Gentleman’s Dub Club live @ The Forum, Tunbridge Wells Friday 6th May, 2011.
The Forum is right in the town centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells, on a grass verge across the road from the upmarket shops in The Pantiles. In fact The Forum used to be a public toilet. Now, for those of you who have not frequented this fantastic small venue, it’s worth stating that, though the venue is small, it probably isn’t quite as small as the previous sentence may have you envisage, and on a packed night it can hold 250 people.
Gentleman’s Dub Club play a perfect mix of dub, ska, dubstep and lovers rock and live they are something very special. The enthusiastic and excited crowd raised the roof when GDC took to the small stage. Eight members all in white shirts and black trousers looking very dapper and ready to sweat!
Gentleman’s Dub Club was formed in Leeds in 2006 though singer, Jila, said as a local boy he used to frequent The Forum in his younger days. Their website states there are nine members, but I only counted eight. Accompanying Jila was a drummer, percussionist with a laptop, guitarist, horn section consisting of trumpet and saxophone, and two keyboard players, one in control of the deepest sub-bass rhythms I have heard from a live band.
There was a lively moshpit throughout the gig and plenty of movement from the Dub Club who certainly know how to make a great sound and an amazing party-like atmosphere as they fused dub reggae, dubstep, ska and lovers rock songs into one hell of a live show.
The place was dripping with condensation and sweat as the band danced as hard as the packed crowd. At one point I thought the trumpet player was going to implode! Its great live performances like this that has helped GDC build a following all over the UK.
This was part of the Gentleman’s Dub Club High Grade UK Tour this month. It was GDC’s first visit to Tunbridge Wells and on this show, it won’t be their last. “If the truth be told, I’m a sucker for the high grade!”
Below is a live video from Manchester 2010 to give you a flavour of how exciting GDC live!
For more information visit the Gentlemans Dub Club Myspace page.