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

Dub Pistols Confirmed for Watchet Festival 2018

Dub Pistols Confirmed for Watchet Festival 2018

watchet_festival_logo-1THE first bands have been announced for the Watchet Music Festival 2018.

The popular festival is returning to Parsonage Farm after a year break on August 24-26 2018.

This week the organisers have announced four bands joining the line-up for the festival including reggae, rock and roll, punk and folk.

From The Jam, which is lead by bass player Bruce Foxton of British mod/punk heroes The Jam.

The festival organisers say they received more requests for From The Jam & Dub Pistols to be booked than any other artist.

Renowned British reggae band Aswad will be performing their adventurous fusion of musical styles including dancehall, funk, hip-hop and dub.

British rock ‘n’ rollers The Dub Pistols will also be returning, while Ferocious Dog will be bringing their mix of punk and folk to the main stage having first performed in Watchet in 2012.

They will be joining Faerground Accidents, Jack Humphries, Kioko, Mesh, RSVP Bhangra and there are still many more acts to be confirmed

With over half of all publicly available tickets sold before a single act was announced, Watchet 2018 is set to continue the festival’s tradition of completely selling out in advance.

A spokesman for Watchet LIVE, the Community Interest Company which organises the festival, said: “Those wishing to camp on site are particularly encouraged to buy their tickets as soon as possible, as more than 70 per cent of camping tickets have already sold out.

The organisers are also looking for volunteers to help out with stewarding, helping to put up and dismantle the stages, rubbish collecting, on-site maintenance and marshalling.

Volunteers work a maximum of six hours per day and will get free tickets to the festival. If you are interested email volunteer@watchetfestival.co.uk.

To find out more information about Watchet Music Festival visit www.watchetfestival.co.uk.

Guildford Sold Out

Guildford Sold Out

crazy-diamonds-tour-fb-page-v2-sold-outThe bands show in Guildford at the Boileroom this Friday has now completely sold out making it 5 shows in a row.
The Band roll into Southampton on Saturday at the 1865 club, grab a ticket now before they go.

https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Southampton/The-1865/Dub-Pistols/13020514/

Guildford Ticket Alert

Guildford Ticket Alert

crazy-diamonds-tour-poster-sold-outWith just over a week remaining we are down to the last 20 tickets for our show in Guildford at the Boileroom, you have been warned!

The Boileroom presents:
DUB PISTOLS
KIOKO
The BOILEROOM, Guildford, GB
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 7:30 PM
£14adv.
Entry Requirements: 18+
Tickets https://www.theboileroom.net/events/2017-11-17-dub-pistols-the-boileroom

T- shirt day on BBC6 Music

T- shirt day on BBC6 Music

14907628_10154567989513326_5175057484912641434_nIts T-shirt day on BBC6 Music, so if you have a pic of you in a dub pistols tee just post it on Facebook or twitter @bbc6music and #tshirtday to show your support you can also request a song.

London Calling Show online

London Calling Show online

13316994_10209853711926190_2623245912612802782_oThis months “London Calling” show hosted by Barry Ashworth on Soho Radio is now online for you to listen back to. Joined in the studio by Trojan Records legend Sir Earl Gateshead the show is packed full of the finest Reggae, Dub, hip hop and broken beats just click on the link below

https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/barry-ashworths-london-calling-07112017/