RUFF TRADE are quickly becoming recognised across the World Reggae scene. 

The 10 piece band hold their own, capable of delivering solid originals such as GOOD TING’ & URBAN JUNGLE as well as doubling up as a backing band for legendary artists, such as Keith Poppin, Prince Hammer, Sword Of Jah Mouth & most recently UK dub pioneer Dennis Bovell amongst a whole host of other world reggae artists. They have earned the reputation of being a solid, professional backing band rated by many well established artists within the scene.

Formed in 2014, RUFF TRADE from Gorton learnt their trade busking on the streets of Manchester, England. Attracting large audiences of up to 300 people on a high street, in mid-summer, it didn’t take long for the band to get noticed. Several run-ins with the local council complaining that the noise levels effected the high streets business’ resulted in the Police taking or stealing, depending on how you look at it, the bands busking Sound-system. Regardless of the fact the band were uniting people from all backgrounds though reggae music, from the homeless to the superrich, taking music to the people purely for enjoyment, ultimately it is always concrete corporate interests at heart, yet RUFF TRADE still play on !

RUFF TRADE quickly moved from the cold northern streets and into the studio, recording their debut original works URBAN JUNGLE in August 2017. 

The 4 track E.P was mastered at Abbey Road Studios, London by Geoff Pesche and has been warmly welcomed into the collections of many reggae fans across the globe, gaining a 5* review in online reggae and dancehall magazine REGGAE VIBES in 2018. RUFF TRADE are back in the studio recording their hugely anticipated debut album “MANCUNIAN WAY” coming summer 2019. 

Review credits: Robert Heilman (

Fronted, and self managed by brothers Ryan O’Neill (19) & Christafari O’Neill (30) the Mancunian lads have assembled a band of extremely experienced musicians ever ready to push onwards, their mission to promote reggae music, where sound is never compromised, and keeping it LIVE is always at the forefront of the bands vision. 

RUFF TRADE have submersed themselves in reggae and its culture, gigging extensively across the UK, and this year look forward to backing legends Carl Malcom & Keith Poppin who will be flying in from the USA to perform at ONE LOVE FESTIVAL, amongst several other UK dates on which RUFF TRADE will be upholding musical backing duties.

RUFF TRADE are the next generation British reggae band, like inspirational bands before them Matumbi, Aswad, UB40 & Steel Pulse, RUFF TRADE are ready to fly the roots and culture flag wherever the music may take them. Respecting and embracing its origins RUFF TRADE have started their journey on a positive conscious step.