One Love Festival – the UK’s No.1 Reggae & Dub Music Festival

The One Love Festival takes place every year in August and is the UK’s No 1 Reggae Camping Music Festival. This year it will be held at the Hop Farm in Kent.
The One Love Reggae & Dub Festival

The One Love Festival takes place every year in August and is the UK’s No 1 Reggae Camping Music Festival and is 5yrs old starting in 2008 in East Sussex and now have moved into new site Hop Farm in Kent.

The One Love Peace Concert was a large concert held on April 22nd, 1978, at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. This concert was held during a political civil war in Jamaica between opposing parties; Jamaican Labour Party and the People’s National Party. The concert came to its peak during Bob Marley & The Wailers’ performance of “Jammin”, when Marley joined the hands of political rivals, Michael Manley (PNP) and Edward Seaga (JLP).

One of the greatest collections of traditional sound systems will be “stringing up” in the Garden of England, offering a rare chance to experience a music form that is slowly being driven out by technological change.

Coxsone Outernational, Saxon Studio, Youthman Promotion, Aba Shanti-I, will all be present along with both Jah Tubbys and King Tubbys. So too will Unity and Channel One. Most of the cream of British proponents of the Jamaican art of sound system – all on one farm.

We tend to think of the sound system as an urban phenomenon, the speakers stacked high on a street corner at Notting Hill carnival or a similar big city event. But the culture’s origins are also in the Jamaican countryside, as touring night-clubs that would play under the stars on the village green, or “lawn” to use the sound system vernacular.

“From their beginnings in Jamaica, sound systems have existed in outside locations and the English countryside is a perfect place to hear them,” says Dan Wiltshire, managing director of the One Love Festival, who has brought all the systems together in a rural setting. “So you have the sights, the smells and most importantly the sound of reggae music which you can literally feel as it comes off these big speakers. It’s multi-sensory overload.”  –  The independent

Rastamouse joins the One Love Festival

RastaMouse will be making a appearance over the weekend at this years Childrens and Family area.   Rastamouse is a cool crime fighting mouse who plays in a reggae band and through the power of redemption always ‘Makes A Bad Thing Good!

The show follows crime busting mouse reggae band Da Easy Crew, who split their time between making music and solving mysteries for Da President of Mouseland. The stories emphasise the importance of solving problems through mutual understanding, love and respect, and without resorting to punishment. Rastamouse’s ethos is redemption and not retribution — “make a bad ting good” — helping wrong-doers to redeem themselves from their mistakes.

In the decades since 1972 when Jamaica‘s first feature film “The Harder They Come” exposed reggae to the world on its soundtrack, a growing number of films have continued to be made that focus on Jamaica’s music culture. In 2008 these films were given the title “Reggae Films” and gathered together in one place for the first ever Reggae Film Festival, held in New Kingston February 25th-27th.

With an inaugural event in February 2008, the Reggae Film Festival showcases films in which Jamaica’s Reggae music culture is displayed, documented and memorialized in features, documentaries and short films, animation and music videos.  In five years the Reggae Film Festival has showcased more than 200 films made by Jamaicans, global reggae researchers and fans from the Caribbean, UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Africa. The focus of many documentaries on the history of Jamaican music and music makers, has given the Jamaica Film Academy an archive of historical material on the genre genre that preserves on film the oral memories of a culture that that emerged from the Rastafari movement and spread to and been honored by the world.

For a full line-up visit onelovefestival.co.uk.

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Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel & Suede Headline Kent’s Hop Farm Music Festival

Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel & Suede Headline Kent's Hop Farm Music Festival
Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel & Suede Headline Kent's Hop Farm Music Festival
Bob Dylan headlines Hop Farm Music Festival
Bob Dylan headlines Hop Farm Music Festival

Folk music legend BOB DYLAN (UK exclusive), iconic singer-songwriter PETER GABRIEL AND THE NEW BLOOD ORCHESTRA (UK exclusive) and alt-rockers SUEDE (UK festival exclusive) are the headline acts for Vince Power’s HopFarm Music Festival 2012.

Other acts announced for Hop Farm include: DAMIEN RICE (UK festival exclusive), PRIMAL SCREAM, MY MORNING JACKET, MAXIMO PARK, PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND, THE STRANGLERS, DR JOHN AND THE LOWER 911, JOAN ARMATRADING, BILLY OCEAN, THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS, LIANNE LA HAVAS, THE JEZABELS, SLOW CLUB, BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH, FRIGHTENED RABBIT, TOM VEK, WHITE DENIM, BEN KWELLER, LUCY ROSE, fiN, DOG IS DEAD, RACE HORSES, STEVE SMYTH, SIAN SANDERSON and LIGERS with many more to follow.

The festival will have 4 music stages this year including a comedy stage, Camp Acoustic stage and Buskers Boulevard as well as more new, exciting additions to be announced in due course.

The three-day independent festival will take place on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July in Paddock Wood, Kent. Maintaining its NO SPONSORSHIP, NO BRANDING ethos, the Hop Farm will be sticking to the winning formula of programming legendary artists with contemporary actswith one of the summer’s most affordable festival tickets.

The Hop Farm Music Festival, which last year saw the legendary Prince take to the stage along with Morrissey and Eagles, will once again have no VIP area so that all festival goers enjoy the same experience, great bands and a great time!

Hop Farm Music Festival prides itself on offering great value for money for festival goers with no booking fee, no parking charge, no camping charge and nocharge for children under 12. The festival is also offering the first 10,000 customers even better value with a special weekend ticket price of just £150 which includes a 3 day ticket plus 4 days camping and parking!

Vince Power said:
“I am really happy to announce the line-up for Hop Farm 2012. After last years success it’s my opinion that Hop Farm is now well and truly on the UK festival map. Furthermore we have tried to make it the best value festival ticket by having no hidden charges or added extras.”

Tickets are now on sale. Weekend tickets are priced at: £150 (first 10,000 tickets only) and children under 12 go in for free.

Festival goers travelling by coach can get great value fares on National Express with tickets from £172 and no booking fees.

For all line up details, tickets, announcements and news visit the brand new Hop Farm Music Festival website which is now fully compatible with all PC’s, tablets and smartphones-  www.hopfarmfestival.com <http://www.hopfarmfestival.com>

Tickets available through www.eventim.co.uk or call the ticket Hotline: 0844 249 1000.

BOB DYLAN is an American singer-songwriter, who has released 34 albums. He has sold over 58 million albums worldwide.

PETER GABRIEL is an English singer-songwriter who rose to fame as the lead vocalist of the progressive rock group Genesis. Peter Gabriel has won six Grammy Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards and was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

SUEDE are an English alternative rock band from London, formed in 1989. In 1992 Suede were hailed as “The Best New Band in Britain”.

DAMIEN RICE is an Irish singer-songwriter. Rice’s debut album “O” peaked at #8 on the UK charts and remained on the chart for 97 weeks, selling 650,000 copies in the United States.

PRIMAL SCREAM are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in 1982. Over the years they have compiled a large discography, which includes 9 studio albums and 26 singles.

MY MORNING JACKET is an American rock band from Louisville, Kentucky formed in 1998.

MAXIMO PARK are an alternative rock band from Newcastle, formed in 2000. The album “Our Earthly Pleasures” peaked at #2 in the UK charts and received 2x Platinum certification.

PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist. Called the “Godmother of Punk” her work was a fusion of rock and poetry. In 2007 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

THE STRANGLERS are an English punk/rock music group. They have achieved 23 UK top 40 singles and 17 top 40 albums. The Stranglers are the longest surviving and most ‘continuously successful’ band to have originated in the UK punk scene.

DR JOHN AND THE LOWER 911 is an America singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist. Dr John has won five Grammy Awards and was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by John Legend.

JOAN ARMATRADING is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist.  She has been nominated for three Grammy Awards and twice for BRIT Awards as Best Female Artist. Joan has released 17 studio albums.

BILLY OCEAN is a British recording artist who had a number of R&B international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the most popular British-based R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-1980s.

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS are an English post-punk/New Wave band founded in 1977. Led by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim on bass guitar, the Psychedelic Furs are one of the many acts spawned from the British post-punk scene.

LIANNE LA HAVAS is an English folk and soul singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In December 2011, the BBC announced that she had been nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll.

THE JEZABELS are a four-piece musical group from Sydney. They do not fit in to a specific genre but are described as a blend of Alternative Rock, Indie Rock and Disco Pop.

SLOW CLUB are an English folk rock duo formed in Sheffield in 2006. Slow Club are notable for their use of unusual objects as percussion instruments, such asglass bottles and chairs.

BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH is an English singer-songwriter from York. He has released one album, which peaked at #35 in the UK charts.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT are a Scottish indie rock band from Selkirk, formed in 2003. They have released three studio albums.

TOM VEK is a self-taught multi-instrumental musician. Born in London, he was signed to the small label Tummy Touch Records in 2001, having spent the previous 8 years writing and recording in his parent’s garage.

WHITE DENIM is a four-piece rock band from Austin, Texas. They have released five studio albums since 2008.

BEN KWELLER is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from San Francisco. He has been recording music since 1993.

LUCY ROSE is an English singer-songwriter from Warwickshire. She contributed vocals on the Bombay Bicycle Club albums Flaws and A Different Kind of Fix.

fiN are a South West London indie rock band.

DOG IS DEAD is a five-piece indie band from West Bridgford, Nottingham who have described their music as an original blend of harmonious, indie-pop in the disco, with a cheeky hint of jazz.

STEVE SMYTH is the guitarist for the metal band Forbidden from Northern California.

SIAN SANDERSON is a singer-songwriter hailing from Weybridge.

LIGERS began in 2009 when Liz Stott, at the time a solo artist gigging on her own decided to recruit someextra hands. Since then they have been developing their sound.

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