The mighty DUB SMUGGLERS make their Skylarkin’ debut at The Cellar. The crew’s Manchester nights at Antwerp Mansions are the stuff of legend – always ram-jammed, with people travelling the length and bredth of the land to squeeze in. Further afield, the boys have rocked Beatherder, clashed with Mungos Hifi and Iration Steppas and, famously, made The Beach stage at Outlook and Dimensions festivals in Croatia sound AMAZING. They play heavy-duty dancehall, dub and roots and (best of all) they’re bringing their famous handmade bassbins. Aided and abbetted by Count Skylarkin at the controls.

Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Friday 30th October at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford OX1 3HZ
£5 advance | £6 door

Fresh from announcing himself to the world in summer 2015 via boombox anthems (Sticky Situation, Sometimes, Where I’m From) and smoking hot festival shows at Boomtown, Bestival and Outlook Croatia, Island Records latest signing KIKO BUN is coming to Oxford! Half Panamanian, half Italian, 100% reggae dynamite. Do not miss.

Support in the decks comes from one of UK reggae’s most respected selectors, Trojan Soundsystem lynchpin Earl Gateshead and recent star of David Rodigan’s BBC Radio 2 show, Count Skylarkin.

Earl Gateshead Live at Outlook Festival 2012 by Scotch Bonnet Records on Mixcloud

Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Friday 6th November at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford OX1 3HZ
£5 earlybird | £6 advance | £7 door


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.

Laid-BlakOn the decks Count Skylarkin celebrates his birthday with big and bouncy reggae, dancehall, hip hop and drum & bass till the small hours.

Skylarkin’ Soundsystem presents LAID BLAK
Friday 25th September 2015 at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford OX1 3HZ
£5 earlybird | £6 advance | £7 door

BBC Radio Flyer 15

Earlier this year the great broadcaster and reggae selector David Rodigan and I found ourselves talking music backstage at his ‘Ram Jam’ clubnight in Oxford, and when the time finally came to call it a night he asked if I’d be interested in coming on his BBC Radio 2 show some time to pick up where we’d left off. The show went out in September 2015; in case you missed it first time around you can listen again here.


Traffic-Blocking, Party-Rocking Reggae, Hip Hop & Tropical Bass!

Your Bank Holiday weekend starts here. On the decks, Man of Science and Count Skylarkin serve up waist-winding, bassbin-bothering bashment boogie like nobody else on earth. Spinning dub, roots, dancehall, hip hop, garage, jungle, soca and dubstep and giving it the bounce they’ve perfected at Cowley Road Carnival, Boomtown and beyond. Accompanied on the mic by Tru Thoughts live-wire MC, Hackney Labyrinth legend and All Saints Roadblocker Deemas J.

Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Friday 28th August
at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford OX1 3HZ
£5 advance / door


My great friend and Skylarkin’ Soundsystem resident of more than 10 years, DJ Derek hasn’t been seen since Friday July 10th. Do us a favour and keep an eye out for him when you’re out and about. He travels a lot, so could potentially be anywhere in the UK or Ireland. If you see him, tell him to give his family a bell, and please contact Bristol police on 101 quoting ref MP3388/15

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July is forecast hot!

Starting with my now customary Cowley Road Carnival berth – upsetting the place for an hour or so on Tony Nanton’s Housewerk Soundsystem outside The Bullingdon on Sunday July 5th. Get down early and make sure you’ve got your raving boots on – the police are shutting us down at 5pm this year, so we’re gonna have to make every second count. Click the Facebook.

The following Sunday (12th) I’m honoured and overwhelmed to be warming up Jamaican legends Beres Hammond and the great Bunny Wailer at Bristol O2 Academy. Beres is perhaps the most enduring and popular singer of his generation. For Jamaicans all over the world, he is THE number one reggae and lovers rock performer and always has been. Bunny Wailer needs no introduction. A founding member of the band that made Bob Marley a superstar and a Grammy Award-winning solo artist in his own right, Bunny’s contribution to The Wailers (and reggae’s) back catalogue has thrown up some of the most unique and special moments ever to come from the Caribbean. David Rodigan once asked him why he hadn’t been the original trio’s lead vocalist. “Because it was my job to arrange the harmonies” was his typically self-effacing response. I never would have imagined that I’d even see Bunny Wailer play in my lifetime, let alone be sharing a stage with him. Tickets selling fast.

Then it’s back to Oxford for two emminent Jamaican superstars of a different generation. Chronixx (alongside the likes of Protoje and support acts Dre Island and the Zincfence Band) is spearheading a new generation of Jamaican performers who are not just reviving the classic 1970s sounds made famous by the likes of Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Culture and Dennis Brown, they’re revitalizing it – playing instruments, pressing records, and most importantly, singing about real issues. Live onstage, it’s gonna be pure fire. Thursday 16th July at O2 Academy Oxford – don’t miss.

In between I’ll be popping up in the Disco Shed for sets at Latitude Festival and Cornbury, and finally Skylarkin’ Soundsystem gets a new spot at The Cellarnow on the last Friday of every month – starting July 31st with special guests Dirty Dubsters & 2Nice.


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