Following in the footsteps of our first festival in 2017, an unforgettable New Year’s Sound System Conference, and our last session in January – with A Bass Odyssey joining forces with Peng Sound, 45Seven, Lion’s Den & All Tribes for one of the cities wickedest bass music events in recent memory – the saga continues this spring with our heaviest lineup to date! Join us from the 8th-10th of June for another audio/visual journey through 50 years of sound system culture and bass music in a unique venue in Berlin!
Kicking things off on Friday night, Dub der guten Hoffnung will be making their highly anticipated return with 3 very special guests from London, Manchester & Croatia for a lesson in “bassweight meditation”. Just next door, Higher Ground Recordings will celebrate their latest release with one of Jungle music’s rising stars, while Berlin Vintage Reggae Night pays homage to the roots of dub and bass music.
On Saturday, June 9th, the fun continues with an outdoor session from 2-10pm, before we move inside for a proper “sound system education”, featuring some very special guests from the UK and Italy with some heavyweight selections on the mighty Lion’s Den sound system! Meanwhile in the Räuberhöhle, one of Berlin’s most iconic dark-dub-bands will be making their long-awaited comeback, and just around the corner, Bassism Records will be heating up the dance with some future frequencies!
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On one fateful night in the late 1960’s, a sound system operator by the name of Rudolph “Ruddy” Redwood went to Duke Reid’s “Treasure Isle” Studio in Kingston to cut a one-off dubplate for an upcoming sound system session. When he played the record – on which the vocal track had accidentally been left out – the crowd went crazy, chanting the lyrics and calling for rewind after rewind. Bunny Lee, an influential producer who had attended the dance that night, later told the legendary King Tubby of the records effect on the crowd. This eventually led Tubby to pioneer a new technique of “dubbing” the vocals in and out of the instrumental track, which would soon come to be known as the “version“.
This revolutionary technique would not only lead to the creation of dub music, but also paved the way for a future generation of sound system operators and engineers to gain access to modern mixing techniques using analog studio hardware. Following an influx of Jamaican immigrants to the British Isles in the 60’s & 70’s, sound system culture began to gain international exposure, with homegrown sound systems such as the legendary Channel One & Jah Shaka championing the sounds of the Caribbean in the UK and abroad.
50 years later the sounds and culture are livelier than ever, with countless artists across the globe tirelessly pushing the sounds of dub, steppas, roots, jungle and dubstep on self-styled sound systems and rigs. On January 13th, 2018 we gather to celebrate their legacy and pay homage to the true spirit of bass music, with an all-star line up of local and international purveyors of sound system culture!