After a sell-out session with Mungo’s Hi Fi, Oxford’s longest-running night for all things reggae returns with legendary London roots six-piece The Majestic live onstage. Formed way back in the early 80s by Tony Alli and Faada Ras and currently enjoying a resurgence thanks to earth-shaking shows at Boomtown Festival and an acclaimed new LP, this is lovingly-crafted roots-rock-reggae at its most regal. On the decks Count Skylarkin and special guests take you through 50 years of soundsystem culture – from calypso, ska and rocksteady through to dancehall, bashment and jungle!
Forward-thinking roots reggae music, seismic productions and democratic dancehall fun for a Skylarkin’ Independent Venue Week special! Festival dons, 6Music favourites and soundsystem legends Mungo’s Hi Fi make the trip down from Glasgow for their Cellar debut.
They’re joined on the mic by livewire Tru Thoughts vocalist Deemas J and on the decks by Trojan Records remixer Count Skylarkin and One Drop’s D-90. This is going to be a big night! Don’t miss!
Friday 27th January at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford OX1 3HZ
10pm-3am | Tickets | Facebook
Reggae Christmas returns to The Bullingdon with our biggest headliner yet – legendary lyricist, activist and positivist Macka B – live onstage with the Roots Ragga Band!
One of Britain’s most influential dancehall toasters, Macka B has been performing and making consistently interesting, intelligent, relevant, occasionally hilarious reggae music for more than 30 years, recording for Fashion Records, Mad Professor, Jetstar, Peckings and countless other labels and producers. From 1983’s “Maggie’s Letter” to more recent hits like “Medical Marijuana” and “Wha Me Eat”, Macka has been at the top of his game for four decades, and we can’t wait to welcome him to this most suspicious annual festive tradition!
Support comes from Reggae Xmas originators, Oxford’s original rebel sound DestaNation, CowleyRoadblocker Count Skylarkin, Ockard Riddim’s Constant Jammin + surprise guests to be revealed on the night. Dasher and Wazzy bring the party to room two.
Reggae Xmas has been a Cowley Road tradition for the past 20 years. If you’ve been lucky enough to have been, you’ll know. If you haven’t, well there’s never been a better time to find out!
Christmas Eve at The Bullingdon
162 Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1UE
The mighty DUB SMUGGLERS return to Skylarkin’ to rattle the Cellar ceiling once more. The crew’s Manchester nights 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. BE VERY AFRAID! Aided and abbetted by Count Skylarkin at the controls.
‘The essential festival band!’
Having spent the summer rocking crowds at Boomtown, Shambala and Glastonbury, Laid Blak return to Skylarkin’ Oxford for an intimate show in their favourite basement. Born out of the 90s jungle scene in their native Bristol, over the past decade the Laid Blak project has grown into an acclaimed 8-piece band – winning awards left, right and centre for their incendiary live shows, which take in reggae, dancehall, hip hop and soul. They’ve had hits too – Red and Bristol Love have been played all over the radio and all over the world. Once experienced, NEVER forgotten! Get down early.
On the decks, Count Skylarkin is joined by Laid Blak’s own DJ Bunjy and MC Joe Peng, rocking the dance with big and bouncy reggae, dancehall, hip hop and drum & bass till the small hours.
Friday 30th September at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford OX1 3HZ
10pm-3am | Tickets | Facebook
Oxford’s newest dub sensations take over Oxford’s longest-running reggae night!
After tearing up the stage at Common People and conquering the airwaves courtesy of David Rodigan on BBC1Xtra, 9-piece brass’n’bass pioneers ZAIA are bringing their deep, danceable, dubwise grooves to The Cellar for a very special live show. Featuring the bewitching vocals of Amy Mackown, the richter-scale bass rumble of David Tomlinson, roof-rattling rhythms by James Bolton and a slew of special guests onstage and on the decks.
“…a phenomenally slick reggae band…” Nightshift Magazine
Every Thursday night this summer, Count Skylarkin and friends present Jamaica Rum Tings Rooftop Sessions at The Prince of Wales in Brixton. Great food, amazing drinks, sunshine, BBQ and BASS! Featuring guest appearances from Daddy G (Massive Attack), DJ Vadim (Ninja Tune), Earl Gateshead (Trojan Soundsystem), DJ Shepdog (Nice Up!), Wrongtom (Tru Thoughts), Dirty Dubsters, Aldo Vanucci and more. Best of all, thanks to our friends at Wray & Nephew Jamaican Overproof Rum, admission is FREE!