Author archive for Chris Wells

  • Drums & Colours

    By Chris Wells on August 1, 2018
        Drums And Colours Knowledge Centre, British Library, London. Just a stone’s throw from this packed lecture theatre is an exhibition on The Windrush, which is well worth a visit. If the 70th anniversary of ‘mass migration’ from the West Indies is a cultural and political high watermark in modern Britain – if indeed as few as 500 hardy […]
  • Once More With Feeling

    By Chris Wells on July 26, 2018
    FEELING FESTIVAL – TENERIFE JUNE 29, 2018 By John Masouri. Tenerife, the so-called ‘Island Of Eternal Spring’, is the ideal place for a reggae festival with its sun-drenched climate and long-standing popularity as a holiday destination. [Not to mention the fact that it’s less than two hundred miles from Africa.] Starting off in the north of the island, this second […]
  • They Do It On Grass

    By Chris Wells on July 25, 2018
    Reggae On The Lawn returns to Forty Hall Estate, Enfield, EN2 9HA on Sunday, August 12, 2018 [12noon–6pm]. Now in its second year, this one day festival [organised by Make it Happen Organisation] will be headlined by the indomitable Etana, backed up powerfully by Kabaka Pyramid, Natty, Empress Lyan.S [of Britain’s Got Reggae, and Reggae Star Factor fame] and Dawn Penn. […]
  • Betty Davis: Different Strokes

    By Chris Wells on July 24, 2018
    Kevin Le Gendre talks to Phil Cox, director of Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different. 1] When did you discover the music of Betty Davis? “In 2012 as a director I was looking for new project to embark on, something lyrical and with music. It was then that I was introduced to Betty’s music and the fact that she had […]
  • JUNE 2018 ISSUE

    By Chris Wells on July 19, 2018
  • Craig On Course

    By Chris Wells on July 12, 2018
    Resurgent R&B-popman Craig David has a number of summer festival and horse racing live events upcoming around the country. At the moment his diary reads: Newmarket Racecourses, July course [July 20];  Chelmsford, Hylands Park, Rize Festival [August 17]; London, Clapham Common, SW4 Festival [26]; Maidstone, Kent Event Centre [31]; and Northampton, County Ground [Sept 1]. The Northampton and Maidstone gigs will […]
  • Peas In Our Time

    By Chris Wells on July 10, 2018
    The Black Eyed Peas – will.i.am, Taboo, and apl.de.ap – have just announced that they will be embarking on a tour throughout Europe as a unit for the first time in eight years, starting on October 27 in London. Tickets go on sale on July 13 at 9am at LiveNation.co.uk. The group has also premiered a brand new single and provocative […]
  • Beres/Sanchez Summer Shows

    By Chris Wells on July 6, 2018
    Soulful Jamaican reggae man Beres Hammond is heading this way for a bunch of summer dates – made all the more special by the name of his supporting partner on this trip: Sanchez. Opening on August 18 at the Birmingham O2 Academy, the gigs then run: London, Brixton Academy [19]; Birmingham, O2 Academy [22]; Bristol, O2 Academy [23]; London, O2 Forum […]
  • ‘THIS IS HOW WE DO IT’ TRIPLE CD COMPS TO BE WON!!!

    By Chris Wells on July 6, 2018
    Coming from UMOD from July 6 is This Is How We Do It, a 55-track, three–CD compilation of old-school, feel-good R&B smashes, led by Montell Jordan’s million-selling hit of the same name. Still, over 20 years after it topped the US singles chart, one of the ultimate summer party jams, the Grammy-winning This Is How We Do It sounds as […]
  • May 2018

    By Chris Wells on June 14, 2018