News: As Coventry assumes the mantle of City of Culture, The Pop Group and Dennis Bovell are confirmed for a July live premiere of ‘Y Dub’, with a Mute release following

The Pop Group, photographed by Chiara Meattelli and Dominic Lee

THE CRADLE of Two Tone, Coventry, is busy donning its finery as it assumes the mantle of UK City of Culture 2021; and none other than Terry Hall himself is bringing a series of great gigs to the city entitled Terry Hall Presents At Home Sessions.

And one of the most eye-opening bills during the series will see Bristol punk-dub politicos The Pop Group perform alongside the Barbadian producer Dennis Bovell, MBE, with a world premiere performance of the 1979 album Y, in dub, at the Coventry Empire on July 31st.

This new dub rereading of a classic post-punk record reunites band and producer more than 40 years on, live and direct.

The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart says: “Dub to me is the music of chance.  A teenage dream come true – at last – this one’s for the explorers.” 

Elsewhere Terry Hall’s At Home Sessions will see performances by the man himself, Roni Size, Massive Attack’s Daddy G in performance with Queen Bee, The Eccentronic Research Council and Maxine Peak. and UNKLE.

Tickets for the sessions are on sale now, here.

The Pop Group’s Y first hit the world on April 20th, 1979, and was Dennis’s first venture outside reggae. It set a blueprint which so many other bands would follow, with PiL’s Metal Box, The Slits, New Age Steppers and more following into the enthralling possibilities of punk-dub. 

Looking past this Coventry premiere, Y In Dub is set for release on Mute; to register your interest and receive updates on the release, please visit the Mute website, here.

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