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Dutty Moonshine Big Band

Dec 31st 2017 @ The Bullingdon

Oxford, United Kingdom
I Was There
Sunday, December 31st, 2017
8:00 PM
The Bullingdon
Oxford, United Kingdom
The second Cowley Road NYE Festival line up is here and its MASSIVE -

Cowley Road's New Years Eve Festival
Dutty Moonshine Big Band
Count Skylarkin' and Friends
ZAIA Soundsystem
Old Skool Oxford
plus much more to be announced across two rooms

Fancy dress - Your best festival wear!

Sunday 31st December
The Bullingdon

Dutty Moonshine is the creation of Michael Rack a long-established DJ and musician with a penchant for the seedy world of vaudeville and even seedier basslines.

Described as the Bastard child of Electro Swing, Dutty Moonshine is anything but typical. Combining the classic sounds of the Swing Era with everything from Garage and Grime to Drum and Bass and Ghetto Funk, Dutty Moonshine creates a unique sound which is as relentless as it infectious.

This can be experienced nowhere more keenly than at live performances, which are characterised by their wild and raucous energy and expertly tied together by Michael's charismatic hosting skills and mischievous personality.

2015 saw the birth of the Dutty Moonshine Big Band, a 13 strong live act comprising an 8-piece brass section, live drums and piano, as well as the vocal talents of Hypeman Sage and Maria Laveau. A long term dream that has finally come to fruition, the Big Band oozes the smokey atmosphere of a 1930's Speakeasy, brought crashing into the 21st Century with an array of gritty synths and bass. In this short time, the Big Band have played an enviable list of festivals and shows, including landmark sets at Glastonbury, Boomtown and Shambala to name a few.

Although still making appearances as a solo artist, the Big Band is now the focus for Dutty Moonshine as it continues to grow and evolve. With an album on the way and a multitude of high profile shows in the pipeline, the future is indeed shining bright for the purveyors of this hi-octane, genre-defying and eminently enjoyable music.

Zaia are a nine piece live reggae/dub/dance outfit based in Oxford, England.

At its core, Zaia's music is inspired by roots reggae and dub both old and new, with influences ranging from Capleton, Gregory Issacs and King Tubby to Gentleman, Chronixx and Protoje. In the song writing process the band's members also draw on their diverse musical backgrounds, incorporating the sounds of folk, rock, soul, gospel and even drum 'n' bass into their own unique brand of bass-heavy dub reggae dance. Nightshift Magazine describes the resulting sound: a real sun-kissed groove, awash with sparkling brass flourishes and cavernous basslines, but a deep melodic soulfulness at its heart.

Count Skylarkin stumbled into DJing in the late 90's after his mixtapes proved a hit with customers at a South London cafe. The lauded DJ, promoter, garden shed enthusiast and all-round dapper dan behind Skylarkin' Soundsystem, an hour in the company of the Count guarantees jumpin' jivin' rockin' swingin' reggae, ska, soul, dancehall and rhythm & blues, aching feet and grins all round.

The Count has shared stages, decks and rum with such black music luminaries as The Wailers (UK Tour DJ), The Specials, The Skatalites, Prince Buster, Alton Ellis, Max Romeo, Mad Professor, Don Letts, Jerry Dammers, Trojan Soundsystem, Benga, DJ Yoda, Alex Paterson (The Orb), Massive Attack's Daddy G and Horace Andy.

As co-founder of The Disco Shed he has made headlining appearances at numerous summer festivals, including The Big Chill, Latitude, Reading, Truck and The Mayor's Thames Festival. Shedless, The Count has also rocked Glastonbury, Shambala, The Secret Garden Party, Notting Hill Carnival and countless others. An authority on reggae music particularly, he has written for several music publications, including NME.

In 2009 The Count (aided by Harvey K-Tel) moved into music production, and their debut release "Dub Of A Preacher" is out soon on Music For The People 12".