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Reggae Nights in Bristol

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Bristol's Reggae & Dub Scene

Is Bristol the capital of reggae & dub in the UK?

With the return of the community led St Paul’s carnival (getting national coverage in the Guardian), Bristol has always had claim to be the capital of the Jamaican diaspora sound. Reggae and dub can be heard on the streets of St Paul’s and Stokes Croft, on the airwaves of Ujima and at venues like Cosies and community-centred nights at Kuumba Centre and the Malcolm X centre. While smoking bans and rapid gentrification have murdered the nightlife of London, Bristol has it’s own problems that are impacting the reggae and dub communities. The recent sale of the Rastafari Cultural centre poses a threat to the beating heart of this vibrant scene in Bristol.

While it's still possible to see reggae legends like Lee Perry and Horace Andy at Bristol's large venues (ie Colston Hall and the o2 Academy), live reggae in Bristol is fewer and farther between. Dub and 'soundsystem culture' on the other hand, are literally huge. For the big dub and roots soundclashes, keep an eye on whats on at the Trinity Centre in Bristol, most notably Unity in Dub who's guest soundsystems have included Irration Steppas and the mighty King Earthquake.

On a much smaller scale look at Cosies listings for their weekly roots and reggae night and check whats on at the Attic (attached to the Full Moon on Stokes Croft). Pure ragga, bashment or dancehall events in Bristol are pretty rare, instead a reggae room is a pretty common fixture at big nights at venues like Lakota.

The rapid growth of dubstep in Bristol has brought with it a rekindled interest in modern dub (aka digi-dub aka future dub) and has led to some unlikely dub bookings like Mad Professor at Shit the Bed in the Motion listings.

Our recent reggae & dub recommendations

Apocalyptic noise-rap rioteers straight outta the Death Grips >>> Kinlaw & Franco Franco continuum….Yao Bobby’s frantic life-depends-on-it bilingual spitting is the perfect match for Simon Grab’s imploding industrial noise. Yao Bobby & Simon Grab, Dhangsha [LIVE] Wolfschwet at Strange Brew.
Casting ghosts of FKA Twigs and Grimes past, BABii’s sensual club-pop will meld perfectly with another chance to see local punk/dancehall/hip-hop RISING legend Grove for a dance and a cry. BABii // Grove at Crofters Rights.

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The Love Inn
Resident Session #33, Millie Mckee
Every thursday we invite Millie McKee or Morey Cillar to come play an extended set.
Lost Horizon
Lost Horizon 1st Birthday w/ Los Dedos
Celebrate our birthday with a surf rock
The Cock & Tail
Ramp Up! Presents The Triple Birthday Special
Suv, Ret & Paolo's birthday celebration, featuring Ray Mighty, DJ Suv, Guy Calhoun & More
The Trinity Centre
Dub Legacy The mid summer reggae festival
Black Roots live on stage / Soundsystems Roots Injection Indica Dubs Green King Tappa outta Bassi soundsystem
The King Arthur Glastonbury
The Real SkaDub
Reggae, Ska, and Dub in Glastonbury
The Canteen
St. Paul's Party - Talisman live + DJs
Talisman bring the body and soul of roots reggae to the canteen
The Gallimaufry
Stoned Soul Picnic
Feel good soul for your weekend
The Volunteer Tavern
Reverb Bistro Summer Party
Spinning records all day and all night in the yard
Lost Horizon
St Pauls Carnival Takeover
Get ready to dance as we take over Lost Horizon, headlined by the legendary Horace Andy
Cosies
Back A Yard (Shambala venue Warm-up)
Shoulda Woulda Coulda Carnival!
The Jam Jar
Carnival Afterparty
The ASBO Disco & The Jam Jar celebrate St Pauls Carnival
The Hare on the Hill
St Paul's Carny Pub Session
Dub/Rockers/Bristol Sound/UKG/140
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Crofters Rights
Sudo Sound: Jook, Tailored Sound, Rex, Tres-2B
SUDO SOUND returns to Crofters with a huge mid-week lineup.
The Love Inn
Resident Session #34 Millie Mckee LIVE
Millie McKee brings her LIVE set up to the Inn for an extra special - potentially one off performance.
The Old Market Assembly
Bristol HiFi with Don Letts (DJ Set)
Dub Reggae legend teams up with Bristol HiFi
The Loco Klub
Roots A Run Sound Sessions
Hard Pressed HiFi - Meets - Kings HiFi
Basement 45
OVERTIME
Bristol's own ZeroHour's brings you a night that's not to be missed.
Mr Wolfs
Maitree Express + Speakers of The House
Dub Fusion band from Bath/ Bristol
The Gallimaufry
Stoned Soul Picnic
Feel good soul for your weekend
Dare to club
Deviant Desires
BDSM/FETISH and KINKS
The Gallimaufry
Stoned Soul Picnic
Feel good soul for your weekend
The Elmer's Arms
Jackpot Reggae Club
Ska - Reggae - Rocksteady w/ guest DJ Papy(IRL/FRA)
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Exchange
The JB Conspiracy
The JB Conspiracy at Exchange
The Love Inn
Inn Sessions w/ Rose Again, MISH & Sadsugar
The locals DJ DJs come to the Inn to peddle some of that slow, warped chuggy music.
Crofters Rights
CWU Ukraine Benefit Gig, with Talisman/Itinerants
Benefit for the victims of the Ukraine war, with music by Talisman, and Itinerants, as part of the Communication workers Union HUmanitarian
The Love Inn
Zillas on Acid w/ tba
Made up of Thomas Roland and James Weissinger, Zillas on Acid are a name stay for all things slow-motion disco
The Gallimaufry
Stoned Soul Picnic
Feel good soul for your weekend
Strange Brew
NormCore
Bristol NormCore take over Strange Brew for an intense 9 hour session - techno, punk electronix & more
The Canteen
Timbali
Reggae, Dancehall and Dub
The Love Inn
Idle Hands w/ Henzo, Fliss Mayo and Chris Farrell
Manchester's Henzo joins Idle Hands for a night on Stokes Croft
The Gallimaufry
Stoned Soul Picnic
Feel good soul for your weekend
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Lost Horizon
Reggae Night with Rafeelya & Friends
Rafeelya Live with Entebbe Sounds Debbie Golt and Fadda Soji
Strange Brew
Heap (Neubau) + The Abominable Slowman Ft Kelan
Heavy duty sluggish obscure cuts, diggers delights and decadent and debaucherous vocals from Vienna to Bristol
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Oxwick Farm
Inglefest 2022: 19th - 21st August
Grassroots independent festival showcasing the best of the South West!
Dare to club
Deviant Desires
BDSM/FETISH and KINKS
Motion
1985 Music Day Party x [SEQUENCES]
1985 Bristol // The Biggest 1985 event to date.
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Bristol Folk House
The Slocan Ramblers
The Slocan Ramblers @ Bristol Folk House
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
The Black Swan
En Masse 2022
A day-long party showcasing Bristol’s stamp on UK electronic music.
Exchange
The Slackers
The Slackers at Exchange
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Exchange
Karen’s First Night Out
Karen’s coming out. Funk, soul, reggae, electro and more. Celebrating anyone and everyone x
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
The Fleece
Imperial Leisure
Imperial Leisure at The Fleece
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Bristol Folk House
Martin Stephenson
Martin Stephenson @ Bristol Folk House
The Hare on the Hill
DJ John Stapleton
John Stapleton spins all vinyl on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Bristol Folk House
Sharon Shannon
Sharnon Shannon @ the Bristol Folk House
The Old Market Assembly
Fun It Up - Bristol Reggae Weekender
The place to be for the sounds of 60s Jamaica