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    Dennis Bovell + Gladdy Wax Sound System Experience

    Mon 30 Aug 2021, 2pm
    Riverside Terrace, Level 2
    Rinse Bloc Party on the Royal festival Hall Terrace
    Mike Massaro

    Witness two mighty systems headed by true titans: Carnival’s legendary Gladdy Wax Sound System and Dennis Bovell's very own Sufferers Hi-Fi.

    To get us all in the mood to sing our hearts out, Reggae Choir takes to the stage with a workshop and performance in the afternoon.

    Formed in 2012 by singer-songwriter Fola Phillip, Reggae Choir’s past appearances include The London International Ska Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Fairfield Halls and a sell-out show at Camden’s Jazz Cafe.

    Also taking to the stage will be rap collective F2D, bringing their bass, beats and bars.

    This event is part of Summer Reunion, a season of collaborations with guest curators. It’s a chance to reflect on what we’ve learnt, what happens now – and a reunion of artists and audiences, families and friends.

    Dennis Bovell is a British reggae legend. Multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer and producer, he is one of the originators of lovers rock and the producer of big hits such as ‘Silly Games’ (Janet Kay) and ‘After Tonight’ with his band Matumbi.

    Bovell is known for his unique dubs and creative experiments with various styles and musical influences. As well as his work with artists like Linton Kwesi Johnson and Janet Kay, Bovell produced classic records with the Slits, Orange Juice, Fela Kuti, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Bananarama, among many others.

    Need to know

    *Please note change of date from originally advertised.

    Due to the extended coronavirus restrictions there is reduced capacity for today's events. Entry is on a first come, first served basis, with a maximum seated capacity of 200. Audiences must be seated to watch the performances. Our site tends to be busier in good weather, and less so if it rains.

    If there is wet weather, Riverside Stage events may be moved to the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer. Please check on the day with our on-site Visitor Assistants.

    Dates & times

    Mon 30 Aug 2021, 2pm


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