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Preview: Icons of Reggae presents John Holt

Read on to check out the latest installment of Geestar Productions ‘Icons of Reggae’

Mike Warburton

Date published: 1st Aug 2013

Over the last two years, fans of reggae have been to treated to the live action of some of the biggest names to have graced the scene, all thanks to Geestar’s tireless organization of the legendary Icons of Reggae night.

Manchester’s Sheridan Suite has in the past hosted the likes of Toots & The Maytals, Ali Campbell’s UB40, Mykal ‘Grammy’ Rose and Wailing Souls to name but a few. Friday August 9th 2013 sees an equally staggering line up grace the Manchester venue.

John Holt - I Want A Love I Can Feel



First up is reggae legend John Holt. Since recording his first single in 1963, John Holt has established himself as one of the most influential reggae artists of our times. As part of the Paragons he achieved recognition in his home country, later through his songwriting skills for which Tide is High is probably best known. By the time the 70s dawned he was one of the most recognisable figures on the scene, his slower more romantic signature sound setting him apart from his contemporaries.

The Paragons - Man Next Door

Another of his tracks, Man Next Door is probably best known for Horace Andy’s reworking with Massive Attack on Mezzanine in 1998. His songwriting skills and infectious laid back approach have made him a stalwart of reggae culture. Needless to say his appearance at Icons of Reggae is hotly anticipated.

He’ll be joined Freddie McGregor, Barrington Levy, Ken Booth, and Janet Kay, all live in concert. For fans of Reggae this is shaping up top be the highlight of the year so far.

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