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The Boxes!

The Boxes!

Let’s Go (Yorkshire) is proud to present Sound System Culture: Bristol, a new photographic exhibition celebrating the history of reggae sound systems in Bristol from the 1950s to now. Expect to visit The Bamboo Club, The Dugout, St Paul’s Festival…. and get a taste of the culture that provided the bass driven foundation of Portishead, Smith & Mighty, Appleblim, Shackleton, Pinch and, of course,  Massive Attack.

Sound System Culture: Bristol is a part of national tour documenting the history of the sound systems that provided the musical edutainment for the Afro Caribbean communities of Bristol, Birmingham and London. It’s curated by Al “Fingers” Newman – think Clarks in Jamaica, Greensleeves The First 100 Covers – and Mandeep Samra who developed this tour following the positive response to her 2013 project Sound System Culture: Huddersfield.  


Enterprise Imperial HiFi and friends, circa 1977

Enterprise Imperial HiFi and friends, circa 1977

Taking place in the Glass Room, Colston Hall from 8 June–17 July 2015,  visitors will have an opportunity to interact with Heritage HiFi, a vintage-
style sound system which comes complete old skool record deck, amps, speaker boxes and a stack of vinyl including a dub-plate special  featuring sound bites from foundation Bristol sound-men. The HiFi was custom-built for the project by Paul Huxtable.

Reaching out to the next generation of potential sound system lovers the project also includes a children’s picture book, The Sonar System by Ras Mykha.

After its stay in Bristol the exhibition moves on to document the history of sound systems in Birmingham (August) and London (February 2016).

Sound System Culture: Bristol exhibition and sound installation
8 June–17 July 2015
The Glass Room, Colston Hall, Bristol BS1 5AR
Opening times: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 2pm–4pm
Free admission

Sound System Culture: Bristol exhibition launch event
Saturday 13 June 2015, 2pm–4pm
The Glass Room, Colston Hall, Bristol BS1 5AR
Free admission
For further info:

Roots Revival Showcase with Bristol heavyweights Sir Bastian, Enterprise & Jah Lokko
Saturday 27 June 2015, 10pm–3am
Malcolm X Centre, 141 City Road, Bristol BS2 8YH
Ticketed event
For further info:

THE  BOOK: Sound System Culture, Celebrating Huddersfield’s Sound Systems is available from:

About Paul Brad

Freelance journalist / Publisher / Editor - Straight No Chaser magazine / Editor - L FM : Broadcasting In A Pandemic - Gilles Peterson (Worldwide FM) / Publisher: From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: A History Of The UK Jazz Dance Scene by Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove / Music Fan: Interplanetary Sounds: Ancient to Future / Cultural Event Consultant & Activist / Nei Jia practitioner
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