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THE GLADIATORS & DROOP LION reveal UK tour

Jamaican roots reggae band THE GLADIATORS featuring DROOP LION have announced three live dates in the UK as part of an upcoming European tour.

The UK itinerary includes the following shows:

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JAZZ JAMAICA gets ready for London show

The Hideaway in London will host a special night to celebrate Jamaican independence day featuring JAZZ JAMAICA and FELICITY ETHNIC.

The gig takes place on 8 August with tickets priced at £20 in advance.

JAZZ JAMAICA’s original concept was to create a fusion of mento, ska, reggae and jazz, playing classic and modern jazz standards alongside Jamaican folksongs.

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THIRD WORLD adds Westcountry date to UK tour

Jamaican reggae band THIRD WORLD has added a live show in Cornwall to its upcoming tour of the UK.

The show takes place on 31 August at Princess Pavilion in Falmouth with tickets priced at £18.50 in advance.

Celebrating 42 years as a band, one of the longest-running reggae bands will now take in the following UK shows:

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Guardian puts out dancehall and soca playlist

Jamaican acts KABAKA PYRAMID and LADY SAW are among the featured artists on this month’s Guardian reggae playlist.

The reggae and dancehall playlist, selected by Erin MacLeod, also features two big soca tracks by PETER RAM and IMANI.

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DJ DEREK missing after three weeks

Bristol reggae legend DJ DEREK has been reported to the police as missing and has not been seen by family for three weeks.

Avon & Somerset Police Tweeted:

“Can you help us find #missing DJ Derek Morris, 73, from #Bristol? Reported missing last night. Call 101 with info pls http://ow.ly/Q1NKm”

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GAZA SLIM gets US visa

Dancehall artist GAZA SLIM is coming to the US after finally getting a work visa, according to Urban Islandz.

Last year prosecutors dropped conspiracy charges against the Jamaican star in the VYBZ KARTEL murder trial.

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Win tickets to see THE WAILERS in Bristol

Tell us what your favourite WAILERS track is and why to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets for the band’s upcoming live performance at the O2 Academy in Bristol.

Tweet us using the hashtag #BristolWailers and ReggaeChapter.com will select the most creative or heartfelt entry at the end of August.

The show takes place on 27 November at the Bristol O2 Academy.

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MAX ROMEO lines up live show in Brighton

Top Jamaican musician MAX ROMEO will perform live in the UK later this summer with a show in Brighton.

The gig takes place on 19 September at Concorde 2 in Brighton with tickets priced at £15 in advance.

Last year the “Wet Dream” singer released his Father & Sons album, featuring ROMINAL, on the Charmax label.

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Live review: BERES HAMMOND and BUNNY WAILER in Bristol

Jamaican superstars BERES HAMMOND and BUNNY WAILER performed to a packed O2 Academy in Bristol earlier this month.

The ‘Giants of Reggae’ Sunday night show had been long-awaited since the tour announcement back in April and both performers didn't disappoint.

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VIN GORDON lines up London show

Jamaican musician VIN GORDON has lined up a live performance in London later this year.

The show takes place on 3 October at Nells Jazz & Blues club in West London.

In 2009 the legendary trombone player put out an album called Gordon In De Garden, Vol. 1, on Patate Records.

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BoomTown adds House In The Woods

Hampshire’s BoomTown Fair has added more acts to its reggae-heavy line-up with the addition of the House In The Woods stage.

The new stage is curated by SHAPES & FLUX, ALFRESCO DISCO and ELECTRIC MINDS and will feature A GUY CALLED GERALD, HORSE MEAT DISCO, RAF DADDY, AMIR ALEXANDER, PANGAEA and ENDIAN.

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New Summer Bashment Mix out now

The festival season is in full swing and DJ RICHIE BLOOD of BASHY BEATS has dropped a brand new Summer Bashment Mix.

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More ska acts added to OnBlackheath Festival

HOLLIE COOK and CHAINSKA BRASSIKA are among the latest additions to OnBlackheath Festival later this summer.

The ska and reggae acts will join previously announced headline act MADNESS on 12-13 September on Blackheath Common in London.

Weekend tickets are priced at £89 in advance.

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PROTOJE reveals big UK tour

Jamaican reggae singer PROTOJE and THE INDIGGNATION band will be in the UK later this year for a seven-date tour.

The 'Ancient Future Tour' includes the following dates:

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MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA London venue upgraded

Due to popular demand MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA’s upcoming show in London has been moved to the Garage on 29 August.

All tickets for 30 August, which originally was going to happen at Bayou Soul in Camden, are now valid for 29 August.

Check out the Facebook event page for more information and tickets.

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Jazz Café to host BUNNY LEE birthday

The Jazz Café in London will host BUNNY “STRIKER” LEE’s birthday celebrations towards the end of the year.

The show takes place on 23 November with tickets priced at £12 in advance.

The line-up of artists performing on the night is yet to be revealed.

Last year BUNNY LEE put out a 21-track compilation called Full Up on Pressure Sounds.

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Reggae poster contest soon open for entries

The fourth annual International Reggae Poster Contest will be open for entries this week to designers around the world.

The theme of the competition this year is ‘Toward a Reggae Hall of Fame: Celebrating Great Jamaican Music.’

Guidelines include:

Reggae engineer DELROY THOMPSON passes away

Jamaican sound engineer DELROY THOMPSON, also known as SPIDER, has passed away at the age of 63.

As reported in the Jamaica Observer, he died at the Annotto Bay Hospital in St Mary of complications from a heart attack and stroke.

Thompson was most recently employed at Anchor recording studio and had previously worked at Dynamic Sounds and Tuff Gong in Kingston.

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NATURE lines up UK show and album release

Rising Jamaican reggae singer NATURE will perform in London tonight before releasing his brand new album Life’s Journey later this summer.

The new record is due out on 4 September on independent Jamaican label Downsound Records.

NATURE is one of the hottest talents in Jamaica right now and after many years of building his reputation on the live circuit, is finally taking his music to the rest of the world.

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WOMAD sound system stage revealed

The World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) ‘Bowers & Wilkins Sound System’ stage line-up can now be revealed featuring DON LETTS, EAST INDIA YOUTH, CARA DILLON, ANALOG AFRICA SOUNDSYSTEM and JAZZIE B.

Real World and Bowers & Wilkins have curated the sound system line-up for its 135,000 watt speaker stack.

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