Represent: Toots & The Maytals Live Review


June, 2012

With performances by Natty, The Heatwave, The Janice Graham Band and more.

In a landmark year for Jamaican culture around the world this edition of Represent was an explosion of the best the island has to offer past present and future. First act Manchester’s Janice Graham Band offered up a distinctly British take on reggae roots, pairing up Northern swagger and sharp lyrics with a carnival atmosphere.

That atmosphere stayed the whole way through the night, with the legendary Trojan Soundsystem filling the gaps between live acts. Leaders of the new school of UK soundystem culture The Heatwave lived up to their name, firing up the crowd with an impeccable selection of dancehall and reggae new and old. The set was littered with their own re-edits and of course the vocal stylings of MC Serocee, if you closed your eyes you could have been at Notting Hill Carnival a month early.

Up next and also connecting Jamaican and UK heritage Natty brought his unique soulful sound to a seriously appreciative audience. He expertly blended good time vibes with social commentary and held the crowd captive for the duration of his set, showcasing classic material from ‘Man Like I’ against newer work, all sounding fresh.

Toots opened with the massive ‘Pressure Drop’ barely even getting a chance to sing any of the words as the crowd took over in a mass chorus. The man himself was backed of course by the mighty Maytals, playing all the hits like they were just written yesterday and backed by two powerful female singers on vox.

The party atmosphere continued through a soulful take on ‘Reggae Got Soul’ and the feelgood throwback vibes of ‘Sweet and Dandy’. Looking sharp in shades and his now trademark waistcoast Toots proved beyond any doubt that he hasn’t lost any of his mojo, in spite of some of these songs being almost forty years old. Closer ‘Monkey Man’ capped an evening of pure positivity and celebration in the truest Jamaican fashion.

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Comments (34)
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  • Caroline L Summer groovin'...bring it on! Thu Aug 02, 2012
  • anna I would chop off my own finger to have tickets to this...what do i need to do or how do i go about getting free tickets?! x Wed Aug 01, 2012
  • Aina & Ulisses We would love to see Toots & the maytals! How can we get 2 tickets?????? Wed Aug 01, 2012
  • stevo Need tickets to this surely there's someone who cnt make it ? Wed Aug 01, 2012
  • Mimi How does this work?! I NEED tickets! Would be a great way to spend my birthday. Tue Jul 31, 2012
  • Omar Would love to see The Maytals and Frederik Toots good vibes !!! Tue Jul 31, 2012
  • stuart Big Thanks Converse, tickets got, Toots on his way and bringing summer with him Thu Jul 19, 2012
  • DJCarlos I got tickets! :-) Wed Jul 18, 2012
  • Dominique Wish I knew about this earlier, hope I win tickets! Would be amazing. Listen to Toots everyday, hard to stay sad with them. Sat Jul 14, 2012
  • Stuart No matter if I win tickets or not I will see Toots again on the 3rd of August at the Indigo at the o2 arena...Toots is soo Cool. Whoever wins the tickets...Enjoy the vibe, Feel the Love, Respect all around you. You are having a evening with Toots :) one love people! Fri Jul 13, 2012
  • Monkey Man aye aye aye, aye aye aye yeah! Fri Jul 13, 2012
  • Mike Absoloute legends. What an honour it would be to see them in the legendary 100 club! Fri Jul 13, 2012
  • verna dust GOT TO BE THERE x Thu Jul 12, 2012
  • verna dust long time lover of reggae and ska music TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS are and always will be my favorite band i introduce everyone i meet with a cd and spread the love lol i have dreamt about seeing them for years as i got into them when i was a young girl but i know i will never be able to go to america or jamaica to see them anyway fingers crossed x Thu Jul 12, 2012
  • Dugstar Would love to win tickets to see Toots, me and the wife are up in London and staying overnight on the 8th so would be a great way to spend the evening watching a legend. Thu Jul 12, 2012
  • stuart Toots.... simply the greatest showman on earth, need to to him again to turn this grey summer bright and to lose my voice for a few days after...give it to me Ten times!! Thu Jul 12, 2012
  • michael keogh Toots live would be a perfect antidote to this rubbish summer. Legendary stuff. Tue Jul 10, 2012
  • mollie hughes i have to have to have to see toots at some point this summer otherwise i will just implode probably Sun Jul 08, 2012
  • mollie hughes JESUS TOOTS I MISSED YOU AT BESTIVAL LAST YEAR WHICH WILL FOREVER KILL ME WITHIN, I DEFY YOU TO AVOID ME ONCE AGAIN SIR!!!! we shall cross paths this summer. gimme these tickets. Sun Jul 08, 2012
  • Anne Saw Toots in The Ritzy Club New York circa 1980...amazing have not seen since and would love some tickets Sat Jul 07, 2012
  • Caffy Toots and The Maytals AND Janice Graham Band. Represent! 100 Club you are spoiling us! Fri Jul 06, 2012
  • Neal Cousins TootsVibediscotech Wed Jul 04, 2012
  • Nigril Girl Love to see Toots again. Glad 100 Club back on track. Mon Jul 02, 2012
  • Warren Mead Toots TRUE LOVE Fri Jun 29, 2012
  • Andy Would love to take my son to Toots ,, as i am reponsable for him loving them too, Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • Andy Always loved Toots , would love to take my son as iam reponsable for him, now loving them too, Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • Gavin I would love to win tickets as I am a huge fa of toots and the maytals. Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • Dalila If I'll win the tickets I'll be so glad.Toots&the maytals are my favourite band since years and years.I love reggae and It's the soundtrack of my life especially the early reggae cause I love and I'm into skinhead original subculture.:) Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Daniel tobyn Me and my dad love toots Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Daniel tobyn Would love to see toots and take my dad he loves them Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • helen chadwick please please please please please i need to win these tickets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • michele toots r u kidding me!!! Tue Jun 26, 2012
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