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Black Roots

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Black Roots

Black Roots kick off our roots reggae fever on Sunday May 25th

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Black Roots are a roots reggae band from the St. Paul's area of Bristol, England that originally formed up in 1979. It wasn’t long before their brand of roots reggae started to draw in people seeking to find a voice that spoke out against the injustices and alienation caused by the pace of political reform introduced in Thatcherite Britain. Black Roots’ uncompromising lyrical content was that voice. They gained national prominence when they released their debut 4 track 12” Bristol Rock in 1981 on their own label Nubian Records. John Peel picked up on it, gave it national airplay on his BBC Radio 1 show and hailed them as one of the best new reggae bands in Britain. 2 live radio sessions followed one in 1981 and the other in 1983.

From these beginnings, the band started to do shows up and down the country and broke into Europe circuit following a support slot in 1984 on UB40’s European tour. Right up and until the early 90’s Black Roots worked the live circuit extensively, playing clubs, colleges, venues and universities, and made regular appearances at Glastonbury, WOMAD, Elephant Fayre and other major festivals. They also made several radio and television appearances, and released several singles and albums well into the 1990's.


Admission on Sunday May 25th

Black Roots will be on the Main Stage at 6:30pm.

Admission on Sunday is by both advance tickets and payment on the gate.

Tickets for admission to Sunday are £3 before 5pm / £5 after 5pm (for adults) and free for kids under 16 (must be accompanied by an adult).

The gate will remain open throughout Sunday, and visitors are welcome to stay all day.


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