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WEDNESDAY 05 AUGUST

REGGAE SOUNDWAVES TOUR: PASSAFIRE & BACKBEAT SOUND SYSTEM

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7:30PM-11PM : £10 ADV (18+)

In its nearly twenty year history, New York City's Easy Star Records has produced numerous best-selling, trendsetting reggae albums and built an international brand that has come to signify quality and class. The international progressive reggae scene that Easy Star has built continues to grow, thanks to label bands such as Rebelution, The Green, The Black Seeds, The Skints, John Brown's Body, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Backbeat Soundsystem and Passafire


This year sees the first EASY STAR RECORDS: REGGAE SOUNDWAVES TOURwhich pairs UK upstarts Backbeat Soundsystem with US reggae/rock band Passafire. The tour will hit towns and cities across England for live shows in a partnership that promises to feed the latest growth in Britain’s reggae scene. 


Backbeat Soundsystemhave made a name for themselves on the UK festival and independent venue circuit over the past 4 years through their outstanding and consistent live performances. A band that’s laden with groove, their up-tempo songcraft draws from numerous influences including funk, ska, pop and dub, transcending genre limitations to create an original, affecting sound. The eight-piece brought their live show’s energy to the studio in their debut album, ‘Together Not Apart’, which was released on Easy Star in October 2014 to acclaim by tastemakers such as Reggaeville, Guestlist, Clash and The Pier


Passafirewere formed in 2003 by students attending Savannah College of Art and Design. Throughout the years, they have become a perpetually in demand touring band playing hundreds of shows each year with bands like 311, Rebelution, Slighty Stoopid, Matisyahu, The Wailers and many more. This past year, they won Best Live Act on The Pier, which is the US reggae scene’s leading website. Lead vocalist Ted Bowne doesn’t mind the gruelling schedule and adds, “Touring is the best way to keep the buzz about the band going. What keeps it fun and exciting is the people we meet and places we get to see.” It’s this love of touring that will bring the American four-piece to British shores for the first time – expect a harder rock edge with a grounding in a progressive reggae base and an unrivalled live energy.

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