Dubcentral is purely about people from all backgrounds coming together to listen to conscious, uplifting and vibrant music. We are a Sheffield collective of DJs , musicians & artists who have been supporting and promoting UK Dub and Roots Reggae for over 18 years.
Dubcentral have brought many of the scenes most celebrated reggae artists to Sheffield such as; Mad Professor, Desmond Dekker, Johnny Clarke, Michael Prophet as well as the UK’s best sound systems including Channel One , Jah Shaka and Iration Steppas and have supported of the world’s legendary reggae bands, including; The Wailers, the Skatalites & Toots and the Maytals !
Origins: Started in 1999 as a Sunday chill out session at the Vine Pub, with one little sound and a kaos pad, before hooking up with other young sounds (Riddimtion, Trouble and 4-Series) to put on the first session at the Everyone Centre, a night called One Love. The night with its hotchpotch of four small sounds cobbled together was certainly not the best sound system that’s played there, but the night went off with a bang, and it inspired us to carry on and look for ways to improve the nights and sessions.
We wanted to bring sound systems to Sheffield as for a long time there had been no big steppers scene here, so our first gig with Iration Steppas was an eye and ear opener for most people through the door and people were hooked. Since then it’s been a long time of trying to keep things fresh, bringing new sound systems and styles to the night.
Dubcentral hosted some amazing events during 2000 – 2008 at the Everyone Centre, a local Afro Caribbean community centre which accommodated weddings, parties, dominoes club plus huge sound system events with a good ital stew in a pot in the kitchen. It was such an unforgettable era where Dubcentral brought so many different sounds and artists to Sheffield every month such as – Freedom Masses, Word Sound and Power, Jah Yabbys, Blood and Fire, Channel One, Iration Steppas, Roots Hitek, Operation Sound system including vocalists such as Urban Vox, Idren Natural, Aisha, Country Cousin, Dan Man, Bongo Chilli and De bo General! The Everyone Centre days are what established and evolved Dubcentral what it is today. The sessions are always colorful and bright, plus the music was pioneering. The community that attended were solid and loyal and just couldn’t get enough of sound system culture.
After the Everyone Centre we traveled to various different venues. One of them stands out – Club Shhhhh where we hosted events between 2008 – 2011. Club Shhhh was a new club hidden within the railway arches of the Wicker area in Sheffield. Originally the spaces purpose was a stable for the ponies that worked in the coal mine pits which was accidentally discovered when a wall was being knocked down for some structural work! All of a sudden we had a venue with multiple rooms and a huge capacity. We linked up with sister events Dark Crystal, Headcharge, Junglist Alliance and Feedback and began to host multiple room wonders with a mixture of Underground sounds. A few of the highlights which stand out from the Club Shhh days was bringing The Disciples and Jah Tubbys sound system!
Dubcentral have always been nomadic, performing in different spaces large and small, whether it be a warehouse or established venue, doing a variety of events from booking sound systems, bands, vocalists and instrumentalists within the dub, roots, reggae, ska and steppas movement. Dubcentral also regularly play and perform off our own sound system called Universal Hi Fi. We also link up and do events with the elder Rasta community based in Sheffield.
We’ve had a few regular residencies in venues near the City Centre such as The Harley. We called the event ‘Dub in a Pub’ which again was an amazing era during Dubcentrals history booking people such as Gussie P, Dubkasm, Nucleus Roots, Operation sound system, Prince Jamo, Ablewell Foundation, Inspirational Sounds, Vibronics. We’ve always enjoyed doing events near the city centre so new audiences can stumble across dub, rots and reggae.
Currently Dubcentral do larger shows in a beautiful venue which is another Sheffield gem called Yellow Arch Studios. We’ve been doing studio parties there for over a decade, and now the main studio room has been renovated into a venue we use for sound system events. We’ve had Hollie Cook, Prince Fatty, Horseman, Operation Soundsystem, Dougie Conscious & King General and Jah Tubbys to name a few of the events we’ve hosted there. You can always expect a room 2 as well with Sheffield party legends playing anything and everything to hip hop, global bass, techno, drum and bass and more!
2017 brings us into our 18 year of Dubcentral and it’s already going off with a bang. We recently had Dubkasm feature and for our next events we’ve got Mad Professor and Aisha, Macka B, and a few more up our sleeve! Watch this space for more Dubcentral history in the making!
Previous Guests have included Mad Professor (live PA) , Iration Steppas Sound System , Jah Tubbys World System , Young Warrior , Vibronics , Operation Sound System , Inspirational Sound , Channel One Sound System , Idren Natural , Dubateers , The Disciples , Jah Shaka , Conscious Sounds Bush Chemists … and many, many more
We’ve also done some amazing events with artists including Desmond Dekker , Toots and the Maytals , The Wailers , The Skatalites , Zion Train , Macka B , Dubdadda , Nucleus Roots , DJ Derek , Dreadzone , Congo Natty , Top Cat , Tenor Fly , Roni Size , Cornell Campbell , Soothsayers , Michael Prophet , Cat Empire and Andy C