UK Reggae Renaissance


Influenced by the heyday of 70s and 80s reggae in the UK, new artists are gathering a following in the region, the Guardian reports. Marcia Richards of the London band the Skints believes the renewed interest has something to do with the fact that the other bands in her scene have built followings organically, by playing show after show, rather than relying on networking through the Internet:

People appreciate us because we have built up a following by connecting directly with audiences live, and nowadays that seems rarer. That is another reason why reggae is coming back—because it’s real music, it’s rebel music. And I think, especially at the moment, people want that.

Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →