The one-day 'Peace and Love' event will feature Buju Banton and Luciano...
‘Peace and Love’ kicks off on July 23 in Three Mills Green – a converted mills site in east London. Organisers are hoping the 15,000 capacity festival will become an annual event.
A spokesperson for ‘Peace and Love’ told nme.com that despite a rash of gang-related shootings in south and east London last summer, the festival had no problem in gaining an entertainment licence. During the trouble BBC Radio One DJ Tim Westwood was shot in July in a drive-by attack. Several other shootings, though were never formerly linked, were rumoured to be part of Yardie gang feuds. The violence led to the cancellation of Public Enemy‘s appearance at the Notting Hill Carnival.
“The line-up is roots reggae,” she said, “It has been specifically designed to keep away from the ragga bad boy thing that could lead to trouble. And roots attracts a multi-racial crowd.
“Newham council granted the licence without any problems. The Westwood shooting happened near Kennington which is a completely different part of London. Besides, unfortunate as it is to say it, trouble seems to follow Tim Westwood around.”
The full line-up for ‘Peace and Love – The Reggae Festival’ is:
Buju Banton, Capleton, Luciano, Dean Fraser, Cocoa Tea, Big Youth, Toots &the Maytals, Culture, Blood & Fire Sound System with Selector Steve Barrow featuring Trinity, Dillinger & U Brown, Jah Shaka and The Mighty Aba-Shanti-I.