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Sat 18th May at 9:00pm
Reggae City Festival 2013
@ The Rainbow Complex, Birmingham
Featuring: Johnny Clarke, Dub Asante Band, The Selecter, Hollie Cook, Overproof Sound System, 1 Eye, MC Joe Peng, Buggsy, Dreadsquad, Adam Prescott, Little Richie, Flashback, DJ Micky Finn, Ragga Twins, Jinx, Aries
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Reggae City Festival 2013: Johnny Clarke + Dub Asante Band + The Selecter + Hollie Cook + Overproof Sound System + 1 Eye + MC Joe Peng + Buggsy + Dreadsquad + Adam Prescott + Little Richie + Flashback + DJ Micky Finn + Ragga Twins + Jinx + Aries
Enjoy an evening of dubstep / roots / ska / rocksteady / ragga jungle / reggae / dub / dancehall over three venues with international live acts, an outdoor stage, food and merchandise stalls and artists spraying graffiti live.
A legend of the Jamaican reggae scene. Johnny Clarke is the prototype reggae 'dancehall' singer of his day, setting the foundation for future generations to come with versioning, re-cutting and/or transforming old themes into something new and current. He pioneered this thirty years back but the work is still as fresh today. He took Jamaica and the reggae scene worldwide by storm when it needed it the most; presenting a fresh, youthful and energetic style and a crisp voice, that lots of us would give our right arm for!
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Formed in Coventry in 1979 The Selecter spearheaded the 2-tone movement along with The Specials and Madness. Fronted by Pauline Black, they first hit the airwaves with 'On My Radio', followed by countless other hit singles. Mixing punk, ska and reggae, their debut album 'Too Much Pressure' successfully reflected the social and political issues of the early Thatcher years in Britain and gave a voice to disaffected youth across the racial divide.
The band split at the height of their popularity in 1981 but are now reformed and touring again with original lead singers Pauline Black and Arthur 'Gaps' Hendrickson.
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The daughter of Sex Pistol Paul Cook, Hollie's self-coined "tropical pop" sound stems from her passion for reggae singers Janet Kay and Phyllis Dillon combined with classic 60s girl groups. She released her self-titled debut album in the Summer of 2011 to critical acclaim from many, resulting in her being on an array of 'Top Albums of 2011' lists including The Word, The Mirror and Rough Trade.
Hollie Cook tour dates
A reggae party from Birmingham that has been touring since 2001.
Overproof Sound System tour dates
1-Eye blend a multitude of flavours creating a distinctive mix of reggae, Latin, and soul which is lyrically entertaining making quirky references to life in Birmingham and beyond.
1 Eye tour dates
Frontman for legendary Laid Blak, Joe is one of the most versatile MCs and singers to ever come out of Bristol Town. Having started out his career as a Drum and Bass MC but developing into most other styles you would find in the rave, Joe has toured all over the UK and Europe with the likes of Kenny Ken, Sy, Slipmatt, Seduction, Easy Groove, Carl Cox and Sasha, to name but a few.
MC Joe Peng tour dates
Polands' number 1 reggae/dancehall sound who have global status with a series of massive tunes such as "Screw Dem and "jump and Skip" Riddims , working with most top vocalists and smashing partys worldwide.
The Dreadsquad sets are all about the party, a fusion of dancehall, energetic soca, hip-hop, reggae with a lot of electronic influences.
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Venue: The Rainbow Complex
Phone: 0121 753 1818
Disabled Bookings: 0121 753 1818
→ Corporation Street 13 min walk
→ Bull Street 13 min walk
→ New Street 14 min walk
→ Bordesley 7 min walk