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MAY 2014

PREMONITIONS REMIXES

Friendly Fire Band & Friends

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APR 2014

TOTAL DESTRUCTION REMIXES

Raphael

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OCT 2013

LEGALIZE RIDDIM

Lion Art, YT, Murray Man, Tippa Irie & Peppery

Monday, October 13 2014

ROBIDON TAKES THE CUP WITH LEFTFOOT

Last Friday, history was made at the Birmingham episode of the Red Bull Culture Clash, with LEFTFOOT SOUND taking the cup by burying One Dub, Seedy Sonics and 02:31.

BIPP FELLOWSHIP

rbcc lineupThe team was composed of the legendary Mad Professor, Ras Tweed, Sam Redmore and Friendly Fire Music’s Robidon, and joined by the secret mercenaries Contankerous Cooper, Messenger Douglas and Juggernaut.

Remixer extraordinaire Sam Redmore and Friendly Fire Music producer Robidon were in the studio creating murderous dubplates with artists like Tippa Irie, Myki Tuff, Juggernaut, Slick Don, Good Head and others, remixed them, mashed em up, and the fruit of their labour was the Red Bull Culture Clash 2014 trophee!

Stay tuned for a mixtape coming by the end of the week showcasing the winning set!

 

Friday, September 5 2014

FRIENDLY FIRE BAND – REGGAE GARDEN

So… the Friendly fire Band got a new set together including some songs from Myki Tuff, who has joined the ranks. Here’s the video of the rehearsal leading up to the Reggae Garden Festival on the 6th Sept.

Friendly Fire Band has been performing at the Swindon Festival for the past 4 years, with Lion Art and Tomlin Mystic, and also backing artists like YT, Peppery, Tippa Irie, Murray Man…. and this year for the first time, Myki Tuff.

Thursday, September 4 2014

ROOTS YARD

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As every year, Friendly Fire Music has successfully completed another mad 4 day party in Shambala Festival.

Starting from humble beginings alongside Pecker’s finger licking Jerk Chicken, The Roots Yard has now become a main venue of the festival. Liam and his nerry men and women designed a beautiful compound with a big fire, as an entrance to the the reggae tent.

The Sound was powered by the mighty purpose-built Biscuit Tin Soundsystem, which was running straight from 2pm- 5am with a mad host of artists including Nucleus Roots, Earl Sixteen, Parly B & Riddimtion, YT, Classic Wonder, Kelvin 373 & Gardna, Aries, and of course the mighty Jam Jah Sound alongside Tomlin Mystic and Lion Art, repping the Friendly Fire Fam.

Roots-yard12-1024x576Mornings started with the beating of the drums, lead by Bongo Damo, where young and old could take part, while sipping a cup of fresh coffee. Once the mind was cleared, you could join the lively Raggarobics, with Cantankerous Cooper alongside Robidon, building up to an energetic jump up session – and then reggae music in all it’s forms til morning!

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As always, the Roots Yard  Jerk Chicken stall  was smoking all day till late, with the best chicken you could hope for!

Link to the Roots Yard Mixcloud to listen to the recordings which will be posted soon, and to listen to previous years.

 

Facebook links:

The Roots Yard

Biscuit Tin Soundsystem (BTSS)  on facebook.

Jam Jah Sound

 

Monday, July 7 2014

REGGAE CITY 2014

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Reggae City is back for 2014 as a Local Takeover – featuring nuff celebrities on a strictly Brummie lineup!

 

The two rooms of the new Alfie Bird’s (ex-Medicine Bar) at the Custard Factory, Digbeth Birmingham will be taken over with live stage shows by Friendly Fire Band and 1Eye, and Soundsystem shows a plenty, including Jam Jah Sound  and associates of the crew, DJ Feva, Aries. Young Culture, Mr Muz, Tangiwizi, Jota III, 1Eye, Sticky Joe, Cheshire Cat, and many more…

To top it off, it’s Free before 10pm (doors open at 9pm) and it’s only a ridiculous fiver entry fee, and it’s on all night!!

Check out last year’s video:

Event page: Reggae City

More info: www.rggaecity.co.uk

Thursday, June 26 2014

LEGALIZE RIDDIM – MAX POWA MASHUPS

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Everyone remembers Max Powa’s remix of Legalize Riddim out on the Legalize Rididm CD and download

This is exactly that  steppas track with the vocals slapped back on top  of it in a Mashup Style, and free download!

Monday, June 2 2014

BUSY WEEKEND FOR THE FRIENDLY FIRE FAMILY..

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Mad weekend ahead for the Friendly Fire Crew – starting on Thursday through to Tuesday morning, spreading vibes across the country..

 

Thursday 5th June

Friendly Bire Band in full effect at the Birmingham Caribbean Food Festival in Victoria Square, Birmingham. Alongside Lion Art and Tomlin Mystic with special guests Murray Man, Peter Spence, Tenna Star, at 6pm.

Friday 6th June

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Robidon and Lion Art are heading to Manchester for Dub Reaktion featuring Nucleus Roots, Vibronics & Madu, and Longshot Soundsystem hosting the back room.

Saturday 7th June

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Friendly Fire Band will be at the Vale Festival, Birmingham University’s yearly summer festival – on stage at 8pm.

If you are not a student, you can still be entertained by Jam Jah Sound in full effect in the night at THIS IS JA ’86 - featuring Parly B and the Riddimtion Sound, for the 8-bit digital reggae and dancehall extravanganza at PST.

Finally, Friendly Fire Band will be playing live at a secret private party on Sunday 8th June, and we  hope you are in the secret too!

 

 

Wednesday, May 7 2014

THIS FRIDAY 9TH MAY

 

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Friday 9th May, at the Hare and Hounds Kings Heath.

We are all looking forward to this event at Friendly Fire HQ, back at the local spot for a new show, with new tunes (off the upcoming EP) as well as special guest and dancehall sensation, Juggernaut.

Music on the night supplied by the great Young Culture, with a sharp selection of tunes from across the reggae spectrum.. What’s more, it’s only a fiver in advance, or before 11pm,  £7 on the door thereafter :)

Tickets available from The Ticketsellers : https://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/tickets/friendly-fire-band-live/10031062

Wednesday, April 16 2014

MR WILLIAMZ & YT IN THE STUDIO

Monday, April 14 2014

LION FIRE / JINX / GOLD DUBS / ILL MO NATTY REMIX RAPHAEL

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New Remixes of Total Destruction remixes Out Now

Raphael & Friendly Fire Band’s Total Destruction, re-visited by Lionfire & Jinx, Ill Mo Natty and Gold Dubs – listen below.

Tuesday, April 8 2014

DUBPLATES: EARL 16 & ANTHONY JOHNSON

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This Thursday, foundation artists EARL 16 and ANTHONY JOHNSON will be in the building at Friendly Fire Studio for dubplates.

Email us or call for bookings :)



Friday, April 4 2014

OUT NOW: RAPHAEL – TOTAL DESTRUCTION REMIXES

OUT NOW on Friendly Fire Music, Raphael‘s Total Destruction rfrom the acclaimed Premonitions Riddm e-visited by GOLD DUBS, in a 140bpm Jungle style, LIONFIRE & JINX on the reggae-jungle tip , and new-comer to the label, ILL MO NATTY who signs a wicked bass heavy dubstep rework of the vocal.

 

…..And this is just the beginning – expect a full collection of remixes including vocals by Murray Man, Chilllavert, Mr Diamond, City Kulture, Ras Tweed, Peppery and others, and remixes by the above producers as well as KJAH,  Artufex, General Riddim, Dub Suppliaz and more!

Tuesday, April 1 2014

SHAMBALA FESTIVAL

Friday, October 4 2013

LEGALIZE RIDDM OUT ON DOWNLOAD

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Legalize Riddim, played by the Friendly Fire Band is now also available on Download – featuring YT, Tippa Irie and Peppery, Lion Art, Murray Man and a remix by Max Powa  as well as two instrumentals.

Go To Release

FFMCD050 – Friendly Fire Band & Various Artists – Legalize Riddim by Friendly Fire Music

Friday, July 12 2013

VA – LEGALIZE 12″

Friendly Fire Music proudly presents:

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Legalize Riddim 12″

A new roots riddim, played live by Friendly Fire Band and mixed by R. Giorno, limited press of 400 copies worldwide, available from your record shop or direct here.

Available on VINYL ONLY.

Tracklist:

A1. LION ART: Legalize It

A2. TIPPA IRIE ft. PEPPERY – Humanity

B1. YT – In The Streets

B2. MURRAY MAN – Get Away

B3. FRIENDLY FIRE BAND – Legalize Dub

Wednesday, May 29 2013

SUSAN CADOGAN – (W)HERE IS THE LOVE

Brand new release by reggae legend Susan Cadogan with the Friendly Fire Band,who sings  of the mistakes of love with her emblematic sweet voice over the Premonitions Riddim.

Sunday, May 12 2013

LION ART – WELCOME TO HOLLAND (FEAT ELEVAYTA) 7″

 

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 LIMITED EDITION 7″ VINYL

FFM7030 – OUT NOW – 300 copies worldwide

also available on download or on the album “Balsall Heat”

Lion Art – Welcome to Holland (ft. Elevayta)

Played by Friendly Fire Band – ready to ship!

Available from the shop

 

Watch the video:

 

 

Friday, April 12 2013

NEW RELEASE: TIMES OF NEED RIDDIM

Times of Need Riddim is a new bass driven dancehall juggling riddim with a 90s flavour, featuring artists from JA and the UK, including Craiggis, Daddy Freddy, YT, Peppery, Brakka General, Collie Weed, Acer,  Jugganaut and Diamond White, out now.

 

Wednesday, March 13 2013

EARL 16 / TENNA STAR / RAPHAEL DUBPLATES

Busy month of March in the Studio – with three top artists passing through to record dubplates – get in early as spaces are limited!

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Monday, March 11 2013

FRIENDLY FIRE BAND ON BBC1XTRA

David Rodigan has featured Friendly Fire Band for the first time on his new BBC 1Xtra show, on Sundays 7pm-9pm. Listen to the snippet here:

Monday, March 4 2013

RAPHAEL IN THE UK

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International reggae star RAPHAEL has risend to become one of the hottest vocalists on the European reggae circuit.

His hits are too many to mention, but include Total Destruction (Friendly Fire Music), “Jah is With You” (Rub a dub market riddim), and many many more..

Check RAPHAEL on soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/raphaelofficial

Raphael will be in the UK for a few shows and some studio work:

Jam Jah Mondays, Bull’s Head on the 26th March,

Dubplate recordings on the 27th March ,

Live show backed by Friendly Fire Band on the 28th March

for what will be a productive week at the Friendly Fire HQ!

 

 

Friday, February 1 2013

YT DUBPLATE SESSION

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YT will be in the Friendly Fire Studio on the 13th Feb to record his new track on Friendly Fire Band’s “Legalize Riddim”, and will be using the opportunity to record some dubplates..

 

More info – click here

Thursday, January 17 2013

LION ART – WELCOME TO HOLLAND (FEAT. ELEVAYTA)

Brand new video produced by Lion Art and Afro Comb for WELCOME TO HOLLAND taken from the latest Friendly Fire Band album, BALSALL HEAT

You can buy the track here:

Saturday, January 12 2013

MUZIKSTAN VIDEOS

Footage of Friendly Fire Band live at Muzikstan (at the Old Printworks, Moseley) on the 21st December 2012.

Many thanks to Karen and the Lune Cat Films team! – www.facebook.com/lunecatfilms

 

Saturday, December 29 2012

SAM REDMORE REMIX – FRIENDLY FIRE BAND MEETS SNOOP DOGG & PHARELL

This new mashup by our good friend Sam Redmore, remixes Snoop’s classic “Drop it Like it’s Hot” with Friendly Fire Band’s “Premonitions Riddim” , inna hip hop style..

Download it for free while you can!

Friday, December 21 2012

NEW FRIENDLY FIRE BAND ALBUM – BALSALL HEAT

 

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and on CD in January 2013

Thursday, August 2 2012

REGGAE CITY VIDEO

Anyone in the Birmingham area will remember this year’s Reggae City Festival that took place last June, with the Twinkle Brothers, The Beat, The Heatwave, Solo Banton, and the Friendly Fire Band.

Lion Art and the Friendly Fire Band’s Badness track was selected as a soundtrack to the new promo video, below.

 

REGGAE CITY FESTIVAL will be back in 2013, check the facebook page or the website for more info…

Wednesday, July 18 2012

YT & FRIENDLY FIRE BAND

YT will be performing a few times with the Friendly Fire Band with a few shows already booked at Boomtown Fair and Reggae Garden, and currently open to bookings.

This is to promote YT’s latest album REVOLUTION TIME available from www.sativarecords.com, which contains already classic tracks with Mungo’s HiFi, Reality Shock, Firehouse Band, and the title track with Nucleus Roots.

Check out www.sativarecords.com for more info, or buy the vinyl from the shop

Monday, May 14 2012

YT – REVOLUTION TIME MIXTAPE

NEW YT MIXTAPE - FREE DOWNLOAD

It’s coming!! While we wait for the official release of YT‘s new opus Revolution Time (Sativa Records), Revolution Time : The Mixtape by Ashanti Yard has just hit the internet and is available to download for free…

Featuring artists like Mr Williamz, Blackout JA, Deadly Hunta, Solo Banton and Peppery, alongside YT it got us right in the mood for the summer!

You can catch YT with the Friendly Fire Band at Boomtown Fair 2012 in August!

YT is available for bookings backed by the Friendly Fire Band.

Thursday, March 15 2012

SILK PROMOTIONS BOOKINGS

Friendly Fire Band and Jam Jah Sound have now joined Birmingham-based Silk Promotions, which also represents Top Cat, MC Navigator, Tippa Irie and many others.

Check out their roster of artists and DJs.

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Wednesday, February 22 2012

FF BAND AT REGGAE CITY

Friendly Fire Band is due to perform at Reggae City 2012 fronted by Peppery, Lion Art and Tomlin Mystic on the 2nd June.

This is the second year of Birmingham’s newest reggae festival and the lineup confirmed so far is impressive, with foundation roots from the Twinkle Brothers, modern UK sounds of Reality Shock with the great Solo Banton and the Mellow Vibes Studio featuring Murray Man and Tenna Star.

Representing the influence of reggae in the UK, Reggae City also showcases Jungle from the likes of Congo Natty and LionFire, Dubstep with Radikal Guru, and Bashment with the high flying Heatwave Crew to name just a few, without leaving out the 2Tone movement represented by one of the flagship bands of the genre: The Beat.

 

3 arenas spread across the Rainbow Complex, full of  live acts and massive soundsystems, caribbean food, and vibes til the early hours in the morning

 

Reggae City Website

Reggae City Twitter

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DUBPLATES OD

Friendly Fire offers dubplates on demand of Birmingham artists – any combination available.. Here is Bonito Star advertising the service.

Check out the upcoming sessions…

Monday, November 21 2011

PREMONITIONS RELEASE

All artists gave an excellent performance alongside the Friendly Fire Band on the launch party of the 11.11.11, after a DJ Little Richie (Stingdem.com) warmed up the crowd.

After the live section of the night, DJ Gold and Jinx, both representing Lionfire unveiled some of the remixes they have been making of the Premonitions Riddim  (coming soon – listen to some previews here) which didn’t fail to keep the people jumping.

The next day, Peppery and Raphael were down the Friendly Fire HQ cutting dubplates all day, pictured to the right. (Left to Right – Raphael, Lion Art, Robin, Peppery)

 

Tuesday, November 15 2011

PREMONITIONS RIDDIM – OUT NOW!

Finally, the Premonitions Riddim has been released on CD / Vinyl / Download.

The new One Drop riddim is played entirely live by the Friendly Fire Band, featuring guest Brian Travers (UB40) on saxophone.

The series includes some top artists such as Pablo Rider & Peter Spence, Raphael, Murray Man, Peppery & Ras Tweed, Tomlin Mystic (also available on vinyl) as well as Chillavert, Mr Diamond, Bingiman, Bonito Star, and Collie Weed, as well as a Melodica version and a straight riddim.

Click here to order physical copies.

 

 

Friday, July 1 2011

DENNIS BROWN TRIBUTE

Here’s a video of Friendly Fire Band on the road to Manchester with Bonito Star, Peter Spence, Pablo Rider, Lion Art and Tomlin Mystic for a tribute to the late great Dennis Emmanuel Brown, in June 2011.

 

Film produced by Alan Dolhasz and Ed Lawes for 144

The Friendly Fire Band – A Tribute to Dennis Brown from 144 on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 9 2011

FRIENDLY FIRE BAND LIVE

Sunday, April 17 2011

TIPPA IRIE AND FRIENDLY FIRE BAND

It was a joy to welcome Tippa Irie at the Friendly Fire Sessions at the Hare and Hounds on the 15th April 11 – After a warm up by Pablo Rider, Lion Art and Tomlin Mystic, Tippa gave an excellent show and had the whole audience eating out of his hand.

Later, he was joined by special secret guest Peter Spence perform their hit duo that topped the charts in 1990, Girl of my Best Friend – below.

Sunday, February 20 2011

DAWN PENN – NO NO NO

Dawn Penn performed an hour show on the 18th February 2011, backed by the Friendly Fire Band in front of a packed audience – tracks ranged from old Prince Buster and Studio One classics to her new funky track, and killed it with her all time classic No No No, in the video below…

Contact us for bookings

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