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Due to various twists of fate and fortune we are really pleased to announce a special one off FREE Jibbering gig at the Hare and Hounds on Friday the 8th of February. Three fine live acts, many great DJs and it’s all FREE!! Headliners X.O.V.A are a very impressive band we only recently came accross (love good suprises!). Hailing from Birmingham and numbering seven in their ranks, X.O.V.A. are a diverse bunch, and in their own words “multi-generational masters of a vibrant roots sound”. A sound that is lyrically conscious, fired by the social and political issues of today, akin to and seemingly unchanged from the time of the 1st generation of West Midlands reggae-indie bands. X.O.V.A. are impressive and confidant live, their sound of now fuses their reggae roots with ska, rock, dubstep, blues and soul. As if X.O.V.A. would not be enough for a FREE gig, we have … Continue reading

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Matt Castleton

Shambala Festival will launch the final part of its “Hexangle” art project on Thursday 25th October. The concept behind the project, curated by Shambala and Sickboy, was to bring six international artists together at the festival and for them to each paint one side of the giant Hexangle live art installation. Kid Acne, Mudwig, Russell Maurice, Sickboy, Zoot and 45rpm painted the Hexangle at Shambala in August, with the whole installation limited to just three colours so that hand pulled screen prints could be produced from their work. Only 20 editions of each of the 6 sets of screen prints will be available on A2, 100% recycled paper and each print is signed by the artist and numbered. “This project is unique,” said Sickboy. “A live art installation has never been replicated on a screen print before and its great to be working with such talented artists who produce seriously … Continue reading

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Flap flyer Hare and Hounds

Australian band Flap! play Birmingham for the first time! Don’t miss this, 3 stonking bands in one night! Wednesday 18th July… Amazing Australian quintet FLAP! are stopping by the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath on their first UK tour. A fiery and charming band of brass, words, skins & guts from Melbourne who crank out up-tempo music that’s both old & new. Inspired by much, but unlike any other you’ve seen, expect influences from1920’s jazz to English folk to Trinidadian calypso! Joining them Birmingham’s very own, THE BONFIRE RADICALS, unleash their uniquely liberated musical styles, with contrasting sweet nuances and a carefully crafted raucousness. Their eight individual personalities unite with spirit and zeal to create a harmonious hotchpotch of sound. And as if that wasn’t enough, DAMBA, comprising members of The Destroyers, will play a variety of tunes borrowed from genres as diverse as Klezma, Hot Club, Tango, Country … Continue reading

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Ticket sales have gone through the roof and we are on course to sell out well in advance! So, to be sure to join us and avoid disappointment, get your tickets now. There’s loads of information about what you can expect to find at Shambala this year – even a bit of who’s playing!  As always, there will be a whole load of surprises kept under wraps. It will still be the same voyage of discovery; an adventure in utopia! So get over to the WEBSITE, let us know what you think and see the comments of others on Facebook

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Saturday 2nd Jun 2012, Bank Holiday Jubilee Weekend! 8pm – 6am The Rainbow Complex, Birmingham 3 VENUES / INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS / OUTDOOR STAGE / STALLS / CARIBBEAN FOOD / LIVE ART / EXTENSIVE DÉCOR Twinkle Brothers / The Beat / Congo Natty ft. Nanci& Phoebe / The Heatwave ft. Rubi Dan / Reality Shock ft. Solo Banton / Mellow Vibes ft. Murray Man &Tenna Star / Radikul Guru / Mr Benn & Souls Liberation / Dread Recordings ft. Ray Keith & Lionfire / Soul Jazz Records Soundsystem ft. Oxman / Friendly Fire Band ft. Peppery, Lion Art & Tomlin Mystic/  Bongo Damo / King Zukie(Luv Injection)  / Jota III / Little Richie / Jam Jah Sound / OlbiIyah / more t.b.c. To find more info about the artists click here “Reggae City 2012″ returns to bring outdoor stages, lush PAs and a taste of the Caribbean to the streets of … Continue reading

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Get them skanking shoes on!  Jibbering favourites The Nextmen return on Saturday the 24th March. The Nextmen, aka Brad Baloo and Dom Search, are sure to provide another sweaty styled-out club set for us to enjoy.  Their performances are nothing short of incendiary events!  Expect everything and more – hip-hop, reggae, dubstep, jungle, 4/4 the lot. Internationally famous they are beloved the world over by dedicated followers of music (not fashion).  Perpetually on a groove irrespective of genre, expect another melting-pot of dancefloor fuel from these boys! In support we have the long runnning local collective, and true party starters in their own right, Munchbreak. Rooted in hip-hop, exploring lyricism, layered with funky beats, eminating from the underground and rounded off with some turntable wizardry, their new material must be heard! And, as if that wasn’t enough, we also have DJ Narrative (aka Marc Reck) keeping the party vibes alive. … Continue reading

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Apples SS

Yes yes the mighty Apples are back! The much anticipated return of this truly unique and original party band. Undisputed kings of raw funk scratchadelica! The Apples have been creating genre melting, infectious grooves for nearly a decade now. Blending a unique concoction of 4 decks, 4 blazing horns, double bass, drums and heavy electronic effects, The Apples create a big band vibe mixed with their Middle Eastern influences. Their sound pushes the boundaries of modern funk and rocks the socks of any dancefloor! The Apples are at their best live, spontaneous composition shines bright and they work their audiences into a booty-shaking, body heaving frenzy. Recent live appearances include WOMAD, Camp Bestival and Secret Garden Party festivals as well as being firm favourites at our own Shambala Festival. For a taste check The Apples reworking of Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing in the Name Of” Advance tickets £8 (+b/fee)

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With a  date of Saturday the 4th of February booked at the Hare we had to come up with something special as it’s Jon’s birthday! Live on stage we have the Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra for this special occasion. These guys are (for Jon) the best afrobeat band in the UK.  Drawing on the late great Fela Kuti’s roots, the band underpin the afrobeat groove with a modern heavy funk sound like no other – click the link to their label above to hear it for yourself! In support we have the equally rawkus guitar riffs of Waiting For Kate. Stalwart’s of the South West, Bristol’s scene and venues like Mr Wolf, this is there first trip in a long time to Birmingham. Expect those ska funk Bristolian vibes to permeate throughout their set. As if that wasn’t enough DJ support includes an AfrikaJam special and a birthday set from Tangawizi… … Continue reading

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Last years was super special and 2011/12 promises to be even better! Recently having celebrated their first birthday Birmingham’s newest and best underground venue, People Stand Together (PST), have again asked us (with a little help from some friends) to throw the New Years Eve party! Running from 10pm to 6am and utilising all the club’s spaces, Birmingham’s finest DJs will bring in the new year in in style. Bongo Damo (Jam Jah) Aries (Lionfire) DJ Feva (Munchbreak) Tangawizi (Jibbering) DJ Narrative (Marc Reck) Mr Muz (Munchbreak/Jibbering) Mylz (Heducation) Olbi Iyah (Lombard Royale) Maxwell 45 (Home Cookin’) Juggla (Overproof) Expect conscious vibes and heavyweight sounds; reggae, dubstep, jungle, hip-hop, dub, funk and global infusions… more info to follow. Limited £5 advance tickets… Fully confirmed line up to folow shortly…

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2 live acts, a sack full of DJs, and one hell of a party… We have… The Equators LIVE – 30 years on The Equators are back together, reformed and ready to hit the road again. The Equators are the real deal, true Ska pioneers, and their eagerly anticipated show is guaranteed to get the crowd moving. Formed in 1977 by the brothers Bailey (Donald, Leo & Rocky).The Equators were signed by Stiff Records when spotted performing alongside fellow local legends; The Beat. Their career with Stiff Records began with The Equators backing the Jamaican ska-reggae great, Desmond Dekker!!! We also have… The Boom Operators LIVE – A bass heavy sonic cocktail of dub, hip-hop and electronic. The Boom Operator’s sound will surely shake the dance. Their frequency is from a sound lab of the future, the sounds of the streets marching forward, The Boom Operator’s are not to be … Continue reading

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