One of the most influential people in British music, known for bringing reggae to the masses, Don Letts is returning the Birmingham this May Bank Holiday.
After a legendary DJ set at The Night Owl in October last year, Don Letts will be headlining the Bank Holiday Carnival at The Night Owl, Lower Trinity Street, on Sunday, May 26.
Becoming well known in the underground club scene in the 1970’s, Don Letts was one of the first DJs to introduce reggae and dub to the punk scene. Since then, the DJ, record producer, filmer and director has become a pivotal part of the representation of Jamaican music, DJ’ing at London’s annual Caribbean celebration the Notting Hill Carnival.
Don Letts’ will be playing all his favourite Carnival classics, as well as tracks found deep within the Trojan record vaults – spanning reggae, ska, rocksteady as well as mod, punk, disco and more from decades past.
Joining Don Letts are Birmingham’s premier soul, ska and funk revue The Heels, an eight piece outfit that fill every room with horn heavy soul grooves and feel good funky brass music. Also joining the line up are resident Night Owl DJs Steve ‘Jools’ Belgium, known for the legendary Birmingham funk and soul night Sweat, as well as Tom Mason from The Night Owl’s monthly disco extravaganza Le Freak.
Lower Trinity Street’s The Night Owl is the perfect place for Don Letts to bring the carnival party. A soul and retro music club at its core, the intimate venue is ran by music fans alike and often hosts sell-out funk and soul club nights as well as live music gigs and daytime free events. This year, The Night Owl was appointed the official venue to celebrate 50 years of Trojan Records – a reggae, ska and rocksteady label who brought the sounds of the Caribbean to the world.
Don Letts’ Bank Holiday Carnival takes place on Sunday, May 26 at 2pm. Children are free with a paying adult and allowed until 8pm. Don Letts’ DJ set will take place at 8pm, tickets are available here.