Another triumphant return to Manchester for Dub Pistols
You just know a Dub Pistols gig is going to be great as they are probably one of the best live acts around
at the moment and Manchester, one of their favourite places to play, is always a special night. Tonight its Manchester’s Ruby Lounge who have the pleasure of hosting the gig and the place is packed with a crowd clearly in a party mood.
Support comes from Birmingham seven piece outfit Kioko who soon have the place dancing to their infectious blend of ska, reggae and dub rock. This young multicultural band are clearly going places having supported The Specials and Tinie Tempah in the past, as well as getting Radio One airplay on Huw Stephens show for their EP True What They Say, produced by the legendary Spider Johnson. The crowd loved them and their set ended with two of the band in the audience continuing to play from the middle of the dancefloor!
The Dub Pistols hit the stage running and the already hot atmosphere gets even hotter as Barry Ashworth and co are joined on stage by guest , Navigator MC.With seven albums to go at and a range of contrasting styles from reggae, hip hop, jungle and ska, the heavy bass lines and prominent brass section combine to produce a unique sound which clearly drive the ecstatic crowd wild.
All the favourites are there, Cyclone, Rub a Dub, Alive and Pistoleros, as the band plunder their back catalogue of albums from Worshipping The Dollar to Return of the Pistoleros and beyond. By the time the almost anthemic Mucky Weekend gets played the temperature must have risen by a few degrees and there’s not a person standing still.
Long time festival favourites Dub Pistols have been rocking crowds since the mid 1990’s and they sound as fresh and relevant today as they did back then, Barry Ashworth may be looking older but he and his band can still party all night with the best of them and still be ready to do it all again the next night.
Dub Pistols are on tour in the UK until March 2017 and then at various festivals throughout the summer.