Channel One’s Mikey Dread
The long-awaited ‘Dub to Dubstep’ tour kicks off later this week, marking the beginning of a six-date showcase of one of the world’s leading music genres. A collaboration between the scene’s leading artists and DJ’s, the tour starts in Leeds on 28 November and will visit cities including Birmingham, Bristol and London.
Dub to Dubstep is a unique exploration of the connection between dub, reggae and dubstep. The tour features five leading dub artists, working in collaboration with Channel One, the UK’s pioneering sound system.
Celebrating their 30th Anniversary, Channel One will bring their custom-built soundsystem to each venue, with Mikey Dread as Selector and Ras Kayleb as MC. The tour will also feature four leading dub artists; The Uplifter, JazZstepPa, Kromestar, and Rob Smith aka RSD.
A fixture on the scene since 2003, The Uplifter is an established DJ, who brings his performances to life with animated art projections, live percussion and vocalists. He will be joined by JazZstepPa, one of the UK’s leading dubstep acts that have already attracted attention from BBC Radio 1. Another sought-after dubstep DJ, and BBC 1 Xtra and Rinse FM resident, Kromestar, will also feature in the line-up. The final act to take to the stage as part of the exciting tour is Rob Smith aka RSD, who has produced a number of songs including Massive Attack’s first single Any Love.
Brought together by Punch Records and Vagabonz, Dub to Dubstep runs from 28 November until 12 December 2009, and promises to bring together a fusion of dub and reggae beats, through the sound system, acts and DJ’s that will be taking to the stage.
28 November – Beaver Works, Leeds
3 December – The Rainbow, Birmingham
4 December – Trinity, Bristol
9 December – The Den, London
10 December – Digital, Brighton
12 December – Old Firestation, Bournemouth
For more information, visit www.punch-records.co.uk.
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