Free Festival

Free Festival

Dub Pistols copyWe are playing Bedford River Festival this weekend, the second largest free festival in the UK! You can catch us on @The Pad Presents Main Stage at 9pm on Saturday 300,000 people expected
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Dub Pistols looking forward to Bridport – July 13

Dub Pistols looking forward to Bridport – July 13

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The Dub Pistols have built a massive fanbase in the West Country by putting in the hours and respecting their audience. Barry Ashworth talks to Fergus Byrne about energy, music, football and music royalty—and, what could possibly go wrong?

33762806_10156422178676660_1519804470093938688_oOver the years it’s fair to say that Barry Ashworth, the driving force behind the Dub Pistols, might have owned up to a number of different chemical excuses for his boundless energy, but these days the bulk of his drive and stamina just comes from a natural source—his passion for music. ‘My Mum used to have to give me Valium to go to school to calm me down’ he jokes. ‘I’ve always been bouncing off walls. That’s just naturally in my personality.’

In July Barry brings the Dub Pistols to Bridport to headline at the Jurassic Fields Festival. It’s a gig he’s looking forward to. ‘The West Country seems to be our biggest catchment area in term of fanbase I think. When you go north there’s a lot more house music, but when you go more west, it’s a lot more urban and open-minded. Our sound seems to have connected and resonated with people and it’s been like that for quite a while. We do a lot of shows down that way every year.’

The band originally grew from Barry’s DJ career, which itself grew out of time spent running clubs in Ibiza and London. If it was possible to create an edited version of his life story it would start on a London council estate, take in teenage dreams of a being a footballer, include a broken leg in 1987 and a trip to Ibiza that changed his life. That was eventually followed by a million-dollar contract with Geffen records in America and the heady road to sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. However, as luck would have it, Barry’s first shot at mega-stardom was interrupted by the attack on the twin towers of 9/11, as the Dub Pistols first album was due to be released there that week. Coincidentally having lyrics like ‘Submarine sinks fall from the sky/tallest buildings burn/oh how the mothers they cry,’ and ‘blowing up the White House like I was an alien in Independence Day’, the album was pulled and it never came out. Barry found himself back in London with an unexpected overdraft and one hell of a ‘what happened last night?’ feeling. He admits it had been some party though. Cut to today and the Dub Pistols have risen from the ashes of those dark days and built up a huge following by being one of the hardest working bands in the industry.

33772720_10155702686872689_2249037720217190400_oDub Pistols live performances are all about the crowd. ‘Our show is very much built on energy and crowd participation’ says Barry. ‘We feed off the crowd as much as they feed off us.’ He explained that every band he has ever been into, from punk to ska, is always about energy. But that doesn’t mean it’s not also about the music. ‘For me, music is the soundtrack to life. Whether it takes you up or whether it takes you down, you can always reference different parts of your life through the soundtrack of that time. Making music is something that I love and always have done.’

Although the soundtrack to his early years included people like Elvis Costello, The Clash and Blondie et al, his Dad had different ideas about what he should be listening to. ‘When I’d come home drunk on a Sunday and be upstairs playing reggae, he’d drag me downstairs and play me Lynyrd Skynyrd and Rory Gallagher and say “that’s not music, this is”. My Mum was more into Motown and Soul’. That’s not to say Barry didn’t listen to anything other than punk, reggae and ska, he admits to a very eclectic taste in music. ‘Bob Dylan was a soundtrack for a time’ he says. ‘From that, you learn a lot about songwriting and lyrics and you become a bit more socially aware. And my grandmother was a Scouser, so there’s a heavy influence from there with the Beatles as well. My grandmother was carried down to You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

Talk about his Scouser background and the Liverpool theme tune brings us neatly to the other passion in his life—football. That broken leg in 1987 brought him to Ibiza to recuperate and he readily admits that the drug scene and the fantastic mix of music on the island put an end to his football dreams. However, it didn’t curtail his passion for the beautiful game. He is still a fanatical Liverpool supporter, but when it comes to the organisations that run the industry he practically spits out his views. ‘I hate the FA with a passion’ he says. ‘I hate FIFA with a passion, because they are, to me, so corrupt.’ He believes the teams in the past such as those in the Beckham era and managers like Terry Venables could have kept England as contenders ‘but they just wanted “yes” boys. So it’s just really put me off international football.’

With the 2018 World Cup kicking off as we chat, it’s probably not the best time to be irritated with International football and Barry at least concedes that maybe there could be some hope. ‘I don’t actually think we’ve got the worst team in the world’ he says. ‘I think we’ve got quarter-finals in us. It really depends on what he (Gareth Southgate) sends out and how they decide to play. The good thing is none of them deserves an ego, cos let’s face it, they’ve been shit. The warm-up games they’ve struggled to win by one goal.’

By the time this goes to print we’ll all have a better idea of what England might achieve. However, regardless of the international football scene, Barry can’t help but throw a more amusing aside to the football chat, complaining that ‘every time there’s an international break, Liverpool seem to come back with our best players crocked, so I hate it.’

So, enough about football, but did a shot at mega-stardom in the music industry leave Barry or any other Dub Pistol with an ego the size of, say, Kanya West’s? No, not at all. Barry Ashworth is under no illusions about the slippery slope that fame and stardom offers. This is a hard-working band that pulls it all off by putting in the hours and loving what they do. As to mega-stardom, Barry is often quoted as saying they are ‘successfully unsuccessful’. He points out that the lack of international limelight means ‘you don’t get overkill and it doesn’t let your head get too big, because you have to live it real. The way that we have to travel and play, we’re never the spoilt superstars—we’ve never had people blowing smoke up our arse.’ That’s probably why the fans keep coming back and as he says, ‘the shows just get bigger and bigger—which is unbelievable after twenty years.’

Last year Barry got married, as it happens into music royalty. His wife’s mother, the late June Child was married to Mark Bolan and his wife’s Godfather is Elton John. ‘They were just a little bit more successful than me’ he laughs. So does he fancy the idea of being a bigger star? ‘Would I like to have my life analysed, considering what I’ve been up to?… Probably not’ he says. ‘I think I’d just be banged up. Staying just below the radar suits me just fine.’

20776759_10155623321911660_8397007838417566751_oLooking at the rest of the year it would seem that the Dub Pistols may be a little too busy to peek over any radar. As well as a seemingly never-ending trail of shows in the UK, there are gigs in Poland, Romania, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal, and talk of shows in Mexico and New Zealand in the New Year. Not to mention the new album Dark Days, Dark Times, which Barry says is already ten tracks in, though not due out until early next year. Then there is also the band’s documentary What Could Possibly Go Wrong?, a history of the Dub Pistols so far, which, as Barry says, is hard to finish since the band is still going. He has set himself a target of the gig at this year’s Boomtown for the last bit of filming and hopes to get it finished before the end of the year.

In the meantime, there are still songs like Never Never, London Calling, Boom and Rising from the current album Crazy Diamonds that have found their way into the Dub Pistols live set. Simply, not to be missed.

Anyone who hasn’t yet managed to connect with a Dub Pistols gig should remedy that particular hole in their personal ozone as soon as possible. Now fully-fledged ‘festival favourites’ they will play at Jurassic Fields in Bridport on July 13th and Camp Bestival at Lulworth at the end of July, as well as Beautiful Days at Escot Park near Ottery St Mary in August. Find out more at http://www.bridportlife.co.uk/coming-up/dub-pistols-looking-forward-to-bridport-july-13/

Win Tickets to camp bestival

Win Tickets to camp bestival

DfmMlPsVQAAxUrB.jpg-largeSuper excited to play at Camp Bestival in July! Want to win a family ticket*? Leave a comment with a song you want us to perform on our facebook page and we’ll pick the winner next Sunday 6pm More info:
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*A family ticket is for 2 adults and up to four children.

Link to our Facebook post

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King of The Jungle

King of The Jungle

kingofthejungle_charcoal_fabric_white_goldDub Pistols latest T-shir is now available from our online store.
Designed by Canadian artist Lowclass and printed on a Gildan Tee the design is available in both mens and ladies size
Just head over to our online store and order yours now for £18 delivered in the UK

Tunes in The Dunes Festival

Tunes in The Dunes Festival

34386178_10156305220218326_3433476888842993664_nThis Saturday the Dub Pistols return to the biggest beach festival in the UK Tunes in The Dunes
Going international artists UB40, The Beat, The Selecter and many others. The Pistols are heading the second stage so come join us.

info@tunesinthedunes.co.uk

http://www.tunesinthedunes.co.uk

Free DJ mix download

Free DJ mix download

Last night Barry Ashworth got in the mix for Krafted Radio show hosted by the lovely Chloe Fontain
you can download and listen to the mix now on soundcloud just follow the link below

Mad on The Road UK tour dates

Mad on The Road UK tour dates

The Dub Pistols are pleased to announce the band’s 2018 ‘Mad on the Road’ UK tour dates.
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Click the shows below to buy your tickets before they sellout.

05 Oct Town Hall, Glastonbury, Somerset, England
06 Oct Esquires, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
12 Oct The Boileroom, Guildford, Surrey, England
13 Oct Blandford Corn Exchange, Blandford, Dorset, England
26 Oct Jac’s, Aberdare, Wales
01 Nov The Hairy Dog, Derby, England
02 Nov Band On The Wall, Manchester, England
09 Nov The Foundry, Torquay, Devon, England
10 Nov The Factory, Barnstaple, Devon, England
23 Nov O2 Academy, Oxford, England
24 Nov Concorde 2, Brighton, England
29 Nov The Booking Hall, Dover, England
30 Nov The 1865, Southampton, England
04 Dec Jazz Cafe, London, England
08 Dec Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, England
15 Dec Club 85, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England

Tour Promo video

https://www.facebook.com/dub.pistols/videos/10156293984383326/

Dub Pistols after show

Dub Pistols after show

31880849_1510168885772806_2691177712550150144_oThis Saturday the boys head down to Poole in Dorset for the last date on their UK tour at the Legendary Mr Kyps. The Show should be a poignant one as Mr Kyps is closing down in just other a week so this will be one of the last shows ever at this iconic venue. Joining the band on this special night are original bassist Jason O’Bryan and UK hip hop soldier Rodney P
Support on the night comes from the bands good friend Cuba Libra and is set to sellout so grab your tickets whilst you still can

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There will also be an after show party in Bournemouth at The Eden Bar where you can catch Barry Ashworth and Rodney P doing a sound system show

Dirty Dubsters Podcast

A life changing trip to Ibiza in the late 80s leads Londoner Barry Ashworth on a 30 year musical excursion. Promoting clubs in the city full time then leads to a trip on the other side of the turntables. Dead broke to signing a contract with Jimmy Iovine. We talk touring, Live shows, the music industry. The Ups, the downs, the all arounds.
WTF Else could possibly go wrong?
Part 1

Brighton

Brighton

32105366_10156242979498326_858597836877463552_oThis Friday the Dubs main man will be spinning records alongside Congo Natty aka Rebel Mc
in Brighton at Concorde 2.

Event status: Live (Tickets Available)
Door Times 11:00pm – 4:00am
Congo Natty returns to Concorde 2!