The UK’s award-winning celebration of reggae music and Jamaican heritage returns in June 2018 for a jam-packed weekend of cultural appreciation and positivity.
Since its inception in 2016, Positive Vibration – Festival of Reggae has quickly established itself as one of the UK’s most exciting and eclectic reggae festivals, playing host to internationally re-nowned bands, legendary sound systems & selectors and some of the brightest new talent.
Next year’s festival is no exception, with some absolute heavyweights already confirmed:
Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band Adrian Sherwood and Creation Rebel
Christopher MacFarlane, better known as Macka B, is a British reggae artist, performer and activist with a career spanning thirty years in the United Kingdom and Jamaica. According to AllMusic.com “Macka B was one of Britain’s most influential dancehall toasters.”
As a practising Rastafari, Macka B’s music is based around the political and spiritual message of the religion, with an often light and humorous touch. Working with the Mad Professor, he combined dancehall and dub styles of reggae, although has avoided a more commercial crossover approach. He takes his name from the Judean rebels against the Greeks, the Maccabees.
Sister Nancy and Legal Shot Sound System
The legendary reggae artist has had a career spanning over 30 years, performing at dance-halls as part of a number of sound systems. She is known to the world as the first female dancehall DJ and was described as being a “dominating female voice for over two decades” on the dancehall scene.
Mark Iration and his faithful companion Dennis Rootical are at the origin of Iration Steppas . Like many of their Anglo-Saxon compatriots, Mark Iration was a staunch fan of Shaka and Jah Tubby’s. Just like them, he began collecting vinyl and, pushed by his entourage, started in the Deejaying by creating his first sound in 1990.
Misty in Roots
Misty in Roots are a British roots reggae band formed in Southall, London in the mid 1970s.Their first album was 1979’s Live at the Counter Eurovision, a record full of Rastafarian songs. It was championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, helping to bring roots reggae to a white audience
The mans’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world, by a substantial body of work, from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium.
Other amazing acts:
Channel One Sound System
Manudigital with Parly B and Bazil
Radikal Guru with Echo Ranks and Cian Finn
Dubkasm with Solo Banton
Count Skylarkin’ presents ‘Derek’s Island Discs’
Taking place over the 8th & 9th June 2018 across the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool, the festival also sees the return of The Art of Reggae Exhibition – a successful collaboration between Positive Vi-bration and the International Reggae Poster Contest.
The exhibition, which supports the Alpha Boys School in Jamaica, will showcase 100 reggae-inspired posters, designed by illustrators & artists from over 70 countries.
£25 Weekend Tickets: skiddle.com/e/12997064
Children under 12 go free.