While the summer isn’t bringing the reliable weather we’d like, we can be certain Positive Vibration festival will bring the sunshine vibes upon its return. The award-winning festival of reggae is back after last year’s pandemic-enforced cancellation for two days of legends of the genre and emerging artists performing live across various Baltic Triangle stages. There’s also a family activity programme, discussion panels and the popular Art of Reggae exhibition.
Heading up the line-up this year are Brit icons ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION, reggae mainstays THE TWINKLE BROTHERS and Lovers Rock royalty HOLLIE COOK. Since its inception in 2016, Positive Vibration has developed a reputation for bringing legends of reggae and related genres to Liverpool for a fun-filled weekend catering to music heads, families and vibe seekers alike. This year the festival has grown from a single venue to taking over Camp & Furnace, District, Hangar 34, Baltic Roastery, YARD and New Bird Street from 10th to 11th September.
Asian Dub Foundation have innovated within and without the genres of jungle, dancehall, dub, ragga, and South Asian music since the early 90s and recently shot to number one with the track Comin’ Over Here featuring comedian Stewart Lee. The track, featuring a routine about Merseyside’s least favourite son Paul Nuttall, succeeded in an internet campaign to get it to number one on ‘Brexit Day’.
Hailing from Falmouth, Jamaica, The Twinkle Brothers have been active since the mid-60s working with eminent producers Duke Reid, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Sid Bucknor, Phil Pratt, and Bunny Lee. The band remain touring with original member Norman Grant leading the way.
Hollie Cook returns to Liverpool following a triumphant gig at District in 2018 which led to rave reviews from this Bido Lito! scribe.
Also on the bill is Scratch Perry prodigy MAD PROFESSOR, fun-time experts GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB, CONGO NATTY, JAH WOBBLE & THE INVADERS OF THE HEART and many more taking to the live stages. Dub Punk legend DON LETTS will appear to promote his new book There And Black Again and The Art Of Reggae poster sale will support the great work of the Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica, showcasing 100 reggae-inspired prints designed by illustrators and artists from all over the world.
For the families of reggae devotees, there’ll be dub poetry sessions, capoeira, drumming classes and screen printing to keep all ages occupied in fun and creative ways. Alongside all this, a host of traders offering a diverse selection of food, drink, records, clothes, arts & crafts, jewellery, health and well-being will be on hand to add some extra flavour to the festival.