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Bristol gig report: BERES HAMMOND, TARRUS RILEY & ROMAIN VIRGO

Reggae royalty BERES HAMMOND, TARRUS RILEY and rising star ROMAIN VIRGO performed in the Westcountry last week (11 October) at Bristol City Football Club.

The triple VP Records bill took place at Ashton Gate Stadium’s Dolman Exhibition Hall following a last minute venue change late last month, rescheduled from Cardiff University. 

With less than two weeks to spread the word in Bristol, promoters K&K Entertainment - assisted by Bristol contact Angel Camorra - managed to pull a decent mid-week crowd at a new reggae venue for the city.

Unlike the cavernous Wembley Arena experience in London, the Bristol date was an opportunity to get up close and personal with the artists.

First up from the parish of St Ann was singer ROMAIN VIRGO plugging new material from his 2012 studio album The System.

Here’s some video footage of his favourite track from the record “Don't You Remember”:

VIRGO's lovers rock set went down well with the crowd and his impressive vocal delivery set the bar high for the night ahead.

The show also marked the Digicel Rising Stars singer’s first time in Bristol, and I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the years to come.

TARRUS RILEY, introduced to the stage as hailing from the parish of St Thomas, was up next with a soulful set including the likes of “Stay With You”, MICHAEL JACKSON cover “Human Nature” and his latest hit “Sorry Is A Sorry Word”. 

Crowd pleaser “She’s Royal” can be viewed below:

DEAN FRASER, saxophonist and regular collaborator with RILEY, was on hand for the first two acts of the night and he didn't shy away from taking centre stage for a spot of sax soloing.

Headliner BERES HAMMOND, from the parish of St Mary, finally sauntered on stage to an eruption of screams around 11pm, leaving an hour of uninterrupted BERES until the midnight curfew.

Dressed in his trademark black leather cap and large white shirt, the legendary singer progressed through a strong selection of hits including “No Disrespect”, “Tempted to Touch” and “Putting Up Resistance”.

Here’s a medley of songs from the performance, including “Step Aside”, “What One Dance Can Do” and “She Loves Me Now”: 

With a brand new studio album One Love, One Life coming out next month I would have expected more new material, but switching one of his 'has to play' tracks such as “I Feel Good” with a newbie  might not have gone down all that well.

Overall, a fantastic night showcasing three generations of Jamaican music and the birth of a new venue for reggae music in Bristol. 

Here’s hoping for plenty of 2013 bookings at the Dolman!

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