July 4th -
Friday night, HARBOUR, $35 early bird price!
Barrington Levy & Detour Posse (Jamaica), Fishbone (USA), Hillside Hooligans (Canada) ,Dubconscious (Canada)
Music fans, rejoice! This night will bring Victoria the best in reggae, ska, punk, funk, and more. From the sweet reggae tunes of Barrington Levy to the manic and soulful sounds of Fishbone, this show offers something for everyone. Local boys, The Hillside Hooligans, will knock it out of the park with their own mix of reggae and rock and Dubconscious will get the party started with an eclectic mix of jungle, drum 'n' bass, and reggae.
Barrington Levy & Detour Posse
From his work with more mainstream artists like Rascalz, Snoop Dogg, and Shaggy to his own catalogue of chart-topping hits, no one artist can represent a genre like Jamaica’s Barrington Levy. Starting his music career before the age of 15, Barrington Levy’s early work with the Roots Radics established him early on as a musical powerhouse to watch. Hits like “Under mi Sensi,” “Black Roses,” and “Broader than Broadway” have made Levy a worldwide name and is known for being one of the finest performers of dancehall and reggae music. Levy has over two-dozen albums to his name, and shows no sign of slowing down. For those who want to see one of the masters, look no further than Barrington Levy.
Fishbone first hit the Victoria Ska Fest in 2005 with an unforgettable performance at the Victoria Curling Club. Partying until the lights came on and speakers turned off, they were certainly an act to see. The group has been around for over 25 years and have been one of the largest influences of ska, punk, and funk bands today. The band formed in 1979 in LA, California. They’ve always been a band with an amazingly eclectic sound, biting social commentary, and hyperactive stage presence. They made their return to Victoria in 2010 to play alongside The Black Seeds and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, and they once again gave us an unbelievable performance. Now that they’re back, we can’t wait to see what they bring us!
The Hillside Hooligans were born from the ashes of Victoria’s favourite reggae punks, One Drop. Not only does the group have years of performance experience between them, but are avid promoters of ska here on the island and abroad. They’ve been jamming, performing, and causing general mayhem for a few years and have recently finished work on their brand new album. Expect their set to be full of raw punk energy, massive reggae rhythms, and beer-fuelled chaos.
DJ Dubconscious has come to represent both the east and the western coast of Canada. Born in Toronto & raised on the jungle & drum’n’bass sounds permeating the city in the late 90s & early 2000s, he developed a taste for hard beats drenched in reggae vibes. has appeared at numerous music festivals including BC's Shambhala, Bass Coast, Diversity, He curates a Sunday night weekly at The Keefer Bar in Vancouver, and was also running an all-vinyl reggae & dancehall weekly, Wax Wednesdays, up until the Waldorf Hotel's unfortunate closure.
All Ages/Beverage Garden w/ID. Food Concessions and Merchandise Tents! Single, Double, Harbour and Full Fest Passes on sale now on ticketweb.ca!
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Barrington Levy & Detour Posse (Dancehall/Reggae)
Called Reggae's "Mellow Canary" by virtue of his strong, pure vocal style, he's renowned as the first singer of the dancehall era, inspiring many imitators en-route. Barrington was born in West Kingston, but spent much of his youth in Clarendon, where he developed his signature reff by experimenting with different vocalizations and bouncing sounds... more info
Fishbone's eagerness to confront, provoke and cross-pollinate enabled them (along with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Untouchables et al) to help the early-80's LA/Orange County music scene shake free of the unsavory grip of uninspired rock and "New Wave" hair bands. Since breaking through in 1985 with the frenetic, cross-media smash "Party at Grou... more info
The Hillside Hooligans play gritty and soulful reggae, ska and punk-rock. Their style is characterized by honest lyrics, prominent solos, and plenty of style and tempo changes to keep things interesting.
The four founding members played together in Victoria’s reggae/punk favorites One Drop for over 6 years before starting this new project wi... more info
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DJ Dubconscious has come to represent both the east and the western coast of Canada. Born in Toronto & raised on the jungle & drum’n’bass sounds permeating the city in the late 90s & early 2000s, he developed a taste for hard beats drenched in reggae vibes. has appeared at numerous music festivals including BC's Shambhala, Bass Coast, Diversity... more info