WEE DUB FESTIVAL 2018 – 2nd-4th March PRESS RELEASE
Now in its 8th year, the UK’s only metropolitan reggae festival returns to the Capital in March for another world class celebration of soundsystem culture. The event takes over multiple venues in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town for one weekend and presents a top quality bill of acts that span the whole gamut of Jamaican influenced music in the UK, from foundation dub and roots through dancehall, digital reggae to jungle and bass. As ever, Wee Dub have assembled a line-up that showcases the new whilst respecting the old.
In 2017 Wee Dub paid respects to some of the forefathers of the current UK scene, and 2018 the festival very much focusses on the current musical direction of reggae music within the club environment, as demonstrated with headliners The Bug, OBF, Young Warrior and the perennial scene leaders in Scotland: Mungo’s Hi-Fi.
Originally envisaged as a one-night event back in 2009 by Gregory Lapinski (Lionstage UK / WA Party), the event grew quickly when he joined forces with established promoter Chris Knight (Astrojazz / Kelburn Garden Party). The event now attracts over 2000 music enthusiasts from across Europe to 4 ticketed sessions, educational events, film screenings and family social events. Wee Dub Festival also continues to build on their relationship with Edinburgh College, providing volunteer and workshop opportunities for the College’s music students.
Each session is designed to have a distinct flavour: an expanded Session 1 hosts a sprawling line-up that focusses on more progressive and urban strands of reggae culture alongside some classic sounds, with The Bug delivering his Ninja Tune signed mutant dancehall sound alongside Bristol jungle don Aries (Chopstick Dubplate / Born of Road) and local dance slayers Electrikal Sound at La Belle Angele. Across the alley at The Mash House the legendary steppas crew Vibronics return to action after playing the inaugural festival in 2009 alongside top Scottish producers Escape Roots and Riddim Tuffa.
Session 2, Wee Dub’s regular live session features one of the mose exciting young band’s on London’s flowering Reggae scene: Royal Sounds have been compared to modern roots flag-bearers Chronixx and Protege, and their conscious, urgent live sound will be sure to excite at their Scottish debut.
Session 3 is the flagship event of the festival – a huge futuristic dancehall soundclash in a 800 capacity warehouse space that pitches the UK’s #1 soundsystem, Mungo’s Hi-Fi against Geneva’s mighty globe-trotters O.B.F. and Parisian digital reggae sensation Manudigital (another Scottish debut). The session is hosted by the UK’s top two modern vocalists: Charlie P and Solo Banton. Simply one of the biggest dances in the history of reggae in Scotland.
The festival ending party, Session 4, is our traditional journey to the spiritual roots of the music we love, back to the foundation dub sound that emanated from Jamaica in the 1960s. Wee Dub joins forces with Scotland’s original reggae sound, Messenger Soundsystem to present Young Warrior, son of the mighty Jah Shaka and bearer of the torch for the future generation of dubwise producers and operators in the UK.
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