Purple Reggae for One Love Festival
Fun Lovin Criminals crew bring reggae version of Prince’s Purple Rain
Thursday 26th April 2012
Radio Riddler aka Fun Lovin Criminals’ members Fast, and Frank Benbini will be showcasing their ‘Purple Reggae’, a reggae tribute to Prince and the ‘Purple Rain’ album in its entirety at this summer’s One Love Festival.
According to an interview with drummer Frank Benbini the album is a true labour of love, “We’d done a lot of remixes for a lot of people, so why not do the soundtrack to ‘Purple Rain’? I started to approach different people and one person I approached was Sinéad O’Connor. She hasn’t sung a Prince song since ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ which was an international number one so I didn’t think she’d go for it. But she did, and did a version of ‘I Would Die 4 U’. Amazing! Then we’ve got Plan B, he’s doing one, Madness are doing one, the singer from UB40’s doing one. So, yeah, that’s a great little project we’ve got going!”
One Love Festival goers will get to hear the album in full at this year’s event. Also confirmed today are Jumping Jack Frost, Nicky Blackmarket, Funky Flirt, Uncle Dugs, Dialect, Kosine, and Mr Innovation.
Now in its fifth year, One Love festival, happens from Friday 10th until Sunday 12th August 2012, at a new location, moving away from London to The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, in Kent.
There are already some acts confirmed for the event which was created in recognition of one of the worlds greatest ever rock gig, Bob Marley’s famous 1978 ‘One Love’ concert, the One Love Festival is the UK’s only annual Reggae Camping Festival.
One Love Festival is one of the largest gatherings of Top Sound Systems gathered any where in the Country including a Saxon Sound System meets Coxsone sound system all day collaboration – joining them are Aba shanti I, Iration Steppas, Youthman Promotional Sound, King Tubby Sound System, Chanel One Sound System, Jah Tubbys Sound System, Mungo’s Hi Fi, Twilight Circus Sound System, Unity Hi Fi, Instrument of Jah Sound System.
Bands and PA’s over weekend include Macka B, Dawn Penn, Dennis Alcapone, Don Campbell, By The Rivers, Connie & Di Dem Man, Fowokan, Jah Warriors, Monkey Mafia, Over Proof Sound System, Rhythmites, Soothsayers, The Dualers, The Skints, Troy Ellis, Babyboom, Ragga Twins, Stylo G and Eccleton Jarrett.
Also confirmed are Chris Coco, Conscious Sounds, Disciples, DJ G and Future Man, Don Letts, Dub Pistols Sound System, Earl Gateshead, Eddie K, Fenonmeno Show, Fonti and Bushkin, Freestlyers, Gaudi, Hatcha, Killsonic, Krafty Kuts, Nick Manasseh, Ras Kwame, Robbo Ranx, Smith and Mighty, and Urban Knights.
Over 4 stages, the Largest Reggae Film Program ever shown in Europe, Children’s and chill out area, food from around the world, with ‘Crazy Wigs’ as this year’s One Love Festival theme, attendees can join the walk about performances, fire eaters, percussion drum circles and burlesque dancers for a weekend in the sun shine.
Extended Early Bird Tier 2 weekend adult (aged 16+) tickets are priced at £100 until May 1st when will go up in price too Tier 3 full price tickets. Children’s tickets (for those aged 5 to 15 years) are priced at £60. Children aged under 5 years can attend for free. Please note that all under 18 year olds must be accompanied to the festival by an adult. An adult cannot be responsible for more than 4 under 18 year olds each. Proof of age for child tickets may be required on site. Live in vehicle tickets are priced at £45 for weekend.