A unique evening of reggae from UK, Jamaica, and the world, curated by the legendary David Rodigan MBE, kicking off with toasting and DJing from Venum Sound who after getting the room skanking, introduced the first live act of the night, Resonators (pictured below). One of the most hotly tipped bands on the UK reggae scene, counting David Rodigan himself amongst their biggest fans, Resonators opened their hour long set with what is perhaps their best known song, 'Try Again'. A huge stage presence with their two very different, but equally energetic, vocalists and brass section, the band and crowd were jumping, literally.
Read on to see our exclusive videos, interviews and images from the night:
Lee "Scratch" perry performs "Introducing Myself"
Lee "Scratch" Perry talks to Fred Perry Subculture
David Rodigan talks to fred Perry Subculture
David Rodigan drops the original version of 'A Message To Rudy'
More video from the night coming soon!
Venum Sound (pictured directly above) ensured the vibe was maintained during the changeover before introducing Lee Scratch Perry's band - The Upsetters. Their bassist, acting as spokesman, announced that the band would be playing an instrumental, before an additional singer joined them on stage to absolutely ensure the audience were warmed up and ready for "...the man from the Black Ark" - "...the Godfather of Dub". Once ready LSP took to the stage bringing his near mythical, mystical presence with him.
Playing with the audience along the way, one free-form rendition merges into the next, with the highlight of the set for many being the moment that David Rodigan joined him on stage.
Next up was the unique DJ style and energy of David Rodigan.
Involving the crowd in the dropping of every tune, Rodigan included a poignant dedication of "Monkey Man" to Amy Winehouse, and countless bites of reggae education, be it the original recording of "Red Red Wine", Rodigan's introduction to the music of Jamaica as a 16 year old man in 1967 when he first heard Dandy Livingstone's Message to Rudy, reverence to the work of Prince Buster, or the Jamaican styled pop of Millie Small's wonderful "My boy Lollipop".
Stay tuned to Fred Perry Subculture for exclusive footage and interviews from the night!