This event has now been cancelled.
Apologies for any inconvenience.
Tickets purchased online will be refunded.
Following the success of this year’s festival, tickets for Wilkswood Reggae 2019 are now on sale! Taking place over the weekend of Friday July 19th to Sunday July 21st 2019, next year’s family-friendly roots and dub festival will again take place at its usual location at Wilkswood Farm in Langton Matravers, in the heart of the beautiful Purbeck countryside.
Another stellar line-up will be announced as soon as acts are confirmed but next year’s festival will build on previous years’ line-ups which have featured headliners Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Brinsley Forde, General Levy, Tippa Irie, Mad Professor, Janet Kay, Channel One Soundsystem, Carroll Thompson and Earl Sixteen. The 2018 festival featured over 45 live acts, soundsystems, DJs, selectors, poets and comedians as well as an expanded Kid’s Zone and a even wider array of delicious street food and beverages.
There are two tiers of Early Bird Discounted Tickets available:
SUPER EARLY BIRD TICKETS:
Adult Tickets – £80 · Youth Tickets – £40 · All Children under 13 – FREE!
EARLY BIRD TICKETS:
Adult Tickets – £100 · Youth Tickets – £50 · Under 13s – £10 · Under 3s – FREE!
After some ongoing negotiations and an eleventh hour consultation with the festival’s health & safety advisor, we are pleased to announce that we have a limited number of day tickets available for Wilkswood Reggae 2018. We have received so many emails and social media messages expressing disappointment at the lack of day tickets that we are delighted to accommodate at least some of you that couldn’t make the whole weekend.
Our original intention was to have just weekend camping tickets in line with advice from the local authority departments responsible for the festival. We listened closely to recommendations from both the Dorset County Council and the Purbeck District Council and decided to co-operate with their advice but we were genuinely frustrated that so many of you were disappointed by the lack of day tickets. We’d therefore like to thank all those involved in the negotiations that made this possible.
Adult day tickets are £50, under-17s are £25 and under-13s are £10. Under-3s are free and all tickets include a night’s camping. The schedules for the weekend are now online so you can check the running order for each day on the Line-up 2018 page.
Sunglasses? Check! Flip flops? Check! Sun screen? Check! But with less than a week till Wilkswood Reggae 2018, you’ll not be fully prepared until you’ve downloaded the festival app. With up-to-date details of stage times, last minute amendments, new additions and urgent announcements, the Wilkswood Reggae App is your essential guide to the weekend’s fun. The App also has details of events in the Kid’s Zone, showing running order and times, so that mum and dad can make sure the littluns don’t miss out. Important info is available including location of security, water and fire points. There’s even the festival map in case you get lost!
The App is currently only available for Android devices and can be downloaded for free from the Google Store.
Wilkswood Reggae 2018 kicks off in two weeks on Friday July 20th – that’s just 15 more sleeps until a fabulous weekend of Peace, Dub and Harmony in the Woods by the Sea! The long range weather forecast is looking positive (sunny intervals with highs of 21°C and a balmy 16° at night) but with the Main Stage, Jah Spirit Stage and the Main Bar all under cover, the show will go on whatever the weather. The Festival Crew are hard at work getting the site up-and-running and already it’s looking good as the organisers, Dubwood Productions, aim to build on the event year-on-year.
The lineup has been confirmed with over 45 live acts, sound systems, deejays, selectors, poets and comedians performing across four locations over three days. The Main Stage headliners have been confirmed for a while and feature three double-headers: Earl Sixteen and Carroll Thompson with the The Uppercut Band (Friday), General Levy and Joe Ariwa (Saturday) and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Mad Professor closing proceedings on Sunday night. Other highlights include Mikey General, The Hempolics, Chainska Brassika, Don Fe, Dubheart, Gaz Mayall’s Rockin Blues, Scientist Sound, Hytal Bosrah and Kei Miller. A full schedule for the weekend will appear on the website as soon as it’s finalised and you can keep up-to-date with any last minute additions by following our latest posts on Facebook.
There are more streetfood stalls at Wilkswood Reggae 2018, offering everything from Jamaican and Mexican to Thai and Italian, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options in between. Juice and smoothie bars will offer rejuvenating refreshment, there are several tea and coffee stands and we even have our own festival ice lollies. The Main Bar will be serving Dorset real ales and cider and the Rumshak will be serving ice cold rum cocktails.
The Kid’s Zone is further expanded this year, with a Kid’s Cinema, pizza making, stone carving, metalwork, face painting and nature walks all included on the weekend’s events. The Wessex Community Circus will bring their unique brand of acrobatics, juggling, clowns, street theatre and comedy throughout the weekend and the YogaDreads will be holding regular sessions for kids and their parents.
There are still tickets on sale for Wilkswood Reggae 2018 but they are selling fast and another sellout is expected. Following recommendations from Purbeck District Council, there are no day tickets available this year but full adult weekend tickets (including three nights camping) are just £120 with concessions for under-17s (£60 for the weekend), under-13s (£20) and under-3s (FREE).
With just eight weeks to go, the complete line-up for this year’s Wilkswood Reggae 2018 is now confirmed (bar the usual one or two last minute additions). There are now over 50 acts appearing across four stages over the three days of the festival and what a line-up it is.
The Main Stage headliners have been confirmed for a while and feature three double-headers: Earl Sixteen and Carroll Thompson with the The Uppercut Band (Friday), General Levy and Joe Ariwa (Saturday) and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Mad Professor closing proceedings on Sunday night. Elsewhere on the Main Stage you can see Mikey General, Chainska Brassika, Dubheart, The Hempolics, Don Fe and Prince Jamo.
The Jah Spirit Stage (named in honour of the late MC and ‘face of the festival’) features some of the best UK soundystems including a strong Birmingham contingent in Scientist Sound, Hytal Bosrah and Kindread Sound. Also appearing are Gaz Mayall’s Rockin’ Blues, Iman One Dub, Countryman Sound and Green Lion. Special appearances include Japan’s Direct Impact, a rare set from David Katz and Angus Taylor and a strong showing for female flag-bearers with Warriah Force, Bliss Zion, Sasha Steppa and Sista Emma all taking over during the festival.
The ‘alternative’ DJ Derek Stage features a wide range of acoustic acts, soundsystems, deejays and poets. Highlights include a much-anticipated Wilkswood debut from acclaimed writer and poet Kei Miller, acoustic sets from Krista Green and Alex Hedley and selector sets from DJ Dapper Dan, DJ Sherrine, Naoko the Rock and DJ Ted at the Controls. Curated by the indefatigable Kim West, there will also be appearances from the Bournemouth’s poetry massive with Bob Hill, Myriam San Marco and Nkech Nwokolo as well as a set or two from the enigmatic wanderer, Selah Collins.
As well as the three stages there will be continual DJ sets in the Shebeen, which doubles up as the Chill Out Zone during the day. As well as late night takeovers by Wassmuffin, Box Fulla Records and Mr Mighty, there will be sets from some of your local Purbeck favourites.
A full schedule for the weekend will appear on the website as soon as it’s finalised and you can keep up-to-date with any last minute additions by following our latest posts on Facebook.
Along with your programme, your sunburn, those aching kidneys and the unexplained grazes on your knees, no festival is complete without a t-shirt and we’re pleased to announce that the official Wilkswood Reggae Festival 2018 tees are now available to purchase online. Available in seven colours – white, sand, khaki, cream, sky blue, yellow and grey – each t-shirt has the 2018 festival logo featuring the main headliners on the front in full glorious colour. The t-shirts are produced in a heavyweight 180gsm cotton with a rib neck line and the printed image feels like its part of the fabric.
The tees come in a range of sizes and each is priced at a very reasonable £15 and you can either collect your purchase from the Main Festival Office (on presentation of your order confirmation) or can be posted to you first class (for an extra £2).
The Wilkswood Reggae Festival is proud and honoured to be naming the sound system stage at this year’s event after the beloved Jah Spirit who sadly passed away on Sunday February 18th, aged 71. The legendary MC and vegan pasta chef had become a regular character at the festival and, despite our heavy hearts, we feel it’s a fitting tribute to name the Jah Spirit Stage in his honour.
Spirit (born Lowell Grant) was a well-known figure in his home patch of Hackney. He started out selling meals and fresh fruit from his van at places like the Notting Hill Carnival before opening a grocery shop in Broadway Market in 1991. Spirit spent the last ten years of his life battling Hackney Council’s decision to evict him after they sold the shop to local property developers but he found solace – and earned much respect – by helping vulnerable young people learn to cook and eat more healthily through teaching Caribbean-style vegan Ital food classes at the charity Made in Hackney.
Its founder Sarah Bentley, who was friends with him for 15 years, remembers him fondly: “It really has been the biggest honour to have Spirit by our side. He supported me and my family for over a decade with his laughter, wisdom and homegrown corn-on-the-cobs. He was an amazing community cookery teacher. People loved his often hilarious delivery style and natural way with people. He hated lesson plans and set recipes which always kept us all on our toes – he liked to go with the flow and cook from the heart.”
Jah Spirit was regular MC on the soundsytem circuit and he appeared with Green Lion at last year’s Wilkswood Reggae Festival. His vigorous bon homie and infectious joy of life truly brought colour and happiness to everyone he met and he became the ‘face of the festival’. He was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and after a short battle he sadly passed away. He leaves behind ten children, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren as well as many brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends from around the globe.
The Jah Spirit Stage presents some of the best soundsystems from around the UK all literally under one roof. Don Fe, Gaz Mayall’s Rockin Blues and Japan’s Direct Impact will all be major draws. Birmingham is well-presented at this year’s festival with the legendary Scientist Sound and Hytal Bosrah both making an appearance. Young female selectors also make a strong showing with Warriah Force, Sista Emma and a Bliss Zion & Sasha Steppa takeover alongside Kindread Sound, Green Lion, Mr Mighty and Reverence Sound.
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, July 22nd 2018. The two enormously influential and consistently excellent producers have been confirmed for the main stage to play out this year’s festival held annually at Wilkswood Farm in Langton Matravers, Dorset.
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 almost doesn’t do him justice. The Jamaican dub adventurer has worked with Bob Marley and the Wailers (he arguably 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!”
All the headliners are now announced and the full lineup is due very soon; stay tuned to our Facebook feed to keep up to date.
WILKSWOOD REGGAE FESTIVAL is delighted to confirm the appearance of two of the UK’s hottest and renowned reggae artists headlining the main stage together on Saturday July 21st. Ragga deejay General Levy and production prodigy Joe Ariwa are set to cause a seismic shockwave throughout the Dorset countryside with their unique fusion of high octane dancehall and sonic dub.
General Levy (known to his mum as Paul) has been working in the UK ragga and jungle scene for over two decades and is almost certainly best know for his signature “Jungle is Massive” vocals for M-Beat’s ‘Incredible’ in 1994. His signature high velocity staccato style was the sound of the summer and of a scene for a while in the mid-90s but the General has never really seemed to go out of fashion. As well as a successful solo recording and performing career, he has collaborated with Sly & Robbie, Desmond Dekker, Mark Morrison and Suggs. He has collaborated in the studio with his Saturday co-headliner, most notably on the 2012 album In the Chamber of Dub.
Joe Ariwa learnt his trade from a very early age at the knee of his producer father, Mad Professor, and is now a stable artist on the Ariwa Studio roster. Growing up in and around the Ariwa studio in south east London, Joe was able to master the mixing ask and experiment with production and dubbing techniques. By 2006 he had became Mad Professor’s right hand man on and off the stage and his fresh style of dubbing led to well established Sound Systems such as Iration Steppas, Channel One, Jah Youth and Jah Sufferer Sound requesting exclusive dub mixes. Joe has released a number of recordings, often in collaboration, but all with his own exclusive style of sonic soundscapes.
This is the second headline act confirmed for this year’s festival; follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date as new acts are announced.