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DAVID RODIGAN & REBEL SOUND victory at Culture Clash

REBEL SOUND, featuring CHASE & STATUS and RAGE, SHY FX and reggae DJ DAVID RODIGAN, reigned supreme at the Red Bull Culture Clash event in London yesterday.

The specially formed group blew grime collective BOY BETTER KNOW, Jamaican sound system STONE LOVE and A$AP MOB headed up by US rapper A$AP ROCKY out of the water.

The event took place at Earls Court in London on 30 October.


Guardian puts out reggae, dancehall & soca playlist

The Guardian has put out a brand new reggae, dancehall and soca playlist ‘from Kingston to Kampala’.


ALKALINE granted US visa to perform

Jamaican dancehall artist ALKALINE recently received a US visa and will be sharing a stage with MAVADO in New York this December.

The deejay, who was recently shortlisted for a MOBO Award, will be performing at Club Amazura in Queens on 19 December.


MARCIA GRIFFITHS awarded Jamaican honour

Queen of reggae MARCIA GRIFFITHS has been given a national award, the Order of Distinction in the rank of commander, at a ceremony in Jamaica.

The awards ceremony took place at Kings House, St Andrew, on National Heroes Day (20 October).

The prestigious award comes as the singer celebrates 50 years in the music industry.


Tickets on sale for ska festival Thames Cruise

Tickets are now available for the London International Ska Festival Thames Cruise which takes place on board the Dixie Queen paddle steamer.

The event takes place on Good Friday, 3 April 2015, with tickets priced at £32.50 in advance.


Live review: THE AGGROLITES in Bristol

Los Angeles reggae band THE AGGROLITES hit Bristol earlier this month on a long-overdue tour of the UK.

Despite it being a cold and wet Monday in October, the Exchange on Old Market was busy with an eclectic mix of skinheads, ska punk fans and reggae purists.

Up first was Essex ska collective NEW TOWN KINGS who kicked off things in fine fashion with a high-energy performance.


THE WAILERS get ready to kick off UK tour

Jamaican reggae band THE WAILERS will shortly embark on a full UK tour performing the album Legend in its entirety.

Following a sold out UK tour last year and a big performance at Glastonbury this summer, THE WAILERS are back to take their show on the road again.

Fans will hear the iconic album live on stage featuring classics likes “Three Little Birds”, “I Shot The Sheriff” and “Jamming”.


Bristol Caribbean music events revealed

Bristol will feature two African Caribbean music scene events in the coming weeks, as part of Black History Month.

The first is a screening of two films at The Cube cinema next week, as well as SOUNDS OF CONROY (ROOTS INJECTION) and BIG D (JAH LOKKO) performing in the bar.


HOLLIE COOK lines up Manchester gig

London reggae singer HOLLIE COOK will next month perform a live show in Manchester.

Following a US tour, the Manchester gig takes place at Night & Day on 26 November, with tickets priced at £10 in advance.


STYLO G picks up Best Reggae MOBO Award

British dancehall artist STYLO G has won a MOBO Award in the ‘Best Reggae’ category at this year’s big Wembley Arena event.

STYLO G, who was born in Jamaica, has continued gaining attention in the underground urban scene since his arrival to the UK in the late 1990s.


BASHY BEATS reveals big night in Brixton next month

The BASHY BEATS crew return to the Queens Head in Brixton for another Southside Party.

RICHIE BLOOD, AURAL VOYEURISM and SIX will be providing plenty of bass-orientated party tunes for those who like to get out, get down, and GET BASHY!

The 14 November event is free all night and there's a late license until 3am.


Reggae legend JOHN HOLT passes away

Jamaican singer and songwriter JOHN HOLT has passed away in a London hospital at the age of 67.

Copeland Forbes, HOLT’s manager, confirmed the death to the Jamaica Observer on 19 October.

“John died at 2:40 am English time. His [John’s] nephew informed of his death”.

The cause of his death has yet to be confirmed.


Reggae drummer STYLE SCOTT killed

LINCOLN “STYLE” SCOTT, an original member of the ROOTS RADICS BAND, has been killed at his home in Jamaica.

According to the Jamaica Observer, on 9 October the 58-year-old was found dead by police at his home in Williamsfield district in the parish of Manchester.

SCOTT was born in 1956 in Chapelton in the parish of Clarendon. 


WILEY reveals short UK tour in December

British grime/dancehall rapper WILEY has announced a short run of live shows across the UK towards the end of the year.

The ‘Snakes & Ladders Tour’ takes in the following three intimate shows:


SHANTY to hit Bristol on UK tour

London party-reggae band SHANTY will perform in Bristol tomorrow night as part of the second leg of its tour around the UK.

The seven-piece collective recently released its debut EP Leave Me Out. Fans can check out the DAVID RODIGAN-approved track “Bohemian Soul” on SoundCloud.

The tour includes the following remaining dates:


DENNIS ALCAPONE lines up Rum 'n' Bass in Brighton

Pioneering Jamaican toaster DENNIS ALCAPONE will perform next month at Brighton's Black History Month annual party: Rum 'n' Bass.

ALCAPONE will be backed by reggae and ska band DUBCATS featuring BLACK STEEL, plus DJ support from PRINCE FATTY.


ISAIAH ‘IKEY’ OWENS passes away

Keyboard player ISAIAH "IKEY" OWENS, part of Jack White's backing band and a member of THE MARS VOLTA dub reggae side project DE FACTO has died on tour.

White has cancelled his remaining concerts in Mexico after OWENS was found dead in his hotel room in Puebla.


First acts revealed for London Intl Ska Fest 2015

Jamaican trombone player VIN GORDON leads the first line-up announcements for the London International Ska Festival 2015.

The festival takes place on 2-5 April 2015 across various venues around the capital.


Champions of Lovers Rock 2015 show revealed

The Champions of Lovers Rock show - featuring CARROLL THOMPSON, BARRY BIGGS and JANET KAY - will now take place in Manchester next year.

The big reggae showcase will be happening at The Ritz in Manchester on 27 March 2015 with tickets priced at £22.50 in advance.


GAPPY RANKS to perform in Oxford next month

British dancehall and reggae artist GAPPY RANKS will perform next month at the Art Bar in Oxford.

The show takes place on 29 November from 10pm through to 3am, with tickets priced at £10 in advance.

Music on the night will be supplied by WHITE MAGIC SOUND playing the best in reggae and dancehall music, followed by a live performance from GAPPY RANKS.