Sound Systems

Coventry Sound Systems present Dub and Roots

SAT 2 OCT 2021, FROM 10.30PM

Join us for a night of Dub and Roots as Coventry Sound Systems take over the The Box with the deep bass and conscious lyrics that are trademarks of this form of Reggae. Be prepared to let the music move you.

Coventry Sound Systems present Coventry meets Kingston

Coventry Meets Kingston is a night of music brought to you by some of Coventry and Kingston’s best loved selectas. 

Featuring in-person sets from two of Coventry’s best local Sound Systems plus a very special guest, and live-streamed sets from Kingston, Jamaica including; Bass Odyssey, Ricky Trooper and Rory Stonelove, this is one not to be missed.


Co-Produced by Coventry City of Culture Trust with Colin Bell and The Playmaker Group.

A celebration of Coventry’s rich cultural links to its twin city of Kingston, Jamaica, and the unique influence Sound System culture has had on Coventry and the wider UK’s music landscape.

‘Long before 2-Tone, Britain's reggae-loving youth were grooving at blues parties to roots reggae, pumped out of huge speakers, with a bassline that could loosen your fillings.’ Pete Chambers, Coventry Evening Telegraph

Sound Systems are an integral part of Jamaican popular culture and music history. The community that migrated to live and work in Coventry brought this sound with them, to keep a vibrant cultural connection to their roots. UK Sound systems were set up across the country and would compete to play the very best music combining the latest releases with one-off dubplates that set them apart. 

Championing Coventry’s Sound Systems and their contribution to the cities musical landscape was the brainchild of Colin Bell, a local producer, promoter and Chair of the Coventry West Indian Centre, with a passion for sound system culture and a desire to highlight not only Coventry’s relationship to Kingston but also the cultural contributions of the wider Caribbean community to the city.

Inspired by his passion, Coventry UK City of Culture are co-creating this project with Colin Bell as creative lead, and with support from The Playmaker Group known internationally for their work in Sound System events from Notting Hill Carnival to the Jamrock Reggae Cruise, this project promises Coventry audiences a unique experience of some of the best local sounds combined with an international flair.

Image: Sound Systems graphic featuring a variety of speakers and the letters COV scattered throughout.

Image: Sound Systems graphic featuring a variety of speakers and the letters COV scattered throughout.