Concert Review: More Life 2016
Lots of people from different parts of the UK and abroad flocked to the O2 Brixton – fondly known to those who know as “Brixton Academy” – for More Life 2016. The event was brought to us by Another Level Promotions and Flames Radio. Spice, Agent Sasco (Assassin) and Tarrus Riley were the billed live performers alongside internationally renowned sound systems Metro Media (Jamaica) and Mighty Crown providing dubs and tunes, on the one and twos.
So yes, of course people were excited. Aside from the obvious reasons such as the line-up and the fact that it was being billed as an ‘all-nighter’ (which is simply unheard of nowadays), you’ve just got to understand that frequent reggae/dancehall concerts in London (UK) are few and far between, nowadays. Particularly ones that are marketed toward the youth and local communities. Meanwhile, many of the venues that play reggae/dancehall have been closed down or encouraged not to play the genre/sub-genre.
In light of all of these changes, where do people now go to hear reggae/dancehall music in London? Caribbean music and culture is constantly being side lined in lieu of misappropriated versions. Whilst clubs won’t play dancehall, they will go for “tropical house” – that is where we are at. With all of this said, morale has been low for quite some time out here for lovers, followers and patrons of Caribbean music and culture. Though only in its 2nd year, More Life 2016 came at such a poignant time, brought about mass upliftment and unification. This matters.
To read the rest of this 5 star review and see some amazing pictures from the event, click here!
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