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Carnival Reggae Fundraiser

With an eye on next year’s Hereford River Carnival, we have organised a fundraising event that’s sure to get Hereford folk jumping by the Wye.

On Saturday 30th September, the Carnival comes early to the Left Bank, Hereford with a fantastic evening of reggae courtesy of some UK reggae legends and some rising local stars.  Doors open at 8.30 with the Gabbidon Band, playing from 10pm.

The Gabbidon Band is the latest creation of Basil Gabbidon, founder of Steel Pulse and lead guitar/ singer on their first four albums including the massively popular Handsworth Revolution, which helped to define the British Reggae music scene at the time and exported it to an international audience.


He is joined by Colin Gabbidon, who also appeared with Steel Pulse & Bass Dance, on the drums, Paul Beckford on Bass, who played with Burning Spear amongst others; Candice Gabbidon (Jah Wobble & Black Symbols) on Vocals & Errol Smith whose career has included playing the horns with Horace Andy, Freddy McGregor, Gil Scott Heron, Macka B & Black Symbols..

Their music is eclectic, a mixture of Roots and Reggae with bass lead melodies a hint of rock and a twist of modern dance. Their aim is to keep Reggae music alive, international and accessible to all with finely crafted reggae beats and chilled grooves.

Cut La Vis

On the decks will be Hereford’s very own DJ Dave Lavis, now Brighton-based Cut La Vis.  He has made a name for himself with his brand of skanking, bass-heavy productions, remixes, mash ups and DJ sets. Combining influences from his Hip Hop background with soundsystem culture, dub, reggae, dancehall, ska and afrobeat, his music has moved crowds at festivals and venues in the UK and abroad, Including Boomtown, Shambala, Nozstock, Secret Garden Party & Bestival

His debut album One Step Forward,released through NICE UP! Records in 2015, saw some of the most respected artists in the UK reggae/hip hop scenes riding his productions. Featuring Tippa Irie, Eva Lazarus, MysDiggi, Peppery, Lotek and more it led to two tours of Greece in 2015 and 2016, including a headline slot at Secret Sound Festival.

He is joined on the decks and on the mic by local musician and M.C B.D.S who was a founder member and bass player with ‘Dub Merge’ and now fronts the up and coming ‘Last Tree Squad’.

According to event organiser and  River Carnival co-ordinator Leo Caithness, “This will be a real treat for Hereford with some of the best reggae sounds around from some great artists and DJs.  Plus everyone coming along will be helping to support next years’ Hereford River Carnival as all the proceeds will go towards the event.”

Hereford River Carnival has also been shortlisted for two local awards.  The Hereford Times announced last week that it was a finalist in the first Hereford BID Awards in the ‘Outstanding contribution to the city category’.  And for the second year running the hugely popular event which attracted 15,000 visitors at the end of April this year is shortlisted for the Best Community Festival award in the Visit Herefordshire Awards (a category it won in 2016).

Tickets cost £8 in advance and £10 on the door and can be bought from Rocket Cafe or Left Bank of online at the Left Bank website

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