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Award winning hip hop artist Akala joins Dub Pistols in the studio

The Mobo award winning hip hop artist Akala joined the Dub Pistols in the studio last night to lay down some lyrics on the forthcoming Pistols 5th studio album.

Dub Pistol “Barry Ashworth” said he is delighted with the results of the session and believes Akala’s lyrics are some of the deepest he has had the pleasure to record.

a bit of background on Akala

In 2006 Akala was the first rapper to perform his own headline concert in Vietnam.[citation needed]

Akala has performed at UK festivals: V FestivalWirelessGlastonburyReading and Leeds FestivalsParklife and Isle of Wight and supported artists such as Jay-ZChristina AguileraM.I.A.Richard Ashcroft (The Verve), AudiobullysDJ ShadowThe Gotan Project and Scratch Perverts on their UK/European tours.

In 2008, Akala has also featured at the South by Southwest Music festival in Texas, as well as performances in New York, Los Angeles and in Brazil.

In 2010, Akala toured the UK with the Nas & Damian Marley Distant Relatives tour, which included the British rappers Ty. In November 2010, he also embarked on his own headline tour of the UK (20 dates).

In November 2010, Akala headlined a live performance at the British Library, to launch the Evolving English exhibition and featured performances by the renowned British poet Zena Edwards, comedian Doc Brown and British rapper/activist Lowkey. The live event also included Akala taking part in a hip hop panel discussion alongside Saul Williams, US professor M.K. Asante and Lowkey. He was also present at One Love:No Borders Hip Hop event held in Birmingham UK in April also with acts from artists such as the fantastic Iron Braydz from London, Lowkey, Logic and other up and coming UK artists.

DUB PISTOLS music in new Banksy TV show

England based graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter BANKSY has chosen 5 DUB PISTOL tracks to use in his new tv show “ANTICS ROADSHOW” which will be shown this saturday @ 10:45 pm on Channel 4, straight after they show his debut film Exit Through the Gift Shop, billed as “the world’s first street art disaster movie,” which made its debut at the 2010Sundance Film Festival.[11] The film was released in the UK on 5 March 2010.[12] In January 2011, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary for the film.

Dub Pistols on XFM this friday

Eddy Temple Morris has invited the Dub Pistols Barry Ashworth to co host his show The Remix on XFM this friday from 10pm till 2am

Originally a jobbing bass-player, Eddy‘s eye was caught by the bright lights, glamour and champagne of presenting a radio show in a tiny cramped studio in London‘s Leicester Squareand lugging a record box around dingy clubs.

Eddy On Air

Eddy presents The Remix every Friday night from 10pm to 2am where you’ll find the very best mash-ups, cut-ups, bootlegs and unbelievably good dance music.

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Text Eddy on 83936 (standard charges apply), @Xfm on Twitter, on Facebook, or via email using the form below.


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Beatcheck podcast 002 with Dub Pistols, Dubmatix and DJ Shift

It’s June, which means the festival season has already started – so we thought we would put together a podcast to get you into the outdoor spirit.

And what better way to do that than with an appearance from everyone’s favourite festival band, Dub Pistols. If there is a festival worth going to they would of either beat you to it and played it already, or you will be lucky enough to see them on stage. Playing more shows each year then is humanly possible, we love the Dub Pistols’ skanking hip hop beats. We hope that you do to.

We’ve also got some dub love from Canada’s Dubmatix, who opens up the podcast with his take on king of reggae Bob Marley’s This is Love before firing into his own unique blend of dub, reggae and electro.

And if that wasn’t enough, in the dance tent we present a tent-tearing, mud-stomping mini mix from local boys DJ Shift vs CB Radio. Their suitably named mix, Road Rave, is the Beatcheck residents’ second podcast outing and we couldn’t have asked for better.

Happy Skanking.
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Glade Moves to Houghton Hall

The festival, which was cancelled last year due to “unexpected forced increases in security and police costs”, had recently lost their previous venue at Mansion House in Biggleswade, despite signing contracts and paying a deposit.

Glade organiser Ans revealed, “Last week I got back to work having taken some time off to get married the weekend before, to find that the proverbial had hit the fan. We lost our site last week.

“The new Glade team decided not to tell me so that it wouldn’t ruin my big day and what they have done, amazingly, is manage to miraculously find another venue.”

Check back for our full interview with organiser Ans.

Adam Beyer
Global Communication and Trentemoller are set to perform at the festival, where they’ll be joined by Dub PistolsSkrillex and more.

Lord Cholmondeley, owner of Houghton Hall and the surrounding estate, said: “We are delighted to be hosting The Glade Festival at Houghton Hall this summer. We are excited to see what they do with The Glade, and look forward to working with them.”

The Unfairground reveals its 2011 plans @ Glastonbury

We’ve just posted the 2011 pages for The Unfairground, the latest disaster zone from the mad minds of Joe Rush and the some of the UK’s best-loved art hooligans, who invite over to the dark side, those brave enough to buy the ticket and take the ride. Click here to see their area of the website. And check out the line-ups of their two biggest venues below (all line-ups listed with final act at the top):

The Reverend Sharky’s Church of the Holyroller

Mini Da Minx

Evil Nine
Jamie XX
Rennie Pilgrem
Fenech Soler DJ set
Sombrero Sound System
Stereo 8 (Blowpop)
Will Streetwise
9000 Ears Soundsystem

Secret Guest
Secret Guest
Plump DJ’s
Mini Da Minx
Feel the Real Soundsystem
Sway 2
Mr. Sushi

Dub Pistols DJ Set
Atomic Hooligan
Ben & Lex
Freerange Djs
Simon Stereo
Real Nice

Westway Records

The Dub Pistols emerged from the big beat scene after forming in 1996. Previously, Barry Ashworth had been in Bealearic band Déjà vu before becoming a DJ, and he’s continued to DJ all over the world when not rocking out live with the full Dub Pistols band.

In the early noughties he started the short-lived Ugly Records, and then in the mid-noughties got together with Carl Loben to form Westway Records. Named partly in homage to The Clash (whose ‘Westway To The World’ film was named after the iconic west London flyover), ‘Westway’ was also the name of an early Dub Pistols release. The mission statement from the beginning was to release quality underground dance music with attitude, achieved via a punk-infused DiY ethic.

“It’s important to keep feeding good music back into the scene,” says Barry, and Westway has done just that. Barry has fed productions by his side-projects – Dogtown Clash and Rumblefish – through Westway, including ska-dub-breakbeat opus ‘West London’s Burning’ which has since been co-opted into the Dub Pistols live set. The Japanese Samurai video for this was on rotation on MTV and played several times by Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 1, and Westway have had a number of other notable successes, including being nominated in the Best Label category at the 2010 Breakspoll awards.

The main thing, though, has been releasing quality club tracks, and Westway has given an early break to a number of artists who have since gone onto bigger things. A couple of early Westway releases were by Italian DJ/producer Madox, now one of the biggest names in house music as Riva Starr. Through his worldwide travels, Barry has brought several other new acts into the Westway extended international family, including Access Denied from Belarus, Sangers & ra from Australia, and Boogie Army from Germany – whose Marten Hörger is now one-half of the Smash Hi-Fi project with Leeroy Thornhill (ex-Prodigy).

Westway has also released tracks by Cut La Roc, the Drum Monkeys, D-Funk (Now Upstart Records), Myagi from Canada, Liverpool electro-rockers Killaflaw, B-Phreak from Germany, Moriarty (now NiteNoise), DJ Prosper from France, the Velours Brothers and more.

In addition, Westway has enlisted remixes from a host of quality names, including Dreadzone, Utah Saints, Lo-Fi Allstars, Beat Assassins, Plaza De Funk, Kouncilhouse, 601, Nils Jumpen, Misk, Eddy TM’s Losers, hardcore legend Zero B, dubstepper Mskr-nt, Klaus Heavyweight Hill, and electro anarchist IDC.

Supporters of Westway releases have included: the Crystal Method, Krafty Kuts, D.Ramirez, Stanton Warriors, Gabriel & Dresden, Eddy Temple-Morris (Xfm), Annie Nightingale (BBC Radio 1), Jay Cunning, Terry Hooligan, Pete Jordan, Lady Waks, Laurent Garnier and many more…




Merchandise delays

DUB PISTOLS would just like to say sorry for anyone who has been waiting for their merchandise order to arrive, we had a slight problem with our manufacturer which has resulted in our order being delayed by 2 weeks. We have now been informed that our order will be delivered by tomorrow and in the post to you by tuesday next week, again a massive thanks for your support and sorry you have had to wait.