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Aswad, arguably Britain’s most successful reggae band, are the latest group announced to appear at this year’s Jack Up The Summer throwback festival.

After 2 decades on the music scene and with 15 albums under their belts, ‘The Lions of Ladbroke Grove’ remains one of the country’s best-loved reggae acts. Formed in the late 70s, Aswad, along with UB40, quickly became one of the most important reggae artists to ever emerge from the UK.

Early hits such as ‘Warrior Charge’ and ‘Three Babylon’ established the band a massive following culminating in number one hit ‘Don’t Turn Around’ in 1988. The band continued their assault on the pop charts with tracks such as ‘Shine’ and ‘Shy Guy’, amongst many more, working with The Wailers, Sting, Vanessa Mae, Janet Kay and Jah Shaka in the process.

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Speaking of Aswad’s appearance at Jack up the Summer on Saturday 10th August, organisers have said:

“Aswad will provide a feel-good Summer holiday vibe and are sure to get the crowd up on their feet dancing. After more than 25 years, they are still the purveyors of the UK reggae scene and will continue to be for years to come.”

Formally Jack Up The 80s, this hugely popular event continues to deliver on its retro promise by celebrating the upbeat, hand-clapping music of yesteryear, centred around party hits and
feel-good music from both the 80s and 90s.

A strictly limited number of Early Bird Weekend and Day tickets are now available online at

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