Thursday, 19 August 2010

Julian Marley tops the bill for Leeds Reggae Concert



Caption: Julian Marley (top) and Horace Brown (above) lead the line-up for this year's Leeds Reggae Concert

The son of reggae legend Bob Marley has been confirmed as the headline performer at this year’s Leeds Reggae Concert.

Julian Marley, whose father is arguably the most famous reggae artist of all time, will lead the line-up of acts at the UK’s biggest free black music event to be held at Potternewton Park in Leeds from 12 noon on Sunday 29th August.

The 35-year-old British-born reggae star will be performing hits from his latest album ‘Awake’ which won ‘Best Album of the Year’ in the International Reggae and World Music Awards in New York in May and was also nominated for ‘Best Reggae Album’ in the prestigious Grammy Awards.

Also appearing at Potternewton Park will be American singer and producer Horace Brown, who has worked with a host of famous rappers and R and B stars in his career including Jay-Z, Puff Daddy, Mary J Blige, Faith Evans, Jodeci and Foxy Brown.

Organised by the Leeds Reggae Concert Committee and Leeds City Council, the free event is now in its 24th year and the star-studded line-up is again expected to attract a crowd of approximately 25,000 people.

As well as the headline acts, the Unity Housing Association Stage will also host a variety of other big-name UK performers celebrating a wide range of musical genres including gospel star Roger Samuels, grime artist Donae’o and reggae veterans Black Slate.

Local Leeds talent will also be given its chance to shine, with those performing including Congolese group The Innovation Band, reggae acts Root One Band and Tuff E Nuff and soul outfit The Moves.

Breakdancers Speak to the Street will also be on hand while new talents Moneque Pryce, Tyrone and Kushi will be performing after impressing during auditions.

With support from local business Unity Housing Association, this year’s Leeds Reggae Concert will also feature a big screen showing the event in addition to the usual range of stalls and a wide variety of refreshments available.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“The Leeds Reggae Concert is a wonderful annual event and the organisers have again been able to attract a great line-up of performers to attend this year so we look forward to another great day out and thousands of people enjoying the free show at Potternewton Park.”

Leeds Reggae Concert Committee founder member Red Rose said:

“I am so excited about this year’s event, the range of music that will be performed is amazing. We have a bit of something for everyone which promises to make it the best Leeds Reggae Concert ever.”

For further press information contact Robert Pitt press officer for the Leeds Reggae Concert Committee on 07973 801 101.

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