5 acts to see at the Wee Dub Festival 2014
Featuring Nucleus Roots, Iration Steppas ft. Danman, African Head Charge and more
Founded by Gregory Lapinski in 2011 as a one-dayer and expanded into a full weekend this year with the help of Chris Knight (Astrojazz, Departure Lounge, Kelburn Garden Party), the Wee Dub Festival celebrates dub and reggae styles across a bunch of Edinburgh’s best clubs. Knight picks some highlights.
‘At the vanguard of Manchester's dub and roots scene for over a decade, they have a heritage stretching back to the days of punk. Having a legendary live band like this making their Edinburgh debut really lends weight to our bill.’
‘Iration Steppas have been at the forefront of UK soundsystem culture for over 20 years, and are pretty much dons of the new generation. They let the dubplates do the talking – their minimal online presence is refreshing.’
‘These guys can trace their heritage right back to the ‘blues dances’ in South London, where their father was owner-operator of the famous Admiral Bailey Sound, which again traces back to the earliest postwar influx of Jamaicans to the UK. Proper reggae royalty.’
‘Starting off in the 80s as an experimental studio project between Jamaican percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah and cult studio wizard, On-U Sound’s Adrian Sherwood, there’s been nothing quite like their psychedelic African dub before or since. Their soundsystem show is a real curve-ball.’
‘Mungo's haven’t been getting the attention they deserve in the Scottish press during their rise to international stardom over the past five years – they’re one of the biggest names in soundsystem culture and production outside of Jamaica now. Not bad for four humble Glaswegians with a love of reggae.’
The Wee Dub Festival, various venues, Edinburgh, Fri 7–Sun 9 Mar.