 in the globalSinger/Songwriter charts on iTunes with a huge number of sales in the first 24 hours. He is now working on my debut album for release late 2017.
For the past 3 years Brighton based Sam Walker has been on the road throughout the world performing solo in a multi-instrumental set up. He has played to thousands of people, performing to audiences large and small in theatres, houses, gardens, streets, festivals and all the spaces in between – from Glastonbury to Buenos Aires, Montreal to Melbourne.
Sam falls through dreamscapes, imagined lands and different realities. Stumbling into rolling, dance floor rocking grooves and heart breaking soaring melodies along the way. His songs are full of new stories, tender twists and anthemic melody. His live shows are gaining a reputation for boundless energy and much multi-instrumentalism.
Sam Played 5 shows at Glastonbury 2016 and also performed at Beautiful Days festival and has just completed a UK tour.
Recently Sam supported Charlie Winston on his sold out European tour and took up the artist in residence at the Brighton Dome where he premiered a multi media live show “The Sweetness of the Gathering night” to a sell out crowd.
“Brilliant” BBC6 Music / “A modern one man band full of hope, fury and joy” Zig Zag / “Sam Walker is a stunning artist” Source Online
PIRANHAS FOUR are best known for their 300,000 selling chart hit TOM HARK. It is still played every week throughout the country at sports events.
Formed in 1977, the band soon got a reputation in the UK for their live gigs, John Peel sessions and work with the Brighton label Attrix Records. PIRANHAS 4 have done live gigs, TV and documentaries in the UK Europe and the USA. The band’s deadpan humour, combined with a varied set of short, memorable ska and/or punk influenced songs makes for an entertaining time.
First coming to prominence when DJ John Peel started playing their single “I Don’t Want My Body” on his BBC Radio 1 programme, but achieved their biggest success with their cover version of the South African kwela song “Tom Hark” with new lyrics written by the band’s frontman “Boring” Bob Grover, it was a Top 10 hit in the UK in 1980.
Bob Grover and veteran bass player Owen Kellett have recently been joined by a new drummer, Ian Hills, and guitarist Harry Jellywell, both stalwarts of the legendary Brighton Alhambra days.
Skaciety were formed in Sittingbourne, Kent, in 2012 and play fast, energetic Ska/Punk music.
In 2016 they played 49 gigs the length and breadth of the country from Penzance in Cornwall, up to Inverness in Scotland, as well as a short tour with labelmates UK’s Lowest in continental Europe and were voted Musically Fresh’s Live Act and Band of the year 2015. They are releasing their second Album “Overstaying Our Welcome” Produced by Dave Chang (Lightyear, Capdown) at the end of June 2017.
The Dead Reds
The Dead Reds are the toughest-sounding thing to rock out of Brighton since Pinkie Brown started throwing his weight around.
The Dead Reds are the Squad behind this Blast of harp-fuelled British R&B. There’s a definite Touch of 70’s Dr Feelgood in the Guitars, Gob iorn and vocals here, Which is a major compliment as not many have come close to that bands’s intensity and genius , If anyone can get there, it’s surely THE DEAD REDS…..
If two years in Nashville taught London-boy James Riley anything, it’s the power of a good song.
Already an award-winning artist and key player in the U.K.’s underground folk scene when he crossed the pond in 2015, James found a kindred posse in Music City’s listening rooms and bars, and soon began crafting an album under the Sherpa-like stewardship of Grammy-winning producer Matt Odmark.
Returning to the UK this summer with a slew of fresh material, Riley’s sound is a heady elixir of modern folk and classic soul in no small measure influenced by the fiery integrity of Tennessee’s songwriting tradition.
“Riley writes with a deftness often reserved for musicians twice his age” Addict Music
O’Connell & Love
O’Connell & Love is the latest incarnation of Larry Love (Alabama 3) and his long-time songwriting partner Brendan O’Connell, who co-wrote much of Larry’s first solo album, Ghost Flight, released under the name of Robert Love in 2006. Kris Kristofferson credited Ghost Flight as ‘one of the best debuts I’ve ever heard.’
Born Robert Spragg, the son of a Welsh Mormon preacher, Larry Love always had fire and brimstone in his soul. With Jake Black (Rev D.Wayne Love) he formed Alabama 3 in 1992, a musical “car crash” which merged Country Western songs with the burgeoning Acid House movement.
Brendan O’Connell met Larry in the 90s not long before the Alabama 3 signed their first record deal. Brendan was in a band called Past Caring and they often played on the same bill at venues in South London. As song writers they were attracted to each other’s music straight away and wrote a couple of songs together not long after meeting.
Larry approached Brendan to co-write much of his first solo album Ghost Flight, which was released in 2006. Brendan is always writing songs and playing music so when he and Larry decided to write a follow up album to Ghost Flight, they had over 30 songs to choose from – but for many reasons it took 7 years to finish the album. Life just gets in the way!