On Saturday June 23rd, Soul Food Project will be working with Bass Festival (run by the good team at Punch Records) for a massive show with the legendary Channel One Soundsystem.
Channel One, who formed in 1979 have a reputation for absolutely tearing the house (or carnival!) down with the heaviest dub sounds from around the globe…..In their own words….
Channel One Sound System was born in the year 1979 by brothers Mikey Dread and Jah T. Before that time we played in parties and blues dances in 1973 with our father’s sound system Admiral Bailey who was also playing blues dances and weddings from the early sixties.
In 1975 we linked up with an elder sound in East London called King Edwards who was coming to the end of their sound system days. We merged the two sounds together and overnight became a force in East London armed with 4 foot & 6 foot double boxes (2 x 18” speakers) and various single 18” boxes what was amplified by a 3kw value amplifier.
In 1977 we bought our first truck, a Commer Carrier. We now had the transportation to get around without the need for hiring a vehicle. For the next two years we played locally and around London with other sound systems.
In 1979 we decided to rename the sound Channel One Sound System simply because we were playing nough tunes from out of the Channel One stable, Maxfield Avenue, Jamaica. In 1982 I (Mikey Dread) had a vision that I wanted to take the sound to a more international audience. The best places at that time were the colleges, polytechnics and universities.
In 1983 we started to go nationwide. Channel One started to be a travelling sound to places like Swansea, Cardiff in Wales, Bolton College in Lancashire, Plymouth University, Devon to the giant BIC venue in Bournemouth, Essex University to East Anglia University in Norfolk, Keele University in Staffordshire to Middlesborough University in Teesside in the North East of England. At the same time we were put on the bill with bands like Aswad, Misty in Roots and Ska bans like the Selectors and Bad Manners.
In 1983 we were given the opportunity to play Europe’s biggest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival, London. Then we were playing to just 10 people for most of the day, 23 years later we are playing to 10,000 people a day.
In 1990 we took our first tour abroad with a 4 date tour of Italy and have been touring ever since. We have visited Sweden, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany & Finland along the way.
In 1994 we were the first sound System to travel to the Republic of Ireland for 2 gigs, we drove from London to Holyhead caught the ferry to Dublin port then drove to the other side of Ireland to a city called Galway. At that time it was strange for the Irish people seeing base bins being wheeled down Galway High Street into the Castle Club. The session itself was A1 because we took the crowd from all the pubs and clubs down the High street when they heard the heavy baseline. The day after we drove to Dublin and played to 800 people with a further 300 people being locked out side a venue called The Furnace. For the next few years we continued playing the college circuit up until 1998.
In 1999 we were invited to play at the University of Dub in Brixton, London which is a 3 sound system unity event.
In the year 2000 we went down to the South of France twice and played two memorable dances supporting Burning Spear on one and what was to be Dennis Brown’s last European show.
In 2004 we played at England’s biggest festival Glastonbury and ripped the place apart. The man controlling the PA system knew his pa had worked at the end of the 2 hour show. As usual the rain tore into Glastonbury for about 20 mins but the crowd stayed to make it the best two hours of the festival.
In 2005 we were back beating up Glastonbury when a man walked over to us and said he would like Channel One to come down under on the Big Day out Tour in Australia, which starts in Auckland, New Zealand for 1 date and another 5 across Australia, and true to his word we were on our way down under in January 2006. The first time ever for reggae music on one of the World’s biggest travelling rock tours. Channel One Sound System’s objective is to break down barriers through playing roots rock reggae music.
Channel One Sound System roars on like a lion.
Channel One have played all over and are a permanent fixture at the Notting Hill carnival, playing to crowds of 10,000 plus, but the guys are equally at home in small function rooms (where they first made their name!), so it’s with great pleasure that we welcome a soundsystem that’s considered one of the best to the Victoria for the next Soul Food Soundsystem.
The Victoria function room holds 100 people and we’re not doing any advance tickets for this show, so if you’d like to come, then please come along early..Doors are at 9pm and entry is £5.
On top of this, we’re hosting a roasts ‘n’ records session with the guys the next day at The Victoria from 1pm onwards, so if you’d like to come and grab some food, have a few cocktails and chew the fat with the guys, then you can reserve a table by emailing email@example.com
We’re always keen to push things forward at SFP HQ, so we’re really excited to announce the arrival of ‘Holy Trinity Events’ to our family.
Holy Trinity Events specialises in street food catering that focuses on ‘destinational cooking’…This is to say we focus on the culture of world cities as well as their cuisine, taking in their unique approach to drinks, music and entertainment.
So whether it be the Pizza bars of Naples, the road side Jerk Chicken BBQ’s of Kingston, the beer and burger vibes of NYC or even the pop up hot dog vendors across Berlin, we’ll aim to recreate your perfect holiday experience in your back yard, office or function.
Not only can we offer bespoke food packages, but we’re also able to design and match drinks and entertainment to your party….Some examples? OK, how about a Jerk chicken BBQ, with homemade sexy juice, punch and ice cold red stripe with one of our DJ’s playing reggae and ska spanning the decades? Or Pizzas, Peroni and Prosecco ??
We can tailor our packages to meet any budget and occasion and we like a challenge, so if you’d like to discuss options, fire an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org
The weather seems to be quite favourable at the moment and as we’re starting to think about our summer menu….We thought what better way to celebrate the turning of the weather (am I tempting fate?) then to get to work on some sticky BBQ ribs!
Over the past few months I have been researching different BBQ marinades and from the countless blends I have made the one that will be going on the new menu is a little cheeky and not as hot as others, but hey that’s what the hot sauce is for!
Soul Food’s Ribs Marinating
Soul Food’s BBQ Ribs
- 1k of Pork Ribs (this should service up to 4 as a starter or 2 as a main)
In a pestle and morter crush up the following
2 garlic cloves
1tsp rock salt
2cm fresh ginger
Zest of 1 orange
1tbl smoked paprika
1tsp garlic powder
1/2tsp black pepper
100gm of muscarvado sugar
100mls olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbl of balsamic vinegar
Spread all over your ribs and then leave to marinade for 3-4hours.
Cook in a pre heated oven of 200c and cook for 25-30mins till sticky. Serve with homemade slaw, hot sauce, your favourite dip….I’m going for some pokey homemade aioli and of course plenty of napkins (embrace the messiness!)
Bit late, but never the less…This was a great night…Thanks to everyone who came, ate, saw, danced and drank……Big thanks to the marvellous Atlantic Players who yet again tore the roof off and also to Mr Sam Redmore for nicing up the dance……….We did the Big Easy proud…..
This Saturday we launch the first ever Soul Food Soundsystem clubnight at The Victoria.
We’ve wanted to do this for AGES but have been so busy in the kitchen, but the time is now right.
So for all lovers of Ska, Reggae, New Orleans Funk, Memphis Soul, Calypso, West Indies Funk, Latin, Salsoul and beyond (infact anything that will bring the sunshine to the upstairs room at The Vic!), then please come along and let your chefs curate a melting pot of hip shaking, roof raising SOUL music!
FREE ENTRY BEFORE 11PM
£1 / DONATIONS AFTER 11PM
Any requests ????????????? Fire them over to email@example.com
It’s almost that time folks….MARDI GRAS TIME! Last year marked our first ever Mardi Gras event and this year we’re taking the party to the City Centre with our favourite soul steppers…The Atlantic Players…We recently caught up with ‘Players’ sticksman Mick for a few questions..
1. Q). OK first up could you describe the Atlantic Players sound for us and what musicians helped inspire your sound?
A) Memphis was the true inspiration for the Atlantic players,the sound of Stax records,Al green and the legend that is willie mitchell,along side O v wright and countless other greats.
2. Q). Last time you played for Soul Food, it marked your first gig, now a year down the line, what have been the highlights?
A). The highlights of 2011 were Playing at the first Soulfood Mardi Gras,Playing the mostly jazz festival on a sunny sunday with Booker t headlining and playing with Stax legend Steve cropper,a true gentleman.Also ,having people enjoying what we are doing,a nice suprise.
3. Q) What other bands / DJ’s should we be keeping an eye out for – both locally and nationally ?
A). Daptone records have just celebrated 10 years of finger lickin’ soul,funk,gospel etc so pretty much anything they release is cool. Namoi shelton and the gospel queens last record is a delight!Our favourite local d j”s are Guy Carlos (Bees touring mainstay) and Richard March ,they always pull out tunes that blow our heads clean off!
4 What can we expect from Atlantic Players in the tiny sweaty upstairs room at The Victoria on Mardi Gras?
A). Expect some groovy instrumentals,some uptempo funky southern soul,a couple of soft slow tunes showcasing Swoop Blackwood at his best and possibly a disco classic that is being given a southern overhaul!
5.) Q. Top 5 tunes!
- Sharon jones “how long” (Ticklah Remix)
- Naomi Shelton and the gospel Queens – ”what have you done”
- Piney brown – “cream in my coffee”
- Ruts DC – “mighty soldier”
- Pete williams - “heartbeat”.
The Atlantic Players play Soul Food’s Mardi Gras..
SAT FEBRUARY 18TH
THE VICTORIA, BIRMINGHAM, B1 1BN
THE ATLANTIC PLAYERS
DJ SUPPORT FROM SAM REDMORE AND SPECIAL GUESTS
£5 ENTRY ALL NIGHT LONG (120 CAPACITY).
MORE INFO / GUESTLISTS: MATT@SOULFOODPROJECT.CO.UK
Saturday February 18th
The Victoria, John Bright Street
The Atlantic Players (Live)
Plus DJ Sets from…
Sam Redmore (Freestyle)
Soul Food Soundsystem
Plus special guests
It’s that time of year again folks!! Our annual Mardi Gras celebrations return! In true Deep South tradition, this is the biggest date on our calender and this year we’re bringing back the band that tore the roof off last years party…………The wonderful ATLANTIC PLAYERS!
The Atlantic Players combine a love of classic southern soul music with the contemporary sounds of the likes of Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed and Aloe Blacc. Expect the sounds of Memphis, classic Stax, Northern Soul and of course ‘Atlantic Records’ bought to you live by one of (if not the finest!) funk and soul band in Birmingham currently.
Sam Redmore represents one of the shining lights from Birmingham’s clubnight scene. His weekly party ‘Freestyle’ has hosted some of the most exciting DJ’s from around the UK, including such legends Yam Who, Ashley Beedle and Crazy P, but the real star of the show is Sam himself.
Sam’s re edits have found themselves in the boxes of DJ’s all over the country and the (in) famous re edits eventually found their way into the hands of a certain Craig Charles who recently invited Sam onto his 6music show!
Sam is guaranteed to rock The Victoria to it’s very foundations with a mixture of soul, disco, funk, reggae and everything else inbetween!
We’re still holding onto the belief that it’s Christmas and of course it’s still fine to make and drink Mulled Wine, in fact mulled wine should be obligatory all year around ; ) …. Step up Mr Finn to show you our favourite Mulled wine recipe..