The Rescue Rooms archives: 2012

Dreadzone, Dreadzone live at The Rescue Rooms

  • Saturday 24th March 2012
  • Supported by: Rigbee Deep DJs

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DHP CONCERTS PROUDLY PRESENT...

DREADZONE

Dreadzone, the fervently followed British institution and original pioneers of UK bass culture are still going strong after eighteen years. Hit records, critical acclaim and a huge, devoted fan base are theirs, due in part to their utterly storming live shows. They released 'The Good The Bad And The Dread' - a compendium of their excellent musical story so far in 2011. The all-killer-no-filler 16 tracks collate the many highlights of 'the Zone's' output to date - a coherent and still fresh-sounding body of work.

The core members Greg Dread, original bassmaster Leo Williams, the unmistakable MC Spee, legendary reggae vocalist Earl 16 alongside Chris Compton on guitar and Chris Oldfield on technology make up the current Dreadzone line up. The bands influence extends not only out into the current scene as one of the pioneers of dub based music in this country, but rewinding to back in the day as the rhythm section of Mick Jones' Big Audio Dynamite in the 80s . Their roots are embedded in the history of West London sound clash and with a drum and bass partnership of 25 years this year Leo and Greg are still rolling strong and rocking the nation with their distinctive rhythms.

The Dreadzone story began with Alan McGee's Creation Records and their first groundbreaking album 360, continuing with major waves their seminal 1995 album SECOND LIGHT picking up support from John Peel (who included the album in his top ten favourite albums of all time). The top 20 hit from that album LITTLE BRITAIN has since gone on to acquire classic status. Five critically acclaimed albums later they are set to remind people why the Dread sound is still very much a part of the musical landscape of this country.

'SECOND LIGHT' (2CD COLLECTORS EDITION) TO BE RELEASED ON 05 MARCH 2012

Dreadzone's groundbreaking 1995 album 'Second Light' is to be released on 5 March 2012 by EMI as a two disc special edition featuring previously unreleased live concert material from Glastonbury 1995.

Electro-dub pioneers Dreadzone formed in 1993 when ex-Big Audio Dynamite drummer Greg Roberts teamed up with Tim Bran, with the duo soon joined by bassist Leo Williams and keyboardist Dan Donovan, also formerly of Big Audio Dynamite, completing the group's first line-up. A festival favourite, Dreadzone opened the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 1994 and began to bring their unique blend of electro, dub and reggae to a wider audience, going on to chart seven Top 60 singles (including their Top 20 hit 'Little Britain') and are still going strong after 17 years.

Their second album Second Light (named by John Peel as one of his favourite albums of all time) has now been remastered at the world-famous AIR Studios and is available on deluxe 2CD and download. The Second Light Special Edition comes complete with an entire disc of bonus material including the John Peel session track 'Maximum' and a 45 minute live set from Glastonbury in 1995.

Hit records, critical acclaim and a huge, devoted fan base are theirs, due in part to their utterly storming live shows. They released The Good, The Bad And The Dread - a compendium of their excellent musical story so far in 2011. The all-killer-no-filler 16 tracks collate the many highlights of 'the Zone's' output to date - a coherent and still fresh-sounding body of work.

The core members Greg Dread, original bassmaster Leo Williams, the unmistakable MC Spee, legendary reggae vocalist Earl 16 alongside Chris Compton on guitar make up the current Dreadzone line up. Dreadzone are touring the UK in March and April 2012 and will be playing at festivals throughout the Summer.

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