Apologies for the delay to the OMB Reggae & Dub Club, now in it’s third month. Once again, many thanks to One Note Forever for asking me bring you the local reggae round-up. As always, Mr Larkin was working hard all month to bring us some of the best reggae nights in Oxford. Earlier in August DJ Derek was dragged out the pub to perform yet another fantastic vinyl set, with support from Wrongtom and The Sidewalk Doctors, whilst just last weekend local outfit Dubweiser headlined the Skylarkin’ Soundsystem, having given away an exclusive album preview download via Sensible Dancehall. As always, keep locked to the website for the latest on Aiden’s events and interviews with the performers.
Over in East Oxford, Natty Hi-Fi continues to lock down the dance, both at Elder Stubbs and the Black Swan. Elder Stubbs festival is a highlight regardless of your taste in music, with bands, artists, crafts and charity events taking place in the Rymers Lane allotment on a sunny afternoon in August. After setting up their tent in OX4, the Natty crew headed down Cowley Road to the Black Swan on bank holiday Monday, for an another all-dayer of family friendly Caribbean vibes, food and big sounds from the system.
As expected, there were a number of big shows across the bank holiday weekend, bringing our own ‘Carnival’ vibes to Oxford whilst Notting Hill was bubbling away. As well as the aforementioned Monday all-dayer at the Black Swan, we hosted our forth free Lord ‘av Mercy night on the Friday (rather than our regular last Sunday), bringing the ‘pre-party’ before heading over to watch Laid Blak and David Rodigan blow the roof off the O2 Academy. Every time Rodders comes to town it’s an event not to miss, amazing selector. The week before, Rodigan’s BBC colleague Robbo ‘Dancehall General’ Ranx shelled down the new ‘Number 9’ club on the High Street with a hotly anticipated night of bashment. On the Bank Holiday Saturday, the local soundsystem crew Desta*Nation occupied the Bullingdon Arms, boasting the biggest sound and selections on the Cowley Road.
Tonight the legendary Toots & The Maytals are coming to the O2 Academy, don’t sleep on this. Our next free Lord ‘av Mercy night will be upstairs at the Port Mahon on Sunday 25th September, welcoming the students with the best Caribbean sounds in OX3. For all your roots, reggae, dub and dancehall daily news and events updates in Oxford, make sure you’re locked on SensibleDancehall.com