Dreadzone have announced an extensive 20-date UK tour throughout October, November and December 2015, in support of the recent re-release of their classic 2001 album, ‘Sound‘. Undoubtedly one of the UKs greatest live acts, Dreadzone will be performing tracks from Sound alongside an of array of hits and live favourites from throughout their 22-year history.
Dreadzone formed in 1993 when the former Big Audio Dynamite rhythm section; drummer Greg Dread Roberts and bassist Leo Williams teamed up with musician, producer and mixer Tim Bran. Throughout the 1990s Dreadzone had continually remixed itself; chopping and changing members and record labels (including stints on both Virgin and Alan McGees Creation), picking up a devoted fanbase who notably included John Peel and performing across the globe.
Greg and Tim decided to approach the new millennium with a fresh idea in the form of the Dubwiser Club night at Notting Hill Arts Club; a club night that fused dub and reggae with contemporary beats to create the perfect soundtrack for people from different planets. This proved a fertile musical playground which had an immediate impact on the Dreadzone mindset, and it was in this climate (helped by their new Dread Central studio complex) that the band would create Sound, released on Ruff Life in 2001.
Written and evolved over a two-year period, ‘Sound‘ featured contributions from Don Letts, Earl 16, Aswads Brinsley Forde and MC Det. Indeed, tracks such as Digital Mastermind and Dreadpon Sound have now reached classic status, becoming entrenched favourites in the Dreadzone live show. It it is also notable for the first appearance of a certain MC Spee on opener, Return of The Dread.
Dreadzone are still going strong after over 20 years and seven studio albums under their belt, with core members Greg Dread, Leo Williams, MC Spee and legendary reggae vocalist Earl 16 alongside Chris Compton on guitar and Bazil on all things technical.
“Sound is a soundclash of Break-graced rollers and thought provoking ticklers”. – Mixmag
“Dreadzones is a joyous noise; bouncing beats with samples bashing into live vocals”. – Q
“With its monstrous basslines & mellow vocals, Sound requires immediate purchase”. – FHM
“One of the few acts to have truly explored the possibilities of Dub & Reggae”. – Rock Sound
UK TOUR DATES 2015:
Fri 23rd DERBY Flowerpot
Sat 24th NORWICH Waterfront
Fri 30th WARWICK Copper Rooms
Sat 31st NARBERTH Queens Hall
Thu 12th CAMBRIDGE Junction 2
Fri 13th STOCKTON KU Bar
Sat 14th EDINBURGH Electric Circus
Sun 15th LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
Fri 20th BRISTOL Fleece
Sat 21st MEGADOG Manchester Academy 1
Tue 1st SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion (With Levellers & Ruts DC)
Wed 2nd READING Rivermead (With Levellers & Ruts DC)
Thu 3rd DONCASTER The Dome (With Levellers & Ruts DC)
Fri 4th WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall (With Levellers & Ruts DC)
Sat 5th BLACKPOOL Empress Ballroom (With Levellers & Ruts DC)
Fri 11th TUNBRIDGE WELLS The Forum
Sat 12th PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
Thu 17th LONDON Under the Bridge
Fri 18th STOWMARKET John Peel Centre SOLD OUT!
Check out Dreadzone’s two front men, Earl 16 and MC Spee who both co-composed and feature on the closing track of the new Rudimental album ‘We the Generation‘, below: