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Desperate man grapples with Jazz Jamaica leader outside @SouthbankCentre for ticket to @LivelyUpFest Catch A Fire show!


It’s no use…even Gary Crosby, Jazz Jamaica’s esteemed band leader, doesn’t have any spare tickets for the COMPLETELY SOLD OUT Catch A Fire show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre next Wednesday (24 Oct) with Brinsley Forde, Urban Soul Orchestra and the amazing 70+voice VoiceLab choir!

However, you can still get to see this fabulous show at:


Fri 26 Oct  LEEDS  Leeds Town Hall  0113 224 3801 

 Wed 31 Oct  LEICESTER  De Montfort Hall  0116 233 3111 (with the fabulous Amika Choir!!)

Fri 02 Nov  EDINBURGH  Usher Hall  0131 228 1155 (last night of the tour – PAR-TAYYYY!)



VIDEO: Catch A Fire LIVE at Birmingham Town Hall

Here’s some footage from the Catch A Fire show in Birmingham with Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Brinsley Forde and Urban Soul Orchestra, made all the more special with the addition of the soulful Birmingham Town Hall Gospel Choir. They were AMAZING!

Meantime, we’re looking forward with great excitement to the rest of the Catch A Fire shows and to catching the fire of the VoiceLab choir in London and the Amika Choir in Leicester. Check the Festival Dates page for details!


CATCH A FIRE – Sensational shows in Southampton + (SOLD OUT!) Birmingham


Thanks to everyone who came to Jazz Jamaica All Stars’ sensational SOLD OUT Lively Up! Festival show at Birmingham Town Hall with Brinsley Forde and Urban Soul Orchestra on 13 October and to our also sensational show at Guildhall Southampton on 12 October. Both gigs were storming and the Town Hall Gospel Choir in Birmingham made the fire of Catch A Fire burn even brighter. 

There are just three more opportunities to catch the fire of Catch A Fire (as London on 24 October is already completely sold out).

Anyone in Brum who couldn’t get a ticket should try Leicester (De Montfort Hall – 31 October) as there are still some tickets available at the moment. 

Anyone further north can try Leeds (Town Hall – 26 Oct) or – if you’re very far north – Edinburgh (Usher Hall – 2 Nov)

Hope to see you soon, and thanks for supporting the shows!



CATCH A FIRE – London Show is SOLD OUT!


If you haven’t already bought your ticket to see Jazz Jamaica All Stars with Brinsley Forde, Urban Soul Orchestra and the massive Voicelab choir, we have bad news as the show has now completely SOLD OUT – two weeks before the gig!

Tickets are still available for the following shows, but Usain Bolt Yourself and go get your tickets fast!






Jazz Jamaica All Stars/Urban Soul Orch/Brinsley Forde | Catch a Fire




Birmingham Town Hall

Jazz Jamaica All Stars/Urban Soul Orch/Brinsley Forde | Catch a Fire




Leeds Town Hall

Jazz Jamaica All Stars/Urban Soul Orch/Brinsley Forde | Catch a Fire




De Montfort Hall

Jazz Jamaica All Stars/Urban Soul Orch/Brinsley Forde | Catch a Fire




Usher hall

Jazz Jamaica All Stars/Urban Soul Orch/Brinsley Forde | Catch a Fire


“Catch A Fire was AWESOME! Even better than…”


Photo: Attitude Magazine

Yeeeup! Even better than superstar boy band, JLS

That’s what a 12-year-old girl said after attending the Jazz Jamaica All Stars/Urban Soul Orchestra/Brinsley Forde premiere of Catch A Fire at Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham!

So does this mean JLS are relegated from the teen ‘hottie’ music league?! 

Judge for yourself…Usain Bolt Yourself and go get your ticket to to one of the remaining Catch A Fire shows listed on the Lively Up! Festival Dates page

Catch A Fire sets Royal Concert Hall Alight!

Jazz Jamaica Family Fun Club kicked off the Lively Up! Festival on Friday 28 September at Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham with a Mango Spice performance workshop for 70+ primary school children supported by EMJazz.

 That evening saw a long-held dream realised for bassist/band leader Gary Crosby OBE with the premiere of Catch A Fire with 30-piece orchestra made up of big band Jazz Jamaica All Stars, strings section Urban Soul Orchestra and the incredible vocalist Brinsley Forde (Aswad) at Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. 

Jason Yarde’s wonderfully rich music arrangements delivered that massive sound for which Jazz Jamaica is so well-reputed. And the band was joined for four songs by the exceptional local voices, Gang Of Angels Choir who put in an outstanding performance having had just one rehearsal with us just before performing it live! 

Brinsley had the audience on their feet, singing and dancing, cheering and whooping, and insisting on MORE! MORE! MORE! MORE! MORE!… They just didn’t want to leave!  


Brinsley also sang a beautiful acapella tribute to our Lively Up! Project Manager, Fish Krish whose mother sadly passed away a week ahead of the start of the Festival. 

Sneak peak at a Catch A Fire rehearsal

It was brilliant to hear some of Jason Yarde‘s magnificent arrangements for the first time. Sonically rich and sumptuous, we just can’t wait to hear the finished product! And thanks to our dear friends at Southbank Centre for very kindly hosting our stage rehearsal.


Thanks also to our dear friend, photographer Ben Amure for popping into the rehearsal to take some photos for us.


Lively Up! Festival pre-launch a success


So, our Lively Up! Festival got off to a great start with a pre-launch talk on 20 September at the British Music Experience at the O2, London as part of the Seminal Albums series.


Our eminent panellists – Kevin Le GendreTony PlattGary Crosby and Brinsley Forde – offered new and interesting insights into Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Catch A Fire  and gave a glimpse of some of the music to come with an open rehearsal of the vocals section directed by Kevin Robinson.


Horror struck Gary for a minute when he opened the case of his beloved upright bass only to find the fingerboard had been damaged so he had to borrow a bass guitar from the BME! So check out this very rare photo indeed – Gary Crosby playing a bass guitar! Looks cool, huh, but still a bit weird without his upright bass! Thank goodness the upright was back in time for the first show in Nottingham! (Photos of the talk courtesy of Kelly Cobbing)


Here’s a nice post about the event by our friend, Paul Bradshaw (Ancient To Future – Beyond Chaser).


Excitement builds as Lively Up! Festival about to start


Lots of excitement in the Dune office as the kick off for our Lively Up! Festival looms ever closer. Just two days to go to the first clutch of shows. We’re starting in Nottingham, the city where the original Bob Marley and the Wailers Catch A Fire tour started!

A small posse of us are heading up to Nottingham today to launch the festival alongside the New Art Exchange’s fabulous I Is Another exhibition this evening (Thu 27 September), and then the festival starts in earnest on Friday in Nottingham with Catch A Fire  and Mango Spice at Royal Concert Hall, Parallel – A Tribute To Joe Harriott at Lakeside Arts, Steppin’ Over dance party at Nottingham Contemporary 

Meantime, check out the festival dates and hope to see you soon on one of these brilliant shows!



New events added to Lively Up! Festival programme

We’ve added two new events to our festival schedule as a result of new associations forged through our Lively Up! Festival programme:

The British Music Experience at the O2:

Seminal Albums: CATCH A FIRE – Impact and Legacy

20 September | 7.30pm

 Tony Platt (Engineer on Catch A Fire), Gary Crosby OBE (Jazz Jamaica/Dune Music), Brinsley Forde (Aswad) and Kevin Le Gendre (Journalist)

OPEN VOCAL REHEARSAL: Jazz Jamaica All Stars Vocalists with Brinsley Forde, Gary Crosby, and Jason Yarde

Bob Marley and The Wailers’ 1973 album Catch a Fire is considered one of the top albums of all time. It established The Wailers as international superstars and introduced reggae to the university ‘rock listening’ crowd who were inspired by the socially aware lyrics, militant tone and optimistic view of a future free from oppression. It was the spark that ignited a revolution, a global Rasta revolution. This evening’s speakers look back on the making of Catch A Fire, and explore its impact and legacy on the music scene and the wider society. Read more…

***Lively Up Nugget*** As well as working on Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Catch A Fire album produced by Island Records boss Chris Blackwell, top sound engineer Tony Platt also recorded and mixed Jazz Jamaica All Stars’ album Massive produced by Dune label and Jazz Jamaica founder, Gary Crosby. Have a listen here.

And, for fans of visual arts, a feast for the eyes can be found in the not-to-be-missed exhibition at New Art Exchange, Nottingham: 

Exhibition:  I IS ANOTHER

28 September – 8 December

Launch Event: Thursday 27 September 2012

In 2012 the small island nation that has gained notoriety disproportionate to its size celebrates the 50th anniversary of independence. At this time it seems poignant to call for an independence of critical thought with regard to the island’s rich artistic community, often invisible to the rest of the world beyond the recording studio or stage, or dismissed as objects of tourist fancy. Read more…