Dub Reactors: Reggae Roots Residency

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Dub Reactors: Reggae Roots Residency

Brighter Sound is delighted to welcome Manchester roots reggae and dub veterans P.Lush (Nucleus Roots, Dub Reaktion), T-Gad (T & Le Touch, Edward II) and a special guest vocalist to lead the Dub Reactors: Reggae Roots Residency.

The artists will lead a three-day intensive Brighter Sound residency at Band on the Wall in Manchester from Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 October which will culminate in a live celebration and performance of roots reggae and dub.


We're looking for ten talented emerging reggae, dub, dancehall and lovers rock musicians young and old, from across the UK to collaborate, create and perform new music with P.Lush, T-Gad, and a special guest vocalist to be announced. The selected musicians will form a reggae outfit to create a set of new music for performance on the evening of Saturday 21 October.

“We’re excited to welcome MC's, singers, vocalists, musicians and writers who want to explore all of the things which make up roots reggae and dub culture. The opportunity to work with some of the UK's experienced and budding reggae stars allows us to pay homage – pushing the culture and creating legacy for future generations. Those who are interested should look forward to understanding how to arrange, structure and engineer such productions when creating in these genres of music. So if you've got examples of you making this music, you better bring it with you - we would be honoured to perform your music live!” - T-Gad and P.Lush

We're inviting applications from musicians who play or partake in the following:

• Bass guitar
• Drums / percussion
• Guitars (rhythm/acoustic)
• Keyboard
• Horn section (trumpets, saxophones, trombones etc.)
• MC's / singers / backing vocalists

We're happy accept applications from existing bands although each band member must submit a separate application.

Bassist P.Lush is one of the founding members of Manchester’s punk-reggae band Community Charge. He went on to establish roots reggae band Nucleus Roots in 1995. Nucleus Roots have released four albums and have a career spanning over two decades. The band perform regularly across Europe including festivals such as Glastonbury, and have collaborated with renowned reggae artists such as Mykal Rose (Black Uhuru), Half Pint, Mark YT, Stikki Tantafari, Zion Train and Ossie Gad.

Dub Reaktion also formed by P.Lush, is a dub night bringing roots and culture back to Manchester. The night is run by a collective of various people bringing sound systems from all over the world to meet with our own resident sound.


T-Gad is the MD, bassist and vocalist in reggae folk band Edward II. He has played with and supported a host of acts including Alton Ellis, Denroy Morgan, Dennis Brown, Yellow Man and Toots and the Maytals.  He is also the founding member of T & Latouche, a six-piece reggae band who have performed over the UK, and he has been the bandleader for TTI (Twelve Tribes Of Israel) for over three decades.

Application Information:

Dates: Thurs 19 - Sat 21 Oct inclusive
Times: 10am - 4pm each day with possible extended evening sessions if required

Final live showcase: Sat 21 Oct, 8pm- late

Applicants must be:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • From or based in the UK
  • Available to attend all sessions in person at Band on the Wall, Manchester.

Each participant will receive expenses of £20 per diem
We may be able to offer accommodation where necessary

We cannot cover any additional travel costs incurred

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sun 17 Sept, midnight


You can download the application questions so that you can prepare your answers, but applications must be submitted online.*

*We are committed to supporting and meeting the needs of people with learning difficulties or disabilities. If you require the application in a different format or have difficulty completing your application online, please call us to discuss alternative options on 0161 830 3899.

Successful applicants will be notified no later than Mon 25 Sept

For more information about this project please contact Tunde Adekoya on info@brightersound.com or call 0161 830 3899.