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Sound System Culture Bristol: 8 Jun – 17 Jul


As part of the display, visitors will have an opportunity to interact with Heritage HiFi, a vintage-style sound system custom-built for the project, consisting of a record deck, amps and speaker boxes.

The exhibition forms part of the Sound System Culture national tour developed by Let’s Go Yorkshire, celebrating reggae sound systems in key cities throughout the UK.

Exhibition launch
13 June, 2pm–4pm

Exhibition and sound installation
8 June–17 July 2015
Opening times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2pm–4pm
Free admission


To celebrate this event visit the Dubplate to Dubstep website.

“Dubplate to Dubstep” website funded by Heritage lottery Fund (HLF) in partnership with Watershed, M-Shed and Bristol Records Office covers 50 years of social history and music trends.  Beginning its story with the first generation Jamaican immigrants arriving in Bristol and Britain in the 50’s and 60’s, it explores how the hostility and colour bars faced by St Paul’s Caribbean community led to the creation of vibrant live music venues and cultural events. “St Paul’s Festival”, founded in 1957, closely followed by the infamous Bamboo Club in 1966 listing Reggae greats Gregory Isaacs, Desmond Decker and even Bob Marley (1977) amongst its legacy of artist performances. With classic black and white archive photographs by Pete Webb, Beezer, Adrian Boot (Urban image TV), Bristol Records Office, this website successfully documents the past fifty years of music and Culture in Bristol and the UK.

Short films, interviews and radio shows on the websites media page are produced by the youth team and feature many Bristol legends starting with 60’s pioneer DJ Derek, 70’s and 80s Bristol Reggae greats Talisman and Black Roots, 80’s early Trip Hop and Drum n Bass founders Ray Mighty (Smith & Mighty) DJ Krust (Fresh 4) and Peter D Rose (Wild Bunch & Massive Attack), leading us to the more recent Bristol talent Grime influenced Buggsy and Dubstep producer Wedge. Special feature is the full documentary “Dubplate to Dubstep” (as seen below) with bass culture commentary by ex Steel Pulse band member Mykaell Riley, currently Programme Director of the Black British Music Research Unit.

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