Divine dub duo perform Sunday night double-header on the main stage.
Get set for a double dose of dub dynamics at this year’s Wilkswood Reggae Festival when the legendary Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and the pioneering Mad Professor go head-to-head on Sunday night’s main stage.The two enormously influential and consistently excellent producers will headline the main stage in an event that it will, even in these days of glib hyperbole, be unmissable.
It’s hard to know quite where to begin when introducing Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry; the word ‘legend’ is often over-used but in his case it entirely does him justice. The Jamaican dub adventurer has worked with Bob Marley and the Wailers (some argue that he kickstarted Bob Marley’s career), the Heptones, The Congos, Junior Murvin (they co-wrote the seminal ‘Police & Thieves’), Sly & Robbie, Adrian Sherwood, the Beastie Boys, the Orb and the Clash amongst many, many others.
Now aged 82, Perry has racked up countless recordings as both artist and producer (a conservative count lists over 60 albums) and his eccentric genius has permeated musical genres way beyond the world of reggae. His 1960s and 70s studio productions were decades ahead of their time and it’s fair to say that the Godfather of Dub’s incalculable influence is still reverberating through genres from hip-hop to grime to dubstep.
Mad Professor will also need little introduction to reggae fans; his uniquely celestial productions and remixes are widely regarded as being instrumental in transitioning dub into the digital age. He’ll also need no introducing to Wilkswood Reggae Festival-goers as it’s his second appearance on the main stage; his ‘shed-shaking’ appearance at last year’s Wilkswood festival almost literally brought the roof down and any lovers of bass-heavy, experimental, electronic dub would be foolish to miss his performance.
The Prof has worked with reggae artists such as Sly and Robbie, Pato Banton, Jah Shaka and Horace Andy, as well as artists outside the realm of traditional reggae and dub such as Sade, Massive Attack, the Orb, and Jamiroquai. He is a long-time collaborator with Lee Scratch Perry and, as well as releasing ten albums together, the pair are entrancing and bewitching live. As with any event featuring the two dub legends, it will be a night to say “I was there!”