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Festival to honour Steel Pulse album

ICONIC: Steel Pulse's 'Handsworth Revolution'

THE 40TH anniversary of the release of Handsworth Revolution, the seminal album dropped by reggae legends Steel Pulse, will be among the landmark moments in the genre in this year’s 12th annual multi-media reggae festival throughout October in Birmingham.

Organised by the city’s multi-media arts development agency, Punch, BASS2018 will celebrate 50 years of reggae.

Participation has been con rmed from luminaries including Freddie McGregor, Toots & The Maytals, Grammy-winning producer Phillip ‘Winta’ James, queen of Lovers Rock, Carroll Thompson, and the UK’s Christopher Ellis.

BASS2018 will also include a special four-week film series, which screen classic reggae-influenced movies. There will also be a unique art exhibition that gives a platform for 100 reggae inspired posters, designed by artist and illustrators from around the globe.


Punch CEO, Ammo Talwar MBE, said: “As the festival approaches its 12th presentation we are proud to herald the incredible achievements that reggae has accomplished. “As a music form it fights above its weight, and as a cultural entity you cannot imagine a world without it. BASS2018 allows us to give due acclaim to those in the reggae world who have made it the potent force that it is.”

Event dates are due to be announced in the coming weeks.

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