DUB PISTOLS (UK)
The Dub Pistols are a mighty reggaematic bass-driven live machine, a super-tight UK festival regular that keeps winning over new fans at Glastonbury, Bestival, Beat-Herder and across Europe. They are one of the few remaining working class bands who carry the flame of reggae-driven sound system music, the secret rhythm of Britain from ska and rocksteady through Soul II Soul to grime and dubstep and beyond. Recently the reformed Happy Mondays tweeted that the Dub Pistols were the best live band they’d seen in years.
Led by the charismatic and self-confessed crazy bastard Barry Ashworth, The Dub Pistols have worked with heroes like The Specials, Busta Rhymes, Horace Andy, Madness and Gregory Isaacs. Ashworth is also known for his full-throttle peak-time DJ sets across Australia, Singapore, Serbia, Dubai, Thailand, Germany, Croatia, Italy and France, to name but a few.
Whilst 2010 is yet another busy year for Barry; licensing deals with Playstation Singstar & Hollywood Movies Parenthood & Piranha 3D, remixes in the making for Atomic Hooligan, DJ Love & Myagi, and his co-owned label Westway making bigger waves than ever. There is just no letting up for this much-loved party starter.