Doors open at 7.30pm.
Friendly Fire Band is one of the most active live reggae and dancehall outfits in the UK’s traditional reggae capital, Birmingham, both on stages and in the studio. Composed of an international lineup of musicians, Friendly Fire Band comfortably juggles traditional Roots, Dancehall or One Drop riddims, and has become an institution on the Birmingham Reggae Scene, having backed a host of artists from Dawn Penn to the late Michael Prophet, and releasing music on the Friendly Fire Music label.
In the studio, they have recorded collaborations with the cream of UK reggae artists, released on vinyl as well as digital formats on the Friendly Fire Music imprint. Collaborating with artists such as YT, Luciano, Murray Man, Mr Williamz, Tippa Irie, Susan Cadogan, Exile Di Brave, Peppery, Claire Angel to name a few, they have enjoyed radio and soundsystem plays around the world including David Rodigan (BBC 1Xtra) who has featured successive releases on his show, and many more around the world.
With many exciting studio projects in the pipeline and a heap of festivals behind them, including repeated performances at Boomtown Fair, Shambala Festival, One Love, Reggae Garden amongst others in the UK, and further afield with shows at Sirenfest (Turkey), Friendly Fire Band is currently taking bookings fronted by TOMLIN MYSTIC, MYKI TUFF, LUKAS DALEY, and is aboard the Rum & Reggae festivals taking place around the country.
Their latest riddim album, Saturday Night re-invents the Pressure and Slide riddim, the Skandal Riddim shows the versatility of the band with its upbeat Ska-inspired rhythm, contrasting with the one drop of the Natty Love riddim and the heavy roots vibe of the Run Away 12″.
Support from Cara Means Friend:
Cara Means Friend is the original and acoustic sounds of Cara. This songbird has been making music in festival fields and venues for the best part of her life. Also known as main vocalist for UK Dub pioneers Zion Train. With hints of Ska/Reggae/Hip-Hop/Folk & Punk, Cara brings her acoustic guitar with a big heart and a big voice to share her bitter/sweet rhetoric on an ever changing world.
DJ support from DJ Hayden Taylor from Go Ape