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.
The 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
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.
Mornings 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!
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.
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!!
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..
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
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
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!
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
LION FIRE / JINX / GOLD DUBS / ILL MO NATTY REMIX RAPHAEL
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
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
Friday, October 4 2013
LEGALIZE RIDDM OUT ON DOWNLOAD
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.
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!
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
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..
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
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!
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
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)
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.
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
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…