Reaction Bike-Power Stage
LATEST ADDITION: King David
THIS YEARS’ LINE-UP SO FAR (full details below): Being One (aka Castrum), Breakfake, Catch a Fire, Impressa (aka Sista Emma), Irie Vibes, Jim Bob, Kaya Arise, Liz Lashed, Lucy Inthesky, Maria, Miss Chop, Ms Fabulous, Parveen, Sista Silver, Stu Bugaloo, DJ Gremlyn, DJ Treekle, High Lassie, Jedi Pete, Reaction Sound, V-Ital
The speakers are 100% people powered using 9 bike generators pedalled by YOU! The cyclists have to work together to keep power levels high – the harder you pedal the louder it gets! Reaction use their custom built solar rig to power the lights and keep the decks spinning, resulting in fossil fuel free, full eco-vibes.
This year they have expanded their horizons and as well as the customary roots, reggae, dancehall, dub and jungle from the Reaction Crew, they’ve invited a selection of their pals to bring you reggae, rockers, roots, calypso, ska, dub, funk, cumbia, afrobeat and disco – combining to give you some serious aural pleasure
Over the years King David has been playing vinyl, a sound system selector and radio DJ. In love with Reggae music from a very early age, he is a big believer in the conscious messages found therein. As a big fan of the Reaction Sound System and all they stand for, it’s one of his annual highlights to play with them. Expect feel good uplifting vibes with strong social messages spanning Roots, Dancehall & Rocksteady.
Parveen is a selector of all Roots Reggae and Dub vinyl spanning the last 50+ years. Sound system has been a big part of her life over the last 15 years and she now puts that experience into practice. Expect music with soul, heritage reggae, heartfelt roots and hypnotic dub
Impressa (aka Sista Emma)
Catch A Fire (Daddy Harper & The Yorkman)
York-based “Catch A Fire” aka Daddy Harper and The Yorkman. Resident selectors are Yenz. Jed I&I and Sister Silver with Mc’s Dandy and Uncle Cavo playing conscious reggae, roots, dance hall, jungle, steppas and dub vinyl selections from worldwide sound system culture.
We have been blessed to have guest MC’s such as Dandy, Uncle Cavo, Ras Junior, Sherlock Art, Richie Ranks, Luke Sugartone and the Mighty Shortie Ranks.
“Catch A Fire” as Daddy Harper and The Yorkman have Played at many Festivals including Positive Vibrations Festival in Liverpool and represented the Uk in the Roots Yard at Rototom Sunsplash 25th Anniversary Spain. Also Beat-Herder festival, Unity day fundraiser at Beaver Works Leeds, Positive vibration Social at the district Liverpool and Reggae Thursday Manchester.
“Catch A Fire” have a 4 year+ residency at the Spread Eagle, York with special guests and MC’s. We have played at Sound system Unity meetings with Countryman Hi Fi and Apache Hi-Fi (Bradford) and as guests of other sound systems for example Irie Vibes, Rebel Radics, Greenman Hi Fi and Hustle Tone Sound System.
“Catch A Fire” as Daddy Harper and the Yorkman have a radio show on Two Rivers Radio York playing live vinyl sets. we have also played Positive Vibration Radio live from the Festival, Radio Rototom, Roots train radio, and Staxtonbury festival Radio
We played jungle, dubstep and heavy Dub sets at Herbal Mafia and Irie vibes sound system in York. We also DJ in a dub collaborative with live dub band DBC3
Breakfake (LIVE dub set)
DJ & producer based in Leeds. Coming from a live music background, his musical taste shifted into the electronic music scene after attending a couple of sound system events in the UK back in 2010. As he learned more about the sound system culture, he joined the Dabsolis crew hosting a radio show pushing deeper shades of dubstep. Since then he’s been DJing and live dubbing.
At NGG Breakfake will be performing in the form of live dubbing using the mixing desk, sequencer and external effects such as spring reverbs, sirens and echoes.
Irie Vibes (Little Fire b2b Selecta Scratch)
Reggae power couple Selector Scratch and Little Fire combining forces to nuke the place. They complement each other perfectly. When they have finished doing this, they will play you some records, time allowing.
Strictly vinyl reggae dancehall scorchers. Get wild! They will be.
Kaya Arise is a selector and host out of Guildford, touching the mic to bring a soft edge to a deeply rootical vinyl selection. Her inspiration is encouraged by Reggae music from the 1970’s to an instrumental melodic style of dub now.
Sparking from experiences of exploring the UK free and festival scene, to meeting veteran sound system Rebel Lion in Norfolk, Kaya eventually found solace in Reggae/Dub music in 2011. With the push of collective Sisters of Reggae and Stack UP sound to learn and DJ across London, Kaya began her own platform Arise Music in 2018, travelling wide in the UK, as far as Brazil to select/MC.
In 2019 Kaya hosted several sound system events and curated the Feminine HI-FI tour in London, followed by an explorative discussion on themes related to race reggae and culture online in 2020. Forward into 2021 Kaya is learning how to produce her own music with guidance from mentor’s as well as, writing for DJ Mag on Reggae and working at her local community radio station Kane FM.
I’ve been DJ-ing on and off for 10 years, mainly with Irie Vibes sound system based in York. I love to mix up the styles and decades of reggae, and in my set I go from Calypso and Bluebeat to dancehall and mash-ups, taking in ska, rocksteady and roots along the way. I love a version excursion, but most of all I love a good melody and sweet vocal harmonies or a mean bit of toasting.
Being One (aka Castrum)
Sister Silver plays reggae always with a positive message and riddims for dancing.
Maria grew up immersed within Bristol’s rich soundsystem culture. Now residing in Leeds and having played at the likes of Subdub and Shambala Festival, her passion and experience with bass music continues to grow with a record collection to match. Maria plays all-vinyl sets of meditative roots and steppers through to uplifting 140s.
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/mia-meow/shambala-mix-2019
Fresh off a trailblazing tour of here there and everywhere with this, that and the other Stu triumphantly returns with blah, blah, blah……….only joking, he’s not even a DJ, he’s just a gardener that loves music like you. If you like funky, bassy flavours from Jamaica to India.
Sure to be glitter and sparkles alongside the disco afrobeat and the odd cheesy anthem to get you in the mood. One half of the Bump’n’Grind Collective.
Various members of the Reaction Sound System Crew (see above) will be getting the weekend started on Friday, filing in the gaps and playing back2back for a couple of hours on Sunday. With us for NGG 2021 we have V-Ital, Jedi Pete, High Lassie, Reaction Sound, DJ Gremlyn and DJ Treekle.
V-ital has been rocking the dancefloor with her eclectic mix of roots, reggae, dub and dancehall, interspersed with some cheeky dubstep and 140 sets.
A sub-bass frequencies fiend, she has been regularly playing vinyl-only sets in Leeds and across the north of England, as well as in Brighton and Bristol. So get ready to be hit hard by the bass and taken on a clubwise journey by the drums, to explore the space where the rhythms of the Caribbean’s meet the spaciest depths of UK bass music.
Part of the Reaction crew, playing music with a conscious message and uplifting vibe! Come get your bass meditation. Feel the force!
The Lady behind the sound man representing Reaction Crew with a mishmash of Reggae, hiphop and Jungle
Builder and operator of Reaction Sound System and Reaction Bike power Bike-power.co.uk. Tom has been playing diverse bass heavy DJ sets at events for over 12 years.
Vinyl junkie and lover of reggae, digital dub, roots, ska, hip hop, funk and soul. Dub selector and purveyor of epic rambling, multi-genre musical journeys. Originator of Leeds’ now defunct, long-running Defibrillator underground club night. Festival veteran and part of the bike powered Reaction Sound System (www.bike-power.co.uk). Has been found lurking behind the decks at Grassroots, #PubDub, The Very Tidy Disco, Hyde Park Unity Day and a whole host of festivals. Dub-siren obsessive. Professional Northerner.
Twitter – @GremlynDJ
Mixcloud – https://www.mixcloud.com/djgremlyn/
DJ Treekle has been playing strictly vinyl sets around Leeds for more than 10 years. Inspired by soundsystem culture, he started playing dub and roots reggae, moving swiftly onto reggae inspired drum & bass, as well as 90s old-skool and modern ragga jungle.
DJ Treekle plays regularly on the legendary bicycle powered Reaction Soundsystem, playing festivals such as Eden, Bangface and Northern Green Gathering. He also plays regularly on the first Friday of the month at Pubdub at Open Source Arts in Leeds.
Mixcloud – https://www.mixcloud.com/Illuminatatus/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/reactionbikesound/
Twitter – @bikepoweruk and @ReactionDub