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Reggae Sumfest to honour Freddie McGregor

International Night Two of the 22nd staging of Reggae Sumfest will see organisers paying homage to reggae icon Freddie McGregor for his contribution to Jamaican music.

The singer, musician and producer is set to grace the stage with hits from his innumerable catalogues on the closing night of the festival, Saturday, July 19 in Montego Bay, before being presented with an award commemorating an astonishing and outstanding five decades of service to Jamaica’s music industry.

McGregor launched his career in music at the age of seven in the 1960s when he first recorded for Clement ‘Sir Coxson’ Dodd’s Studio One label. Read more

Inner Circle, @IAmChronixx , @SupaDups, Steven McGregor and @doncorleonie at Circle Village Memorial Weekend

The studios of Inner Circle ‘bad boys of reggae’ known as ‘Circle Village’ in Miami Florida was abuzz over the weekend with young artistes and producers Chronixx, Steven McGregor, Don Corleone and Supa Dups assembled under one roof. As Inner Circle co-founder Ian Lewis mix down and add the finishing touches to ‘Tenament Yard’ a collaboration between Inner Circle and Chronixx they all shared the moment on social media with photos and kind words. We don’t know if Tenament Yard is a remake of the late Jacob Miller’s but Inner Circle is excited about project and made this statement in a release “this song is gonna run Reggae Music” while showing respect to Jacob Miller, ” R.I.P. to one of the greatest Reggae singers of all time…. our brother Jacob ‘Killer’ Miller.” Read more

Reggae Fest One Love festival announces 2014 Program

One Love festival, one of the top reggae and dub festivals in Europe, will take place August 15th – 17th, 2014 at Stockwell Farm, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

After spending 6 years in the southeast of England, One Love has moved to a more geographically central location, to a green field site where all UK reggae fans to unite. The new venue has great transport connections from London, Luton, Birmingham and Leeds.

Reggae stars scheduled for 2014 include Cocoa Tea, John Holt, Wailing Souls, Cornell Campbell with Soothsayers, Macka B, Michael Prophet, Brushy One String, Jesse Royal, Apache Indian, Addis Pablo Suns of dub, Battle of the Dubplates 2014 – Coxsone Vs Fatman International Sound Vs Sentinal Vs Natural Affair, Gorgon Sound System featuring Bunny Lee, King Kong and Pad Anthony.

One Love also includes a dedicated Children’s area, market stalls, crafts and walk about performances all day long with food cuisine from around the world.

Full Line up over 4 stages:

Cocoa Tea, Sir John Holt, The Wailing Souls, Coxsone Sound System vs Fatman International Sound vs Natural Affair vs Sentinel Sound, Brushy One String, Cornel Campbell with Soothsayers, Macka B and the Roots Reggae Band, Michael Prophet, Addis Pablo, Gary Clail Sound System, Gorgon Sound System featuring Bunny Lee and special guest singer tba, King Kong, Nerieus Joseph with Sereus Band, Jesse Royal, Apache Indian, Saxon Sound Marquee – full Sound System Full Crew all weekend – with special guests, Pad Anthony, Dom Dem + Ras Demo, Dubwiser, Lion Dub, Dub Colossus, Kaiju ft Flowdan, Channel One Sound System Meets Saxon Sound Marquee, Aba shanti I Meets Saxon Sound, The Disciples ft Junior Bee, Bobby Melody’s Legacy Roots Vibration, High Elements, Twilight Circus, Goldmaster All Stars, Future Dub Orchestra, Dub The Earth, Dubvocaliza, Babilondon, Supa & Da Kryptonites, Backbeat Sound System, Royal Sounds, Mystic Crew, Chrisdubflow ft Bigga Baloo, Half Crown,The Kubricks, Ten Bob Note, Fly Katanah, Echo Marley and The Musical Warriors, The Paradimes, Ezra Collective, Lord Tooth, The Piratones, King Solomon Band, Lion Star, Pillars of Dub, King Dubs Ft Dubtician and Diane Levi, I-mitri CounterAction, Jah Garvey, Smiling Ivy, Positive Vibes Crew, SHEM, Troydon bent, Lion’s Den, Randy Valentine, Argonaut Sounds, Venum Sound, Earl Gateshead, Trinty Lo Fi, Invisible System, Troy Ellis and Hail Jamaica Reggae band, The Majestic, The Stiff Joints, Mykal Moziah, Fast Decline, Rhythm ‘n’ Roots reggae Band, Feelgood Culture, The Remedy, Copasetics, Jamie Irie, New Morrow, UJahm Reggae, Tempting Rosie, Original High Five, Roots Ambassadors, Instrument of Jah Sound System, Platinum Sound System, The Reggae Choir, Xcs Reggae Soca Band, The Indecision, Smith and Mighty, Nick Manassah, Lord Gellys Sound System, Direct Impact, Inta Africa, Maya Dub Flute, Black Roots Sound system Crew, Jah Screechy, Bunnington Judah, King of Eye, Roots youth Records, Frisk & Solstice, X-Nation, Voytek, Dialect & Kosine, 2Nice, Jungle Citizenz + Cheshire Cat, DJ Hybrid, Vibration Lab, Mystery & Timeless + MC Ace, Trouble & Maniac, The Baptists ft Ras Jnr Baptist, DJ As-If, DJ Syte, Gala Orsdorn, Misfit, Arcane, Daffy, Jungle Rollerz ft Range MC, Jah9 & Klynch, Kernel MC, Lotskee & Threts ft Rumble MC, Kingspinner, Niceness Sound ft DJ Asbest & Deano Pressure, Arkital Sound, 3 Lions Sound, Duke Horse & Defcon One, Choppa Culture & Ras D, Hot Tip Hi-Fi, Dagger Sound, RK Bass ft Jungalice, King B Soundsystem crew, Roof Top Sounds.