Dreadzone bring fresh beats and dub roots to Craufurd Arms

Dreadzone are on the road touring in support of their new album.

Tuesday, 14th March 2017, 2:08 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:02 am

The band, now in their third decade together, released Dread Times last month. One of the most exciting and powerful live bands to emerge fro the post-rave scene, their old skool dread sound comes bubbling to the surface on the new album and it digs deeper into their dub and reggae roots while still keeping the beats fresh and the textures electronic.

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Alongside core members Greg Dread, who produced the record, Leo Williams, Chris Compton, reggae vocalist Earl 16 and MC Spee, Dread Times introduces younger blood into the mix with newest member Bazil bringing an edge to the sonic process and Greg’s son Marlon expanding the musical range further. Don Letts returns with lyrical contributions, as does Lena Cullen on vocals for one track, with 90s ragga duo Louchie Lou and Michie One guesting on another. Since their inception in 1993 Dreadzone have steadily been refining and perfecting their own take on dub. Tickets for their headline gig at the Craufurd Arms on March 18 cost £16 in advance before fees.

On Friday night, Indian Queens, headline the venue. The trio featuring sisters Jennifer and Katherine O’Neil and drummer Matt Mick released their debut single Us Against The World last year and combine atmospheric soaring guitars and sold beats. Support is by The Lift and Wyldest. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 in advance before fees.thecraufurdarms.com