Reasons Festival is back for 2016 to light up Coronation Park with Internationally acclaimed artists with the special Reasons flavour. Tpday they announced the headliners; Drum & Bass and UK rave scene innovator GOLDIE alongside two time Grammy Award winners Soul II Soul, bringing their full live act band to Jersey’s shores. They will appear alongside Reasons Festival’s already announced artists, Dense & Pika, General Levy, The Reflex, Slam, Special Request, Mike Joyce (The Smiths) and MX Zander.
Spread across unique stages set in the beautiful, historical Coronation Park, Reasons have been working tirelessly over the last eight months building on the incredible success of their inaugural year. What was lauded a an extremely, positive, creative and peaceful event, Reasons Festival is extremely privileged to once again have the opportunity to share their creativity & hard work at this celebratory level at such a precious location to Jersey’s community. Armed with fresh inspiration and lessons learned from our incredible inaugural year, the team remain committed to curating an event packed with music, art, fun and above all safety for both local and visitor crowds to enjoy, delivering a unique & beautiful event that Jersey can continue to be proud of.
Hot on the heels of his recently bestowed MBE for his ongoing contribution to Britain’s music culture, Goldie is now an undisputed legend of stratospheric status. Clifford Joseph Price, born in Walsall in 1965 and was put into care aged three. He became a jungle and Drum & Bass DJ, and in 1995, had a top 10 album, Timeless, a groundbreaking release in the history of drum and bass music. The album blended the complex, chopped and layered breakbeats and deep basslines of jungle and drum and bass with expansive, symphonic strings and atmospherics. Soon followed was 1998’s Saturnz Return, released after the explosion of drum and bass into popular culture. An artist in every sense, he probably describes his output best himself: “Some people might call what I do drum ‘n’ bass. But I’m not going to narrow it down to what the music industry thinks is commercially viable. I’m not really into narrow thinking. Making this music is like poker. You begin with five cards. You don’t play poker with two cards. That’s just the rule of the game. Once you
learn how to play you can bend the rules.” Sounding as fresh, crisp, clean and out there as ever, we can’t wait for him to bring the true spirit of artistic Drum ‘n’ Bass heritage to Jersey’s Reasons crowd this summer.
SOUL II SOUL (FULL LIVE ACT)
Reasons Festival takes extreme pride in announcing this full live act set from the absolute legends of 90s dance music Soul II Soul. By 1989, Soul II Soul’s definitive album ‘Club Classics Vol. 1’ had put UK urban music on the map and set the standard for British dance music. Soul II Soul have won countless awards over nearly two decades in the music industry, including two Grammys (‘Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group’ and ‘Best R&B Instrumental Performance’), five American Music Awards and several worldwide Gold and Platinum Awards recognising massive record sales. Jazzie B, the group’s founding member DJ’d for us last year and was a highlight of the festival for many, so the natural evolution for us was to set about booking the entire band – and we made it happen!
The embodiment of so many thing that we feel make our little festival so great, their motto pretty much says it all: “A happy face, a thumpin’ bass for a lovin’ race”.