Friday April 15th – Live at The Bullingdon, Oxford
They come from North London and they speak the truth. They are General Roots! As seen at Boomtown, SGP, Outlook and Soundwave festivals and countless more, sharing stages with the likes of Kiko Bun and Hollie Cook, The Generals’ carefully-concocted brew of bouncing dancehall, heavy dub and sweet lovers rock has gained admiration far and wide. Back by popular demand! On the decks, Count Skylarkin lays down big basslines from the top till the very last drop. Skylarkin’ Soundsystem is Oxford’s #1 reggae and bass culture clubnight for the past 16 years!
Friday April 29th 2016
The Cellar, Frewin Court Oxford OX1 3HZ
10pm-3am / £5 adv / £6 door
Tickets | Facebook
Derek used to say of his audiences, “You make an old man very happy”. Well Derek, you made so many people so, so happy. Yours was one of the most significant and enduring friendships of my life, and I’ll miss you every day.
LAST EVER GIG!
The Nine Ton Peanut Smugglers were born after one too many Belgian Ales in an Oxford basement in 2004 and went on to become one of the finest purveyors of authentic live ska, rhythm & blues and caribbean boogaloo in the UK – sharing stages with Toots & The Maytals, Ska Cubano and The Skatalites alongside numerous festival appearances at home and abroad. In 2012 they released their one and only LP ‘Drop Some Leg’ to considerable critical acclaim.
“The best, most authentic ska ever played by white men”
Twelve years on and with a raft of other projects in the pipeline, the band are finally hanging up their roasted snacks for the last time. But not before a suitably HEAVY send-off in their hometown! Featuring, for the first time ever, a specially expanded line-up, making The Nine Tons a 9-piece brassbound behemoth!
UK R&B legend Sir Bald Diddley on vocals and guitar
The unmistakable drumming of Holly Golightly sticksman Bruce ‘Bash’ Brand
The Late Ron McRobbie on bass
The tonking piano of Kid Wig
The FIVE honking horns of Johnny Loafer, Spadge McRae, Napoleon Trombonaparte, Tommy Temptation and Pama International’s Simon Wilcox
For the final time – pure, authentic island ska and Jamaican boogie as it was originally intended. Come Drop Some Leg.
Count Skylarkin (Trojan Records) takes to the decks before and afterwards, keeping you rocking from the top till the very last drop.
I was honoured to be asked by Don Letts to discuss the incredible life and tragic disappearance of my great friend DJ Derek at the BBC6Music Festival in Bristol over the weekend. Don was making a film about Derek at the time of his disappearance. You can see a clip from it here, and photos from a packed Trinity Centre below. Derek hasn’t been seen since he left The Criterion in St Pauls on Friday 10th July last year. Needless to say, anyone with any information that could help #FindDJDerek should get in touch with the police or with his family via Facebook.
MASSIVE NIGHT ALERT!! DJ Vadim makes his Skylarkin’ Soundsystem debut off the back of his hugely acclaimed Dubcatcher series of LPs. One of the hardest working and most respected DJs and producers in the game, expect a wild ride through classic roots music, 80s digital, bashment, original UK 2 step soul, bass culture and of course some boom bap rap.
Aided on the mic by Unit 137 and Tru Thoughts vocalist Jago and abetted on the turntables by fellow reggaeholic Count Skylarkin and Destiny FM‘s Garvin Dan.
Friday 26th February 2016 at The Cellar, Frewin Court Oxford OX1 3HZ
10pm-3am / Tickets / Facebook
Completely bonafide, 100% UNOFFICAL Massive Attack Brixton afterparty!
Featuring legendary DJ and punk filmmaker Don Letts, The Rebel Dread, manning the controls.
Plus Daddy G’s mic-man Deemas J and Bristol Hi-Fi partner in crime Mr Benn alongside Trojan selector Count Skylarkin. And no doubt, one or two surprises!
Arrive early and you might even catch a special live set from the original rudeboy, The Specials’ Neville Staple.