HEAVY 8th Anniversary w/ Tippa Irie + JB Baker
Heavy HK Soundsystem Eight Birthday Celebratory China Tour
with TIPPA IRIE & Selector J.B. BAKER
Growing from little gatherings at hole-in-the-wall venues to multi-stage festivals and many more fantastic memories, Heavy HK’s flag is definitely soaring higher and higher. In celebration, Tippa Irie with selector JB Baker and Heavy HK’s Blooddunza will be making 8 stops in and around China! Join us for one, for some or for ’em all! It will be Grammy Nominated Recording Artist Tippa Irie’s first time in the region to supercharge Heavy inna Reggae Dancehall flavour!
Thursday 27th Feb Hong Kong 香港 XXX Gallery
Friday 28th Feb Guangzhou 广洲 喜窩 C:Union
Sat 1st March Shanghai 上海 庇护所 Shelter
Sunday 2nd March Chengdu 成都 Here We Go
Friday 7th March Guiyang 贵阳 悦读时光咖啡馆
Sat 8th Kumming 昆明 Camel Bar 骆驼酒吧
Sunday 9th Shenzhen 深圳 B-10
Monday 10th Sanya 三亚 白城堡 White Castle Beach Club
Tippa Irie was born to Jamaican parents in South London, gaining experience as a hard-hitting dancehall toaster on his father’s Mobile Reggae Disco Sound system while still in high school. After graduating, he worked on Saxon International, Britain’s best sound system. After a series of 12-inch singles on the Greensleeves label, he released his first album, “Is It Really Happening to Me?”. Thanks to the single, “Hello Darling,” the album launched his career. Mad Professor produced his next album, “Rebel on the Roots Corner”, for Ras Records.
It took him almost four years to follow it up, but Mr. Versatile was highly regarded and kept himself visible in the reggae scene. Three years later, the critically-lauded “I Miss” appeared on Resin Music. He has collaborated with Alexander O’Neal, Long Beach Dub All Stars, and Chali 2na and many more. He enjoyed his biggest success to date in 2003, when he co-wrote Black Eyed Peas’ worldwide hit track, “Hey Mama”. He has also collaborated with the London based avant-dancehall outfit, The Bug, on the single “Angry” from the album, “London Zoo”. In 2010, he appeared on the BBC Television panel show, “Never Mind The Buzzcocks”, in the identity parade round. His latest release is “Stick To My Roots” (2010) done together with the Far East Band and also making a guest appearance on 2013’s phenomenal anthem single by Congo Natty’s “UK ALL STARS”.
While having the blessings to celebrate Heavy HK bossman’s birthday in London last year, we were treated to Prince Fatty’s Studio One Special in Brixton. Although Miss Hollie Cook did not show up along with the star studded lineup and crowd (including Little Roy, Winston Francis, Dub Cats with Horseman on drums and more), Tippa Irie jumped on stage out of the blue and brought the crowd through an invigorating surprise! And yes, we somehow caught it on camera. It is our honor to tour with Tippa Irie and JB Baker around these eight 8cellent stops in this region. Big thanks to all!