After our roadblock Brixton Splash party with Don Letts and Norman Jay, Skylarkin’ Soundsystem is returning to The Prince of Wales as part of ‘Brixton Boogaloo’, the brand new weekly Friday night throwdown across the club, boudoir and, with the nights drawing in, on the brand new covered and heated lower terrace.

Mighty Leap (Live) | Ragga Twins & Wrongtom | Count Skylarkin
Friday October 24th
at The Prince of Wales, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton
10pm-4am | tickets

Skylarkin’ Soundsystem has been an institution in Oxford and London for the past 15 years, and recently put out their first ever vinyl release on Skylarkin’ Recordings – three and a half minutes of reggae magic on heavyweight seven inch vinyl – courtesy of Mighty Leap. A cover of Fleetwood Mac’s classic ‘Everywhere’ – the tune has been a staple for the festival season, we look forward to welcoming the band to the stage at POW.

Guesting with the band, the Ragga Twins, aka London UNITY sound system veteran MCs Deman Rockers and Flinty Badman, revisit long lost rave and reggae classics and unveil sides from their forthcoming LP with Wrongtom on Tru Thoughts. The boys are all fresh off performances across the festival circuit over the summer, including a memorable show at Boomtown.

Support on the decks from party starters Wrongtom and the general – Count Skylarkin, returning to the venue where he previously held a successful residency between 2005 and 2009.

Return of the band voted Best Live Reggae Act in Northern Europe as they journey from Bristol town for a special intimate show. Laid Blak have rocked audiences in Oxford and around the UK at every festival worth its salt so many times that they need no introduction. Smash hits like ‘Bristol Love‘ and the ubiquitous ‘My Eyes Are Red‘ have seen the 7-piece propelled onto the airwaves and around the world, most notably on tour with The Wailers and sharing stages with Julian Marley, John Legend and Massive Attack. Don’t miss.
On the decks, LB’s own soundsystem veterans DJ Bunjy and MC Joe Peng join Count Skylarkin, spinning big and bouncy reggae, dancehall, hip hop and drum & bass till the small hours.

£5 earlybird | £6 advance | £7 door

Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Friday 7th November at The Cellar
10pm-3am (band onstage 11pm sharp!)

This Saturday night Count Skylarkin and fellow vinyl fetishist Natty Bo return to Notting Hill Arts Club for Sweet Memory Sounds, the monthly Saturday night party made famous by DJ Derek. Expect the wildest and craziest vintage rhythms from swing and be-bop through jump-blues, calypso, ska, soul, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall and more, at West London’s best-loved musical bunker. Here’s a taste courtesy of Time Out Dubai!

PS: Earlycomers will be rewarded with a live set from Zack Woolfson’s seven-piece roots and dub merchants Babilondon, playing live at 8pm.

Saturday October 11th at Notting Hill Arts Club
7pm-2am, free before 8pm, £6 before 11pm, £8 after
Facebook event

Next Friday night – BIG BASS & EVEN BIGGER BRASS

A New Orleans Brass Band from Temple Cowley, Temple Funk Collective‘s rise has been as fast as their sets are high-octane. Summer 2014 saw them bring their horn-heavy dynamite sound to Boomtown Fair and Bestival, where they rolled onstage at 3am and damn near incited a riot. Taking their lead from the Louisiana legends with a nod towards gypsy, jungle and hip hop. Make your funk the T-Funk.
“Hypnotic Brass Ensemble meets University Challenge” Chris Tofu (Continental Drifts)

MR BENN (NICE UP! records)
Mr Benn hails from Bristol and serves up waist-winding, bassbin-bothering bashment boogie like nobody else on earth. Taking in dub, roots, dancehall, hip hop, house, soca and dubstep and giving it his trademark West Country bounce. Come shake a leg.

The King of Rum & Bass shaking up the place as per.

Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Friday 3rd October at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford
10pm-3am | £5 advance/£6 door
Facebook event

The Nextmen
+ Count Skylarkin + Disco Shed DJs
Beloved the globe over, Brad Baloo and Dom Search are two of the best party-starters in the business – blending anything worth listening to from all electronic music styles. Expect anything from dancehall, drum’n’bass, dubstep, reggae, roots, andl hip hop to soul, funk & (UK) funky, indie, leftfield, ambient, pop and straight-up party jacking pleasers. And expect it to go off. Support and hosting from Skylarkin’ Soundsystem and The Disco Shed.

The Nextmen in Oxford with Skylarkin’ Soundsystem & The Disco Shed
Friday 19th September at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford OX1 3HZ
10pm-3am | £6 advance/£8 door
Facebook event

Back by VERY popular demand after backing the great Susan Cadogan at the Zodiac last year, The Sidewalk Doctors play proper old-time, soulful rocksteady and reggae, with nods to the gods of Treasure Isle and Studio One. Frontman Nathan Thomas’s voice will have your spine tingling. On the decks, the godfather of reggae re-edits, JSTAR, touches down from Berlin to make a rare UK appearance, increasing the heat towards dancehall and bassline thrillers till the lights come on.

Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Friday 5th September 2014 at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford
10pm-3am | £5 advance / £6 door


A temporary sojourn from the festival fields has seen me mostly knocking out these (buy yours here):

…while tonight I’m warming up for Sanchez at his first UK show in 10 years – round the corner at O2 Academy Oxford. Tickets

Then I get to dust off my old-time swing and jump blues 45s for The BIG TEN INCH tomorrow in Shoreditch alongside Wrongtom, Greg Belson and The Severed Limb.

…all the while confirming yet more surprise guests for the 7″ launch at The Cellar next Friday (August 1st) before a DJ set at Standon Calling (Saturday 2nd) and a rooftop party at Brixton Splash Festival with Norman Jay, Don Letts and The Ragga Twins on Sunday 3rd.

Eventually I might even get to go outside and enjoy a beer! Happy weekend!


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