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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.


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.


Bristol Caribbean music events revealed

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


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.


BASHY BEATS reveals big night in Brixton next month

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


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”.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


LESS THAN JAKE tickets go on sale for UK tour

US ska punk band LESS THAN JAKE has teamed up with YELLOWCARD for a co-headline tour around the UK next year.

The six-piece group from Florida mix memorable melodies, aggro guitars, punchy horns and ska rhythms. 

The UK tour includes the following shows:



The organisers of the Skamouth weekend have revealed DANDY LIVINGSTONE and THE SELECTER will perform at their 2015 event.


THE SELECTER reveals Subculture Tour 2015

2Tone ska band THE SELECTER has announced the details of a big tour in February and March 2015 around the UK.

The 22-date ‘Subculture Tour 2015’ kicks off in Gloucester and winds up at KOKO in Camden, followed by a special gig at Warwick University's Copper Rooms in Coventry.


MARLON JAMES selects Guardian playlist

Jamaican novelist MARLON JAMES has selected five songs - from WAYNE SMITH, GENERAL ECHO, SUPER CAT, BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS and SHABBA RANKS - to soundtrack his new book.

The special edition of The Guardian’s playlist focuses on his latest book: A Brief History of Seven Killings.