THE PISTOLS RETURN TO THE HOFF

THE PISTOLS RETURN TO THE HOFF

SB18-3RD-ACTS-1000X700-EFLY-11DEC-2Dub Pistols have confirmed they are returning to Mayerhoffen to take part in next years Snowbombing festiva, Joining artists Liam Gallagher, Pendulum, Rudimental, David Rodigan, Dizzie Rascal and a host of others>

10928175_10206712150109108_6583625378254382722_nTHE WORLD’S GREATEST SHOW ON SNOW
Snowbombing. Where to start… Mayrhofen, Austria, that’s where. A festival up a mountain 8,497ft above ordinary, in one of the finest ski resorts in Europe, showcasing world class acts in the most unique venues imaginable (think igloo rave, enchanted forest party, underground tennis club turned super club). Luxury spas, authentic alpine cuisine and not a tent in sight. Blue runs, black runs, schnapps runs. Chalet go on? The original. Unparalleled. Undeniably epic.

Check out our ice cold 3rd acts announcement…
Did you think we were finished? Incredibly, we have found a way to stuff more acts into the already bursting bill for SB18 and are rounding off our lineup in festive style. Who fancies a sackload of early Christmas prezzies?! Enter the challengers Dub Pistols, DJ Yoda, Cassy, High Contrast, Craig Charles, Eclair Fifi, Honey Dijon, James Zabiela and many, many more perfectly wrapped musical gifts set to flex their musical muscles on the world’s premium festival on snow. It’s even bigger, even louder, even beefier and even more Snowbombing than ever before… BOSH!

5 NIGHTS FROM £299? NO BRAINER.
Early Bird spots at the world’s greatest festival on snow are sold out! Luckily, we’ve still got got a handful of our best beds in the loveliest locations, at the nicest prices… SB18 festival wristband + 5 nights accommodation, from £299… that’s the deal. Go, go, go, before it’s too late! If you need any help or want a quote, then get in touch with Olivia from the SB team!
+44 (0)203 725 6065
olivia@snowbombing.com
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DUB PISTOLS FRONTMAN TO PERFORM AT BLACKSHEEP CHRISTMAS PARTY

DUB PISTOLS FRONTMAN TO PERFORM AT BLACKSHEEP CHRISTMAS PARTY

dubpistolsbarryashworth-850x491Dub Pistols frontman Barry Ashworth will be returning to the Island next week to play a very special DJ set.

Barry will be providing the tunes for what is expected to be an unforgettable night of music at The Blacksheep Bar’s Christmas party on Friday 22nd December.

With a career spanning over 20 years, Ashworth has performed all around the world with the Dub Pistols, including slots at the Isle of Wight Festival, Bestival and Glastonbury.

The DJ set will follow the band’s winter UK tour.

Tickets for the Ryde event are on sale now and are selling very fast. They can be purchased online at https://www.fatsoma.com/the-blacksheep-bar-club-lounge/bbc13u9p/dub-pistols-dj-set-at-the-blacksheep or on the night – if they are still available.

By Island Echo Published on 12th December 2017

Dub Pistols at Blisscamp

Dub Pistols at Blisscamp

DQhsQNMUEAAEotA.jpg-largeThe Dub Pistols are delighted to have curated the Sunday closing party at this years Blisscamp brought to you by the brilliant Blissfields team

Blissfields presents Blisscamp…
Seventeen years ago, we invited some friends round for a few drinks and a singsong around a campfire. Since then we’ve invited thousands of you to Blissfields, opening our doors on two sites, enjoying groundbreaking performances, ridden hot air balloons, walked the trapeze, been in paint fights, dressed as animals, had tractor rides, travelled through time and put on the ultimate house party.
The time though has come to take a short break. In 2018 there won’t be a Blissfields; instead we’re taking it all back to our roots to begin a new event and a new journey together.

Ticket Alert

Ticket Alert

18216550_891156904357774_2972605510934485454_oThe Dub Pistols show this Friday in Hitchin at Club 85 has very few tickets remaining. This show will sell out so grab your tickets before they have gone

Entry £14 in advance, more on the door
Doors 7.45pm

Advance tickets acailable here:
www.seetickets.com/event/dub-pistols-crazy-diamonds-tour/club-85/1098773

Advance printed tickets will be available from the usual outlets:
-Farleys, Hitchin
-Jolly Brown Hitchin
-Gatefold Record Lounge Hitchin
-Bar 85 Hitchin
-David’s Music Letchworth
-Unikorn Stevenage

16+ with photo ID – younger patrons can be signed in at the door by a responsible adult and earplugs are available upon request.

Downstairs bar open until 1am.

Like all our gigs this show finishes well in time for the last trains North and South to Cambridge/Peterborough and London and we are just a 5 minute stroll from the station.

For full up to the minute listings please visit www.club-85.co.uk and consider signing up to our mailing list for information on existing and upcoming gigs straight to you!

Plymouth live review

Plymouth live review

Dub Pistols Smash it at The Hub

24173209_10155928259381660_5873012888218264094_oWalking through Union Street down to The Hub on a Friday night, there was an unnaturally subdued atmosphere surrounding the clubs and bars, usually bustling with students and locals alike, looking worse for wear. However, these people seemed to have all converged at The Hub, where something different was in the air. After being swiftly being ushered in and having a quick beer at the bar before the support act, Kioko, took to the stage, the venue was filling up nicely. A vibrant mix of middle aged couples and their friends merging with students, who were also queuing up for a quick beverage, pleasantly laughing, yet eager to get the evening underway.

Soon after being treated to Birmingham boys Kioko, who got a fair few cutting some unorthodox shapes, it was time for the main act to rocket on to the stage. I mentioned in my preview for this show of the band’s ability to make everyone feel part of the show and this one was no different. In the short interludes between songs, frontman duo Seanie T and Barry Ashworth would rapidly shake many flailing arms to congratulate their audience for their unbalanced skanking. They even brought up on stage a ‘birthday girl’, and her friends, for the climax of the performance, ‘Mucky Weekend’, overwhelming the band in number as the brisk, snappy bassline kicked in. Hammering through songs like, ‘Alive’ and ‘Pistoleros’ caused a frenzy in the crowd, that inspired some of those at the back to charge forward and bop with the rest, in an effort to try to keep up with the rattling snare. As ‘Alive’ dropped in to its second chorus a few strangers even opted to do a can-can across the growing mosh pit. After paying homage to past albums, they introduced tracks from the new album including ‘Boom’, a thunderous number, memorable for its main hook, ‘BOOM!’. ‘London Town’ was totally different in pace and style yet equally as catchy, thanks to intricate brass sections and simple, yet a totally effective chorus structure.

24068491_10155928259596660_5523998562265832141_oPerforming for over an hour and a half is not easy for any musician and some performances can tail off slightly. However, Barry Ashworth still attacks each song as if it were still the first minute of the show, throwing himself around the stage and pulling it off with a unique swagger. Before the show he told me, ‘We have so much Arsenal there to play with, we could play forever’, which is a true testament to the group’s hardworking, yet carefree attitude. Amidst all the busyness of the Crazy Diamond’s tour, which is now in full swing, Ashworth also said that he is ‘already halfway through writing the next record’, using this latest release, like many creative forces, to question where does he want to go next? Obviously, any new record is some way from being released, in the meantime, Ashworth has also joined the Blissfield’s festival team. This will be taking place in Winchester next July, a festival that prides itself on providing a form of escapism for its customers, not too dissimilar from a Dub Pistols show, where all of life’s problems seem to be forgotten.

The new record is called ‘Crazy Diamonds’, which is what this group are. Outrageous, wild, and far from sensible, just a few adjectives that could be used to describe either a Dub Pistols’ album or live show. Yet, within the madness lies a truly irreplaceable diverse sound, so distinctive and uncommon, like a rare jewel which should be treasured. Their documentary titled ‘What the Fuck Could Possibly Go Wrong?’, which has been filmed over the last five years, to be released soon, seems to be a reflective look back at the band’s highs and lows. Ashworth recognises this, ‘We’ve had so many ups and downs, over the years, probably more downs than ups… But we’ve probably moved past being the next big thing, now and have much more of a cult status.’ The documentary will hopefully show off to those, not yet familiar with the band, the fearless charisma that seems to encapsulate every member of the remarkable group and encourage them to catch a show, where it’s always a part

Words Charlie Pinhey
images Bill Borez

Plymouth Show review

Plymouth Show review

1512333710636DUB PISTOLS took over The Hub in Plymouth to showcase material from their latest album CRAZY DIAMONDS, read our live review….
It’s been a while since we’ve covered Dub Pistols. I think it was Boardmasters in Newquay where we last caught up with Barry Ashworth and his merry men as they headlined the Land of the Saints stage, since then, we’ve seen Barry DJ a couple of times at other West country festivals but never as the whole band so when I got a call to ask if I wanted to cover their Plymouth show at the start of December, I was all over it like a rash.

Dub PistolsA lot had happened since the last time we met, their eighth studio album Crazy Diamonds had landed and I for one was interested to see how many of the new offerings would be showcased at tonight’s show.

As we arrived at The Hub in the heart of Plymouth, we were immediately welcomed into the dressing room by a very ‘effervescent’ Barry Ashworth, drinks were offered and we chatted to the rest of the band about the tour so far and how the new material had been going down with the fans, Barry commented, “They love it, you never really know how the new stuff’s gonna be received but at the end of the day, you’re at a Dub Pistols show, it’s one big party and everyone’s out to have a great time”. We left them to their pre-show rituals (group hugs etc) and took up positions in the main room for the opening act that were just about to take to the stage.

Kioko are a Birmingham based 8 piece reggae band, the horn section were amazing, really lively, the backline were kicking out some proper bone-rattling bass and tight percussion, throw into the mix a couple of guitars and you’ve got the making of a great band who bring the party to wherever they happen to be playing!

A lot had happened since the last time we met, their eighth studio album Crazy Diamonds had landed and I for one was interested to see how many of the new offerings would be showcased at tonight’s show.

As we arrived at The Hub in the heart of Plymouth, we were immediately welcomed into the dressing room by a very ‘effervescent’ Barry Ashworth, drinks were offered and we chatted to the rest of the band about the tour so far and how the new material had been going down with the fans, Barry commented, “They love it, you never really know how the new stuff’s gonna be received but at the end of the day, you’re at a Dub Pistols show, it’s one big party and everyone’s out to have a great time”. We left them to their pre-show rituals (group hugs etc) and took up positions in the main room for the opening act that were just about to take to the stage.

Kioko are a Birmingham based 8 piece reggae band, the horn section were amazing, really lively, the backline were kicking out some proper bone-rattling bass and tight percussion, throw into the mix a couple of guitars and you’ve got the making of a great band who bring the party to wherever they happen to be playing!
The brass section were having an absolute blast, one acted as an MC, cajoling the crowd into an almost frenzied state when not tooting his trumpet! Their songs were upbeat and addictive, some carried a political undertone and one track was all about ‘the jungle’ in Calais, proving that these guys were not just a one trick pony. They really were a strong act, solid musicians through and through and are a great way to warm the crowd ready for Dub Pistols to take over!

Dub PistolsAfter a brief intermission to change the stage around, it was time for the main act of the evening, the room soon filled as the beat kicked up and the guitar started to play. On walked Barry and Seanie T to a huge reception and launched straight into “Never Never”, lifted from the new Crazy Diamonds album.
Other new material to make the set list this evening included “Boom” and “Rising” which went down an absolute storm with the Plymouth capacity crowd. Now, if you don’t know, a Dub Pistols show IS a party, it’s a chance to get a few drinks down your neck and enjoy a night out on the town with Barry Ashworth and his crew providing the high velocity soundtrack that you just can’t help bobbing along to, hell, even I had a dance and that very rarely happens, I’m more the kind of person who stands at the side, nodding energetically but tonight, I decided I was going to get right on there and have a good old skank!

Dub PistolsIt was the age old favourites that kept the room on the boil throughout the evening, tracks such as “Real Gangsta”, “Gunshot” and their perfect renditions of cover versions such as The Stranglers’ “Peaches” and The Specials’ “Gangsters” proved that this bunch of hardy professionals knew their craft very well indeed as the night wore on
The finale was a wonderfully extended version of “Mucky Weekend” with Barry and Seanie T inviting a “Birthday Girl” onto the stage (accompanied by a bunch of her mates) to sing out the final track in time honoured tradition, it was indeed a mucky weekend by the time the band’s final chords rang out around the room.
The finale was a wonderfully extended version of “Mucky Weekend” with Barry and Seanie T inviting a “Birthday Girl” onto the stage (accompanied by a bunch of her mates) to sing out the final track in time honoured tradition, it was indeed a mucky weekend by the time the band’s final chords rang out around the room.

What I love about Dub Pistols is the fact that they’re so happy to engage with their fans after the show, they could retire back to the dressing room until the fans disperse but no, you’ll see Barry hugging everyone, posing for photos and generally doing everything he can to ensure that EVERYONE has a great time, I think this is what brings people back to their shows time and time again.

They may be 8 albums into their career but I can honestly say that Crazy Diamonds is a polished release that stands up well with the more classic material that they have produced over the years, if its yet to make it into your collection, do yourself a favour, click the link below and get it ordered, give it to yourself as an early Christmas gift, you won’t be disappointed and as Santa will have come early, you can treat yourself again nearer the big day!
Review by Steve Muscutt

Photography by Julian Baird

LAKEFEST

LAKEFEST

web-large-pngDUB PISTOLS have been confirmed to play Lakefest 2018

Lakefest, returns for a 7th year to Eastnor Castle, the former site of The Big Chill Festival, from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th August 2018.

Line-up
first five acts confirmed are: Reverend and the Makers, Dub Pistols, Pop Will Eat Itself, Toploader and Marc Almond.

Tickets
buy tickets now >

Early bird tickets are on sale, currently priced as follows:-
adult (18+) with camping Thursday entry: £85
adult (18+) with camping Friday entry: £75
teen camping (aged 13-17): £40
child camping (aged 6-12): £25
Children aged 5 and under are free and don’t require a ticket.
All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Live-in vehicle and parking tickets have not been released yet.

Any disabled punters requiring a carer are advised to ring 0121 472 6688 and the sales staff will add the carer’s ticket free of charge.

Fancy Dress
This year the theme will be “Nautical but Nice”, involving pirates and other nautical dress.

More info
You are able to bring your own alcohol if you are camping. Any alcohol that you bring is only permitted to be consumed in the camping areas. No personal alcohol will be permitted in the main festival area.

More information https://lakefest.co.uk

ALBUM OF THE MONTH

ALBUM OF THE MONTH

HI-FI NEWS - DecemberDub Pistols new album “Crazy Diamonds” has received another album of the month review, this time from HIFI News.

TICKET ALERT

TICKET ALERT

TICKET ALERT
18320903_1349865708440717_7376131789094202816_oOur Show in Birmingham on the 16th December at the Hare and Hounds is down to its last 20 remains tickets. Grab yours before they have gone https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Birmingham/Hare-And-Hounds/Hare-amp-Hounds-Presents-Dub-Pistols-/12965500/

Black Friday ticket deal

Black Friday ticket deal

thumbnail_Dub-Pistols-2017-A3-London-posterLondon Crew the lovely people Ticketmaster have a Black friday deal on our show O2 Academy Islington you can bag 2 tickets for the price of 1
2-for-1 tickets to Dub Pistols*
Only a limited number of tickets are available in this deal, look out for the offer in the drop down menu for available ticket types.

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/promo/cwm0rk