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Celebrating the master of reggae.

Byline: By James Costelloe

Bob Marley Earthday Celebration, Newcastle University

As you'd probably expect at a Bob Marley birthday bash, every other head was swaying a mass of dreadlocks and more often than not a giant red, green and yellow hat.

The word stereotype sprang to mind, but when you consider the diverse range of people in attendance, it just goes to show you don't have to be a Rastafarian to pay homage to the world's greatest ever reggae star.

With the whole place bobbing to the sound of Jamaica, it was refreshing to see such a range of tastes catered for. Three rooms, three very different vibes, all jamming together in celebration.

The green room acted as the heartbeat of the building, delivering ambient dub beats from the likes of Switch Doktor, Rob the Rub and Dub Cat, with a special treat from techno icons Eatstatic.

The blue room had a different offering. Tucked away in a building suffused with incense and slow strollers, this little gem of a room rocked 'n' rolled late into the night, with five piece Maybe Myrtle Turtle distributing chunks of rhythmical swing ( on a stage no bigger than a 50 pence piece.

With Love Grocer stuttering their way through a rather disorganised set on the main stage, it was time for the headliners to earn their money.

The UK's leading Bob Marley tribute band, Trenchtown Experience, armed with the original structure of Marley and The Wailers, set about recapturing the crowd with a set loaded with old favourites including Buffalo Soldier and Is This Love.

By the time Trenchtown Experience closed their set, all those who came to commemorate the life of a legend had done the job and begun to disperse on to the streets.

A great night had been had by all, in celebration of the life of the original buffalo soldier and dreadlocked Rasta, Mr Bob Marley.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 5, 2007
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