Hot off the heels of their second festival, the reggae specialists are bringing Big Youth and Horace Andy to the Baltic Triangle. 

Following the unrivaled success of their second festival, Positive Vibration – Festival of Reggae are bringing two massive reggae acts to Liverpool over the summer.

First up will be Big Youth & The Upper Cut Band, who are performing their only gig in the North West.

Big Youth is a man with a message. He arrived on the music scene in the wake of U-Roy, Dennis Alcapone and I-Roy, but quickly established his own unique style, threatening to eclipse them all. He became a consummate DJ and toaster ruled the dancehalls across the 70s, becoming a regular with Lord Tippertone’s Sound System.

Support for this show comes from Liverpool’s very own dub poet, Levi Tafari and Africa Oye DJs Marley & Vegas.

The second show is headlined by Horace Andy, arguably one of the most influential and respected artists to come out of Jamaica.

Andy learned his trade alongside some of reggae’s finest producers, including Coxsone Dodd, Scientist and Sly & Robbie.

Having graced clash-winning dubplates as well as full-length recordings for both Studio One and Trojan, the man they call “Sleepy” had his big breakthrough in the 1970s working with Bunny Lee.

In the early 90s his impeccable delivery and flawless intonation became essential ingredients on Massive Attack’s seminal Blue Lines album in which several tracks sampled Andy originals, and some with brand new recordings of his voice, words and melodies, creating a blueprint for the bass-heavy revolution that was the Bristol sound.

Supporting Horace Andy will be Mafia & Fluxy featuring the Matic Horns.

Both of these shows continue Positive Vibration’s quest to give the music and culture of reggae a greater platform in Liverpool. If this year’s festival (which we reviewed here) is anything to go by, these shows will be phenomenal.

Big Youth plays District on Friday 18th August.

Horace Andy plays District on Friday 1st September.

Tickets for both shows are available from Skiddle.