Although we have reggae artists from all over the globe, our line up wouldn’t be complete without paying homage to the birth place and heartland of the music. This year we have our biggest selection of Jamaican artists yet, from the originators of the sound to those pushing the music forwards into the next generation.
On a recent Reggae Roast Podcast, our main music man Kaptin aka AAA Badboy played music from a number of the Jamaican artists performing, you can check that podcast here but he has also put those same tracks together into a brand new mix which you can listen to here.
For those who want to delve a little deeper, here’s a run down of all the Jamaican acts that are set to bring some extra special shows to the festival this year.
Ziggy Marley - The eldest of Bob’s sons and winner of 8 Grammy Awards for his message driven music.
Toots and the Maytals - One of reggae and ska’s most important pioneers is still going strong and will be opening the Lion’s Den this year.
The Bonner Brothers (Richie Spice, Pliers, Spanner Banner) - Another of reggae’s royal families with a huge amount of hits between them. This is a very rare occasion of seeing the brothers together. Sadly Chaka Demus was also due to perform with them but is unable due to health reasons.
Protoje - As well as helping to kick start the Reggae Revival, Protoje is currently one of the biggest names on the reggae scene.
U Roy & Big Youth - Without these two there would be no dancehall music, so make sure you come and pay your respects.
Lutan Fyah - From the late 90s through til today, one of the most respected roots reggae dancehall artists around and a fantastic performer.
Mr Vegas - One of bashment’s all time greatest who helped to introduce a generation of UK music lovers to Jamaican sounds with his 90s chart hit ‘Heads High’.
Dawn Penn - A much loved singer from the Studio One days and no reggae collection is complete without a copy of her song "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)”. Dawn will be performing alongside Earl Gateshead and Soom T.
Assassin aka Agent Sasco & Dub Akom Band - One of dancehall’s brightest star’s who is also a big hit in the hip-hop world, appearing with the likes of Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Raekwon and Lil Jon.
Raging Fyah - Although formed in 2006, last year’s Grammy nominated ‘Everlasting’ album was one of the stand out releases of 2016 and has led to sold out shows around the world.
JAH9 & The Dub Treatment - Heavily influenced by jazz and dub, Jah9 is a formidable lyricist and revolutionary force who seeks to ‘elevate consciousness and invoke a spiritual reawakening’ through her powerful performances.
Suns Of Dub - Ras Jammy and Addis Pablo (son of Melodica/Dub Legend Augustus Pablo) have been taking over the world one riddim at a time, working with the likes of Major Lazer, Chronixx, Protoje, Inner Circle and Sizzla.
Iba Mahr & The Harar Band - One of the sweetest voices from the reggae revival, yet with a strong message and a powerful presence.
Randy Valentine - Now based in the UK, this seriously talented and diverse artist is like the secret weapon of the reggae world, despite collaborating with the likes of Major Lazer, J Hus and Wu Tang Clan.
Runkus & The Old Skl Bond - Although new to many in the UK since BBC 1Xtra’s ‘Jamaican Freshman’ program with Toddla T last year, Runkus has been performing since the age of 7.
Peppery - Another Jamaican artist who has made his home in the UK. Formerly known as Bongo Chilli, he is most certainly a fiery performer and will be appearing alongside Blend Mishkin in the Nice Up! Takeover.
Jesse Royal - Just a short distance from the Lion’s Den, this stage is home to some great reggae acts such as Aswad founder Brinsley Forde, much loved dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah and Bristol favourites Laid Blak. You can also find one of the shining stars of the reggae revival who alongside his close friends Protoje and Chronixx is helping to revitalise the reggae scene across the world.