Channel One Sound System is one of the UK’s best known and most loved reggae sound systems. Having taken over the running of their father’s sound in 1979, Mikey Dread and his brother Jah T took the sound to local blues parties and dances. Mikey played releases from the legendary Channel One studio in Jamaica, adopting the name of Channel One Sound System. In 1983, Channel One started playing at Notting Hill Carnival, their reputation and name grew from there.
Channel One is made up of selector Mikey Dread and MC Ras Kayleb, they play a unique selection of conscious reggae, exclusive dubplates and uplifting steppas. Channel One’s hand built bespoke sound system provides a rich heavyweight bass sound, which compliments their tight selection old and new dub classics.
Channel One’s mission is to break down barriers via reggae music, they have achieved this by travelling and playing to new audiences and venues all over the world. Highlights from the last few years have included winning the Redbull Culture Clash in 2010, beating Metalheadz and Skream and Benga. Playing the next round of the Culture Clash at Wembley Arena against Major Lazer, Annie Mac and Boy Better Know. Following a successful national tour, in 2016 Channel One released a successful album with dub legend – Mad Professor.