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LIVERPOOL'S annual celebration of reggae music and Jamaican heritage returns this summer for a weekend of cultural appreciation and positivity.

Taking place from June 10-11 in Constellations, the festival will play host to a plethora of live music, DJs & Selectas, dub sound systems, food and drink, a record fair, pop-up stalls, a Reggae Q&A, an international art exhibition and inspiring creative workshops for the kids. Friday, June 10 (8pm - 3am) The festival kicks off on the evening of Friday, June 10, with a special live performance from legendary dub producer and long-term collaborator of Lee Scratch Perry, Mad Professor. He will be joined by two of his Ariwa Sounds vocalists, KarMelody and Pan Africanist.

Further performances on the night will come from the mighty Trojan Sound System. An institution in British sound system culture, this team of DJs and vocalists will be bringing their message of love and unity through the power of ska and roots reggae.

Support will come from local DJs & Selectors, Radio Exotica, The Walrus Said and Hot Plate.

Saturday, June 11 (noon - 2am) The family-friendly centrepiece of the festival will take place on Saturday, June 11. With a full day of arts and crafts workshops hosted by Liverpool-based Square Pegs, as well as festival-favourite the Rastaquarium, there's plenty going on to keep those young minds active.

This year's festival will see the launch of the Reggae Q&A, an informative and interactive discussion, focusing on the impact of reggae music on British culture, music and society.

This year's panel will include DJ, musician and Grammy Award winning filmmaker Don Letts; Liverpool born Rastafarian and Urban Griot, Levi Tafari, and one of the most important British club DJs of the 1970s, Les Spaine. Following the Q&A, both Don and Les will be spinning some of their favourite roots, reggae (and punk) records, and Levi will be showcasing his unique style of dub poetry.

Musically, Saturday will feature both indoor and outdoor stages at Constellations, with live music from some of the UK's most exciting up and coming reggae bands. Performances on the day will come from Bristol-based Cut Capers, who will be taking time out of their intensive gauntlet of festivals to bring us their up-tempo, multi-lingual blend of reggae and hip hop. Shanty present their blend of authentic dubwise bass and rhythms with soulful vocals and jazzy brass.

Backbeat Soundsystem bring their sunshine reggae twist from Cornwall via Easy Star Records. Local favourites Rumjig will showcase their rum-a-dub and swing. East Anglia's Solko showcase their dub-rock hybrid and stomping rhythms whilst Kioko bring their Brum-flecked ska and pop reggae vibes.

Taking you on a musical journey from Montego Bay through to Kingston Town will be some of Liverpool's best DJs and Selectas including Funkdub, Danny Fitzgerald, Beaten Tracks and Monkey. Joining the line-up will be prolific DJ, producer and Ninja Tune stalwart DJ Vadim, who will be 'nicing up the dance' until the early hours.

As well as a fantastic line-up of bands, performers and DJs, the festival will also play host to Jamdown Market which includes pop up stalls selling clothes, jewellery, and other handmade, original goods, a record fair run by Jacaranda Records and Caribbean cuisine, including plant-based dishes from ItalFresh. Running alongside the festival, from June 6-20 at Constellations, will be the IRPC Exhibition showcasing 100 reggae themed posters designed by artists and illustrators from the around the world, including the UK, Jamaica, Iran and China.


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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 12, 2016
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