Cowley Road’s maddest festive tradition lives on. The venue at 190 Cowley Road has had a few name changes since the mid-nineties, but one constant has been the annual Christmas Eve reggae night.

This year Bristol’s bashment breakbeat heroes DUB MAFIA make their second Oxford appearance and their first at Reggae Christmas, having blown the roof off The Cellar back in March. Fronted by the reggae siren Eva Lazarus, the 7-piece have taken their floor-pounding blend of drum & bass, dancehall, dubstep, breakbeat and world music all over the globe, from Asia to Scandinavia, amassing over 1,000,000 youtube hits along the way. Warming up in fine style we have Oxford’s own roots reggae newcomers ZAIA.

Count Skylarkin's Trojan Summer 2014 Selection by Count Skylarkin on Mixcloud

On the decks, Count Skylarkin, Constant Jammin and Desta*Nation Soundsystem keep you dancing from the top till the very last drop.

This year the whole event is dedicated to the memory of Mackating bassist and Reggae Xmas originator David Norland, and in his honour a donation will be made to The Leys CDI Youth Music Project.

skylarkinsoundsystem.com | www.dub-mafia.com | www.o2academy.co.uk

Christmas Eve at O2 Academy Oxford | 9pm-2am
£6 earlybird/£8 adv/£10 door

Count Skylarkin and fellow vinyl fetishist TENOSHI 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 even the odd festive classic, at West London’s best-loved musical bunker.

The Official Resident DJ for Jamaica House & Jamaica 50 during The London 2012 Olympic Games, Tenoshi makes records, digs records and spins records – like this:

Sometimes referred to as ‘The King of Rum & Bass’, Trojan Records remixer Count Skylarkin specialises in turntablism, pork-pie hats, dapper suits and guaranteed good times. Here’s a mix he prepared earlier:

Count Skylarkin's Trojan Summer 2014 Selection by Count Skylarkin on Mixcloud

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Saturday December 13th
8pm-2am, Free before 9pm, £6 before 11pm, £8 after.
Please bring photo ID to the club.

Temple Funk Collective | Del Gazeebo | Count Skylarkin | Deemas j | more

It may be winter but the 2014 festival season was just too good to be forgotten, so for NYE Count Skylarkin assembles some of the highlights of his misspent summer.

Ringing in the midnight chimes, OX4’s own Temple Funk Collective brought the house down at Bestival – a New Orleans-style 8-piece brass band riot, taking their lead from the Louisiana legends and adding gypsy, jungle and hip hop.

Disco Shed promo mix Summer 2013 by Del Gazeebo on Mixcloud

On the decks, Disco Shed favourite Del Gazeebo serves up the waist-winding, bassbin-bothering bashment boogie that shook the trees at Shambala and Latitude. Twisting up the classics like no-one else can, the Brightonian is the man behind the trailblazing Soundly Beaten & No Identity cut & paste imprints. Del brings the party every time.

Trojan Records remixer Count Skylarkin revisits the sounds that got Chinatown bouncing at Boomtown and filled the floor at Standon Calling‘s Favela. Expect new and vintage reggae, rocksteady, Jamaican ska, hot swing, jump blues, dancehall, hip hop and jungle vinyl, turntablism, pork-pie hats, dapper suits and guaranteed good times.

Tru Thoughts live-wire mic-man Deemas J completes the pack. These days best-known for his critically-acclaimed LP ‘Wrongtom Meets Deemas J in East London‘, the fast-chatting vocalist originally from Clarendon, Jamaica is also a legend of the 90s rave and jungle scene, who has held down residencies at the Hackney Labyrinth and all over Europe in his time.

We want to see stupid hats, hemp hoodies, wellies, stockings, suspenders and those strange banana onesies.

Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
New Year’s Eve at The Cellar, Frewin Court OX1 3HZ
TICKETS | £5 earlybird / £10 advance / £10 door (in fancy dress) / £12 otherwise
10pm-4am #bringingfestieback

December sees a packed line-up for Skylarkin’ at The Cellar. On the decks, Irish dancehall party-starters Dirty Dubsters make their Oxford debut. Longtime favourite roots reggae songstress Jewels Music makes a welcome return to the live stage with her band. Finally, newly-signed RCA Records soulboy Jamie Joseph takes to the stage to showcase sides from his upcoming LP with Amy Winehouse collaborator Baby J. Count Skylarkin completes the pack with ska and rocksteady treasures galore.

£5 earlybird | £6 advance | £7 door

Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Friday 5th December at The Cellar, Frewin Court OX1 3HZ
9pm-3am (Jamie Joseph onstage 10pm sharp!)
Facebook event

Saturday November 8 at Notting Hill Arts Club
8pm-2am, Free before 9pm, £6 before 11pm, £8 after.
Please bring photo ID to the club.
decks: Count Skylarkin and guest MC Deemas J
live: Jewels & The Jacuzzis (on stage at 9pm)

from http://www.nottinghillartsclub.com:
Sweet Memory Sounds made a spectacular transition into 2014. Following the retirement of Sweet Memory Sounds founder and talisman DJ Derek after New Year’s Eve the SMS baton has been passed on to two brilliant, charismatic and very dapper DJs with whom DJ Derek worked very often, namely Count Skylarkin and Natty Bo.

On Saturday November 8th, Count Skylarkin delivers the wildest and craziest vintage rhythms from swing and bebop through jump-blues, calypso, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall and more. He’s joined by sensational MC Deemas J who adds proper chat and really knows how to get a party started. Check him in action with Wrongtom on ‘Jump + Move + Rock’ here

On Saturday 8 Sweet Memory Sounds gets going with a live set by Jewels & The Jacuzzis. The band first took our breath away back in 2007, and soon popped up at many Skylarkin’ events, including support slots for The Wailers, Mad Professor and Dreadzone. They’re back after a three-year hiatus that saw singer-songwriter Jewels become a mum; expect to hear sultry, soulful, mesmerising roots reggae.

Count Skylarkin stumbled into DJing in mid-nineties South London and has since gone on to work with legendary Jamaican acts such as The Wailers (UK tour DJ), Toots & The Maytals, The Skatalites, Max Romeo and countless others, not to mention his decade-long association with DJ Derek in Oxford and elsewhere at club events such as The Disco Shed, The Big Ten Inch and of course, Skylarkin Soundsystem.


If you wish to reserve one of the six leather-covered booths (seating up to

eight at a friendly squeeze) and tables which are set aside on Saturdays,

please call the club or email davidmanso@nottinghillartsclub.com  and book ‘em.

The booths are free and all you have to do is arrive by 9.30pm.


Notting Hill Arts Club 
21 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JQ.  Tube: Notting Hill Gate.  Info: 020 7460 4459

email: contact@nottinghillartsclub.com   web: www.nottinghillartsclub.com


It’s available to buy in November, but you can have a squizz at Count Skylarkin & Harvey K-Tel‘s latest bit of jungle bananas right now via the magic of YouTube, courtesy of our dear, strange friends at Rumpus Animation.

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.


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