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One of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, Dreadzone have steadily been releasing albums and progressively refining their own unique and inimitable take on dub since their inception in 1993. Still going strong after 25 years, they have long been and still are, one of the best live bands around.
Electro-dub pioneers, Dreadzone formed in 1993 when ex-Big Audio Dynamite drummer Greg Roberts teamed up with Tim Bran. The duo were soon joined by bassist Leo Williams and keyboardist Dan Donovan, also formerly of Big Audio Dynamite, to complete the group’s first line-up. Their debut album ‘360°’ set the stage for the genre-busting dub, folk, electronic dance album ‘Second Light’ (cited as a favourite of John Peel).
Dreadzone flew into the commercial domain with their ground-breaking top 20 hit ‘Little Britain’; their unique blend of electro, dub and reggae soon spread to a wider audience and they went on to chart seven Top 60 singles.
Their MC and reggae vocals partner the mix of electronic beats and dub bass to perfection and their pioneering dubwise dancabilty has since spawned many sub genres. Now firm festival favourites, and seen by some as forerunners of today’s dub and bass driven music, Dreadzone are an intrinsic part of the UK dance heritage.
Moving forward as a 5 piece, the band are focusing more on the electronic and dub elements of their stage show – a sound they developed in earlier years of Dreadzone. Their old skool sound comes bubbling to the surface on 2017’s album ‘Dread Times’ which stormed into the Top 40 UK Official Album Charts – the first time the band have charted in over 20 years – and made the Top 10 in the Indie and Dance Charts.
Dreadzone will play live favourites from their back catalogue and ‘Dread Times’ tracks at The Apex on Friday 1 March at 8pm. Tickets are £18.50 from The Apex box office on 01284 758000, or online at www.theapex.co.uk.