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One of the hardest working bands in showbusiness, Barry Ashworth and his motley crew have added a much-needed swagger to the UK dance scene in recent years and new album 'Crazy Diamonds' finds the band at their uncontrollable, bass-driven best.

A rampant mix of dub, reggae, ska, punk, breaks, beats and drum'n'bass, the album is a full-on dub-quaking extravaganza, built for big fields and summer sound systems. It also happens to feature some of the biggest names in the game including Dancehall dons Beenie Man and Cutty Ranks, reggae singer Earl Sixteen, hip-hop act Too Many T's, seminal MCs Navigator and the Ragga Twins, and long-time collaborator Lindy Layton.

Tracks like killer new single 'Crazy Diamonds' (ft. Too Many T's) or summer-anthem-in-making, 'Rise Up' (ft. Earl Sixteen and Navigator), prove that the Pistols are one of the best around at rockin' the joint.
This is futuristic skank, complete with blazing horns, brazen brass and epic drums and bass.

Proudly working class as a band, the Dub Pistols have been tearing up venues and festivals throughout their career. Inspired by the Second Summer of Love, the band were founded by ubiquitous Londoner Barry Ashworth in 1996 and have been at the forefront of beats culture ever since.

Known for their rhythmical blend of bass, turntables and horns, their genre-mashing abilities has seen them work with some of their biggest heroes including The Specials, Horace Andy, Madness and Gregory Isaacs.
They've also seen band members come and go, not to mention squander thousands on various capers that have now become legendary and that has taken them from the brink of multi-million-dollar international success to the edge of destruction and back again.

The band's reputation as an explosive live act has seen them turn into super-tight festival regulars, with the Dub Pistols headlining some of the biggest festivals in Europe including Glastonbury, Bestival and Beat-Herder. Their bass-driven live machine has seen them win numerous plaudits along the way and recent live guests have included vocalists Rodney P, The Specials' Terry Hall and Neville Staple, rap wunderkid T.K., Sugardaddy horn-blower Tim Hutton & scratch maestro, DJ Stix.

The Dub Pistols have also turned their hand to the world of remixing and have remixed the likes of Ian Brown, Moby, Limp Bizkit, Korn and Bono and worked with hiphop legend Busta Rhymes. The band's music has been used by Playstation and major Hollywood films.

Ashworth is also a much sought-after DJ which has won him many fans around the globe over the last 15 years. Known for his eclectic sets, he was one of the first resident DJs at the influential club, Fabric, in London and has performed high-octane primetime sets internationally in such countries as Australia, Singapore, Serbia, Dubai, Thailand, Germany, Croatia, Italy and France, to name but a few. Additionally, he is founder of Westway Records, a London breakbeat and hip-hop label that's put out releases from many currently-emerging artists from the UK dance music underground.

He is currently working on a warts'n'all documentary about the band's career; a mix of archive and new footage that charts the Dub Pistols' strange journey from chancers to hot property to epic f**k-ups to unlikely triumph.

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  • 26 Jun, 2019

    Glastonbury Festival: Friday 28th June, 2019

    Stormzy will headline at Pyramid Stage on Friday night at Glastonbury Festival, and the day features a packed line-up of Primary Talent International artists.

    14.00-14.40: Yellow Days (William's Green)
    14.00-15.00: The Wombats (Other Stage)
    15.00-16.30: Connie Constance (Left Field)
    16.00-16.40: Sundara Karma (Williams Green)
    16.30-17.00: Dylan Cartlidge (The Rabbit Hole)
    16.50-17.55: Kuenta (Glade)
    19.00-19.40: Sunflower Bean (William's Green)
    19.00-19.45: Gaffa Tape Sandy (The Unfairground)
    19.20-20.20: Swimming Girls (Avalon Cafe Stage)
    20.00-21.00: Dub Pistols (Glade)
    20.15-21.15: Two Door Cinema Club (Other Stage)
    21.00-22.00: Pale Waves (John Peel Stage)
    22.15-23.45: Stormzy (Pyramid Stage)
    23.00-00.00: Mollie Collins (The Temple)
    00.00-00.45: Jamz Supernova (Shangri-La)
    01.00-02.00: Snow B2B Jamz Supernova (The Gas Tower)
    01.15-02.45: Pinty (Stonebridge)
    03.30-04.30: Kasra B2B Randall (The Temple)

    www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

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  • 04 Jun, 2019

    Dub Pistols: UK 'Addict' Tour

    Dub Pistols have announced details of their 'Addict' tour of the UK.

    www.dubpistolsmusic.co.uk

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  • 27 Jul, 2018

    Dub Pistols: The National Student Interview

    The Dub Pistols were interviewed by The National Student ahead of their live set at Nozstock.

    www.dubpistolsmusic.co.uk

  • 24 Jul, 2018

    Kendal Calling 2018

    The Kendal Calling festival takes place this weekend in the Lake District, featuring many Primary Talent International artists, including the headliners for Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights.

    Friday 27th July
    ...Catfish And The Bottlemen (Headliner)

    Saturday 28th July
    ...Plan B (Headliner)

    Sunday 29th July
    ...The Libertines (Headliner)

    other artists include...

    ...The Sherlocks
    ...Fun Lovin' Criminals
    ...William McCarthy
    ...Tom Grennan
    ...Pale Waves
    ...Dub Pistols
    ...Anteros
    ...Jordan Allen
    ...Saint Agnes
    ...Rosborough
    ...Basement Jaxx (DJ Set)

    www.kendalcalling.co.uk

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  • 21 Mar, 2018

    Dub Pistols: Barry Ashworth In DJ Mag

    Barry Ashworth from the Dub Pistols is interviewed by DJ Mag.

    www.dubpistolsmusic.co.uk

  • 08 Feb, 2018

    Kendal Calling 2018

    The Kendal Calling festival takes place between 26th - 29th July, and will be headlined by Primary Talent artists:

    ...Catfish & The Bottlemen (Friday 27th July)
    ...The Libertines (Sunday 29th July)

    A whole host of other bands, will also be playing on the 15 stages over the weekend.

    ...The Sherlocks
    ...Fun Lovin' Criminals
    ...Tom Grennan
    ...Dub Pistols
    ...Pale Waves
    ...Anteros
    ...Jordan Allen
    ...Rosborough
    ...Basement Jaxx (DJ Set)

    www.kendalcalling.com

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  • 08 Feb, 2018

    Willowman Festival 2018

    The Willowman Festival, that takes place in Thirsk, Yorkshire from 14th to 17th June, features Primary Talent artists:

    ...Dub Pistols
    ...Cattle & Cane
    ...Nerina Pallot

    www.willowmanfestival.co.uk

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  • 20 Jan, 2018

    Shindig Weekender 2018

    Shindig Weekender 2018 in Somerset between 25th-27th May, and features Stereo MCs & Dub Pistols.

    www.shindigfestival.co.uk

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  • 10 Jan, 2018

    Dub Pistols: UK Tour

    Dub Pistols will tour the UK during February, March & April 2018.
    See their artist page for full details.

    www.dubpistolsmusic.co.uk

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  • 26 Oct, 2017

    Dub Pistols: 'Crazy Diamonds' Album Review

    The Dub Pistols new album 'Crazy Diamonds' gets a 3 Star review in The Skinny.
    Also features the new video for 'Crazy Diamonds' with Too Many Ts.

    www.theskinny.co.uk/music/reviews/albums/dub-pistols-crazy-diamonds

02 Aug 19Great Wonder FestivalNewport IOW
03 Aug 19Elevation FestivalDevon
09 Aug 19Green Meadows FestivalPeterborough
18 Aug 19WeyfestFarnham
23 Aug 19Victorious FestivalPortsmouth
24 Aug 19Moovin FestivalStockport
20 Sep 19Mucky WeekenderSussex
21 Sep 19Mucky WeekenderSussex
04 Oct 19Allendale Community CentreWimborne
05 Oct 19BocabarGlastonbury
17 Oct 19The GlobeCardiff
18 Oct 19The Brewery Arts CentreCumbria
19 Oct 19The Duke of CumberlandWhitstable
25 Oct 19Vest FestivalTimisoara, Romania
01 Nov 19The BoileroomGuildford
08 Nov 19AcademyManchester
16 Nov 19O2 AcademyOxford
21 Nov 19Sub 89Reading
22 Nov 19Concorde 2Brighton
29 Nov 19Hare & HoundsBirmingham
30 Nov 19Corn ExchangeDorchester
07 Dec 19PhoenixExeter
13 Dec 19Jazz CafeLondon
14 Dec 19Club 85Hitchin, Herts