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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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.

Continuing Skylarkin’ Soundsystem‘s ongoing 15th Anniversary series, acclaimed singer/songwriter Ed Rome brings his all-star ensemble to The Cellar for the very first time. Showcasing sides from ‘Snapshot: Dubs & Subs’ – the second LP in their two-part homage to the classic sounds of late 60s/early 70s Jamaica, expect a thrilling ride through vintage ska, reggae and rocksteady with a double-barrel shot of soul. And expect the place to be jumping!

‘Irresistible, Absolutely Authentic, Carries Complete Conviction.’
Tom Robinson BBC 6Music

Do. Not. Miss.

On the decks, Trojan Records selector Count Skylarkin spins classic island magic and waist-winding bashment boogie from the 60s to the present day.

Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Friday 5th June 2015 at The Cellar [Oxford]
10pm-3am | £5 advance/£6 door

Your Bank Holiday weekend starts here. On the decks, Mr Benn and Count Skylarkin serve up waist-winding, bassbin-bothering bashment boogie like nobody else on earth. Spinning dub, roots, dancehall, hip hop, garage, soca and dubstep and giving it the bounce they’ve perfected at Bestival, Boomtown Fair and beyond. Accompanied on the mic by Tru Thoughts live-wire MC Deemas j. Come shake a leg.

Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Friday 1st May 2015 at The Cellar [Oxford]
10pm-3am | £5 advance/£6 door

Laid Blak (live) | Count Skylarkin | DJ Bunjy | Joe Peng | Deemas j | more

Urban Reggae Heavyweights Laid Blak originate from Bristol and are taking the UK live music and underground club scene by storm. 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 and John Legend. Get ready for a very special Brixton Boogaloo riot of sound.

COUNT SKYLARKIN (Trojan Records) & DEEMAS J (Tru Thoughts)
Trojan selector, Wailers warm-up and purveyor of the best beats in the business. Co-creator of the world-famous Disco Shed, curator of Skylarkin’ Soundsystem and The BIG TEN INCH. Crate-digger. Luddite. Party starter. Story-teller. Maniac. Accompanied on the mic by Tru Thoughts live-wire mic-man (and 90s rave scene legend) Deemas J.

Cornershop Disco and Grooveschool DJs host the Boudoir

Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Friday 17th April at The Prince of Wales, 467-469 Brixton Road, London SW9 8HH
10pm-4am | Early Bird £8 Advance £10/£12. MOTD

Continuing the Skylarkin:15 season, may I present the very first band I ever had play at the clubnight (early 2005 as we were expanding our operation to The Zodiac) – former Skatalites supports and perennial Oxford favourites, The Nine Ton Peanut Smugglers, to make your Good Friday a great one. Plus myself and very special guests keeping you raving till 3am.
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The Nine Ton Peanut Smugglers
Formed in the old Brickworks basement in 2004 after a few too many Belgian ales, The Nine Ton Peanut Smugglers are now one of the best purveyors of authetic live ska, rhythm & blues and and caribbean boogaloo in the UK, sharing stages with Toots & The Maytals and The Skatalites along the way. Featuring the vocals and guitar of UK r&b legend Sir Bald Diddley, the unmistakable drumming of sometime Mungo Jerry sticksman Bruce ‘Bash’ Brand, the honking horns of Johnny Temptation and Pama International’s Simon Wilcox and the tonking piano of Kid Wig, this is pure, authentic island ska and Jamaican boogie as it was originally intended.

Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Good Friday – April 3rd 2015 at The Cellar [Oxford]
10pm-3am | £5 advance/£6 door


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