A special edition of the 14th Seasplash Festival is heading our way and is dedicated to the sound system culture. During the festival, the dominant majority of regional sound systems, present and active on the scene, will be introduced, as well as a few guests from abroad.
As soon as it came to life, Seasplash Festival was one of the first events to start promoting the sound system. Half way till today, on the 7th festival edition to be exact, we introduced the DubSplash stage, which is where the first Croatian sound system called Digitron performs as the resident. It’s a culture descended from Jamaica, which implemented via their immigrants and gained popularity throughout the ’90s in Great Britain. Since then, its popularity is rising continuously, being one of the fastest growing subculture festival trends in Europe and beyond. In the context of popular culture, the sound systemis a group of DJs, sound engineers and MCs that play reggae and other related music. On this occasion, a special feature is that the musicians come equipped with sound systems, usually handmade. That way, besides the selection, performance and style distinctiveness, each sound system introduces itself with their own sound.But before all that, it is appropriate to introduce some of the guest performers which we announce on this occasion:
Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium. His work has been exhibited in The Kitchen N.Y.C, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The N.F.T in London and was honored at Brooklyn’sBAM festival and The Milan Film festival. In March 2003 he won a Grammy for his documentary Westway To The World…
Abassi Hi Power is the custom built 12 kilowatt sound system that is run out of Cologne, Germany by Neil Perch of Zion Train.
Dub activists since the early 2000’s, High Tone has continuously evolved their music throughout their albums, constantly exploring new soundscapes, ready to free themselves from their own codes to create a hybrid and modern sound.
East London based Dubateers has and continues to produce some of the heaviest UK dub and reggae music to have ever hit the streets. Dubateers firmly holding to their foundations as an underground sound outfit, based on original rastafarian values.