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International Reggae Day London (IRD LDN) 2018 main hub event takes place at UCL Institute Of Education near Russell Square (there's a £5 refundable charge; £10 full price from June 25 is not refundable).


This family-friendly event, which takes place over two rooms, will consist of:

Talks + Films + Interviews + Presentations + Honours + Quiz + Performance + Brent Black Music History + My Boy Lollipop: From JA To UK, A Musical History + Britain’s Contribution To The Development Of Reggae Music + Reggae @ 50 + JA To UK: The Reggae Revolution, Copyright & Reggae, etc (full programme to be confirmed)


To be kept in the loop, attend stakeholders meetings, acquire an IRD licence for your event, or find out about IRD satellite events across the UK:


2018 theme: JA To UK: The Reggae Revolution

DJ Cameo presents a pre-IRD broadcast on Friday June 29, 4-6pm when she'll dedicate her Ride De Riddim show to playing tunes that speak to IRD 2018 theme of JA to UK. So expect to hear some of the best and classic reggae tunes from Jamaica and the United Kingdom, and get interactive with the show live on

International Reggae Day Celebrations


Sunday JulyOne is International Reggae Day (IRD), and where better to celebrate it than in the reggae capital of Europe, at the home of reggae music: BBMC.

A day of fun for all the family, drumming workshops, a pop-up market during the day supporting independent record labels, artists and producers, and an evening of reggae music.

Free during the day (1-7pm) and just £5.00 for the evening (8pm-3am) at BBMC, 385 High Road, Willesden, London NW19 2JR (Dollis Hill tube, then 5 minutes walk, or Willesden Green tube, then bus 260, 266, 460 to Willesden garage)
For stall information and any other queries 

Tel: 079 56 50 87 83 or 020 8451 4545

As part of the International Reggae Day celebrations, the Mighty Jah Shaka Sound System will be coming live & direct from the Gillian House venue In east London by popular demand for night of spiritual vibes from old to new. Jah Shaka "King of the sound system scene in the UK and spiritual messenger" welcomes IRD 2018 with an all night session on June 30, 11pm-6am. 


The venue is Gillian House, 30 Stephenson Street, London E16 4SA - a 2 minute walk from Star Lane DLR and 8 minutes walk from Canning Town tube. 


£15 adv/£20 OTD
To book: 

Celebrate INTERNATIONAL REGGAE DAY at Catch A Fire on July 1st! As an affiliated event to this global celebration of reggae music, we are proud to present live on stage FREDERICA TIBBS and AMAZIAH ROSE. 

Two of the strongest and most passionate voices in UK reggae, both bring deep gospel, soul and jazz influences to reggae music, striking an instant and intimate rapport with audiences everywhere. See Frederica previously at Catch A Fire and


Amaziah live at the Hootananny, Brixton Backed by The Powers Band. DJ Zinc Fence on the decks. 8-12pm


£7 DOOR, £5 ADV. 

International Reggae Day UK have accepted International Reggae Day Jamaica’s ‘Tree Planting Challenge’. On Sunday 1st July at 9am, Dawn Butler Labour MP for Brent and Councillor Muhammed Butt leader of Brent Council will be planting a ’Reggae Tree' (Gum Tree) near 2 Craven Park Road, London NW10 4AB (outside Hawkeye Records) in Harlesden to underscore Harlesden and Brent's claim to being the reggae capital of British reggae. It is hoped the 'Reggae Tree' will become one of the north-west London borough's cultural assets by the time Brent celebrates its Borough of Culture status in 2020.

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