‘It should have been me,’ Bristol wept, as London had the apparent sole privilege of hosting The Outlook Orchestra in the UK in January this year.
The 20-strong supergroup – which includes Roots Manuva, Horace Andy, Dawn Penn, Loyle Carner, General Levy and Congo Natty – has been formed to mark 10 years of Outlook Festival and will perform a massive opening concert at the festival in Croatia this September.
The London show at the Royal Festival Hall was widely billed as a celebration of sound system culture – a heritage that the city of Bristol clings proudly to.
From the early days of St Pauls carnival, to the infamous blues parties of the 80s and 90s, through to Bristol’s current standing as the UK’s bass music epicenter; sound system culture is the birthmother of Bristol’s musical output, historically (Massive Attack et al.) and now, with people like Kahn and Neek / Gorgon Sound, My Nu Leng, Eva Lazarus and Gardna pushing the scene.
So a collective fist was pumped today, when Colston Hall announced that it will be bringing The Outlook Orchestra to Bristol Harbourside’s outdoor arena, Lloyds Amphitheatre on 21 July.
The orchestra is led by BASCA-award winning composer Tommy Evans, the mastermind behind Submotion Orchestra, who also composes for and drums with Gentleman’s Dub Club.
Evans has said: ‘After a extraordinary night at the Royal Festival Hall in January, we can’t wait to play in Bristol in the summer. We’ve got a massive new extended line up and a set list that is going to go off! But what makes this gig so unique is that it specifically aims to recognise and acknowledge the huge contribution Bristol has made to the history of sound system culture and bass music in the UK. It’s going to be really, really special.’
Other confirmed guests for the gig include: Nanci & Pheobe, Newham Generals, Killa P, Foreign Beggars, Jehst, Flowdan, Jenna G, Ruby Wood (Submotion Orchestra), MC Jila (Gentleman’s Dub Club), Jesse Appiah, with live effects and dub mixing from Mad Professor & Adrian Sherwood. Plus, more guests, support artists and an after party still to be announced.
The Outlook Orchestra will play at Lloyds Amphitheatre in Bristol on 21 July. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 24 March and will be available from Colston Hall.
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