One Love Dub & Reggae Festival

Bob Marley @ One Love Dub & Reggae Festival
Bob Marley - One Love Dub & Reggae Festival

Advertised as the only reggae & dub festival with camping, One Love relocated this year to the Hop Farm in Kent.  No longer will a working farm, in recent years it has played host to several annual festivals and concerts including the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young & in September hosts A Day Out with Leonard Cohen.  But last weekend saw a host of artists, djs & the author of Rastamouse descend of the Garden of Kent for two-and-a-half days of reggae and dub with a twist of dancehall, jungle, drum n bass and dubstep thrown in for good measure.

The festival consisted of a main stage, aptly named the One Love stage, three main DJ tents – the Dub Shack, Lively Up & a third that was hosted by Jamaica’s famous Saxon Sound System.  There was also a film tent and a VIP building that unfortunately never got going due to a lack of crowd participation.  In fact the whole festival appeared to suffer from a poor attendance.  Whether hit by a final weekend of the London Olympics hysteria, a victim of the current economic climate or more likely, a direct clash with a month of London concerts to celebrate 50th of Jamaican independence. Whatever the reason for the light crowd, those that had bought tickets or turned up on the day was in for a glorious weekend of sunshine and chilled vibes at the friendliest festival I have ever been.

When Rastamouse was added to the line up, I genuinely expected an actor in a 6ft fancy dress costume to turn up, sign books & have his photo taken with the festival kids that had assembled.  I wonder how disappointed they were to be introduced to the author who invited them to read exerts from his books!  At that point I was pleased a friend and her five year old daughter was unable to attend.  That would have put a cat amongst the pigeons.  As it was, I quickly got over my disappointment and along with my son and a couple of competition winners headed to the Dub Shack to sample some heavy, heavy dub sounds…. and the Red Stripe, of course!

Don Letts @ the One Love Dub & Reggae Festival
Don Letts @ the One Love Dub & Reggae Festival

Everything seemed to come together on the Sunday for me.  The Stints, Dawn Penn & the legendary Tappa Zukie on the main stage, Don Letts played some heavy sounds in the Dub Shack and what seemed like a whole day of jungle in the Lively Up Tent peaked when Nicky Blackmarket pushed everything up to 11 for an awesome set of the hardest, fastest, most aggressive jungle music I had ever heard. Whilst the tent was steaming crazy with arms and legs flailing in every direction I was serenely asked by a woman if I would like some ‘K’. I smiled and said ‘no thanks’ which was enough to get a respectful ‘lion paw’. I couldn’t see how that drug and this music would ever be further apart!

The Saxon Sound System tent played a good mix of crowd-pleasing tunes which erred towards dancehall and lovers rock.  Whenever I ventured in, there was always a good vibe.  A blonde-haired middle-aged man skipped and danced his way around the whole tent, in and out of the gathering for hours (god knows what he was drinking!).

There was a good mix of male and female, black and white, young and old; and I can honestly say, the festival lived up to its name – One Love.  It was the friendliest, chilled music festival I have ever been too.

One Love indeed. Roll on next year!


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.

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Win 2 VIP Tickets for One Love Festival

Free to Enter Competition to win One Love Festival Tickets
Win One Love Festival Tickets

Reggae legend Freddie McGregor and Dancehall king Frankie Paul head this year’s One Love Festival.

They will be joined by fellow Jamaican’s including Studio 1 falsetto singer Cornel Campbell, heavy dub and beats band Dub Syndicate, Jamaican singing combo Michigan and Smiley, Tapper Zukie, New Yorks’ finest – the Fun Lovin’ Criminals and son of a legend Gregory Isaacs, Kevin Issacs.

One Love Festival
is one of the largest gatherings of Top Sound Systems gathered anywhere in the UK  – including a first ever  Saxon Sound System meets Coxsone Sound System all day collaboration.

Bands and PA’s over weekend include Macka B, Dawn Penn, Dennis Alcapone, Don Campbell, By The Rivers, Connie & Di Dem Man, Fowokan,  Jah Warriors,  Monkey Mafia, Over Proof Sound System,  Rhythmites,  Soothsayers, The Dualers,  The Skints, Troy Ellis,  Babyboom,  Ragga Twins, Stylo G and Eccleton Jarrett.

The One Love Festival will include 4 stages, the largest Reggae Film Program ever shown in Europe, children’s and chill out area, food from around the world, fire eaters, percussion drum circles and burlesque dancers for  fun packed weekend in the UK sun shine.

Free to Enter Competition to win One Love Festival Tickets


One Love has teamed up with Buzzin Media to offer 2 VIP AAA Guest Passes to mingle with the stars backstage and party in the hospitality area.

To enter just answer the following question:

What was the name of Bob Marley’s backing group?

a) the wailers
b) the wheelers
c) the king bees

Submit your entries to with the subject line: ‘One Love Comp’ (other subject lines will not be entered) with your full name, address & contact number.

This competition ends on 30th June 2012.

The editor will randomly choose one winner from the correct answers. The editor’s choice is final.

One Love Festival
10th – 12th August 2012
The UK’s No.1 Reggae / Dub Festival
The Hop Farm
Paddock Woods
TN12 6PY

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