We’re delighted to introduce the line-up for Wee Dub Festival 2017 below. See below for a brief introduction to each of the main acts playing this year, and then skip over to the ticket page and bag your tickets to Scotland’s crucial celebration of dub, reggae and soundsystem culture in all facets.
A disciple of Lee “Scratch” Perry, Mad Professor (aka Neil Fraser) was one of the leading producers in dub reggae’s second generation. His Dub Me Crazy albums helped dub make the transition into the digital age, when electronic productions started to take over mainstream reggae in the ’80s. His space-age tracks not only made use of new digital technology, but often expanded dub’s sonic blueprint, adding more elements and layers of sound than his forebears typically did. In the mid-’90s, he returned to the basics, debuting a more retro-sounding style on the Black Liberation Dub series. Additionally, he ran his own studio and label, Ariwa, which was home to a stable of vocalists and some of the finest British reggae productions of the era. As his reputation grew, he became a remixer of choice for adventurous rock and techno acts, most notably revamping Massive Attack’s entire second album under the new title No Protection. He presents his mighty Dub Show where he reproduces his studio sound live via Messenger Soundsystem.
Macka B & Band
The legendary UK reggae singer and full band bring their positive lyrics and uplifting riddims to Wee Dub. With a career spanning 30 years, Macka B is one of the most respected and entertaining vocalists working today.
Mungo’s Hi-Fi Soundsystem & Sn. Wilson
The Wee Dub regulars and UK soundsystem champions, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, once again provide the bedrock of the festival. Experience their legendary speakers and mad dub covering a variety of styles from straight up rub-a-dub to future junglism, assisted ably on the mic by Barcelona’s Sn. Wilson, who’s slick flow and soulful vibe will bless the session.
Iration Steppas are one of the top dubwise outfits in the world. They initially started out as a soundsystem in Leeds, and the 90’s they focused primarily on spinning dubplates before venturing into their own productions. Following in the footsteps of the sound systems that inspired him, Mark Iration, with partner Dennis Rootical, has moulded and crafted a very personal Iration Steppas vibe, a particular style that has grown to be internationally recognised as one of the best on the block.
Radikal Guru & Echo Ranks
One of the brightest lights of the roots-influenced underground community for the past half-decade, Poland born Mateusz Miller has pioneered a compelling and unique fusion of sounds that encompass dub, reggae and dubstep under his Radikal Guru moniker. His early releases surfed the dubstep wave while bringing a spiritual dimension to the sound, and quickly established his name as a serious player. He returns to Wee Dub with new music, a new live set, and the legendary Echo Ranks pon the mic.
Rob Smith aka RSD
Rob Smith, AKA RSD, is perhaps an under-appreciated figure in Bristol’s world-beating bass music scene. As one half of the iconic Smith & Mighty, his breakbeat laden and acid infused take on dub music laid the foundation for the cities jungle and trip-hop scenes (indeed he has production credits on Massive Attack’s debut release). Since those early days Rob has continued to morph and splice various strands of bass music to his own original ends. It’s an honour to have Rob at Wee Dub.
Illbilly Hi-Tec (Live)
iLLBiLLY HiTEC is a Berlin based collective that puts the rootsy vibe back into modern productions, blending influences of dub, cumbia, bass music, hip hop and jungle into a very own style of reggae. Live they team up with Longfingah & Kinetical to fuse the raw energy of a traditional band performance, with the flow, excitement and hype of a DJ set.
ASBO Disco & Gardna
Hailing from Bristol, the ASBO Disco crew are firm favourites in the UK festival scene that emanates from their home city. They come from solid junglist roots, infused with mad dancehall styles they call the Big Bad Soundsystem. With stalwart Gardna on the mic, you know things are gonna get messy when ASBO are in town!
Based out of Sheffield, with Cheff at the controls, Sinai Sound System presents UK influenced roots reggae music in the traditional sound system style. They make their Scottish debut at Wee Dub.
Messenger Soundsystem ft. Afrikan Simba
Edinburgh’s foundation dub sound, in operation continuously for 20 years, education generations of the cities youth in the true meaning of reggae music, here joined by London’s Afrikan Simba on the mic.
Capitol 1212 ft. Profisee
This well respected production duo out of Edinburgh draw a line from Jamaican dancehall to UK jungle, and always lay down a mad selection, this time joined on the mic by local legend Profisee.
Ska Ya Man (Live)
From humble roots this outstanding live reggae band have come on to be one of Scotland’s top live acts. Featuring the inimitable Tom Spirals on the mic, they bring a well-crafted, conscious, uplifting sound.
Escape Roots & Tom Spirals
Now based in Glasgow, Wee Dub resident DJ and producer has had a massive 2016, with a string of well received releases and gigs around Europe. He continues to craft his heavyweight digital dancehall sound and delivers every time.
Needing no introduction, this Scottish sound continues to smash it, and bring a record label and increasing DJ touring schedule in 2017. But its those big blue speakers we all love right? They bring 24kw of bass power for Session 1.
Mihgty Oak ft. Sista Lexxy, Nem & Crucial Roots
Out of the borders, the Mighty Oak provide solid roots vibes, joined by a great cast for Wee Dub 2017: London’s Sista Lexxy is pure class on the mic while Nem and Crucial Roots represent the next generation of roots reggae in Scotland.