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words Vidisha Vansal
Dub Pistols made London Camden Dingwalls dance crazily the whole night, as they kicked off their much awaited 2015 tour The Return of the Pisterols, performing a fusion of hip-hop, dub, ska, jungle set with some bonus reggae riffs thrown in. The big band on stage consisted of lead singer Barry Ashworth giving an energetic performance, along with the musicians, which included a very prominent performance from the trombones, giving the band a completely different, unique vibe than any other band currently touring. Even the man in the sombrero brought out to warm the crowd and take part in the performance added a unique spark to the band’s concert.
The Dub Pistols were surprisingly dance-floor friendly; something unexpected of music from live bands. The reggae riffs with the guitars and the tunes from the brass had the crowd grooving, with every person in Dingwalls dancing madly along to the music, proving the intense energy that Dub Pistols brought to their performance. The heavy bassline was reminiscent of the pure, live band music that is really what defines music in the first place, yet Dub Pistols successfully were combining this with their special, electronic dub feel (as hinted at by their name).
Dub Pistols are one of the true survivors of their genre, starting out in the 1990s yet still selling out nationwide tours, delivering what was expected of them and more. The crowd went crazy with each song, and was composed of evidently long-term and dedicated fans who were singing along word for word, tone for tone, going particularly wild for the closing jungle song “Mucky weekend,” chanting the lyrics “Oh no here we go again” with the song at top volume. Dub Pistols as well attracted a really young, fresh, crowd loving the ska musicality and dub beats, showing their fan-base to be ever-growing, appealing to a wide range of musical tastes.
The Dub Pistols caught its audience for the whole evening delivering a two hour set, with an only growing level of energy, leaving the audience buzzing and in love with the musicality and dance rhythms made from the ska, jungle songs about boozing, ecstasy, and all that illicit stuff, proving themselves to be one of the UK’s most unique bands.
Dub Pistols’ album The Return of the Pisterols will be released 1st June 2015, and is available for pre-order now!
To find out more about the band, and hear some more of their music, visit dubpistolsmusic.co.uk
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Dub Pistols main man Barry Ashworth has been flown into New Delhi, India to be the first International DJ to play at the opening night of the cities new super club.
The Dub Pistols have been building their reputation in India over the past few years with live performances at last years Sula Festival and at the famous “Blue frog” in Mumbai both shows rocking the crowds to the core. Barry has said he is expecting more of the same tonight, “the last time i played Delhi was at Chapter 25, that was a crazy night on the more underground vibe, tonights show is gonna be even louder i’m sure its a big club and its gonna be a big crowd, i can’t wait”
Barry landed on thursday and was taken around Radio stations to promote the Pistols Album and tonights show
“don’t know why it should be but it strange to think the Dub Pistols are booming out over the Indian airwaves” Barry was quoted as saying”. Dub Pistols world domination why not!
Tonight – The Massive Show with Legend Barry Ashworth Dub Pistols, UK.
The show take place tonight at
The Kila, Seven Style Mile, Opposite Qutub Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi
8:30 PM onwards..v
The next 12 days we are out on the road around Europe starting tomorrow night in Paris.
Fleche d’ or, Paris , France
Transbordeur Club, Lyon, France
Dachstock Reitschule, Bern, Switzerland
Royal, Baden, Switzerland
Schörsaal, Ravensburg , Germany
Street Party, Mayerhofen, Austria
3 valleys Charity Festival, Meribel, France
Dub Pistols Sound System,
Taking The Piste , Meribel, France
Badehaus, Berlin, Germany
Concorde 2, Brighton
Festival season is fast approaching, so what better time to welcome back the perfect soundtrack to a mucky weekend? Ladies and gentleman, make way for Dub Pistols – The Return of The Pistoleros!
“There’s always been a bit of the outlaw in classic reggae. A bit of spaghetti western, Mexican feel. That’s how we feel. We don’t have to try to fit in any more. We’re not going to be anyone’s flavour of the month. We’ve got our crowd and we’re getting new people all the time, from the ska dads to the festival kids, and it’s all word of mouth, no marketing, just from our live show. So I thought yeah, Pistoleros. Outlaws.”
- Barry Ashworth, Dub Pistols
Check out the new single ‘Pistoleros’ below
The album is out on Sunday Best Records on June 1st. Pre order now!
Theme “Somewhere In Time”
Blissfields have unveiled their first wave of musical guests for 2015. The bill includes The Horrors, John Grant, Simian Mobile Disco (Live),Dub Pistols, Glass Animals, Public Service Broadcasting, Grandmaster Flash, Ibibio Sound Machine, The Correspondents, Songhoy Blues, Novelist, and Melé.
You can watch the whole of the Dub Pistols set from Blissfields 2013 here
Also confirmed for the event are Missill, Cosmo Sheldrake, Gengahr, Loyle Carner, Kiko Bun, We Have Band, Alex Adair, Eton Messy, Subgiant, The Mispers, Flo Morrissey, Palace, Spring King, Ekkah, Matthew And Me, Andy Comley, Big Child Man Child, Bitr8, Black Feather, Cholombian, Dan Munro, Deadproud, Echotape, Espai, Fable, Floella Grace, Gypsy Disco, Headsessions Soundsystem, Johnny Boxcars, Jolta, Josh Savage, K1r3y, Lionface, Mary Miss Fairy, Milly Upton, Mini Da Minx, Morgan Hislop, Novatones, One Step Too Late, Ønly, Pachango, Popobawa, Ratzi, Science Of 8 Limbs, Shuddervision Presents Digits Mcphee & Guests, Soul & Fire, The Kings Parade, The Subgiant Soundsystem, This City Limits, Transend & Winterhours.
Blissfields will look back over a 15-year history, gaze into the curious future of the universe, and permit your imagination to run free. They invite you, and all tourists from the future, to the ultimate journey in traveling across the ages with Blissfields 2015… “Somewhere In Time.”
You’ll be able to explore Blissfields four-dimensional world featuring brand new and bespoke installations and artwork, plunge yourself into living, breathing and interactive festival scenery, bathe under the stars, join themed games and get a clear perception of humanity; where we’ve been, where we’re going, the pitfalls, the possibilities, the perils and the promise. All realised in Blissfields’ own vision of inclusivity, of family, of art and wonder, of music discovery and hazy inconsequentiality.
The family friendly festival for forward thinking music fans will be inviting many of its collaborators back in 2015, as well as opening up a new grant scheme for budding artists, promoters and performers. Some of the areas to look out for in 2015 are…… Amoeba To Zebra, Angel Gardens, Back Of The Bus, Boutique Camping, CAMEL CAMP, Craft Area, Electric Dreams, Fields Of Bliss Spa + Posh Wash, The Hidden Hedge & Time Warp Sportsday.
SUPER EARLY BIRD TICKETS: SOLD OUT
EARLY BIRD TICKETS: SOLD OUT
TIER 1 TICKETS: SOLD OUT
TIER 2 TICKETS: £90 Adult £65 Youth
TIER 3 TICKETS: £95 £69 Youth
PAYMENT SCHEME: Pay for your tickets over 4 monthly instalments, all ticket options available.
OTHER TICKET PACKAGES AVAILABLE including family ticket deals, 10 x weekend passes, Posh Wash passes, Live In Vehicle passes, Thursday Camping, and Car parking.
UNDER 10’s ARE FREE TO ATTEND.
Northbound Festival taking place at Wellington Farm, Cockermouth between 7th-9th August 2015 have announced their headline act for Friday night as the Dub Pistols! Also confirmed are Subgiant, The Beat and Colt 45.
Other acts confirmed include: Echotape, WOLFCLUB, Kontiki Suite, MyLittleBrother, Wasted Saints, The Atmospherics, Model Society, The Alleys, Bernaccia, Flight of Arrows, The iFoundation, Solar Wolf, David Kay, Youth Salute, Room Full of Mirrors, The Postcard Band, Periscope View, Kobadelta, The Fiction, Chemistry Lane, Tiny Folds, Reece Rheinbach, Chris James, Hourglass, The Rucksacks, Dan Mason, The Twitchers, Anita Rose Anderson, Ivory Veins, Joe McCorriston, Chapin-Wickwar, Katie Gentry &, DeeDee Ray.
On the site of the excellent and sadly missed Cockrock Festival in Cockermouth Cumbria, this small but perfectly formed festival isn’t just about the music, it’s about the whole festival experience and the true ethos behind music festivals; finding new music, having new experiences and spending time with friends in a place where anything goes.
Northbound is an affordable festival that incorporates great music with reasonably priced drinks, high quality food and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Dub Pistols Grey Skull hoody’s now available from our on line store
Back out on the road to promote the April Release of their new Album ‘Return of The Pistoleros’ founding member Barry Ashworth brings his band of sharpshooters to blow you away with their fusion of dub, breaks, jungle and hip hop. Famed for their snappy suits, intoxicating rhythms and catchy hooks these guys are amongst the best in their trade.
Regularly appearing across the world for nearly 20 years, and firm favourites at festivals including Bestival, Glastonbury and Beat Herder, we are pleased to welcome them to the fitting surroundings of The Factory for a night of high jinx and high quality tailoring – these guys never fail to disappoint.
They’re back! Although they’ve never really been away. Barry Ashworth’s evergreen bunch of dubwise vagabonds have been rocking practically every festival in existence all summer, and yet have still found time to squeeze out a new album — their sixth. And it’s another corker.
‘The Return Of The Pistoleros’ makes them sound like a Latin prison gang, extras in a spaghetti western, a marauding mob of Tequila-swigging mobsters, or a Mexican drug cartel. Some of which have a grain of truth to them. Joking aside, though, it’s been a long road to get to where they are — one of the most popular and best-loved acts on the circuit — but it’s testimony to their perseverance and staying power that their popularity still keeps increasing.
The Dubs have been dubbed ‘The Pistoleros’ in recent times by their army of fans — so it seemed only natural to adopt the tag for their latest album on Rob Da Bank’s Sunday Best imprint. El Pistolero is also the nickname of Uruguay talisman Luiz Suarez, who knocked England out of the 2014 World Cup. But as Barry is a Liverpool fan, he’s happy to still have this association. Just.
The Dubs toured with Neville Staple from The Specials at the start of 2014, and this led to the toaster guesting on ‘Real Gangster’ on the new ‘Pistoleros’ album. On the album, ‘Our Life’ is a free-spirited dub cut featuring long-term Dubs vocalists Lindy Layton and TK Lawrence. Languid beats song ‘Say Goodbye’ features the deep jazzual tones of Ashley Slater, ‘Report’ showcases major new hip-hop talent Genesis Elijah freeflowing over some lilting Dan Bowskill verses, and ‘Kill Your Sound’ has great reggae vocalist Seanie Tee all over it.
‘Roll & Come In’ sees the legendary Earl 16 (Leftfield etc) return to add sweet words to this spacious dub cut, and regular MC Darrison guests on dubwise drum & bass party track ‘Ride With It’. And there’s plenty more where that came from — it is, indeed, another corker. Like their incendiary live shows, this new long-player is a riotous mix of dub, drum & bass, hip-hop, punk and ska. They’ll be heading out on tour this autumn in support of the new ‘Pistoleros’ release, so watch out! The gun-slinging outlaws are back in town — and this time, they’re swigging Tequila.
The Dub Pistols coalesced in the mid-’90s and initially surfed the big beat wave along with acts like the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim. They had some minor chart hits like ‘Cyclone’ and ‘There’s Gonna Be A Riot’ on Concrete Records, remixed the likes of Moby and Limp Bizkit, and made dramatic inroads into America. Their debut album in 1998, ‘Point Blank’, cemented their position as party-rockers extraordinaire, and by the time it came to their second album around the Millennium — ‘Six Million Ways To Live’, with guest vocals by reggae great Horace Andy and lead singer of The Specials, Terry Hall — they were more concerned with some of the world’s problems.
The album was due to come out just before September 11th 2001 — the date of the Twin Towers terrorist attack in New York — and so had to be postponed. It was the start of the now-familiar Dub Pistols self-deprecating mantra: what could possibly go wrong?
As the noughties progressed, they signed to Sunday Best and went a bit more poppy for ‘Speakers & Tweeters’, which included cover versions of ‘Rapture’ by Blondie, ‘Peaches’ by The Stranglers and ‘Gangsters’ by The Specials – a track they had been making their own live. After guesting on their second album with ‘Problem Is’, estranged Specials singer Terry Hall started singing live with them, and the warm reaction he received from music fans was instrumental in him agreeing to reform his infamous 2-Tone band a few years later.
Next Dubs album ‘Rum & Coke’, so named after some infamous recording sessions in Barbados, introduced more guest vocalists such as former Freak Power man Ashley Slater and Beats International gal Lindy Layton, and with last long-player ‘Worshipping The Dollar’ in 2012 they consolidated their position as one of the foremost festival-rockers in Europe.
Fri 24 April ’15 Dub Pistols Live , The Square, Harlow, United Kingdom
Thu 30 April ’15 Dub Pistols Live , Dingwalls , London, United Kingdom
Fri 01 May ’15 Dub Pistols Live , Kings Hall, Herne Bay, United Kingdom
Sat 02 May ’15 DUB PISTOLS UK TOUR, Mr Kyps, Poole, United Kingdom
Sun 03 May ’15 DUB PISTOLS UK TOUR, The Brook, Southampton, United Kingdom
Fri 08 May ’15 Dub Pistols Live, O2 Academy, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Sat 09 May ’15 DUB PISTOLS UK TOUR, Sin City, Swansea, United Kingdom
Thu 14 May ’15 DUB PISTOLS UK TOUR, Picturedome, Northampton, United Kingdom
Fri 15 May ’15 DUB PISTOLS UK TOUR, Audio, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Sat 16 May ’15 DUB PISTOLS UK TOUR, Buskers, Dundee, United Kingdom
Thu 21 May ’15 Dub Pistols Live , The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Fri 22 May ’15 Tunes in the dunes , Perranporth Beach,, Cornwall , United Kingdom
Sat 23 May ’15 Dub Pistols Live , Cheese & Grain, Frome, United Kingdom
Fri 29 May ’15 Dub Pistols Live , The Factory, Barnstable , United Kingdom
Sat 30 May ’15 LemonFest (Live show), Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Abbot, United Kingdom