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Following the UK government’s guidelines in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in the interest of the safety and health of our fans, the Dub Pistols have unfortunately had to postpone and re-arrange a number of our scheduled UK tour dates this spring.
The gigs effected are listed as below:
Sat 08 Aug, The Fleece, Bristol (PREVIOUSLY 3 APR)
Sat 18 Sep, Chinnery’s, Southend-On-Sea (PREVIOUSLY 17 APR)
Thurs 24 Sep, Epic Studios, Norwich (PREVIOUSLY 20 MAR)
Fri 25 Sep, The Hairy Dog, Derby (PREVIOUSLY 28 MAR)
Sat 26 Sep, West End Centre, Aldershot (PREVIOUSLY MAR 21)
Thu 8 Oct, Alberts Shed Southwater, Telford (PREVIOUSLY 24 APR)
Thu 29 Oct, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (PREVIOUSLY 27 MAR)
TBC, The Foundry, Torquay (PREVIOUSLY 4 APR)
All venues remain the same and all tickets remain valid, however refunds are also available from point of purchase for customers unable to make the new date.
We thank you for your understanding and continued support and we’ll do our best to keep you as updated as possible if there are any further changes over the coming weeks.
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Over the years, The Guide has interviewed people on the phone who are apparently in some odd locations on the other end of the line.
But The Dub Pistols’ mainman Barry Ashworth has got it sussed – when we talk, it’s early evening for Barry who is on a beach in Thailand, having just finished a four-hour DJ set. There’s reggae playing in the background and it certainly beats a rain-swept Portsmouth.
As he says: ‘I was actually just coming out here for a holiday, I was out here for three weeks, but then people kept on asking. It’s a beach, it’s somewhere nice to play, so… This is just me and a box of music.
‘I’ve got a couple of shows here and then I’m off to New Zealand to do a festival there.’The Dub Pistols formed in the mid-90s, riding the big beat wave with their blend of electronica and dub. The band’s bio describes their history as two decades which ‘have been a riot of storming shows, missed opportunities, big bad basslines, calamities and triumphs – with scarcely a dull moment in between.’Which is putting it mildly.
But now they’re coming back to The Wedgewood Rooms, one of their regular haunts, in what is shaping up to be a busy 2020.
With album number nine, Addict, due in the autumn, a major fundraiser for Portsmouth-based music and mental health charity, Tonic, of which Barry is a patron, their own festival The Mucky Weekender, and a documentary chronicling their history due to come out, there won’t be much down time.
‘Yeah, it’s a good time to be a Dub Pistol.
‘We’re planning to drop a record a month throughout the year, leading up to the album in September,
‘Obviously we’re doing The Wedgewood Rooms which is always one of the best nights, it’s such a fantastic place to play. They’re are an incredible bunch of people there, and it’s always a mad show.
‘And we’re involved with Tonic Music – we’re doing Barry Ashworth’s Flying Circus for them,’ he will be going wingwalking in May with a bunch of his musician friends, ‘and I’ve got single coming out for that. I’ve done a version of [New Order’s hit] Blue Monday with a Canadian band called Dubmatix, which I thought just suited the vibe – it’s a reggae version of it.’
As a long-term supporter of Tonic, why does he feel so passionately about the subject?
‘At the moment there’s 84 suicides a week among men – the rate is ridiculous.
‘Then you put it into the [music] industry and it goes off the charts, and everyone thinks everything’s okay and it’s not.
‘I’ve been very lucky, I’ve got away with a lot, but I’ve lost people along the way, so anything to raise other people’s awareness has got to be something positive.
‘Sometimes there isn’t a week that doesn’t go past where I’ve lost someone for no reason.
‘Cancer, things like that, you understand that takes you, but when you don’t realise that people close to you are that desperate… surely life is worth living?
‘If you can reach out to one person, that’s it.
‘There’s none of us who haven’t suffered, trust me. It might look like to everyone else like everything’s alright, but that’s not true. ‘And sometimes those that shine bright, shine very quickly.’
Given everything they’ve got going on, it’s no surprise to hear that The Dub Pistols have little time for nostalgia.
When asked if they’ll be doing anything special to celebrate their 25th anniversary, Barry can’t recall when that would actually be. And don’t expect them to mark any of their eight previous albums’ anniversaries either.
‘When people say do a best of, we haven’t got a best of album to put out – it’s like raising the white flag, saying: “I can’t write any more music”.
‘It’s the same thing as celebrating anniversaries because you’ve got nothing else to sell. I would prefer to think that we’re still relevant and releasing music that people are waiting to hear, rather than being stuck in the past.’
But there is one way they’re taking stock, with the release of the long-awaited documentary, WCPBG? (What Could Possibly Go Wrong).
‘It’s been a long time in the works, but I think you expect that from a documentary if it’s going to cover a period of time.
‘I think we’re getting to the “redemption stage” of the story now. We’re just learning how not to fall over and make complete arses of ourselves the whole time, and not to be so selfish, you know?’ he laughs. And have the documentary makers been given editorial control?
‘Well, I’ve co-produced it and co-directed it, but it’s the same as anything, I’ve never tried to deny anything I have done or haven’t done. It’s all been lived out in broad daylight – you can’t polish a turd.
‘There’s no faking it.’
‘It’s what you’d expect from The Dub Pistols, we’re not trying to make ourselves look any better than we were – we’re just a bunch of idiots who got away with it…’
Last year the band launched their own festival, The Mucky Weekender – named after their 2012 single – up the coast in East Sussex.
It was such a success, they’re back for more this coming September, with kindred spirits like Gentleman’s Dub Club, Don Letts, Too Many T’s, and many more joining them on the bill.
‘I’ve always been a promoter, I knew a guy who had some land… To be honest, I think our whole marketing budget has been £30.
‘People just turned up – a couple of thousand people – and it’s just amazing.‘I couldn’t have been more satisfied, it was almost emotional. We just want everyone to come and enjoy themselves.’
THE DUB PISTOLS
The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea
words by Chris Broom
Dub Pistols kick off their UK 2020 live dates this Friday in Milton Keynes last few remaining tickets available
The Craufurd Arms (Live Music Venue)
59 Stratford Road, MK12 5LT Milton Keynes
Dub Pistols have released the 2 wave of artists to join them at the years Mucky Weekender.
The latest names to join the already massive line up are festival favourites The Gentlemans Dub Club, The undisputed king of beats Krafty Kuts, Freestylers and last years Favourites The Ragga Twins.
Check out the full line up and grab yourself a ticket to come and join the party
Mucky Weekender, the acclaimed boutique festival staged by UK band the Dub Pistols, returns in September 2020 for another spectacular edition. 2020’s event has moved a couple of weeks earlier at the end of the summer, starting on Friday 11th September in East Sussex in the south of England.
This year’s festival will see an extra venue — The Shack — added to the site, so that even more acts can perform, and additional fields opened up for two nights of camping from Friday 11th – Sunday 13th September.
A seductive mixture of bands, DJs, rappers and other performers will provide the musical entertainment throughout the weekend. The Dub Pistols cross over lots of different music styles — from dub to punk, ska to hip-hop to drum & bass — and the acts and crowd at Mucky Weekender (named after one of the Dubs’ most popular, celebratory anthems) truly reflect this.
Topping the bill are the Dub Pistols themselves. These festival favourites never fail to rock a crowd, and although they’ll be hard-pushed to top the uproarious reception they received at the 2019 Mucky, they’re sure to give it a damned good go.
The Dubs are ably supported by party-starting turntable wizard Krafty Kuts, punky-reggae dub aficionado Don Letts, breakbeat veterans The Freestylers, acclaimed dub band Gentleman’s Dub Club, and foundation MCs the Ragga Twins.
Legendary house DJs Justin Robertson, Doorly, Jon Carter and Terry Farley are among the top names who will nice up the dance in the Crazy Diamonds Club and The Shack. And the infamous freaky dancing rave legend from the Happy Mondays, Bez, will be bringing his Acid House Party to Mucky, which is sure to inspire and astound in equal measures.
In addition, the unstoppable Rodney P & Skitz, London rap crew Too Many T’s and expert turntablist A-Skillz will be bringing the hip-hop party riddims, while Uncle Dugs and King Yoof will supply some of the junglist vibes.
With more acts still to be announced, the second Mucky looks set to top the resounding success of the first.
The inaugural Mucky Weekender, set in a secret location in the gorgeous Sussex countryside, saw about 1200 Dub Pistols affiliates lap up a jam-packed bill of first class acts. Leftfield, Stanton Warriors, Darren Emerson and of course the Dub Pistols themselves were just some of the highlights of the first Mucky in September 2019.
The weather was kind to Barry Ashworth and the crew that weekend — even though it was the last festival of the UK summer, in late September, it was gorgeous sunshine all weekend.
For more information and tickets head to www.mucky-weekender.co.uk
FULL LINE UP:
GENTLEMANS DUB CLUB
DOORLY, KRAFTY KUTS, DON LETTS
JUSTIN ROBERTSON, A- SKILLZ, RODNEY P
BEZ’S ACID HOUSE PARTY
UNCLE DUGS, RAGGA TWINS,TOO MANY T’S, TERRY FARLEY
FREESTYLERS, SKITZ, KIOKO, JON CARTER, FUTURE FLEX
CHOPSTICK DUBPLATE Feat KING YOOF & NATTY CAMPBELL, 2 BAD MICE
ADAM PRESCOTT (REGGAE ROAST), DJ BARRINGTON, ATOMIC HOOLIGAN
FERAL IS KINKY, CAPTAIN ACCIDENT & THE DISASTERS,SEANIE T & DJ SURRO
TRAKTOR GIRL,LINDY LAYTON,DOGHOUSE DERELICTS, CUBA LIBRE, TIMI TOIL, SOUL OF MAN,
,CARL LOBEN, JAY REESE, DUB DEFENDERS,SKATA TONES BAREFOOT BANDIT,DJ IRONING BOARD
There is just one week left for you to be able to book your place for Mucky weekender using our 8 month payment plan at just £16.26. Don’t delay do it today and come join party