We are pleased to announce and welcome to the 2018 festival line up
ASWAD | DUB PISTOLS
FEROCIOUS DOG | FROM THE JAM
Kioko | Mesh | Faerground Accidents | RSVP
Many more acts including all three headliners still to be announced
OVER 50% OF TICKETS ALREADY SOLD
WATCHETLIVE C.I.C, the organisers of WATCHET LIVE FESTIVAL are proud to announce that Aswad, Dub Pistols, Ferocious Dog, From The Jam, Kioko Mesh, Faerground Accidents and RSVP have all been added to the line up for their 2018 Festival. Many more acts, including all headliners, are still yet to come!
After fifteen albums and two decades on the music scene, Aswad remains one of Britain’s best-loved reggae bands. The duo of Drummie Zeb and Tony Gadd are renowned among reggae fans for their adventurous fusion of musical styles such as dancehall, funk, hip-hop and dub.
In 1988, Aswad earned international acclaim with their reggae version of “Don’t Turn Around,” which sailed to No. 1 in the U.K. Charts. Their 1994 album Rise & Shine saw the band’s first Grammy nomination for ‘Reggae Album of the Year’, and also gave the band another No.1 hit with now famous summer reggae anthem ‘Shine.’ Aswad have toured extensively, playing to packed houses in diverse locales from London’s Royal Albert Hall and Montego Bay’s Reggae Sunsplash, to gigs in West Africa, Israel and Japan.
The Dub Pistols return to Watchet by popular demand, after their triumphant headline performance back in 2014. Led by indefatigable south-Londoner Barry Ashworth, they have lived every rock ’n’ roll cliché more vividly, knowingly and hilariously than almost any other British band. They’ve burned through record labels, band members, and hundreds of thousands of pounds with their almost heroic devotion to hedonism. Yet they have worked with heroes like The Specials, Busta Rhymes, Madness and Gregory Isaacs and The Dub Pistols are busier than ever, having reinvented themselves as the ultimate Festival band; the go-to act to get a big crowd dancing.
Fiercely independent Folk-Punk festival stalwarts Ferocious Dog also make a return to Watchet, having first performed on the main stage way back in 2012. Since then they have gone from strength to strength: selling out venues across the country (including Nottingham’s prestigious Rock City), performing on Billy Bragg’s Left Field Stage at Glastonbury; touring extensively with the Levellers, and releasing three studio albums. They also found time to recruit long-time friend of Watchet Festival and former USM frontman Les Carter as their guitarist!
We are also very proud to announce From The Jam. Fronted by the legendary Bruce Foxton, they will bring their unique punk / mod sound to the main stage on Friday, performing hits such as That’s Entertainment, Going Underground and Town Called Malice.
More to follow