Nottingham Arboretum - Saturday 20 August 2005

Roots & Reggae Day - Nottingham Live Music Festival

Percy Dread and the author, Nottingham Arboretum, August 2005.

The Nottingham Live Music Festival at the Arboretum on 20 August 2005 saw the first appearance of Percy Dread and his band, playing a selection of tracks from his forthcoming solo CD, Upside Downside, which is scheduled for release sometime in 2006. Percy Dread was the lead singer and songwriter with one of Britain's best-loved reggae combo's, The Natural-Ites, back in the Eighties, and this CD marks a polished return to the reggae fold for this Nottingham-based artist. To listen to samples from the new CD, go to Percy Dread's website at

During 2005, he made a series of personal appearances in and around the Midlands and North West, working with the Sama and Highness Sound Systems before this headlining appearance in Nottingham. On stage for an hour, Percy Dread performed seven tracks from his new CD, backed by a five-piece band including Dub Judah on bass, and a trio of backing vocalists. With just a couple of rehearsal sessions under their belt, they kicked off with Pollution, and kept it tight to deliver the rest of the set-list; Babylon Rules, Black Roses, Guide Me, Upside Downside, Love Jah and Dungeon. An appreciative crowd, bathed in sunlight at the Arboretum, were treated to a fine showcase performance which promises an exciting future for Percy Dread and his forthcoming CD release.

Percy DreadPercy Dread live on the Arboretum stage.Percy Dread and Dub Judah (right).

Percy Dread and his backing vocalists.The Arboretum stage with Percy Dread and his band performing.Percy Dread performing live at the Arboretum.

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