The speakers are 100% people powered using 8 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 reggae, dub and jungle from the Reaction Crew, they’ve invited a selection of their pals to bring you funk, folk, afrobeat and disco – combining to give you some serious aural pleasure.
Chris Holt (DJ)
Collector and self proclaimed vinyl junkie with a career spanning twenty-plus years as a DJ, radio presenter, producer and record label owner, Chris Holt continues to be a familiar face at many of the North West’s best parties.
As part of the Source 48 collective in the early nineties, Chris pioneered and perfected his trademark blend of soul, funk, disco, latin, ska, reggae and afrobeat which has stood him in good stead ever since. Numerous forays into club-land followed, including stints at the legendary Jazzy Kex, Black Horse and Jazz in the Park as part of The Outbreak Collective.
On the production front as one half of Two Mellow, Chris is currently working on a raft of new edits and productions to follow up the duo’s acclaimed No Fool EP (Curli-Que), and he is well known for dropping his own exclusive retucks into his sets.
More recently Chris continued to support Craig Charles at his Funk and Soul Club in Preston and Blackburn. He’s also guested at Diesler’s You Dig! Night at the Soup Kitchen and warmed up for Smoove & Turrell and The County Club with Greg Wilson. 9
At last summer’s Beat-Herder Festival Chris played in the Snug, the Secret Disco, and Trash Manor alongside Paul Thornton. Chris also played in the Love Shack at Solfest and has been getting more and more involved with the club scene in Hebden Bridge since moving to East Lancashire in 2015.
Chris’s Four Corners Radio show and podcast series, now running for over 12 years, has attracted some of the finest selectors and pioneers in the Funk/Soul and Disco scene, including John Morales, Al Kent and Nick The Record to name a few.
He’s joining us this year to play a banging Latin and Afrobeat set to get you dancing.
DJI – Digi
Heavy, melodic digital steppers.
Part of newly formed UK Dub Squad, DJI (digi) is making waves in the dub scene with his sets of (predominantly dubplate) self produced tunes.
Stu Boogaloo (DJ)
Fresh off a trailblazing tour of here there and everywhere with this, that and the other Stu triumphantly returns with…….……….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
Mid Life Krysis (LIVE)
Mid Life Krysis is Edinburgh’s premiere middle aged, middle class white rapper. Hailing from the mean streets of Middlesbrough he takes his influences from the witty word play of Jon Cooper Clarke, the natty narratives of Slick Rick, the cutting edge social commentary of Kate Tempest and the shameless plagiarism of Goldie Looking Chain. His bars exercise not only the grey matter but the funny bone and hopefully the dancing feet. To put it in his own words – “I’ll leave you in the dust like Kanye West – even Jay-Z knows I’m the best!”. The new dawn of hip hop has arrived and it’s balding with socks and sandals.
Irie Vibes ft MC Sherlock Art (DJ & MC)
York’s toppa top. Dancehall, roots, ragga. Strictly conscious selections. No girl talk, no gun talk, no braggadocio. Message music.
Teaming up with vibesmaster general Sherlock Art, chanting and singing to bring musical upliftment to the people!
One turntable, one mic, original sound system style. Good vibes guaranteed.
Jedi Pete (DJ)
Part of the Reaction crew, playing music with a conscious message and uplifting vibe! Come get your bass meditation. Feel the force!
DJ Highlassie (DJ)
The Lady behind the sound man representing Reaction Crew with a mishmash of Reggae, hiphop and Jungle
DJ/Producer/Drummer based in North Yorkshire On the live scene Selecta Burnside plays Drums with Reggae/Dub/Dancehall band Stig of the Dub. But when behind the decks expect a varied mixture of ruffneck beats from Dub, Dancehall, Digital, Dub-Step, Afro-beat to Garage, Jungle and everything in-between! Good vibed music for the body, mind and soul.
Selecta Burnside – Stig of the Dub (DJ)
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/selectaburnside/
Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/burnsideee
MS Fabulous (DJ)
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.
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). Often behind the decks at Grassroots, Pub Dub, The Very Tidy Disco, Hyde Park Unity Day and a whole host of festivals. Dub-siren obsessive. Northerner.
Twitter – @GremlynDJ
Behla Hutchinson (LIVE)
With inspiration from a childhood spent living in the middle of no-where, climbing to the tops of tall trees and swimming in cold water. Behla (Bee-la) uses the elements of nature as metaphors, her lyrics weaving visual stories, swept along by rhythmical guitar.
Her intimate debut album ‘To The Sea’ (2014) featured on Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 show, and was chosen by FATEA as one of their showcase albums. The album was dedicated to the North Sea, and speaks of the challenges of life through the beauty of nature. More recently her EP ‘Knightmares’ (2016) was released, featuring guest musicians; London based percussionist/vocalist Vanessa Rani and Leeds based cellist/vocalist Emma Coleman. The songs explore more rhythmic and harmonic textures, though still with nature at their core.
Now based in land locked Leeds (UK), Behla has grown a large and loyal regional following, capturing the essence of nature and transporting it to captivated audiences. She has supported This is The Kit, Me and My Friends, Roger Eno, Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, and Ewan McLennan.
Taking to the stage at festivals including Shambala, Montreux Trail, Vault, Small Is and Equinox.
DJ Treekle in Dub (DJ)
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.
Reaction Sound (DJ)
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 10 years.
Andy Aitchison (LIVE)
‘Twisted Hypnotic Folk Songs…’
‘A strange mix of love, loss, and a life still lived…’
‘Powerful acoustic playing and singing, Andy’s imagination takes him to broken down would-be captains of the sea, lonely minds braying in the night, star heavy winters and slowly becoming beasts.’
Andy Aitchison – sometimes known as ‘The Auburn Spaceman’ is a Yorkshireman born of Scottish parents. Now based in Otley, Leeds. Andy has been writing songs and music since first being offered piano lessons by his foster family and then later given an acoustic guitar by some friends who thought he needed an outlet for his, often over dramatic ramblings. This was a good thing.
From that came opportunity and sore fingers…joining bands, rehearsing, making friends and learning about music together over a lot of years. Bands came and went but friends stayed friends and the growing up has been enhanced by those experiences.
Years later Andy has grown into a singular musician and writer with a huge passion for music and music history. He now has an extended back catalogue of weird and wonderful musical adventures.
The founder member of experimental alt/rock Leeds band ‘Fauns’ for 8 years as singer/songwriter/guitarist, Andy has supported many touring bands and artists as well as consistently writing material for solo shows.
From country style pop/folk through to ethereal soundscapes, Andy experiments with delays and reverbs, often slipping into dub/funk & wah wah freak outs!
Using loops on the guitar and voice, sometimes reed organ, harmonica or melodica, Andy builds a song, often improvising on a theme.
With a powerful delivery, Andy Aitchison is a songwriter deeply entranced by music myth and the connection between sound and image and his love for playing live is what its all for.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TheAuburnSpaceman
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/andrewaitchison
Sid Patel (DJ)
Sid plays records. He also plays bass in a band.
Newcastle’s daftest sound boy, Jeggo has been mashing up dances in the North East and beyond, playing in pubs, clubs and bars, at festivals, free parties and just about anywhere they’ll let ye put a sound, broadcasting a ruffneck selection of roots, rubadub, digi n steppers.
Part of the Ital Guidance Sound System family and one of the resident DJs at Newcastle’s longest running reggae night – Dub inna Pub.
Strictly vinyl, strictly vibes…real reggae music played inna North East style and fashion!
MUSIC IS A MISSION, NOT A COMPETITION!
Motormouf (LIVE Beatboxer)
Motormouf is a hip-hop hippy who travels the galaxy armed with only a loop station, a microphone, and his quick fire lyrics and phat beats!
and 3rd place in Italy’s Vocaloop competition (2016)
Instagram – @Young_motormouf
And YouTube, along with various collaborations such as: Jonjo feat. Motormouf – Cherry Tree
Jon P aka Dubjon has been selecting reggae and dub for over 25 years. Owner of the Bear Cub 12v Sound system he plays vintage vinyl to enrich the heart and soul. Selecting from a very deep box you can expect a mix of 90’s digi, roots, early reggae, rocksteady and ska.
Part of the Reaction Soundsystem Crew no.me spins the best roots dub and dancehall for all your Sunday skanking needs!
ACROSS THE WEEKEND
MC Sherlock Art
Sherlock from birth, the Art is for the Artist, he come alive when the bassline from the sound system drops. Original Style Every Time….Sherlock Art Pon Di Version.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SherlockArt/
Various members of the Reaction Sound System Crew will be filling in the gaps and playing back2back for the final couple of hours on Sunday. With us for NGG 2018 we have no.me, Jedi Pete, DJ Treekle, DJ Gremlyn, Reaction Sound and High Lassie.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/reactionbikesound/
Twitter – @bikepoweruk and @ReactionDub