Don Letts is renowned as the DJ that single-handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae in the late 70’s. With an illustrious history of playing host to widely celebrated reggae artists at their previous events, the organisers of the annual VegfestUK Bristol vegan food and lifestyle event are delighted to welcome on board this immensely successful DJ to their massively successful festival at Ashton Gate stadium on Sunday evening May 27th 2018.
Don Letts will be one of the headliners on the Ujima Live Acts Stage of the event, where several local acts handpicked by local radio station Ujima Radio 98fm will be showcasing their unique talents in front of thousands of visitors along an outdoor fan village for VegfestUK followers all day and evening on the entire Bank Holiday Weekend this May. Don Letts’ apeparance is scheduled at 5:00pm on the Sunday May 27th 2018.
Meanwhile, tickets are on BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE running until the end of April at www.bristol.vegfest.co.uk/tickets
Don Letts’ eagerly awaited appearance at VegfestUK Bristol is part of a huge vegan food and music fiesta which celebrates its 16th year in style with a Dance Stage playing host to a selection of other DJ’s, plus a number of indoor entertainment lounges in the Electro Swing lounge, the Blues Lounge and a Deep Chill zone alongside a Comedy lounge, ensuring a rip-roaring finale to a fantastic weekend. Full lineups for these areas will be confirmed shortly.
Meanwhile, the daytime part of the event welcomes an in-house restaurant serving 3-course vegan meals, an outdoor VegfestUK “fan village” with street food caterers, around 30 traders and live music to complement the mix of around 220 stalls, talks, cookery demos and a vegan activists hub.
Join the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/713055975565881 and make sure to invite your friends to come along.
Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium. His work has been exhibited in The Kitchen N.Y.C, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The N.F.T in London and was honoured at Brooklyn’s BAM festival and The Milan Film festival. In March 2003 he won a Grammy for his documentary ‘Westway To The World’.
He came to notoriety in the late 70’s as the DJ that single-handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst as a DJ at the first punk club ‘The Roxy’ in 1977, that made his first film ‘The Punk Rock Movie‘ with Sex Pistols, The Clash and many others. This led to a period directing over 300 music videos for a diverse mix of artists ranging from Public Image to Bob Marley.
He then moved into documentary work making films on the likes of Gil Scot-Heron, The Jam, Sun Ra, The Clash and George Clinton. His most recent documentary was for Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘New’ project. Feature films include the legendary Jamaican movie 1997’s ‘Danchall Queen’.
Along with his autobiography ‘Culture Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers’ released in 2007 Don was also the subject of the documentary film ‘Superstonic Sound: The Rebel Dread’ in 2010.
He currently presents a weekly radio show on BBC 6 Music called ‘Culture Clash Radio‘ and still DJs nationally and internationally.
Apart from DJ’ing, Don’s other musical exploits include creating the band Basement Five, a single with members of John Lydon’s P.I.L, briefly managing The Slits and a collaboration with members of Trouble Funk. He recently recorded a reggae version of the London Calling!
In the mid 80’s Don formed the group ‘Big Audio Dynamite’ with Mick Jones (ex-Clash). He went on to perform and co-write four albums with B.A.D achieving several hits on both sides of the Atlantic including the top ten hit E=Mc2. The band recently reformed for a world tour to sell out shows and critical acclaim. In the early nineties, Don left B.A.D to form ‘Screaming Target’ their debut album ‘Hometown Hi-Fi’’ received rave reviews.
Along with songwriting collaborations with Dreadzone and remixes for various acts Don has also released several critically acclaimed compilation albums.