From dub to dancehall, roots to ska, London is one of the best places outside Jamaica to see and hear live reggae concerts. The reggae scene has changed beyond recognition since the capital’s first black soul and reggae venue, The Q Club, opened in Paddington 50 years ago, but its foundations are the same: equality, positive vibes and, above all, bassquaking music. From the London reggae artists to visiting superstars, check out these upcoming reggae shows in the city.
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Live reggae concerts in London
The current version of the Wailers, the biggest Jamaican group of all time with more than 250 million albums sold worldwide, return to the stage. They’re led by Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, with former Aswad singer Brinsley Forde taking over Bob Marley’s vocal duties, and they’ll be playing their 1984 best-of album, ‘Legend’, in full – which means hit after hit after hit.Read more
The deaths of drummer Lloyd Knibb in 2011 and and bassist Lloyd Brevett in 2012 have left saxophonist Lester Sterling as the last founding member of this legendary Jamaican Studio One house band. The current line-up, though, are still more than capable of belting out the ska classics which made The Skatalites pioneers in the history of reggae and the move from jazz to ska and rocksteady.Read more