One Love Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Upminster, Essex, England UK
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Urban Foxes
Phone +44 0208 8830417

Festival Description

One Love Festival is an annual three night Reggae Camping Festival for all ages and even the entire family. The program includes performing artists and visual DJs presenting reggae, dub and electronic music staged across four music areas. In addition, entertainment will include the following areas: healing and green initiatives, a body and soul tent, spoken word, workshops and vendor stalls selling crafts and a variety of international food and beverages.

Festival Dates August 16 - 18, 2013
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Festival Story:

The One Love Peace Concert was a large concert held on April 22nd, 1978, at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. This concert was held during a political civil war in Jamaica between opposing parties; Jamaican Labour Party and the People’s National Party. The concert came to its peak during Bob Marley & The Wailers’ performance of “Jammin”, when Marley joined the hands of political rivals, Michael Manley (PNP) and Edward Seaga (JLP).

Bob Marley said the following as he called the two politicians onstage and held their hands above his head: “His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie, I run lightning, leading the people of the slaves to shake hands. To show the people that you love them right, to show the people that you gonna unite, show the people that you’re over bright, show the people that everything is all right. Watch, watch, watch, what you’re doing, because. . I’m not so good at talking but I hope you understand what I’m trying to say. I’m trying to say, could we have, could we have, up here onstage here the presence of Mr. Michael Manley and Mr. Edward Seaga. I just want to shake hands and show the people that we’re gonna unite… we’re gonna unite… we’ve got to unite… The moon is high over my head, and I give my love instead. The moon is high over my head, and I give my love instead.”


Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • U-Roy — headliner
  • Black Uhuru — headliner
  • Abu Shanti Soundsystem
  • Channel One Soundsystem
  • Ijahman Levi
  • Sir David Rodigan MBE
  • Sister Nancy
  • Congo Natty
  • General Levy
  • Tailisman 
The Renegade Live featuring Ray Keith
  • Joshua Moses
  • Buckey Ranks
  • Lord Gelly’s Sound System featuring MG Lord Gellys
  • H-Bom Lord Gellys
  • DJ Glamour
  • Andrew Fresh
  • Digitaldubs
  • Mixmaster Morris
  • Kenni Wenna
  • Direct Impact – Japan
  • Skamanians
  • Roots Lab International Meets Unity Collective 24hr Campsite Radio featuring
    • Digikal roots
    • Sniffa Ranks
Arfur B
    • Mostec, Dubforce
    • Patrick IOJ
    • Sammy Dread
    • Gregory Fabulous
    • Daddy Morse David Judah
    • Naffi I
    • Bag e
    • Arkital Sound
    • Chris Cultire
    • Defcon One
    • DJ Arcane
    • DJ As-If

  • DJ King Spinner
  • J-Project
  • Kotch
  • Lady Jane
  • Lionsound
  • Lotskee
  • Ma Quest
  • Mr Horsewell
  • Platinum Sound
  • Voytek
  • X-Nation

  • The Orb Sound System
  • Al Campbell
  • Joseph Cotton
  • Rod Taylor
  • Iqulah Rastafari
  • Enos Mcleod
  • Over Proof Sound System
  • Serial Killaz
  • Remarc
  • Ranking Joe
  • Zion Train
  • Radio Riddler
  • Anthony Johnson
  • Fatman International Sound
  • and many more…
Headliners 2013:
  • U-Roy
    • U-Roy revolutionized the musical style of Reggae in 1969 through Toasting. “toasting” rapping over “versions” of popular songs remixed by King Tubby. Considered one of Jamaica’s first Deejay stars, “U-Roy raised the art of toasting to new heights. He didn’t just spit a few phrases here and there, he rode the riddim from the starting gate to the last furlong”. The instigator Rap in the world!! U-Roy working with Duke Reid created a “version” of the Paragons’ “Wear You to the Ball” which became the first ever “toast” record to make an impact back in 1969!! The Jamaican reggae living legend is back on the worldwide stage with a brand new album: Pray Fi Di People after 10 years of absence in the studios! This album confirms again the Jamaican toaster’s talent with a roots sound which followed his time and which is claiming peace respect and music’s universality.
  • Black Uhuru
    • Black Uhuru ft Iqualah Rastafari with Duckie Simpson , Andrew Bees and Kay Stahr. Black Uhuru is a probably best known for their hits “Shine Eye Gal”, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “Sinsemilla,” “Solidarity,” and “What Is Life?”. They were the first group to win a Grammy in the reggae category when it was introduced in 1985. They originally formed as ‘Black Sounds Uhuru’ (the Kiswahili word for freedom).
New stage 2013:
  • We have a Brand new stage going into the Campsite Area which will be broadcasting live 24hr a day via radio Hosted by the mighty Roots Lab International and Brighton’s Unity Collective — music ranging from Roots Reggae to Jungle and everything in between.  The stage will be located in a large marquee incorporating a bar, chill out cafe, picnic area and garden.  


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Practical Info:

New venue:
  • Damyns Hall Aerodrome
    Upminster, Essex, RM14 2TN
    • After searching the width and breadth of Southern England for the perfect One Love Festival location to call our new home and viewing some exceptional and exciting venues, carefully weighing up the pro’s and cons of each one. We are delighted to announce Damyns Hall Aerodrome, in Upminster Essex as the new epicentre of Reggae and Dub in UK.  The 122 acre green field picturesque site has all the Space and Remote Countryside that we need but with all the City accessibility that our customers have grown accustomed to, only being 20mins away on the C2C service over ground train from Fenchurch Street central London and based on the End of the District Line that connects whole of London. With exceptional Road access sitting within the M25 and A12, A127, A13 that link Upminster to the UK. We at One Love HQ are delighted to call Damyns Hall Aerodrome our new home!!!


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