• Rootikal annual Studio One special - with Aba Shanti I and live PAs from Winston Francis and Dennis Alcapone

    On Saturday the 4th of October, Rootikal hosts it’s annual salute to the legendary Studio One – without doubt the most important Jamaican record label and studio of all time.

    As you’d expect, the music policy of the evening is strictly Coxsone Dodd productions and we have PAs from two of the Studio One greats.

    The first of which is Winston Francis – AKA King Cool – who started his recording career at Studio One in the late 60s singing the sweetest rocksteady tunes. Winston has given us the stone-cold classics 'Mr Fix-It', 'Groovy Situation' – a cover of the Gene Chandler soul smash – and the roots anthem 'Let's Go To Zion', all of which were recorded at 13 Brentford Road, and we truly honoured to have him with us on this special night.

    We also have the legendary Dennis Alcapone, whose 1971 'Forever Version' LP saw him toast on versions of Coxone-produced hits. Dennis will DJ on some classic rhythms that feature on the album, like The Cables 'Baby Why', Carlton and His Shoes 'Love Me Forever' and John Holt's Marshall's 'A Love I Can Feel', before freestyling over the selectors. Again, we're honoured.

    On the guest selector front we have the mighty Aba Shanti I who will be running a 100% Coxsone selection, just as he did at a festival in France a couple of years ago, which has since become legend. This is certainly not something that you see every day.

    We also have Studio One specialsts Tiny T and Oxman from Ska Lavin, who will be running a deep selection or rarities and classics, and the Rootikal crew of David Hill, Stuart Patterson and Mr Faso will also be digging into their Studio One baskets.

    Rootikal Studio One Special – Aba Shanti I, Dennis Alcapone, Winston Francis, Tiny T and Oxman – Ska Lavin, David Hill, Mr Faso and Stuart Patterson

    Saturday 4th October 2014, 7pm - 4am

    Admission: earlybird £6 tickets, then a limited number at £8, then £9 – and more on the door (subject to availability)



    Prince of Wales, 467-469 Brixton Road, London SW9 8HH


    Conscious reggae for rootikal people




  • Rootikal 3rd August – with Culture live, featuring Kenyatta Hill and The Rasites

    After the sell-out live show with Yellowman and Dillinger at Flyover, Rootikal returns to on Sunday, 3rd August, to host the legendary Culture.

    Culture gave the world many roots anthems, recording at Studio One and then cutting sides for Joe Gibbs, Sonja Pottinger, Shanachie and RAS. Classics include the mighty 'Two Sevens Clash’, which The Clash named themselves after, ‘I’m Not Ashamed’, Zion Gate and ‘International Herb’.

    Since the passing of founder Joseph Hill in 2006, the band has been fronted by Kenyatta, his son, and it’s clear that he has inherited his father’s musical spirit. Kenyatta will be backed by The Rasites.

    Rootikal residents David Hill, Mr Faso, Stuart Patterson and Oxman will come with a conscious roots selection.

    Being a Sunday, the session starts at 7.00pm and runs until midnight.

    Admission is £15, with a very limited number of £12 advance tickets – available online at tickettailor.com, residentadvisor.net and ticketweb.co.uk

    Tickets can also be bought from Honest Jons on Portobello Road, W10; Peckings, Askew Road, W12; Love Vinyl, 5 Pearson St, E2

    Rootikal Sunday 3rd August: Culture live with Kenyatta Hill and The Rasites, David Hill, Mr Faso, Stuart Patterson and Oxman on the mic

    Flyover, 3-5 Thorpe Close, London, W10 5XL




  • Saturday 7th June - Rootikal All-Dayer

    With Channel One, Iration Steppas & Dan Man, Dennis Bovell, Matic Horns and Mama Marjas

    On Saturday 7th June we have a massive line-up for our first all-dayer at the Prince of Wales. 

    For this one we’ve hooked up with L'Acqua at Italy’s Testa Music Festival to make this the i-fficial London launch party for the festival. Representing the Italian scene we have Don Ciccio, Mimmo Superbass, plus an exclusive live set from singer Mama Marjas.

    The action will start gently on the sun terrace at 4pm, where we’ll be dropping summer vibes to accompany the Jamaican jerk BBQ, and there will also be there will be stalls selling records and mechandise. Then, in the early evening, the focus will switch to the club rooms for the the heavywieght line up.

    Anyone who's been to Notting Hill Carnival or University of Dub will be familiar with the righteous sounds played by Channel One's Mikey Dread and the unique spiritual message from DJ Ras Kayleb. It's always a pleasure to welcome them at Rootikal, and as always, we look forward to hearing their selection.

    Joining Channel One, and making their return to Rootikal, will be Iration Steppas' Mark Iration and Danman. Based in Leeds, Iration are veterans who have played at dub clubs and festivals the world over and have built a deservedly strong following. A frequent feature in the line up at University of Dub, Subdub and Love Dub, Mark Iration will be dropping a roots-focused selection at Rootikal.

    Dennis Bovell – AKA Blackbeard – has deep history and has been a cornerstone of UK reggae music since the mid-70s as part of the Sufferer Sound system, the band Matumbi, and as a record producer. This will be Dennis’ Rootikal debut, and having heard the man dropping tunes at Carnival a couple of years ago, we can atest that he’s lost none of what made Sufferer Sound such a legend. 

    Matic Horns also makes a welcome return to Rootikal and will be playing live trombone accompanyment to both Channel One’s selection and also Dennis Bovell’s (Henry Matic was a member of Matumbi with Dennis in 70s). With a killer new album produced by Mafia & Fluxy, it’s looking like 2014 will be a big year for Matic Horns.

    The Rootikal crew of David Hill, Mr Faso an Stuart Patterson will also be spinning, ably assisted by Oxman on the mic, and Room 2 will be hosted by David Katz (Dub Me Always), Don Ciccio and Mimmo Superbass.

    Rootikal All-Dayer with Channel One – Mikey Dread & Ras Kayleb, Iration Steppas & Dan Man, Dennis Bovell, Matic Horns, Mama Marjas Mr Faso, David Hill, Stuart Patterson, Oxman, David Katz, Don Ciccio and Mimmo Superbass.

    Saturday 7th June 2014, 4pm - 4am

    Admission: first 150 invites at £7, then £9 – more on the door (subject to availability). Tickets available here

    Prince of Wales, 467-469 Brixton Road, London SW9 8HH


    In association with L'Acqua in Testa Music Festival Launch Party



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