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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.


FREDDIE MCGREGOR and JOHN HOLT reveal London show

Jamaican singers FREDDIE MCGREGOR and JOHN HOLT have announced a one-off show at the IndigO2 in London this summer.

The two legends have teamed up to deliver their catalogue of reggae hits as part of a special celebration honouring 52 years of Jamaican independence. Support on the night will come from AYSHA LOREN.



The organisers behind the UK’s number one reggae and dub camping event can now reveal COCOA TEA, JOHN HOLT and WAILING SOULS will perform at this summer’s festival. 

The Jamaican reggae greats will join already announced acts like CORNELL CAMPBELL and TAPPA ZUKIE at Bedfordshire's One Love Festival.


JOHN HOLT lines up London show this August

Jamaica’s JOHN HOLT will perform at the indigO2 venue in London this summer with THE REGGAE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.

The big show takes place on 1 August and tickets go on sale from 24 January at 11am.


I Am The Gorgon comes to Bristol, plus Q&A with BUNNY LEE

As part of Black History Month, The Watershed in Bristol will be hosting a special screening of ‘I Am The Gorgon’, including a Q&A session with legendary producer BUNNY “STRIKER” LEE.

The brand new film is based on the life of BUNNY LEE and how Jamaican music spread from the ghettoes of Kingston around the globe.


Icons Of Reggae to launch Manchester Carnival: HOLT, MCGREGOR, LEVY & more

Some of reggae’s most legendary artists will be in the UK this summer for the ‘Icons Of Reggae part 3’ Manchester Carnival launch party.

The impressive line-up is set to feature JOHN HOLT, FREDDIE MCGREGOR, BARRINGTON LEVY, KEN BOOTHE and JANET KAY.



Jamaican singing sensation JOHN HOLT has announced a special one-off show in London this summer with THE REGGAE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA and full band.

Musical Therapy is putting on the show at the IndigO2 on 2 August in celebration of Jamaica’s 51st year of independence from the UK.


Jamaica 50 Festival in London: all-star line-up revealed

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from the UK, London’s IndigO2 will play host to the Jamaica 50 Festival this summer.

The 11-day event is set to feature an eclectic mix of reggae artists from YELLOWMAN to GYPTIAN, DAMIAN MARLEY to LUCIANO, and SLY AND ROBBIE to BIG YOUTH.


JOHN HOLT live at the Malcolm X Centre, Bristol: Fan-filmed video available

Jamaican singer JOHN HOLT, backed by the DUB ASANTE BAND, performed last night (11 February) at the Malcolm X Centre in St Pauls, Bristol.

Watch fan-filmed video footage below of his show including songs "I'd Love You To Want Me" and "The Tide Is High".

"I'd Love You To Want Me" 

"The Tide Is High"


Top 10 Valentine reggae nights in the UK 2012 has taken a look at the top reggae and dancehall Valentine parties that are happening across the UK later this month. 

Valentine's Day is straddled between two weekends this year, so the following list includes shows taking place over nine days in mid-February.

JOHN HOLT, one of the forerunners of lovers rock, is expected to perform at half of the featured shows.

In date order, they are:


LEE PERRY & JOHN HOLT Q&A sessions in UK press

The Guardian and The Voice newspapers have carried out Q&As with two of Jamaica’s greatest musicians: LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY and JOHN HOLT.

In the Guardian piece dub legend LEE PERRY provides “words of wisdom on dubstep, getting fit in his 70s, and modifying the Lord's prayer”.


JOHN HOLT & FREDDIE MCGREGOR confirm big Brixton show

Jamaican reggae legends JOHN HOLT and FREDDIE MCGREGOR have lined up a 'Valentine Celebration' at the O2 Academy Brixton next month.

The Brixton show is the latest addition to JOHN HOLT’s previously announced tour of the UK, the ‘1000 Volts Of Holt Tour’, which includes the following dates:


JOHN HOLT lines up UK shows in February 2012

Legendary reggae singer JOHN HOLT has lined up two big shows in Bristol and Cardiff early on in the New Year.

To celebrate nearly 40 years since the release of his biggest selling album 1000 Volts Of Holt, the former PARAGONS lead singer will be performing the record in its entirety at the shows.

The ‘1000 Volts Of Holt Tour 2012’ takes in Cardiff University Students’ Union in Wales and then on to the Malcolm X Centre in St Pauls, Bristol.

The full details for the gigs are as follows:


Newly launched KING SPINNA issues vinyl-only dub rarities

King Spinna - a brand new reggae label founded by Bob Harding and Dom Sotgiu, formerly of Blood and Fire - has launched with a vinyl-only set of dub rarities from KING TUBBY's studio.

Check out below some listening samples of the new release Dub Will Change Your Mind by BUNNY LEE & THE AGGROVATORS


Part five of RODIGAN reggae show now available

The fifth instalment of DAVID RODIGAN’s summer reggae show on the BBC is now available to listen to and download.

This week the British DJ re-visits BUNNY WAILER's debut solo album, Blackheart Man, released back in 1976.

Other featured tracks include JOHN HOLT's “Help Me Make It Through the Night” - a track which put him in the British charts in 1974 - and SUGAR MINOTT’s “Good Thing Going”.


GYPTIAN & BUSTA RHYMES destroy Wembley: videos available

US rapper BUSTA RHYMES and rising dancehall artist GYPTIAN stole the show at the One Love Peace Festival at Wembley Arena on Sunday.

Both artists managed to whip the 12,000-stong crowd into a frenzy amid deafening whistle-blowing and screams.

Other standout performances from the day came from ETANA, Sir JOHN HOLT and SEAN PAUL who all drew in large crowds and didn’t suffer the same arena acoustic problems that other bands experienced throughout the day.


Reggae stars descend on the UK

International reggae artists SHAGGY, SEAN PAUL, GYPTIAN, THE ABYSSINIANS and ETANA have hit UK soil ahead of the One Love Peace Festival at Wembley Arena tomorrow.

SHAGGY was on ITV breakfast show Daybreak this week to talk about his performance at the event. You can check it out here.


BBC reggae show: episode three now available

The third instalment of DAVID RODIGAN’s new ten-part reggae series for BBC Radio 2 is now available.

This week the British DJ plays lovers rock anthem “Silly Games” by JANET KAY, alongside 1960s Jamaican beach music from JOHN HOLT and THE PARAGONS, as well as roots-rock-reggae anthems by BURNING SPEAR and DENNIS BROWN.

Here’s the full playlist: