Big Audio Dynamite are set to play a one off show in the Royal Festival Hall later this year.
Returning earlier this year, Big Audio Dynamite clearly feel that they have unfinished business. Scoring several bona fide hits, the band were regarded as a vital fusion of rock influences with street styles.
Mixing reggae, hip hop and early electronics with rock guitars, Big Audio Dynamite left a huge influence which has been largely written out of pop history.
Playing a series of shows up and down the country, the band have confirmed a one off London show this summer. The collective have been invited for perform at the Royal Festival Hall, taking part in the Southbank’s 60th anniversary celebration of the Festival of Britain.
The choice is perhaps apt. During the tumultuous decade known as the 80s, Big Audio Dynamite came to represent for many where the youth of Britain could go.
Multi-racial, the band’s line up reflected little more than a group of friends – the fact that some were black and some were white was immaterial. Mick Jones led Big Audio Dynamite, having previously left The Clash behind.
Working on new material, the band seemed to be in touch with what was happening in the streets. Using a hidden radar borrowed from The Clash, the group were able to assimilate new styles just as they were breaking.
Due to perform at the Royal Festival Hall on July 23rd, Big Audio Dynamite are also set to trawl through the archives. ‘No. 10 Upping Street’ contained more than a trace of The Clash, with Joe Strummer coming on board to produce.
The pair re-united the songwriting frenzy which drove the punk icons, with ‘No. 10 Upping Street’ becoming one of Big Audio Dynamite’s most acclaimed albums. Due for a full re-issue, several unreleased tracks have been pulled from the vaults including several unreleased Jones / Strummer compositions.
Big Audio Dynamite have confirmed the following show:
23 London Royal Festival Hall