This Friday afternoon we've got a very exciting live stream from Dense & Pika at Mixmag's The Lab LDN ahead of Drumcode's takeover of our all new stage AREA 404...
Showcasing the best in Jamaican and soundsystem culture, this is our musical backbone with roots running throughout the city.
Welcoming back the Godfather of reggae, Jimmy Cliff is back for his third booking and three time Grammy award winner Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals will be bringing a unique blend of reggae, blues and folk for the first time. One of the most established females in dancehall, Spice will be dominating the stage with her unapologetic delivery of female empowered bashment music and Goldie and the Heritage Ensemble will showcasing some of the most impressive up and comers in drum & bass music, bringing the genre to life with an eclectic mix of guests to highlight how its evolved over the years.
Instrumental females of lovers rock; legend of the scene Susan Cadogan will be gracing the stage as will her modern day counterpart Hollie Cook, carrying on the sound to a new generation. Internet sensation Macka B will be joining the party - the only artist to go viral off a cucumber freestyle! A huge takeover from Jungle Cakes will see a ridiculous set from Ed Solo B2B Deekline B2B Serial Killaz B2B Benny Page not to mention two exclusive Jungle heavy collaborations between classic Jamaican Dancehall artists and established UK artists. First up the legendary Cutty Ranks will be teaming up with Chopstick Dubplate (Jacky Murda, Aries, King Yoof, Tuffist) in a show that also features Demolition Man, Ragga Twins & Horseman, whilst Spragga Benz showcases his new material with grime and hip-hop stalwarts Killa P, Rodney P and Illaman among his many guest vocalists
The long running Hidden Woods invites to the stage; king of UK reggae radio Robbo Ranx as well as 1Xtra tastemaker Seani B. Band of brother’s New Kingston fuse sounds from their collective hometowns of Jamaica and New York, and other up and coming Jamaican artists include EarthKry, Samory I, Garnett Silk Jr and POI (Persons Of Interest). Representing the ladies leading heavily in UK reggae are; Marla Brown, the daughter of reggae’s late ‘Crown Prince’ Dennis Brown, rising Welsh artist Aleighcia Scott, Britain’s Got Reggae winner Clare Angel and Kingston, JA born dancehall-grime artist Alicai Harley to name but a few. Speakers stacked on top of speakers make the ground quake with bass courtesy of the infamous Tangled Roots stage, tucked away in a forest alcove. Programmed by the formidable Lion Unit, the epic sounds of dub and reggae are supplied by Bristol/London partners Lionpulse, Unit 137 and Qualitex showcasing some of the most influential artists on the scene brought together by conscious bass music.