Trojan Sound System

Formed in 2004 from London Sound System legends, to represent the legendary Trojan label in England and throughout the World. The Sound System has already had hugely successful shows as a single entity and with the greatest names in reggae.

Earl Gateshead began DJ’ing in Brixton in 1979. He is well known in London for his 20 year residency at The Dive Bar in London’s Chinatown and his Saturday residency at the legendary Blue Note club. He has worked as selector and MC with Cutty Ranks, Big Youth, Dr Alimantado, and Dennis Alcapone. His reggae nights at Plastic People received Worldwide recognition. Daddy Ad comes from Roots and Reality Soundsystem and has worked with Eek-A-Mouse and Tappa Zukie,for example and has always, like Earl, pushed for new sounds and acts. his background as a full time drummer and audiohead means he is responsible for the sound system’s FX, mixdowns and sound. As well as co selecting with Earl.

The Sound System’s vocalists have twenty years experience as members of the great South London Sound Systems, Taurus, Sir Coxsone and Saxon. They have been chosen as the absolute cream of London’s Reggae entertainers. Legendary Recording Artists including Lee Perry, Dr Alimantado, Tippa Irie, Dillinger, Dennis Alcapone, Horace Andy and Gregory Isaacs have all worked with the Sound System.

Together they create the perfect showcase for all things Trojan, perfectly illustrating how vital an outlet the label has been for over 4 decades, releasing classic after classic reggae and dancehall cuts.

Whenever the collective have played Bestival in the past they’ve always smashed it, making them one of our favourite groups of people to keep on inviting back, safe in the knowledge that we can expect no less than one of the shows of the weekend.


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