The fantastic Hubs people have laid on a real treat for us in the city 🙂 Get yourself a discounted pass and go to all the events!
Hubs Presents: HUBDUBABEAT FESTIVAL – A 3-day inner-city music festival extravaganza! August 1st, 2nd, 3rd – Norwich.
Strap yourselves in ladies and gents, and prepare for the musical ride of your life! We all know that Norwich is without a doubt home to one of the best live music scenes in the country, providing a platform for both local and national talent. Nobody understands and appreciates this fact more than the fine fellows over at Hubs Records. Although they’ve only been about for a year or so, Hubs have consistently provided Norwich with some of the freshest, most inspired acts around. Spurred on by their love of real talent and good vibes, Hubs are now bringing together some of the finest local and national musical stylings in their very first inner-city music festival!
It all kicks off at Norwich Arts Centre on Thursday 1st August, with local heavyweights Solko performing their very first NAC headline show. This dub/rock fusion 7-piece have firmly established themselves as favourites on the Norwich live music scene, and beyond. With their powerful, groove-driven style, this lot have been linking up with the likes of Resonators, The Drop, Laid Blak, Lazy Habits to name a few. So it’s no surprise they’ve managed to wangle their way into some of this year’s biggest festivals, including Secret Garden Party and Soundwave Croatia. If you’ve never seen them before, it’s highly recommended that you get yourself to NAC to see for yourself why these boys have been winning over the hearts and minds of folk the country over!
Also on the bill for this one are local legends Dumbfoundus. Normally appearing as a delightful duo, this time they’ll be performing their reggae/pop classics with the backing of their big band! Sure to be a treat to get you on your feet!
Support from South-End based reggae outfit Tallowah and local gems Doctor Clyde help to ensure that day one of this phenomenal festival will go off with a bang!
August 2nd sees the festival fun move over to the Open Club Room for more musical madness which will leave attendees stunned and satisfied. Headliners London Afrobeat Collective beat the tightest afro funk rhythms with a swinging brass section to match. Having collaborated with afrobeat legend Dele Sosimi and even Bombay Bicycle Club, the band have graced festivals such as Glastonbury and Shambala, it would be almost criminal to miss this dance music explosion in your own back yard!
Day Two also sees the return of the fantastic Nubyian Twist, whose dub/afrobeat/hiphop mash-up has already blessed the ears of many. Wrap your ears around them – you’ll be hard pushed to remain standing still!
With support from the unique and inspired Mammal Hands, day two will no doubt leaving you drooling for more!
Returning to the Open club room on the 3rd, Hubdubabeats epic finale promises to be a fitting finish to the festivities! Heading the bill are 9-piece ska/reggae/dub masters ChainSka Brassika from South-East London. Combining classic ska sounds with modern bass culture, these guys have supported the likes of Mad Professor and The Abyssinians, – catch them here before they flit off to some of the U.K’s biggest festivals, including Boomtown Fair and One Love!
Guaranteed to get you skanking, the final stage also plays host to The Piratones, a young local 6-piece whose mash-up of reggae, rock, soul, and ska has seen them forge quite a fan base in the city. As well as being selected for the Atom Tour as part of Liverpool Sound City Festival, they have also supported the likes of Misty in Roots and Dizraeli. Support also comes in the form of Norwich based Disgraceful Squids whose ska-core sounds meld intriguingly with gypsy, punk, and reggae influences – sure to be a hit if you fancy getting in the pit!
So there you have it! Three nights of outstanding music, including festival favourites, all in our fine city for the very reasonable price of 15 for a three-day wristband, allowing entry to all three events! Be warned though, these are limited to 150 on a first come, first served basis, after which entry will be charged on a per gig basis.
Check out Hubdubabeat Festival on facebook for more details.
Tickets available at http://www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk, Open Box office, Soundclash
Thanks to Ash Woolnough and Hubs
photos by richard shashamane