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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.

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Mr Wolfs
Skankt + Support
An infectious blend of upbeat post-ska grooves
Captain Accident
Captain Accident at Exchange
Crofters Rights
Sepia Vs Chad Dubz Vs Khanum
Green King Presents Sepia Vs Chad Vs Khanum
Jam Jar
The Door Is Ajar
Inclusive Monthly Jam Night
Ill Repute
The Loco Klub
Rootsman + MoreFireSound
Rootsman at Loco Club + MoreFireSound - Heavy Weight Underground Vibes
The Old Market Assembly
Tropical Tea Party Ft. Penya, Hiphoppapotamus &...
Enjoy the deep & spiritual global sound of live/electronic band Penya, in a beautifully decorated venue alongside Hiphoppapotamus & more....
Jam Jar
The Jam Jar Reggae Bash with The Equators + more!
Another quality lineup of real reggae and ska legends.
The Canteen
The Bomo Swing
Eight piece band renowned for its high energy and unique blend of Balkan, Reggae, Cumbia and dance
Mr Wolfs
Karl Phillips & The Rejects + Dakka Skanks
Spreading the punk/grime/ska vibes for a few years now!
Mr Wolfs
Artists Block - Heat 1
Live Art competition with DJs
The Old Market Assembly
Mad Apple Circus
Horn-fuelled styles, built on Ska/Hip-Hop/Jazz and Latin grooves – nothing but the good stuff
The Black Swan
Green King Sound Meets Firmly Rooted Sound
Green King Cuts Presents Green King SoundSystem meets Firmly Rooted Soundsystem
Crofters Rights
Puertorican dub-psych Bristol debut!
The Old Market Assembly
Timbali & Peppery
An authentic, modern take on Reggae
The Canteen
An evening of edgy, experimental and innovative Reggae, Calypso and Hilife.
All Hallows Hall, 13 All Hallows Rd, Easton, Bristol BS5 0HH
Live music and DJ's playing funk, roots, breakbeat & garage in Bristol's epic new venue. A fund raiser for All Hallows Hall Community centre
Lost Horizon
The Nextmen All Night Long
We've invited Brad and Dom aka The Nextmen for an all-night-long session.
Watch The Ride, Gardna, Laid Blak (DJ), Dazee, Sabrina, Kitten Club
Jam Jar
Smerins Anti-Social Club
20th anniversary celebration!
Strange Brew
Back to the Future
Cosmic club night unearthing the deep sounds from the universe by talented diggers
Mr Wolfs
Artists Block - Heat 2
Live Art competition with DJs
Jaya The Cat
Jaya The Cat at Exchange
Mr Wolfs
The Cabarats + Opa Rosa
Traditional Balkan and Middle Eastern sounds with lively reggae and ska.
Mr Wolfs
Artists Block - Heat 3
Live Ar competition with DJs
Mr Wolfs
Artists Block - FINAL
Live Ar competition with DJs
The Trinity Centre
Dubioza Kolektiv
Bosnian avant-garde dub rock group
Mr Wolfs
Mighty 12 Piece brass band
The Slackers
The Slackers at Exchange