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Warm-up and pre-Carnival Sound Clash Celebration

19:00 - 23:45


Black Obsidian Sound System
Ital Rockers

This event will take place in EartH Theatre + Kitchen.

On Saturday 26th August - the day before Notting Hill Carnival - Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music presents a warm-up session to celebrate 40 years since Aswad's seminal UK reggae LP "Live & Direct" was recorded at Notting Hill Carnival in 1983. The night, which also kicks off Woodbridge Festival’s week of events in Suffolk, celebrates the UK's far flung and deep-rooted Sound System culture - not least Ipswich’s own Sound Systems, which stretch back to the 1960s.

With systems from London, Leeds and Ipswich taking part, EartH's state of the art 3D sound system will show-case new live Aswad recordings, remixed as cutting-edge 3 Dimensional spatial mixes for the venues in-built L-Isa sound system, with specially commissioned visuals by Your Mum.

Suffolks' underground Sound System culture, which goes back to the 1960s, is represented by members of Ashanti, Turbo and RastaYard. DJ Sham will be representing Brixton’s Turner Prize nominated Trans/ non-binary sound system, B.O.S.S, who build on the culture’s message of liberation and freedom. Meanwhile, Leeds' sound system veteran OGR will link-up with London/Suffolk based hip hop collective Open Src Music. Plus more to be announced.

Woodbridge Festival chair, Naomi Drown, says: "We're thrilled to be celebrating the recording of Aswad's iconic live reggae album, Live and Direct, almost 40 years to the day. And we will be marking the occasion by using cutting edge technology to make hyper-real mixes of new live recordings. We're also delighted to host a warm-up for Woodbridge Festival at EartH and to have so many sound systems from Ipswich taking part, as well as from London and Leeds."

*The festival is grateful for support from DLUCH Windrush Day 75 Grant.*

Presented by Woodbridge Festival.

This is a 16+ event. Each under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult who is over 21 (1:1 ratio). In order to verify your age, ID may be requested. For this reason, we advise that all customers bring valid ID. For further information see Age and ID in FAQ’s. Right of admission reserved.


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