TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS confirm first run of UK shows in four years Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 May 2016 13:29

One of the world’s best loved ska and reggae groups, the legendary Toots and The Maytals will tour the UK in August and September 2016.




Proceeded by festival appearances at The Big Feastival and Madness presents House of Common, Toots and The Maytals’ eight-date tour will start at Bristol’s Motion venue on Wednesday, 31st August, and end on Saturday, 10th September at Manchester Academy.


Led by the charismatic ‘Toots’ Hibbert, The Maytals formed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1961. ‘Toots’ popularised the reggae sound with hits such as ‘Do The Reggay’ (widely acknowledged as the first song ever to feature the word ‘Reggae’), ‘Pressure Drop’, ‘54-46 (That's My Number)’, ‘Sweet and Dandy’, ‘Monkey Man’, ‘Funky Kingston’ and ‘Reggae Got Soul’.


Over the last five decades, ‘Toots’ has influenced countless artists, including The Specials, The Clash and Amy Winehouse, and has toured with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow and Los Lonely Boys.


A five time Grammy nominee, Toots & The Maytals won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Reggae album with True Love. The album featured re-recorded classic hits alongside popular and legendary artists including Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, No Doubt, Ben Harper, The Roots and Shaggy.


Toots has been absent from the stage for almost three years after suffering a head injury caused by a drunk fan throwing a glass bottle during a festival performance in Richmond, Virginia in May 2013. After intensive medical therapy, Toots has been cleared by his doctor to resume touring in 2016.


“It has been a difficult three years,” said Toots. “But I am very happy to be able to now get back together with my musical family and prepare to share my music once again with my incredible fans.”


This return to the stage by one of the greats of ska, reggae and rocksteady is being greatly anticipated by Toots’ countless fans around the world, who rightly regard Toots as a living legend.


Toots and The Maytals’ UK tour dates are as follows:


Wednesday, 31st August           Bristol             Motion             (Buy tickets)

Thursday, 1st September         Cardiff             Tramshed         (Buy tickets)

Friday, 2nd September             Brighton         Dome               (Buy tickets)

Tuesday, 6th September           Canterbury       Marlowe Theatre (Buy tickets)

Wednesday, 7th September     Norwich           UEA                 (Buy tickets)

Thursday, 8th September         Nottingham     Rock City         (Buy tickets)

Friday, 9th September               Newcastle       The Boiler Room (Buy tickets)

Saturday, 10th September         Manchester     Academy         (Buy tickets)


Tickets go on general sale on Friday, 6th May.