Reggae and ska legend Jimmy Cliff, the Godfather of hip-hop Grandmaster Flash and soundsystem legends Trojan Sound System come to Bristol Harbourside

Reggae and ska legend Jimmy Cliff, the Godfather of hip-hop Grandmaster Flash and soundsystem legends Trojan Sound System come to Bristol Harbourside on Friday 20th July with a night of great music in the Lloyds Amphitheatre, presented by Colston Hall.

Jimmy Cliff, famous for iconic tunes such as Many Rivers to Cross, Beautiful World, Beautiful People and You Can Get It If You Really Want, will bring his infectious live set to an audience of thousands to Bristol’s Harbourside in a one-off show that will also kick off Bristol Harbour Festival 2018.

Hip-hop legend and pioneering DJ Grandmaster Flash also joins the billing with his audio-visual show, ‘Hip Hop, People, Places and Things with Grandmaster Flash’. The show is the first ever interactive visual history of the hip hop block party, showcasing the people, places and iconic beats and breaks that made hip hop what it is today, as told by Grandmaster Flash, demonstrating why he is one of the genre’s all-time greats.

London based Trojan Sound System are an institution in British Sound System culture. Formed in 2004, this talented team of selectors and vocalists relentlessly tour the globe, representing Trojan Records and spreading their message of love and unity. This special showcase will mark 50 years of the most seminal reggae and ska record label in history.

Colston Hall is proud of being able to put together diverse, exciting and out-of-the-ordinary line-ups to bring them into the heart of the city

This one-off event is the third show that Colston Hall has brought to Bristol Harbourside, after Goldie and the Heritage Orchestra in 2015 and Outlook Orchestra in 2017, both of which sold out well ahead of time. It is also part of the Colston Hall Presents programme, which sees Bristol’s foremost concert venue programming shows in the city’s independent venues and unique spaces while Colston Hall undergoes its £48.8m transformation.

Todd Wills, Artistic Director at Colston Hall, commented: “Having previously brought two sell-out shows to Bristol Harbourside, Colston Hall is proud of being able to put together diverse, exciting and out-of-the-ordinary line-ups to bring them into the heart of the city, and this one is no different.

“Jimmy Cliff, Grandmaster Flash and a 50th anniversary celebration of the mighty Trojan Records is going to be the perfect way to kickstart the Bristol summer. What’s more, it’s great to be working with the Bristol Harbour Festival as it’s such a landmark event and synonymous with Bristol summertime.”

From 10:30 onwards the celebrations will move into the Colson Hall Foyer for a special afterparty with beatbox live loop master Beardyman and American hip-hop DJ and producer Peanut Butter Wolf.

Tickets for the event are £29.50 including booking fee and can be purchased from  doors will open on the day at 6pm. Joint tickets including after part entry are £39.50. Tickets go on sale to Colston Hall members on Thursday 9 May 2018, and to the general public on Friday 10 May 2018 at 10am.

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