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Born from sound system culture, dubplates were once at the heart of UK dance music: specially cut, exclusive records drove the evolution of genres from jungle to dubstep and grime. Here, Joe Roberts looks at the history of UK dubplate culture

This feature is part of our Record Store Day content series. You can also read our feature where 10 DJs select their most treasured dubplates...

Channel One, General Levy, Koffee, more announced for London’s City Splash festival 2023

Jamaican reggae star Chronixx will also perform in the UK for the first time in five years at the Brixton festival next May

London's City Splash festival has revealed the first names playing its 2023 edition. The one-day festival celebrating dub culture comes to Brockwell Park on the...

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Sound systems have driven the development of music in the UK, powered by hard work, passion and innovation. But preserving UK sound system culture, its knowledge and history, while also pushing it forward, is no easy task today. Ria Hylton traces its path through ska and reggae at blues dances in West Indian households, to soul, boogie, hip-hop and house in ’80s warehouses and at the Notting Hill Carnival, to nationwide tours and global popularity, and finds out how initiatives like the Sound System Futures Programme are seeking to secure its future 

It’s the Thursday before Notting Hill Carnival and Linett Kamala, board director of Europe’s biggest street party, is weaving through the streets of Kilburn. Her...

Coming to the Museum of London

A new exhibition celebrating dub reggae in London is set to open this year.

Coming to the Museum of London in May, the Dub London...