Having been promoting reggae in Newcastle for the past two years Boss Sounds is proud to announce its return. The 2007 Boss Sounds festival will launch on the 23rd – 25th November, bringing the world’s greatest names in reggae to Newcastle Gateshead. The festival promoted by Newcastle’s ‘Jumpin Hot Club’, is held in association with Trojan Records who continue to celebrate their 40th Anniversary.
This year is set to be another great year as Boss Sounds continues to identify reggaes impact on music through introducing reggae’s presence in various cultural genres, around the UK. Last years event featured Jimmy Cliff, Lee Perry and Prince Buster, this years show continues the tradition to illustrate the history of reggae music by bringing together many of its key exponents. Culminating in two barnstorming shows at the Newcastle Carling Academy, these shows will highlight the impact reggae has had on movements in contemporary music and culture.
Reggae’s massive heritage will be highly celebrated through the profile artists in this year’s impressive line up. Headliners will include the likes of the king of Ska Prince Buster, the legendary Sir John Holt, king of ska, pop reggae pioneer and Trojan’s first No.1 selling artist, Ken Boothe, plus Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Alcapone. The pioneering force behind the rise of Caribbean music, Ernest Ranglin will also appear, as well as Max Romeo whose ‘Chase The Devil’ wowed dance music fans around the world when The Prodigy repurposed it for their hit ‘Outer Space’. Dancehall king Eek-A-Mouse is also on the bill, plus a special appearance from Massive Attack’s Daddy G and stormers of the last two year’s events, Trojan Sound System, alongside Radio 1 and Bestival’s reggae champion, Rob Da Bank…
Over the weekend expect to see other activities around the festival and venues. These include Jamaican food nights at local cafes and exclusive photographic exhibitions from photographers such as Dennis Morris and Mark Henderson, a Teesside based photographer, whose vibrant images depict multicultural and diverse activity. His work from the last two year’s Boss Sounds will be featured here.
Newcastle is a cultural capital, hosting a series of world-class festivals and events promoted in the northeast, including Boss Sounds. Over the past three years many have been seen to travel far and wide to Boss Sounds, making Newcastle Gateshead the only place to be for reggae lovers.
24th Nov John Holt, Gregory Isaacs, Max Romeo, Ernest Ranglin, Mafia and Fluxy Band, MC Daddy G (Massive Attack) at Newcastle Carling Academy, 4pm-10.30.
Nov 24th Official After show party with Daddy G (Massive Attack) + Trojan Sound System. The Other Rooms Digital, Newcastle, 11-3.30am.
Nov 25th 25th Nov Prince Buster, Ken Boothe, Eek A Mouse, Dennis Alcapone. Tickets www.ticketweb.co.uk 0844 4772000 (24hrs)