Dub Pistols are to headline the new Green Peaks Eco Festival on September 3rd 2011 in the heart of Derbyshire more details to follow
The Dub Pistols will play live in Glasgow on Saturday 8th October @ The African and Caribbean Centre, 66 -68 Osbourne Street, Glasgow, G1 5 HQ
For full details see http://acnglasgow.org/default.aspx
This saturday Dub Pistols main man DJ Barry Ashworth will be laying down one of his mash up dj sets at his favourite midlands club Smack.
Barry was resident Dj at this venue for over 7 years and considers it his 2nd home. Barry ” I always look forward to playing Smack, i have so many great memories of some amazing parties over the years, the sound system is first class as is the award winning design and you have to see the LED show downstairs there is nothing that compares to it in the UK”
“Theres gonna be a riot”
Smack Nightclub, 9 Tavistock Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 5PJ
01926 422223 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Honourary Dub Pistols and friend Rodney P aka “Riddim Killa” has released his own T-shirt range in partnership with Abuse LDN clothing get you hands on 1 buy clicking the link below
Barry Ashworth, ex-promoter and the man behind Dub Pistols, takes VF through his Festival Life…
The first festival I ever went to was Glastonbury. I was probably about 14 so it was about 30 years ago. I can’t remember who played there. To me, a festival is about the crowd, not about the bands. You’re more entertained by the crowd than you are by the bands. That’s what makes a great festival: a great crowd who just make their own entertainment. Even though they’ve got the Berlin Wall round it now, I remember we used to just run and keep running as kids. Every time we got thrown out we used to keep going back.
The best show I ever saw at a festival was probably Oasis at Glastonbury. They’re a band that can rock a festival – to me, Gorillaz last year weren’t very good, and Jay-Z wasn’t in 2008. I’m not having a go at either of those artists because I like both of them probably more than I like Oasis, but I think as a headline act at Glastonbury you’ve got to be a barnstormer with anthems. You need big, big records, sing-along songs – that’s what a headline set is. That’s not dissing Gorillaz, it’s just it’s got to be up-tempo and it’s got to rock. The same thing with Jay-Z – that kind of rap at that time of night is not the right thing, that’s all.
My favourite festivals are Beat Herder, Snowbombing, Bestival and Glade. They are all something different and they’re not mainstream. At Beat Herder, the first time I met the promoters it was pouring with rain and I just remember pulling up and the farmer coming out and shouting: “get in there, it’s bloody buzzing in there!” Our tour bus got stuck in the mud and the promoters were pushing it and were covered from head to toe in shit. They were lovely guys, they’d organised something that they were so in to. Snowbombing is on top of the world and it’s totally unique. I’ve been a part of Bestival since the early beginnings when there were 4,000 people and the crowd there have always been really good to the Dub Pistols. I love Glade because it’s an electronic festival that’s a little bit out there.
The best show I ever played at a festival was Bestival two years ago when we had a beer fight with the crowd. The first ever Dub Pistols song was ‘There’s Gonna Be A Riot’, and I just stood there and said: “This is the first song we ever wrote and it’s the last song we’re going to play tonight – it’s called ‘There’s Gonna Be A Riot’. I want everybody out there to throw everything they possibly can at us.” They literally did, it looked like some sort of Western. If you just watch it, it goes on for ten minutes of people just chucking things at us. You can see glasses bouncing off my head. Everyone’s smiling, but the energy from that show was amazing. The stage was trashed. We caused trouble that year, but there were no dark undertones – it was pure fun.
Also I loved Guilfest 2007 when we played with Lynval Golding. It was pretty amazing. As far as you could see, the whole place was properly going insane, so that was pretty special.
My worst-ever festival experience was last year at Bestival when it all went horribly wrong. We went there as one of the favourite bands of the festival, full of confidence, and flew everybody over. Rob da Bank had given us the best set he could possibly give us which was to close the festival after The Prodigy and we came out and it just went horribly wrong. I didn’t come out of my house for two weeks, I was that upset. A lot of people didn’t even notice, but it really fucking upset me big time.
Festivals are the only place I can get away with everything. Everything I want to.
My advice to a festival first-timer would be to take a crash helmet. Take stabilisers and a crash helmet and really let yourself go.
My dream festival line-up would include The Specials, The Jam, The Clash, Gregory Isaacs and Beastie Boys. I’m trying to think of diversity. It would also include Carl Cox and Leftfield as they were back in the day along with Orbital. I’d headline and do a Jools Holland with all of those people.
Weekend festival tickets are on sale now priced at £135.
Click here to buy Glade Festival tickets.
The group’s fifth album ‘Music Is My M16′ is due to be released later this year.
Dub Pistols live in Dorset
4th June 2011 Electric Palace
Full Venue Name: Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NY
Box Office Number: Box office at Bridport Tourist Information Centre 01308 424901 Online Ticket Sales Link: http://www.seetickets.com/Tour/DUB-PISTOLS
Ticket Price: £15.50
Doors Open: 7.30pm
Dub pistols Barry Ashworth will play a one off DJ show @ Bois in Athens on Friday May 6th 2011
The Full band will do a 3 date tour of Greece later in the year.
29th September, Akti Dimeon, Patra
30th September, Gagarin 205, Athens
1st October, Block 33, Thessalonika
Big Beat Reunion Bristol Competition. All you need to do is click attending on the event wall and post your status as @Big Beat Reunion Bristol.
The winner, picked at random will receive free entry to the this night and to the next Big Beat Reunion in September AND £40 worth of free drinks on the night.
The winner will be announced on Saturday morning at 10am.