40 Years of Aswad’s Live and Direct LP Celebrated On Carnival Weekend


Time: August 26, 2023 18:30
Location: EartH, 13-17 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BH
Event Type: concert, festival


UK Reggae pioneers Aswad celebrate 40 Years of their seminal 1983 LP, Live and Direct, by unveiling 3D recordings, played back on EartH’s unique immersive sound system, on Saturday 26 August as part of Woodbridge Festival’s London launch and on-going Windrush 75 celebrations. GET TICKETS HERE

Recorded live at Notting Hill Carnival and released in 1983, Live and Direct followed earlier classics such as Warrior Charge and New Chapter In Dub. Still revered as the quintissential live reggae LP, it cemented the band’s position at the forefront of UK reggae and dub.

The 3D playback, recorded using both the Dolby Atmos and L Acoustics L-Isa spatial music programmes, has been organsied by Noise of Art, in collaboration with Earth, L Acoustics and Gatwick Studios.

The night is part of Woodbridge Festival’s Windrush 75 celebrations, highlighting the influence of sound systems in UK music culture.

Asawd are to give a Q&A before the playback, which also features new visuals commmissioned by Noise of Art. They will be joined by new and iconic sound systems from London, Leeds and Ipswich.

Suffolks’ underground Sound System culture, which goes back to the 1960s, will be represented by members of Ashanti, Daddy Turbo and RastaYard.

Luton, London and Suffolk based label and hip hop collective Open Src Music, will present a new set of bass music with  duo NRST GRN (‘nearest to the green’); formally known as Bob Eskimo and J Blast from Scientists of Sound. Their track record includes releases on Trevor Jackson’s ‘Bite It’ Records, MOBO nomination, collaborations with artists such as Lisa Moorish, The RZA and Tony Nwachukwu and tours with the likes of Wu Tang Clan, Busta Rhymes and Hit Squad.

DJ Sham will be representing Brixton’s Turner Prize nominated Trans/ non-binary sound system, B.O.S.S, who build on sound system culture’s messages of liberation and freedom.

The night is hosted by veteran DJ, writer and Noise of Art founder DJ Ben Osborne.

The events are supported by the DLUCH Windrush Day 75 Grant Scheme.


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