Innercity Live are excited and proud to announce an evening with The Levellers and Dreadzone this summer at Hull – Zebedee’s Yard on Saturday 28th July!
From their early gigs in Brighton in the spring of 1988 — in venues such as The Richmond and The Zap — Levellers were a ‘gang band’ that attracted an instant following. Then as now, just like their heroes The Clash, they represented a potent brew of activism and hedonism. Their music appealed to the head, the heart and the feet in equal measure. The self-styled ghetto kings of downside town, Levellers never looked back. And on and on the river flowed.
Over the years Levellers have worn many masks; most self-made, some imposed upon them. Pastoral folk-punks, posterboys for the underdogs, Top of the Pops-bothering pop stars. But while their status has evolved over the decades, the basic humanity underpinning their music has remained constant. Often political, occasionally angry but always big-hearted, their songs became instant anthems. Over their career as a whole, they’ve had 11 Top 40 albums, including a number one with 1995’s Zeitgeist, and 14 Top 40 singles. Their landmark 1991 album, Levelling The Land, spent 38 weeks in the Top 100 album charts over a three year period.
The Levellers decided they wanted to do something a bit different with their back catalogue to kick off celebrations for their 30th anniversary year in 2018. They brought in a string section and enlisted legendary producer John Leckie (Radiohead, The Stone Roses) to help develop new acoustic arrangements for eight of their previous singles, including Liberty, Hope Street, and One Way, which they recorded straight to tape at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios. They also recorded two brand new songs and the result is 10 track album We The Collective which was released on 30 March 2018 on the band’s own On The Fiddle Recordings label. The band hit Number 12 in the UK Official Album Charts and Number 1 in the UK Independent Album Charts on release.
Levellers played the new arrangements at the Roundhouse in London as part of the In The Round festival and will tour the acoustic show to a number of theatres and concert halls around the country in July.
Later in the Summer, they will be playing their full electric show at a few key venues and festivals before they head out to Europe to start their 30 YEARS – ONE WAY OF LIFE tour.
One of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, Dreadzone have steadily been releasing albums and progressively bettering, refining and perfecting their own unique and inimitable take on dub since their inception in 1993. Still going strong after nearly 25 years in the game they have also long been and still are, one of the best live bands around.
Heading into 2018, Dreadzone move forward as a 5 piece, after parting ways with their guitarist after 10 years, and are focusing more on the electronic and dub elements of their stage show – a sound they developed in earlier years of Dreadzone. Their old skool dread sound comes bubbling to the surface on new album Dread Times which digs deep into their dub and reggae roots whilst still keeping the beats fresh and the textures electronic.
Dread Times is the band’s 8th studio album and the 3rd release on their own Dubwiser label. The album stormed into the Top 40 UK Official Album Charts on release – the first time the band have charted in over 20 years. The album also made the Top 10 in the Indie and Dance Charts.